I’ve worked in publishing since 1995, primarily making grade 6-12 textbooks for history, science, mathematics, and world languages. I worked as an illustrator for a few years, but my real strengths are InDesign and Photoshop.
I’m an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign CS4, and the author of a soon-to-be-published guide to the certification exam. I’m a contributor to InDesignSecrets.com, and also write occasionally for InDesign Magazine. In 2008, I had the wonderful experience of being a speaker at the InDesign Master Class in Seattle.
I love working, playing, and training people in Photoshop. I have taught color management, making separations, and retouching. I still have my first Photoshop 3 book, useless doorstop that it is, I just can’t throw it away.
I spent a few years as a Prepress Specialist and Software Trainer, and that love of teaching tech led to the creation of this blog. I’ve used Prinergy Publish extensively to make and edit press-ready PDFs. Nowadays I’m part of a team devoted to XML workflows and application development for publishing systems.
Over the years, I’ve gone to more than my share of conferences: O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing, The XML Conference, AdobeMAX, The InDesign Conference, PhotoshopWorld, Kodak GUA Conference, and so on. Just can’t get enough of the nametags, shuttlebusses, and free coffee.
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