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Route CS6 Photoshop Seminar Tour with Colin Smith

(update) The tour is is full swing!! See the page here So, I’m heading out on the road this summer. I’m excited about the upcoming tour. It’s a Route 66 themed event. There will be full day seminars across the USA, where people will get to really learn Photoshop CS6. All the new features will be taught in a way that integrates them into the most current-up to date workflow available. You’ll learn how to get fast, as well as getting results that you have only dreamed of. I will pull from everything I have learned from working in the industry for 17  years, writing 18 books and doing

I have a ton of stuff to prepare as far as content etc. It’s worth spending some quality time, getting the content really tight, but also thinking about what people want to learn that isn’t always taught. If you have suggestions, of things that you would like taught, let me know.


More info on the official site

Here is the schedule for each day..

9:00am – 10:00
Registration and check in

10:00am – 11:00
Checking out the road ahead, new in CS6

You have upgraded Photoshop, now upgrade your workflow. Not only will you discover the essential new features, you will learn how to integrate them into your daily Photoshop habits. There are a lot of new features in Photoshop CS6, (One of the biggest upgrades ever) discover the best way to save a ton of time and get unbelievable results.

We will explore the new interface, magical content-aware technologies, perspective crop, auto corrections, vector layers, adaptive wide angle, GPU accelerated tools, user inspired improvements and much more. Discover all the things you may have been missing. This one hour power session will get you up to speed and introduce you to the features that we will be diving deeper into throughout your action-packed day of discovery, learning and fun.

11:15am – 12:15
Under the hood; Layers, Masks and Channels Deep Dive

Unleash the power of Layers, Masks and Channels. This is where you unlock the true power of Photoshop. Here is where we separate you from the competition. First of all, a foundation will be laid that will enable you to clearly understand how these tools work for yourself. You will learn new and fast ways of working under the hood of Photoshop.

This session will get you comfortable using the most powerful tools in Photoshop. You’re not going to just learn to use these tools, you will discover workflows you never thought of and love the secret shortcuts and tips that will put you ahead of the pack. This is your key to understanding what’s really going on and it will open a window to you that will allow you to work smarter, faster and with much better quality. These are the tools used for compositing and collaging.

12:15 – 1:15 :: Pit stop: Lunch

To help keep the cost of this event unbelievable low, rather than force a boxed lunch on you that you may not like, let’s do lunch on our own. This is a great opportunity for you to mingle with fellow attendees. We will provide a list of recommended eats that are close by.

1:15 – 2:15
Don’t be Road Kill; make your Photographs Rock in Photoshop CS6

Why is it that some people’s photographs look crisp, clear and engaging, and others’ look flat and boring? It’s because of correct post processing from an artist that understands where they are going with their adjustments. Their trained eye looks at the photograph and immediately knows what to do and how much to do. Everyone need to adjust photos, because every photo needs adjustment. The problem is there are so many tools in Photoshop. Which to use?

You are about to become a rock star of image adjustments. You will learn some basic principles that will allow you to instinctively choose the correct adjustment for your image to make it sparkle. You will be immersed in the latest workflows so that you can have confidence that you are working correctly. Working with the right combination of adjustments will enable you to make your photos look beautiful every time. And learning how to use these tools correctly, will shave hours of your post-processing time. Some of the things touched on will be Adjustment Layers, Camera Raw, tone and color correction, HDR and much more.

2:30pm – 3:45
Video and 3D crash course for anyone, easier than you think

It’s a game-changer and you can’t ignore it! Modern Photographers and designers are EXPECTED to be able to shoot video on their DSLR’s. Colin will show you how to use what you already know and reveal the fastest way for you to jump into video. Use the tools you already know and love to create impressive video presentations with effortless ease.

This will be a video crash-course for Photographers (And designers), using photographer’s language, not complex video jargon. You will then see how fun and easy it is to work with your video in Photoshop to add different cinematic effects. Learn to cut and edit your video, add music, titles and share on places like Facebook, You Tube, iPhone or DVD.

We are going to look at 3D in Photoshop. Don’t worry, this won’t be one of those 3D text extrusion presentations that we have all endured. You will learn how to add the unreal to the real. You will see, step by step, how to integrate a 3D object into a photograph. We will match the lighting (this is a lot of fun) and shadows, to make it look real. You will be hooked when you discover how easy and fun it is to take your imagery to a whole new CG level.

4:00pm – 5:00
Photoshop Secrets; Recipes for the road

This session will be like dessert at the end of the day. Learn some of the best-kept secrets for amazing image results. Learn the most in-demand techniques that will make your work look current and cutting-edge. Here is where everything comes together and you experience that extra “something” that will elevate your imagery above that of the masses. Special effects, color treatments and other Photoshop Secrets are what this session is all about. These are the kind of techniques that Colin wins awards with, and he is going to share them only with the Route CS6 crew (That’s you) .This session will send you on your way with a full tank of creative juice.  You will learn some great techniques that will shave hours off the way you have done things in the past as well as opening up a world of creative expression. Don’t worry, all these techniques are as practical as they are eye-popping.


  1. July 09th – Austin, Texas
  2. July 11th – Dallas, Texas
  3. July 13th – Atlanta, Georgia
  4. July 16th – Washington, DC
  5. July 18th – Miami, FL
  6. July 20th – Boston, MA
  7. July 23rd – New York, NY
  8. Aug 3rd – Chicago, IL
  9. Aug 6th – Minneapolis, MN
  10. Aug 8th – Portland, OR
  11. Aug 10th – Seattle, WA
  12. Aug 13th – San Francisco, CA
  13. Aug 15th – Phoenix, AZ
  14. Aug 17th – Los Angeles, CA
  15. TBD San Diego, CA


More info on the official site


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