Photoshop World

Photoshop World: Post-Hangover

As I’m slowly recovering from the Photoshop World hangover, I’d like to take a few moments to share my first Photoshop World experience with you all. In short, it was fantastic!

Photoshop World: Vegas 2012

What is Photoshop World?

Before I get into details about my experience, it seems that many of you have no idea what Photoshop World even is!

It’s a conference about Photoshop!

However, it’s not just Photoshop. It’s so much more! Photoshop World is three days of networking, learning, and downright fun!

Arrival Day

Photoshop World 2012 Vegas was held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, which, like many of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, is quite luxurious. At least that’s what we thought. Upon checking into our [first] room, we found ourselves in a room that even Motel 8 would consider unacceptable. If you caught my quick room tour, you may have seen some of what was left behind. Clothes, vanity items, a recently used bathtub, and a disgusting shower, which wasn’t shown in the video.

The response that we received from management was that the room hadn’t been occupied in days, which, if you took a look at the bathroom/shower, is BS. Luckily, the Mandalay Bay was quick to offer a room change. Once we were settled in a clean room, it was smooth sailing from there!

The Pain!

After finally getting the room situated, my wife and I took to the Strip, making our way through the Luxor, Excalibur, and then down to the M&M and Coca-Cola store, before my leg started to give out. Sitting on my butt all day, staring at a computer monitor has finally caught up to me! I seriously need to start working out. Being a geek is a rough job!

Dinner

I can’t remember the last time I ate any type of fish, so when it was decided that we were going to head to SushiSamba at the Bellagio, I was a bit hesitant. But let me say this. Holy crap was it delicious! I’m not one to try different foods, but I’m glad I did! If you find yourself in the Las Vegas area, SushiSamba is a fantastic spot if you’re looking for good sushi!

On top of the great food, we had great company! Jeffrey Tranberry invited my wife and I to dine with some great people from Adobe, and we had an absolute blast! Whenever I meet new people, I tend to shut down and tense up, but everyone around the table made me feel right at home!

The Conference

Opening Keynote

I’ve seen Photoshop World keynotes from the comfort of my own home, but never have I experienced one in person. Boy, I never knew geeks had this much energy! Similar to the keynote in DC, they stuck with the political theme for the upcoming 2012 elections. To me, it seemed ‘so last year’, but it was still very enjoyable! They even had Sarah Palin as a guest speaker! Okay, fine, it was an impersonator!

On top of the fun ‘election campaign’ that was run at the beginning, there were a slew of announcements from Adobe, including an update to Photoshop Touch, and a fantastic update coming to InDesign users who are subscribed to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Julieanne Kost walked us through some great tutorials featuring Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign, including a peek at the upcoming app development feature!

Learning

One of the huge benefits of Photoshop World, are the sessions that are delivered by some of the most talented instructors in the industry, on a wide variety of subjects. In a matter of three days, amongst business meetings, we were able to sit in on an incredible InDesign class by Terry White, a “Concert Photography” class by Alan Hess, “Black and White Photography” by Bryan Hughes, a “Special Effects” Photoshop class from Corey Barker, a great intro to Lightroom 4 from Julieanne Kost, and “Painting in Photoshop” by Bert Monroy.

“But I already know everything about Photoshop!”

No, you don’t! As someone who has been teaching Photoshop for the last 6 years, I can’t begin to tell you everything that I picked up while sitting in on these sessions. Just when you think you know everything, you learn about a tiny little feature that can dramatically change your workflow. The few little tips and tricks that I caught over the three days, made this conference worth attending.

To get an idea of the classes that area available, check out the Photoshop World schedule!

Networking

For me, Photoshop World was much more than sitting in on sessions. It was about meeting new people, and making connections. I had hoped to meet a ‘few’ people, but I ended up meeting many more people than I had ever expected. I was shocked to see how available all the instructors were. You may have to wait a few minutes to get to them, but most were very friendly and willing to talk.

Oh, and Julieanne Kost, despite how professional she is in her training videos, has an amazing sense of humor!

See You Next Year!

That’s it, I’m hooked! My first Photoshop World was everything that I expected, and more! I learnt a ton, met some incredible people, and had an overall fantastic time!

I’ll see you all in April!