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Switchblade Creative Studios and Adobe present “Bert Monroy, Part II: Photoshop Filters and 3D Workflow”

October 12th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 13th at Adobe offices, 601 Townsend, San Francisco, CA

6pm – 8:30pm

Bert Monroy, Part II: Photoshop Filters and 3D Workflow

Bert Monroy is considered one the world’s leading Photoshop painters. He

returns for a presentation to teach and inspire. He will share with you

many of the techniques he has developed in the creation of his

internationally renowned work.

If you think you know everything there is to know about Photoshop, you

must attend this event. If you were at his last appearance, you know he

will cover a lot of ground. Bert will teach you features of Photoshop most

people overlook — not just how things work, but, most importantly, why.

You’ll come away with a renewed excitement about what Photoshop allows you

to create.

Bert will show you how to use filters in ways you never thought possible.

He will show you how to take a blank screen and create imagery that

will force the viewer to question whether the image is real or an

illusion.

ALSO: Bert will also show new exciting 3D workflows for creative designers

who want to learn about Photoshop CS5 Extended’s 3D capabilities. There

are many simple 3D effects one can use for many different creative outputs

that many people aren’t aware of and Bert will wow us with these

techniques.

This event promises to be not only educational but inspirational. You will

be left with the motivation to take Photoshop and your imagination

to heights you never thought possible.

More about Bert:

Bert Monroy is considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His work has

been seen in many magazines and scores of books. He has served on

the faculty of many well known institutions, lectured around the

world and appeared on hundreds of TV shows internationally. Bert hosted a

weekly podcast called “Pixel Perfect” for Revision3.com. He was a monthly

regular on The Screen Savers TV show for almost 4 years.

He co-authored “The Official Adobe Photoshop Handbook”, the first book on

Photoshop plus many other books since. His latest books, “Photoshop

Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting” has gotten critical

acclaim around the world. Bert writes a column for Photoshop User.

Bert serves a client list that includes Apple Computer, Adobe Systems,

AT&T, American Express, Pixar Animation, Disney Animation and

Lockheed/Martin. Bert has also worked in the motion picture

industry for Industrial Light and Magic, Pacific Data Images, and

R/Greenberg.

In 2004 Bert was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

We are very excited to have Bert join us again!

How Switchblade Became Experts in Marketing for the Animal Friendly Community

September 19th, 2011

Switchblade Creative Studios is proud of our work with animal welfare/rescue organizations, film productions, and pet-related businesses that volunteer or support animal causes,
and/or donate their products and services.

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How Switchblade Became Experts in Marketing
For Animal Related Causes & Pet Lovin’ Consumers

When I left behind corporate life and started this company in 2007, the first thing I was excited to do was volunteer with animal rescue organizations. No longer living within a demanding 60+ hour a week job, I couldn’t wait to explore the options. Becoming a volunteer at the San Francisco Animal Care & Control was the perfect introduction to the animal rescue world. It became an important part of my routine and I welcomed this new community of animal loving folks. Shortly before my first orientation at SFACC, my life also dramatically changed when Jazmin, my soulmate canine companion of 11 years, passed away at the age of 14. Losing Jazmin motivated me to give even more in memory of her and our life together.

Volunteering at the SFACC was a joy, but coming home to any empty place with no pets depressed me. I started searching local dog rescue groups where I could foster. I used PetFinder and googled “dog rescue groups”. Searching through the dozens of listings, I gravitated towards dogs I thought were probably “less adoptable”, either because of age or health concerns. I searched and found the saddest looking dog within 50 miles, saved by Wonder Dog Rescue. She was a 40 lb 9-year-old cattle dog mix with the saddest story I have ever heard. And she was indeed the saddest dog I ever met. I named her Frida.

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frida and jedi

I also sent an email to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue to inquire about fostering. It turned out Muttville was in its first year as an official 501(c) organization. We luckily shared the same neighborhood. Another plus for me was its focus on senior dogs. Muttville Founder  Sherri Franklin instantly became my hero and mentor,  and “Muttville Manor” my second home. My first foster dog was Jedi, a chihuahua mix with irresistible big brown eyes. Jedi and Frida joined my home and it felt warm and inviting to me once again.

My role with Muttville quickly grew into so much more than fostering. I had just left a career as a designer and marketing specialist for 11 years, working myself to the bone, so that part of me wasn’t going to change! I basically took over as Muttville’s marketing lead and designer.  The opportunity to combine my talent and skills with my passion to save dogs was invigorating! The role gave me the opportunity to work with more inspiring individuals behind Muttville: Board President, Jane Goldman, the V.P. of Lifestyle Marketing at CBS Interactive and founder of CHOW.com., and Muttville’s web development engineer, Carol Balacek. Five years later, they both continue to mentor and inspire me and are great influences to me as a business owner. As the Director of Marketing & Design for Muttville, I continually learn from the organization’s other team leaders who contribute their expertise in fundraising, public relations, event planning, and grant writing. As a team, we regularly collaborate and develop innovative strategies, challenging ourselves to improve upon the previous successes.

