Photography, Photoshop and the Power of Layers with David Julian

Dave's back to join us for an evening of Photoshop goodness and creativity.



Adobe Photoshop abounds with it's precision toolset for creative photography and photo-illustration. 

With tools including Adobe Camera RAW, Layers, Smart Objects, Masks and Adjustment Layers, Dave demonstrates how he creatively develops photographs and builds award-winning photo-montages.

Besides demonstrating accessible digital techniques, Dave shares resources that inspire others to take control, reach deeper and discover their personal creativity.

Join us for an evening of info and inspiration!

Bio: Dave's work blends photography, illustration and conceptual vision. His works and articles have been published in books, blogs and magazines including AfterCapture, Nikon World, Geo, Islands, Conde Nast Traveller, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, Shots, Archive and six major news magazines.

Since being invited to teach at Santa Fe Workshops in 2001, he has taught hundreds of photographers at facilities and destinations on land and at sea in the USA, Pacific Islands, British Columbia, Costa Rica and Mexico. Dave’s patience, enthusiasm, compassion and experience combine to give students confidence, inspiration and the knowledge they need to succeed artistically in personal or professional pursuits. He creates artworks for global clients and is an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Seattle and University of Washington.

His work can be seen at: http://davidjulian.com

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  • LTen

    sorry to be late on this reply, but I was also surprised to see that the gradient tool could be used on a mask. I never thought of doing that and have already started using that technique - very helpful!

    1 · April 7

  • David J.

    Dear members who attended this event:
    I'm curious to know what your most meaningful take-away was from my presentation. You can reply here publicly or more personally using link from my name.

    1 · March 25

    • James M.

      meant to say... "It's inspired-me to pay closer attention :)"

      March 31

    • David J.

      Thanks James, it was and is my pleasure!

      1 · April 2

  • Steve

    I too will now try to use the gradient tool more in masking....also keeping orderly well named layers and consolidating in folders at various points. it's taken me a lot of time on Photoshop to even become linear with the layers ...but the Gradient tool is what I really need to practice on. thanks David....

    1 · March 25

  • Elizabeth W. P.

    David, I like your use of the gradient tool in masks the best. I had not used the gradient to nothing option. Since I work with drawings mostly, this tool will come in handy more often.

    1 · March 25

  • Hilary

    With all of the whistles and bells available in PS, I had forgotten one of PS's basic functions of changing the light exposure of parts of a photo. When I saw David change the exposure of his photo of the sky and the abandoned home, a little bell went off in my mind that I could change the exposure of some of my recent vacation photos of the NY skyline overlooking the "blanket" of trees in Central Park. I had basically given up on my photos as not good quality. In my photos the trees where in the dark because of the shade of the tall buildings, some of the buildings where shaded by other buildings, some had shiny reflections, some buildings where overexposed and the sky was overexposed due to the bright sun. After David's presentation, I changed parts of several photos for the better using just the simple tools in PS Elements. It did not take much time and now they look great.

    Thanks for reminding me PS can do!

    1 · March 25

  • Diane

    I learned so much...David is a great presenter.

    1 · March 19

  • Fran M.

    Well delivered and informative presentation.

    1 · March 19

  • John O.

    FANTASTIC meeting! Really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks Howard for coordinating.

    1 · March 19

  • Rob M.

    Great presentation, with tons of good tips and tricks!
    Thanks David and to the organizers and volunteers!

    1 · March 19

  • Howard H

    Always good to see what David is creating and how.

    2 · March 19

  • Robin H.

    Another great presentation by a talented artist. Thanks David.

    1 · March 19

  • Kay D.

    Wow! This was great! I took a lot of notes that I can fill in later. Lots of tips I'd never heard of to make working PS much easier. And while my version is a little older, a lot of the tips will still work. Thanks a lot, David! Come back again!

    1 · March 19

  • Bob V.

    It's always good to watch a seasoned veteran work. No matter what you know or how long you've been using (or abusing) Photoshop you're bound to pick up a few tips.
    I especially liked the tips on how to export smart objects from ACR, use the DNG format, and to use auto select with the moVe tool. And seeing another demo of the adjustment brush in ACR was really helpful.
    Thanks, David. Your work is inspiring.

    1 · March 19

  • Allegra B.

    I am so sorry, I had a last minute emergency and had to turn around right at the parking lot. I hope someone was on hand to take photos. I don't suppose there's any chance of a recap? Thank you.

    March 18

    • David J.

      Mssed you Alegra! Stay tuned about the recap...

      March 19

  • Hilary

    Amazing information. I felt a headache coming on with the idea that I could possibly learn even more in Photoshop, but, sadly don't have time to review all of PS's complexities. Too much of a good thing. Thanks!

    1 · March 19

  • Patricia S.

    Very interesting...good/helpful info...

