Featured Spotlight ~ Bert Monroy
A –What program do you edit with primarily?
I do not do any editing. All my images are created from scratch entirely within Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Illustrator is the pencil on the canvas while Photoshop is the paint. There are no photographic elements in any of my pieces.
B –What tool could you not live without in that program?
That’s a good question! The fact is that the tools I can’t live without I had to live without until they were developed. The Brush engine for example is crucial in my workflow yet it was not there until Photoshop 7. Layers! Incredibly valuable! They didn’t exist until Photoshop 3. Note that those numbers are not CS nor CC.
C –What advice to give in general to those who follow you?
That advice is the same advice I give to all my students and attendees of my seminars and talks. That is that the best way to master any program is to sit there and play! Faced with a dialog box, punch in 5, 20, -20 and see what happens. Hold down the Shift, Command/Ctrl and Option/Alt buttons when applying some filter or adjustment and see what happens. There are many things that are not always documented that can give you special effects that are beyond your imagination! Don’t be afraid of the complexity of these programs. The worst that can happen is they crash. Restart and keep on playing!
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