Talking 'Shop

Episode 26: A chat with Khara Plicanic

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By Dave Cross
The Podcast all about Adobe Photoshop, hosted by long-time Photoshop Educator Dave Cross. Learn new approaches to working in Photoshop, how to work more efficiently, and how to get your creative juices flowing.
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The Podcast all about Adobe Photoshop, hosted by long-time Photoshop Educator Dave Cross. Learn new approaches to working in Photoshop, how to work more efficiently, and how to get your creative juices flowing.

More places to listen

Episode 31: Photoshop 2020 & Photoshop for the iPad
Dave was at Adobe MAX for the announcement of the newest version of Photoshop and Photoshop for the IPad and recorded his thoughts about both applications.
November 7, 2019
Episode 30: Rants and Raves II
It's that time again: Dave shares some raves and rants about some of his favorite - and not-so-favorite - things. 
November 1, 2019
Episode 29: When (and How) to Upgrade
After the problems many people encountered with Apple's Catalina Operating System and Adobe software, Dave offers his philosophy on upgrading, including how to prepare for upgrading to the next version of Photoshop.
October 24, 2019
Episode 28: Daniel Gregory talks Printing
If you ever wanted to know all the ins and outs about printing on your own printer, this is the episode for you! Expert guest Daniel Gregory talks about ICC profiles, monitor calibration, paper, proofing and much more. One of most in-depth discussions about printing you'll likely ever hear in a podcast.
October 17, 2019
Episode 27: Does Adobe Bridge get a Bad Rap?
Dave shares his opinion on whether Adobe Bridge get a bad rap (spoiler alert: he thinks it does and explains why). Hear about some of the similarities and differences between Lightroom and Bridge and how you can decide which is the best tool for you.
October 10, 2019
Episode 26: A chat with Khara Plicanic
Dave talks with photographer/designer/instructor Khara Plicanic about design and typography in Photoshop, and how photographers can start dipping their toes into the world of design, templates and printing. 
October 3, 2019
Episode 25: A Chat with Scale Model Portrait Photographer Nick Busch
Dave chats with Nick Busch, a photographer who's been in the news recently with his unique scale model portrait photography. He combines scale model building with photography, focus stacking, portraits and Photoshop, to create uniquely fascinating images.
September 27, 2019
Episode 24: A chat with Joel Grimes
Dave chats with renowned photographer Joel Grimes about personal projects, creating a signature style, commercial work and more. This episode is packed with inspiration and practical tips. 
September 19, 2019
Episode 23: Andrew Kavanagh & Facebook Groups
Dave chats with Andrew Kavanagh, founder and head organizer of the largest Photoshop Group on Facebook. They discuss the benefits (and challenges) of being part of Facebook Group, and how the Photoshop and Lightroom Group has grown while preserving civil and helpful conversations.
September 12, 2019
Episode 22: Rants & Raves
Rather than talking about one specific topic, this week Dave Cross raves about some of his recent favorite things, and rants (just a little) about some things that drive him a little bit crazy.
September 5, 2019
Episode 21: Glyn Dewis chats about personal projects and printing
In this fascinating chat, Glyn Dewis talks about how a small personal project grew into something much larger, with unexpected rewards. He and Dave also talk about the moment that doing his own printing went from frustration to happiness. Link mentioned in the show:
August 28, 2019
Episode 20: Photoshopotography (and Safety Cones)
In this episode Dave Cross introduces the concept of Photoshopotography: shooting photos with Photoshop in mind. He talks about capturing backgrounds, textures for overlays, patterns, composites, and how a collapsible safety cone made his life so much easier.
August 21, 2019
Episode 19: Advice from my Father
Dave Cross recalls conversations with his Dad (who knew nothing about Photoshop) that influenced his way of working with Photoshop. One particular conversation became a major influence on the way Dave approaches projects (and teaching) in Photoshop.
August 14, 2019
Episode 18: Does Photoshop owe us an apology?
The way some users describe there problems learning Photoshop, it's almost like they are apologizing for not doing a better job of learning. In this episode Dave Cross ponders the question, is it Photoshop that should be apologizing to us?
August 8, 2019
Episode 17: Failing French & Photoshop
Host Dave Cross talks about his experience as a student falling way behind in his knowledge of french, what it took to avoid failing, and how this lesson can be applied to learning Photoshop. After all, the first time you saw Photoshop it was almost like a foreign language, right? C'est vrai!
August 1, 2019
Episode 16: A Chat with Kristina Sherk
High End Retoucher (and Instructor) Kristina Sherk and host Dave Cross discuss retouching in Photoshop and Lightroom, including how to determine the best approach to take - and how much time to spend. Kristina shares a great technique to learn more about dodging and burning, and provides a link to a free action to help with your Photoshop retouching.
July 25, 2019
Episode 15: True Photoshop