    1 · March 18

  • LTen

    I'm a huge fan of David's and as usual, I picked up some great tips tonight! Thank you to David and the organizers for another outstanding presentation!

    1 · March 18

  • Sam R.

    Learned a lot, more to learn!

    1 · March 18

  • jeffry W. M.

    David one super teacher!

    1 · March 18

  • Ken E.

    His time with us tonight was very worthwhile for me.

    1 · March 18

  • Steve

    David always has great information and in depth secrets

    1 · March 18

  • Jon S.

    Sorry, not feeling well today. Hoping someone else can take my place.

    March 18

  • Howard H

    Hey all. We need two or three volunteers to help with check-in tonight and one for photos.
    Howard H.

    1 · March 18

    • Patricia S.

      I can help as well...what time? I could take a few photos as well...

      March 18

    • Patricia S.

      I am reachable by e-mail until about 4:30...I'll be at the ACC before 6:30

      March 18

  • Jojo

    Sorry can't make it tonight. See you next meeting.

    March 18

  • David J.

    For those seeking rideshare to or from tonight's event, use this $25 discount code for Lyft JILL492 or this $20 code for Uber 4isl88. Good for first-time users only.

    March 18

  • Vicki Z.

    I have to bag it tonight. Have an injured shoulder. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to come to one of the future meetings. Looks like a great set of minds and talent.

    March 18

  • Bob E.

    I live in Redmond and will be driving, leaving around 6 PM. Would anyone who lives on the eastside like to carpool? I am just above Marymoor Park.

    March 17

    • Kay D.

      East side of Marymoor or westside?

      March 17

    • Bob E.

      Hi Kay, I live on the west side -- Marymoor Hill.

      March 18

  • Kerry R.

    Howard - I can help out.
    Kerry R

    March 18

  • pamela w.

    Hopefully another time. Sounds good.

    March 17

  • Vicki Z.

    I am traveling from Kenmore and driving and would be happy to have others along. I have a Suburban so can hold a few. Anyone? If you are near by I can pick up.

    March 17

    • Steve

      Vicki....I'm right off Lake City Way at 92nd St....email me at [masked] and if I can ride along....that would be great!!!!!

      March 17

  • Vicki Z.

    Do we need to bring our laptops or are their computers at the conference center? This would be my first meetup with this group so don't know the layout yet.
    Thanks!!

    March 15

    • Bob V.

      Hi Vicki, the SPUG meetings are demonstrations, not classes. No need to bring hardware as we don't work along with the instructor.. You might want to bring your favorite form of note-taking, because a lot can get covered.

      1 · March 15

    • Vicki Z.

      Thanks Bob!

      March 17

  • Steve

    What about parking is there parking free close by?

    1 · March 15

    • David J.

      Parking in Fremont can be a challenge. Great time to Bus there, carpool or arrive early.
      Some members park across bridge and walk.

      1 · March 16

    • Steve

      good to know...Patricia's idea of the #40 bus sounds good from Northgate. thanks for the heads up. will be good to see you again David....it's been a few years!!! UW

      March 16

  • Patricia S.

    Just as a quick note: one can get the #40 bus on 3rd in town or from Northgate...it's a long ride, but very direct and close to the ACC...

    1 · March 16

  • Debiruth S.

    Sadly, I am out of town on Tuesday, so I just gave up my 2 spots. Maybe I should have auctioned them??? :)

    1 · March 15

  • Karen L.

    I'm excited a spot opened up & I got it. So looking forward to it! Thanks!

    1 · March 15

  • James H.

    Im late, 4 mins eta from aurora ave N

    March 13

    • Eric

      Glad to hear that I am not the only one to do that...

      March 13

    • Alison

      s'ok James, you were just "adding a layer" to the event ;)

      March 13

  • Elizabeth W. P.

    I use layers in developing illustrations, especially caricatures. Can work up many color combinations of clothing for my caricature dolls at one time. Like paper dolls.

    March 13

  • Jesus G.

    I'll be attending a different meetup. Next time!

    March 13

  • James H.

    look forward to the presentation!

    March 5

  • Robin S.

    Just joined this group. Mostly a Lightroom user. Is there a fee for this meet up?

    February 7

    • Mike A.

      Welcome Robin. No fee for the meet up. I hope you can also join us on February 18 for the Lightroom presentation by Laura Shoe.

      February 7

  • Mike A.

    Hi everyone. Meetup.com is now up-to-date. Also, there are open spots for both Laura's Lightroom presentation on Tue, Feb 18 and Dave's Photoshop presentation on Tue, Mar18. RSVP now to secure your seat.

    1 · February 4

  • Tina Z.

    Finally! I am looking forward to learning and being inspired!

    1 · February 4

  • Debiruth S.

    Wow! David, I'm excited! What's the subject of this meeting?

    2 · January 27

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