Muttville leaders at the 3rd Annual Moolah For Mutts

L-R: Jane Goldman, Chris, Sherri Franklin, Deanne Franklin (behind Sherri/Marie), Marie Macaspac, Carol Balacek, John Mounier

Four and a half years and 100 foster dogs later, my passion has led me to be a proud member of a community of inspiring, dedicated folks who have specialized their businesses and organizations in animals. For fellow pet-friendly business owners who create products or offer services or produce films, the most important aspect we have in common is our need to contribute to animal rescue. For those special leaders who successfully manage a rescue organization, who inspire a community to support their causes, I am honored to be a part of their work.

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Thank you Bert Monroy For Your Inspiring Presentation

July 15th, 2011

I was honored to host the night's presentation with Bert Monroy for Switchblade's San Franciso Photoshop Users Group.

Switchblade hosted a very spectacular 2 1/2 hour presentation with Photoshop pioneer and renowned digital artist, Bert Monroy. With nearly 300 Photoshop User Group members RSVP’d, it was a packed house and our captivated audience just couldn’t get enough!

Bert showed us some of his most stunningly beautiful artwork, digital art so realistic that even when viewing enlarged at 500% it is unbelievable. His mastery of Photoshop tools that leaves us wishing we could be so talented. He showcased his four-year project, Times Square (which took 7 minutes to load at HALF its actual size!) and graciously raffled his DVD of how he tackled and eventually completed his masterpiece.

Bert shared so much, and still wished he had time to talk about filters and 3D! Most certainly we can’t wait to have him return and grace us with his talent for another evening.

 

Many thanks goes  to  Zorana Gee, our Photoshop Product Manager and co-host for the evening.

Photoshop Till You Drop: “Lightroom Tips and Tricks” With Tom Hogarty

June 9th, 2011
Adobe Lightroom Manager, Tom Hogarty

Adobe Lightroom Manager, Tom Hogarty

We’re excited to host our next Photoshop Till You Drop on June 9th with Lightroom expert Tom Hogarty. Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty leads a session on Lightroom tips and tricks. Learn important methods for speeding your workflow, getting the most out of your images and extending Lightroom with key plug-ins.  Tom will focus on real world workflows and will and share tips from his experience as the Lightroom product manager since 2005.

Our members have been long awaiting his return since his showstopping presentation on Lightroom last year left the audience wanting more.

 

Photoshop Till You Drop is the San Francisco Photoshop Users Group, co-managed with Switchblade Creative Studios by our partner, Adobe, and Photoshop Product Manager and Author, Zorana Gee.

Adobe Photoshop Exploritory Research with Designers

April 13th, 2010

Photoshop CS5As managers of the Photoshop Users Group in San Francisco, we are privy to great opportunities for designers. Here’s a great one directly from Adobe:

Adobe User Research will be conducting customer visits to collect feedback on Photoshop from graphic designers in the San Francisco Bay Area April 15-22nd. Ultimately, our goal is to understand more about the designers workflow with PS and share some future concepts for Photoshop with the designer to collect their thoughts/opinions. All participants will need to agree to sign an NDA to participate.

If you are interested in being considered for this study, please complete a survey screener.

Thank you for your interest and time!

Thanks,
Petra Uebel
Adobe User Research Recruiter

Learn How to Design iPhone Apps with Photoshop

January 12th, 2010

iPhone App DesignSwitchblade Creative Studios proudly organizes a Photoshop Users Group hosted right in the Adobe offices in San Francisco!  The meet-ups are intended for users novice through expert levels and speakers (sometimes Adobe engineers) are authorities in their field.  We share insight, get sneak previews to unreleased software and lucky attendees walk away with valuable prizes.

On Thursday evening, February 4, 2010, Marine Leroux of Bamboudesign Inc. will show how to efficiently design iPhone apps with Photoshop. Through a step by step method combined with tips for smart user experience design, she’ll guide you from sketching an app interface to designing it in Photoshop, building libraries and template files to expedite the design process. She’ll define Apple’s design requirements and the workflow between design, development, and publishing of an iPhone app to the App Store.

Visit our Meetup page for more information and to RSVP for our next event so you may Learn How to Design iPhone Apps with Photoshop.