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Kirk Nelson Painting with CS5

Photoshop CS5 Digital Painting Technique

In this webinar Kirk Nelson, our Photoshop expert, shares his tools and techniques for transforming photos into painted portraits with the new digital painting tools in Photoshop CS5. Learn how to use the new Mixer Brush and Natural Media Bristle tips. Kirk will teach his technique step by step and share his new custom painting panel that puts the tools you need right at your fingertips. You can download the panel and follow along with the same image or even try the techniques on your own. You will be amazed at how easy it is to get stunning results even if you’ve never painted in Photoshop before.

Kirk Nelson Bio

Legend holds that every generation one will rise. A digital artist whose vision and inspiration will be unmatched by mere mortals. An artist of such skill and renown talent that all will hail him as the GifMaker! (we presume that title lost something in the translation) As far anyone can tell, that legend yet waits to be fulfilled. But until you find that guy, you’ve got me. I’m just your friendly neighborhood Graphics Geek! Happy to help any graphic in need as long as I can crack a lame joke while I’m at it.

General Background:

For the past 13 years I have worked as an all purpose graphics geek or “Visual Information Specialist” in the Washington DC Metro area. My career has bumped into almost every corner of the design industry. From digital painting, to 3d animation, to web design, to logo design, to photo retouching. Along the way I have built up a considerable amount of skills with software such as Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, and Flash. Recently I discovered that sharing these skills is something that I enjoy!

Things to know:

Publications – I have had 80+ articles published in the international trade magazines Photoshop Creative and Advanced Photoshop. These articles range from feature spots, to product reviews, to helpdesk answers, to general tutorials. I am the cover and layout artist for the US Marine Corps Systems Command quarterly publication, Marines On Point.

Teaching – I currently teach three online courses, Introduction to Digital Painting in Photoshop, and Introduction to Photoshop’s Pen Tool, and my latest course Digital Painting in Photoshop CS5 here at the Digital Art Academy

Adobe Beta Tester – I was invited by Adobe Systems to be a beta tester for Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS5. My involvement with these prerelease programs allows me the opportunity to test and then share the new features in my courses, workshops, lectures, and writings.

Guest Speaker – I have been a guest speaker in classes at George Mason University and Strayer College. I am currently looking to expand this portion of my experience area even further.

Workshops – My newest endeavor. I have begun holding workshops on general Photoshop skills in the local area. I am working on expanding this into several workshops covering a variety of topics dealing with Photoshop. I am available for custom workshops or private tutoring.

Now you know. And “knowing” is….

Here is the link if  you are interested in the webinar.

Digital Painting with CS5

Kirk Nelson Digital Painting with CS5

Kirk also supplied the attendees with the chat log document that answered the questions that popped up during the webinar. A custom panel to help facilitate painting in CS5 is included as well the video stream, download and a short vid tutorial about how to load the custom panel.

Thanks Kirk!