"Inspired Compositing and Masking" with Photographer Mark Lindsay

We have a special treat for our November PSUG meeting!

"Vote For Your Topic!" presented by Photographer & Imaging Expert, Mark Lindsay.

Which of these topics would you like Mark Lindsay to cover for
November's Photoshop Til You Drop Meeting?

Voting is open until Saturday, November 5th.


Confessions of a Printmaker: How to Maximize PrintQuality with Photoshop
• Ink Gamut: Knowing the limitations of printed color
• Soft-Proofing: How to anticipate print appearance before printing
• Print Options: Photoshop workflows for inkjet, digital, and offset lithography
• Sharpening: Advanced sharpening techniques for fine printmaking
• Paper Profiles: How to make them, where to get them, how to use them
• Color Management: The best color settings for Photoshop
• Color Correction: Solving basic and tricky color problems
• Special Print Problems: A bag of tricks for a world of problems
• CMYK: The other color space
• Paper: Best selection for outstanding prints
• On Press: Effective press checks

Photoshop and Color Management for the Photographer
• Best Practices: Things to do every time for best color management
• Unexpected Results: How to avoid unpleasant color-related surprises
• Calibration: The power of calibration and profiles
• Color Workflows: Advanced color workflows made easily
• On Press: Effective press checks
• Viewing Conditions: Proper viewing conditions in the real world
• Ink Gamut: Why gamut is important
• Soft-Proofing: How to soft-proof and save money
• Color Settings: How to set up Photoshop and the Creative Suite
• Color Spaces: Solving the mystery of color spaces and rendering intents. And
how to actually enjoy it.

LAB Color: Power Workflows
• Noise Reduction: Noise reduction without loss of detail
• Color Separation: Powerful color separation and jaw-dropping image
• Sharpening: Sharpening edges without sharpening noise
• Extreme Color Changes Made Easy: Drastic yet natural color changes
• Masking: Unique masking techniques
• B&W: Terrific and easy black & white conversions
• Power Moves: Advanced blending options for fast and amazing color
• Unique Retouching: Incredible retouching with LAB that can't be done any other
• Quick Fixes: Quick LAB moves that will save time and money
• Productivity and LAB: Get the job done fast and easily

Inspired Compositing and Masking
• Creativity and Compositing: An artist's perspective
• Photorealistic Compositing: Totally realistic compositing techniques
• Surrealistic Compositing: Ways to bend and blend reality
• Inspiration for Compositing: Finding your own creative voice
• Selections: Foolproof selection techniques for advanced compositing
• Blending and Edges: Making composites look completely natural
• Filters: What filters to use for effective compositing
• Masks: How to use masks effectively and easily

The Magic of Channels in Photoshop
• Intro to Channels: Why channels matter
• Selections: Compositing and selections made easy
• The Power of 10: The palette of 10 channels and how to use them all
• Advanced Blending: Blending channels for unique effects
• B&W: Great black & white conversions
• Curves and Channels: How to optimize contrast and detail
• The Power of 3: Channels, masks, and adjustment


Voting is open until Saturday, November 5th.

ALSO: We are happy to announce our meeting's sponsor, Visual Media Alliance

Visual Media Alliance (VMA) and VMA Education are nonprofit trade associations dedicated to providing a variety of benefits and money saving programs to creative, web, marketing and print businesses in Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada. We were formerly known as the Printing Industries of Northern California - PINC. Our purpose is to deliver what it takes to help our members become more successful and profitable in their businesses. To accomplish that goal, we provide personal and professional development programs for both owners and employees.

About Mark Lindsay:

Mark Lindsay has been in imaging since he was 14 years old when his parents bought him his first SLR camera. Shortly thereafter he set up a darkroom in his bedroom and has been making photographs ever since. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology where he earned his BS in Professional Photography in 1978. He continued on at RIT to complete the coursework for his MS degree in Printing Technology.

After leaving RIT, Lindsay joined Azoplate Division of American Hoechst Corporation where he developed and tested lithographic plates for the graphic arts industry and installed large
platemaking systems at newspaper publishing operations.

In 1980 he moved to San Francisco and was employed for fifteen years at George Lithograph Company as a sales representative, customer service manager, sales manager, and eventually vice president of sales and marketing. He then spent two years as general manager at Lithocraft, Inc., a high-end sheetfed lithographer located in Santa Rosa.
For the next seven years Lindsay, as president of Lindsay & Associates, was a graphic arts
industry consultant, specializing in digital-imaging workflows, sales and marketing, and strategic planning. At the same time he taught cooking classes at Tavola Festiva, his cooking school in Corte Madera, which specialized in authentic Italian cuisine.

In 2002 he returned to graduate school and earned his MFA in Studio Arts at John F. Kennedy University. His final show, Desolationʼs Comfort: Photographic Re-collections was held in October, 2007 and received very positive critical reviews. It later showed for three months at ColorGraphics in San Francisco. Lindsay is a painter in watercolor and acrylic, and a photographer, specializing in photo montage.