Dave discusses some of the things people do in Photoshop that are "criminal" - or at the very least they are not very productive or efficient. Among the crimes on Dave's list are flattening, merging, erasing, clicking on tools, using filters vs smart filters and using adjustments rather than adjustment layers. He discusses alternatives to each of the criminal activities that will help lead to a happier, more productive life.
July 17, 2019
Episode 14: Adobe Stock with Mat Hayward
If you've ever wondered about selling your photos on Adobe Stock, this is the episode for you! Adobe Stock Contributor Evangelist Mat Hayward provides some practical tips about how to sell your photos on Adobe Stock, including the role of Photoshop. Of course there's a Photoshop tip thrown in for good measure.
July 10, 2019
Episode 13: A chat with Mark Heaps
Professional Creative Mark Heaps shares some great insights into responsible design, working non-destructively and offers some thoughts on the relationship between Adobe and us as their users. Very interesting stuff!
July 2, 2019
Episode 12: Photoshop Myths
In this episode Dave Cross discusses some Photoshop myths: techniques that may be out of date or misunderstood but continue to be recommended by some people. For example, enlarging a photo 10% at a time or using the Pen tool because "it makes the most accurate selections". Many of these were valid back in the day, but improvement to Photoshop have made them unnecessary. Listen until the end for a link to a free tips PDF!
June 26, 2019
Episode 11: A Chat with a Photoshop Product Manager
Meredith Payne Stotzner is a long-time member of the Photoshop team at Adobe who sat down to discuss what goes on behind the scenes with the development of Photoshop. We chat about innovation, how new features are developed, and how Photoshop users can have their say. A very interesting look into our favorite program! 
June 18, 2019
Episode 10: A chat with Unmesh Dinda
In this chat with Unmesh Dinda we learn about his journey from an 8 year old playing with Photoshop to becoming one of the leading Photoshop instructors on YouTube. He also discusses his approach to learning Photoshop, the importance of community when learning - and he gives a great retouching tip.
June 12, 2019
Episode 9: Painting in Photoshop, with Victoria Pavlov
In this chat with Photoshop Artist Victoria Pavlov we talk about  lots of topics to do with painting in Photoshop, including creating and managing brushes, working with layers and some ways to explore painting if you're brand new to it.
June 5, 2019
Episode 8: Permission to Learn, Permission to Experiment
Two of the most common challenges people mention when it comes to learning Photoshop is not enough time, and the difficulty in remembering everything. Dave shares some strategies to deal with both these challenges, and it starts without giving yourself permission to learn.
May 28, 2019
Episode 7: a Chat with Matt Kloskowski
Host Dave Cross chats with long-time Photoshop and Lightroom Educator Matt Kloskowski about photographic (and Photoshop) vision, how perfection can lead to procrastination, how to get in wrong in the camera (?), and what Matt would add to Photoshop if he was in charge at Adobe,
May 21, 2019
Episode 6: Adobe Controversies in the News
In the last couple of weeks Adobe has been in the news, and not in a good way. Dave shares his take on the issue of apparent price increases and the chances of Photoshop users getting sued.
May 16, 2019
Episode 5: A Chat with Scott Kelby
Dave sits down with Scott Kelby and they chat about Scott's journey starting from a two-person design firm, the fun (and possible nightmares) of Photoshop World, and what Scott would do if he was in charge of Photoshop and Lightroom. Along the way there's a little reminiscing and a bunch of useful Photoshop tips.
May 8, 2019
Episode 4: Automation - What About Actions?
In part two of his discussion of productivity and automation in Photoshop Dave Cross addresses the question "What about Actions?". He talks about some misconceptions about Actions, methods to learn more about them, and a cool way to make single-step Actions.
May 1, 2019
Episode 3: Productivity & Automation in Photoshop (Not Actions!)
Dave talks about how productivity and automation in Photoshop means more than Actions. In fact in this episode he doesn't cover Actions at all - that'll be in part two next week! Learn a quick strategy you can start using right away to be more efficient in Photoshop!
April 24, 2019
Episode 2: Why work Non-Destructively in Photoshop
In this episode Dave discusses his top five reasons for working Non-Destructively in Photoshop - and none of them are "in case I change my mind" - and shares a cool tip about Adjustment Smart Filters.
April 17, 2019
Episode 1 - Troubleshooting in Photoshop
Dave talks about some simple strategies to use when things aren't working in Photoshop the way you expect. Hear how using a checklist can same you time and heartache. Of course there's a tip of the week about non-destructive cropping and even a quick Q&A.
April 11, 2019
The Pilot Episode: A Photoshop Podcast?
In this pilot episode Dave Cross talks about the thought process behind this podcast about Photoshop, including a nostalgic look back 15 years ago at "Photoshop Radio", discusses how we can stop being creatures of habit and shares a tip about using a keyboard shortcut to hide a layer.
April 2, 2019
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