P&P Blogger Profile: Colin Smith

Colin Smith of The Official Blog of Colin Smith and PhotoshopCAFE

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning new-media designer who has caused a stir in the digital imaging community with his stunning photorealistic illustrations composed entirely in Photoshop. He is founder of the world’s most popular Photoshop resource site, PhotoshopCAFE.com, which boasts over six million visitors.??With over 14 years of experience in the digital imaging industry, Colin was formerly Senior Editor and Art Director for VOICE magazine. He is a regular columnist for Photoshop User magazine, PlanetPhotoshop.com, and the official site of the National Association for Photoshop Professionals. He also contributes to a number of other graphic art publications and Web sites, such as Mac Design magazine, Web Designer magazine and Computer Arts Magazine.?

Colin’s graphic design work has been recognized with numerous awards, including, MacWorld Digital Design and 3 Guru awards at Photoshop World 2001 and 2002, for his work in both Illustration and Web Design. He’s authored or co-authored more than fifteen books on Photoshop, including the best-selling How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS and CS2 (McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2005) and award-winning Photoshop Most Wanted: Effects and Design Tips (A Press/Friends Of Ed, 2002). Colin is also creator of the Photoshop Secrets Video training series (PhotoshopCD.com). He is in high demand across the United States as a lecturer, presenting his Photoshop techniques to Photographers and graphics professionals across the nation. Colin has consulted such companies as Adobe Systems, Apple and Disney Studios.

Why do you blog?
To have a more conversational voice on current progress and advancements in digital imaging.and to make people aware of things going on. Also to educate and help people to learn and become better at their craft.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
John Nack,

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
About 15 years with Photoshop

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Canon 5D

Mac or PC?
Both – mostly mac, I have 5 macs and 2 pcs

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
Wacom Cintiq

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
Drum Scanner

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Keep practicing and learning. You can only get better at what your doing.

What inspires you to create?
Movies,magazines and great imagery

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
You can do anything you choose and be anyone you want to be

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Dunno, I chose to live where I am because this is where I wanted to live

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? Jam on guitars and drive fast cars.

What talent would you most like to have?
Be able to Sing

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? yes
What is your least favorite word? no
What turns you on? Lots of things
What turns you off? Chaos
What sound or noise do you love? A Gibson Les Paul with EMG pickups screaming though a tube stack
What sound or noise do you hate? Spoiled Kids screaming for attention
What is your favorite curse word? Don’t curse – except for saying ass
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Movie Director or rockstar
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Politics or accounting
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Welcome, well done!

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  • Mike Holley

    Hi Jason,

    Just stopped by to say I’m disappearing for a couple of weeks but then making a full and permanent return to all things blogging and photography. My site will be up from 1 September and I’ll be back on Geographic Composition during the month.


    August 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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