Along with his own art practice, Lindsay provides high-end digital printing for artists and
photographers. He teaches painting, digital photography, Photoshop and asset management for photographers. He is also an expert in color management and digital imaging workflows which he designs for clients. He lives in Corte Madera with his wife, Susie, and their three cats.

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  • Kirk B.

    The topic was interesting and Mark is clearly an expert in the techniques involved. The downside was the agenda seemed too crowded or the materials to convey that agenda weren't preped well enough. Inspiring none the less. Thanks.

    November 17, 2011

  • sharon b.

    Interesting concepts, but it would have been worth a class or longer kind of workshop to grasp the channels technique for selections. If he had started with just that concept, and really taught that, it might have been better. Maybe he could teach a class. Or am I just a slow learner. I do have questions lingering. For instance, when you use levels to adjust the contrast on a channel, how do you keep that from affecting the image?

    November 15, 2011

  • Steve K.

    Very useful info!

    November 12, 2011

  • Emily C.

    Would have preferred more time spent on Photoshop.

    November 12, 2011

  • Ed C.

    Excellent session! It was great to get Mark's point of view artistically and then see some of the nuts and bolts of masking and compositing. Showing us calculations and especially the way to use the pen tool combined with channels was most useful. I now can see the value of the pen tool, whereas before I really hesitated to use it.

    Would love to have him back. Thanks Mark!

    November 11, 2011

  • Pablo

    Excellent talk, would love to attend his future talks on the other topics listed on the subject voting list!

    November 11, 2011

  • George H.

    That was an exceptionally useful session (as are most of this Meetup's sessions) on compositing and masking - I left with lots to sit down with Photoshop and explore.

    November 11, 2011

  • Scott F.

    While I appreciated being exposed to some different ways of doing things than I normally use . . A. It didn't feel like a very well-organized or well-though-out presentation. Mark didn't seem overly-prepared.

    B. Personally, I wasn't very impressed with the quality of the composites used as examples; the lighting, brightness/contrast, shadows, etc. didn't match. But maybe the viewer was supposed to be able to tell the little figures were cut and pasted.

    C. I want to learn original, time-saving, creative "tips and tricks" from Photoshop masters. Two hours to draw a detailed path around something and then move it to another image is neither an original, creative, or time-saving tip or trick.

    November 11, 2011

  • Gaurav

    wonderful lecture. I think it really deserves a part 2 and maybe even a part 3 :)

    November 11, 2011

  • stephen d.

    Lots of excellent tips on channels/masking. Nice art presentation. Thanks

    November 11, 2011

  • Olga M.

    I think too much time was spent viewing the final product instead of discussing how the effect was done. The presentation was organized well from what I saw in the powerpoint, but the delivery was a bit scattered.

    November 11, 2011

  • Tom T.

    It was a useful match to a class that I am taking at Berkeley City College with Matt Silverberg where we do exercises based on Katrin Eismann's "Masking and Compositing". Mark did an excellent job of presenting some clever techniques. It is hard to take adequate notes on unfamiliar tools and techniques though, so it would be great if Mark could post a link to a writeup of the techniques that he demonstrated.

    November 11, 2011

  • rick

    It was great to have a speaker that has the technical background and could explain the nuts and bolts of how they were creating their art. I work all day masking and retouching, and I came away with trick I could use. Thanks

    November 11, 2011

  • Kate B.

    I enjoyed seeing Mark's work. Unfortunately, I thought that there was very little new information and the presentation was somewhat disjointed.

    November 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think Mark is talented, but for me a lot of what he covered was redundant. I also felt some of the technical glitches, i.e, having to reboot when he really didn't have to do so, detracted from his talk. Yet, technical glitches do happen at in opportune times.

    November 11, 2011

  • keith

    FABULOUS: wonderful presenter (Mark Lindsay); complex complicated stuff that he presented in a straight forward, intelligent and engrossing manner... this guy oughta be on the photoshop paid Speaker's circuit; he seems a terrific asset to photoshop's user base!!

    November 11, 2011

  • Kirsten B.

    It could have been a bit longer. Hope he comes back to do more.

    November 11, 2011

  • Jack A. R.

    I won the raffle, so I am pretty much required to give this five stars... But it was still awesome

    November 10, 2011

  • Terry S.

    Mark did a wonderful job in teaching and demonstrating the art of compositing and masking. The use of his subject matter of old photos was creative and inspiring. I look forward to attending more of Mark's sessions. Terry.

    November 10, 2011

  • Marie M.

    Please note: if you RSVP'd after 12pm today, you will need to request a security badge at the Front Desk in the Main Lobby. If you RSVP'd before 12 noon today, your badge should be printed and ready for pickup at the Lobby table. Apologies in advanced if your badge isn't found at the table. Just notify Security. Thank you!

    November 10, 2011

  • Linda L.

    Won't know if attending until topic is posted.

    November 3, 2011

  • Robin A.

    Every topic is valuable & interesting. Why do we have to choose? How about a separate meet-up for each one???

    October 19, 2011

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