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Doug Nelson 01-27-2010 05:44 PM

RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
Although Chris Cox posts regularly in the Adobe support forums, many of you probably have never heard of him. But every single one of you has a favorite Photoshop feature that he is largely responsible for. Sometimes it seems there's not an area of Photoshop that Chris hasn't either written from scratch or vastly improved.

On the next RetouchPRO LIVE, Chris will answer questions from the RetouchPRO LIVE audience. And we'll be watching his desktop live, so he can show examples while he explains how Photoshop works.

Saturday, January 30, 4pm CST (see link below for other time zones)

Click the following link for details and ticket sales:
http://www.retouchpro.com/index.php?page=cox

Flashtones 01-28-2010 10:42 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
Doug, I don't really have a sense of what this show can do for me. Any more info you can provide?

Doug Nelson 01-28-2010 11:05 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
It's not going to make you rich or anything. It's more to satisfy curiosity or answer long-held questions about Photoshop. If there's nothing you've ever wondered about Photoshop itself, then it probably can't do much.

I've provided access to the one person on earth that knows more about how Photoshop works than any other. What you do with that person is up to you :)

Flashtones 01-28-2010 11:22 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
Don't get me wrong, I know who Chris Cox is and I think it's a surprising and interesting twist to have him on. Kudos for thinking outside the box! I was just wondering if you guys had a bit of an outline, or knew there were certain topics/techniques/practical applications, etc. that were sure to be covered.

Flashtones 01-28-2010 11:25 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
How at liberty will Chris be to discuss CS5?

Doug Nelson 01-28-2010 11:48 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
No outline at all, no preset topics. He's agreed to show up and answer audience questions. If the audience doesn't ask any questions, they'll have to listen to him answer mine (I have a lot of them, but they might only be interesting to me).

That being said, the man is fascinating to listen to. Our technical check was scheduled for 10 minutes and ended up lasting over 3 hours. Just knowing that you're learning about how Photoshop works from the man that made it work that way is refreshing. No interpretations or educated guesses, just definitive facts (and some math to back it up if you're not careful).

So if you're not curious about things like why Motion Blur is still bidirectional, what the real difference is between Overlay and Soft Light blend mode, why there are only 4 reliable zoom levels under 100%, etc., then this might not be of interest.

Of course, Chris also works daily with some of the most influential people in the industry, so his views about those areas might prove enlightening.

Doug Nelson 01-28-2010 11:50 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Flashtones (Post 256897)
How at liberty will Chris be to discuss CS5?

Honestly, any guess I'd make about this would almost certainly be wrong. But you can ask him yourself :)

Flashtones 01-28-2010 12:08 PM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
Got it Doug. Sounds interesting. Thanks.

Doug Nelson 01-29-2010 08:52 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
I find myself in the (very good) situation of offering a show of interest far beyond retouching, so please help spread the word to other Photoshop forums.

mistermonday 01-29-2010 09:36 AM

Re: RP LIVE "Ask an Adobe Engineer" with Chris Cox
 
Doug is correct about Chris probably knowing more about how the code behind PS works more than anyone on the planet. While he is not likely to leak much about what's in CS5, this could be an excellent opportunity to ask for new features, especially ones that would make work of a retoucher more effecient. I know I have a long list.
Doug, I will spead the word to a large group of Photoshopaholics & PS technical gurus.
Regards, Murray


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