Chris is an independent graphic artist who designs and creates all of GeekCruises.com webpages and print pieces. He began as a Technical Illustrator employeed with a Fortune 100 computer-mainframe manufacturer. In the early eighties, he was creating computer graphics on a "mini-mainframe" — actually a CAD system — modified for technical illustration. The CAD system was $360,000 not including output devices. September 1988, due to downsizing, he lost his job. At the same time he stumbled across the Macintosh. For $15,000 he had three-to-five times the capabilities of the $360,000 CAD system. Adobe Illustrator 88 was just released, having both grayscale and full color capabilities — what a perfect time to start running your own business! Oh, Photoshop wasn't around yet ... With over 25 years creating computer-generated graphics, Chris has a lot of time under his belt color correcting images for four-, five-, and six-color printing projects. In addition, he has experience with all kinds of output devices: large format for display booths, 35mm film plotters for audio/visual, gamma adjustment for video graphics, and as mentioned, low- and high-end film plotters for printing — with all these different devices requiring some kind of color correction. As you can imagine, Camera Raw color adjustments fall right in line with his previous experience! email Chris.
Jan is a popular Photoshop author and trainer. She's written numerous books and articles on Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, including:
How to Wow: Photoshop CS2 for the Web
How to Wow: Photoshop [CS] for the Web
Photoshop CS Complete Course
Photoshop 7 Complete Course
Photoshop Elements Complete Course
Photoshop 7 ImageReady Hands on Training for the Web
Photoshop 6 ImageReady Hands on Training for the Web
Jan has taught on behalf of top training companies and universities, including lynda.com, Total Training Inc., Adobe Systems, Inc., Software-Cinema, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Geek Cruises, University of Colorado, and University of Denver. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Jan is a regular columnist for Photoshop User magazine, and has written for Mac Design magazine, the Photoshop CS/CS2 Wow Book, SBS Digital Design, Photoshop Fix, and Photoshop Elements Essentials. She also records software training movies for lynda.com and Software Cinema. In her spare time, Jan beta tests software for Adobe, and blogs professionally for Weblogs Inc/AOL at The Unofficial Photoshop Weblog http://photoshop.weblogsinc.com and The Unofficial Apple Weblog http://tuaw.com.
Jan is also the host of Photoshop Online, a video podcast dealing with all things Photoshop and available on iTunes or by subscribing to The Unofficial Photoshop Weblog RSS feed.
Eddie Tapp is an award-winning photographer, lecturer, consultant, and author on digital imaging issues. Hails from Atlanta, Georgia, as an award-winning photographer with over 20 years of experience in computer technology, Eddie has been actively involved in educating and consulting corporations, studios and agencies in the applications of digital imaging workflow, color management, pre-press, and digital photography globally through workshops, seminars, onsite consulting and training.
Clients include Epson, Eastman Kodak, Foveon, Polaroid, Apple Computer, The Society for Imaging Science and Technology, Dynacolor Graphics, Marathon Press, H&H Color Lab, CPQ Color Lab, PhotoLogic (Ireland), PGC (Japan), DOD, DOE, US Army, US Navy, and other Government agencies along with a list of photographic studio operations. He has also served as print judge at many professional photographic competitions and is a Nationally Qualified Juror for the Professional Photographers of America association in Electronic Imaging.
In 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first personal computer-based production department in Boulder, Colorado. In 1986, he graduated artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States. These days, Deke is a well-known expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. To date, he has written 84 books translated into 24 languages, with more than 3.5 million in print. He serves as host of the interactive Video Workshop that ships with Photoshop CS2 as well as the exhaustive and entertaining Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS2. His other DVD-based video series include Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS2, Total Training Masters Collection: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Advanced, and Total Training Presents: Photoshop Elements 4 Unleashed.
In addition to his videos, Deke is creator of the One-on-One book series. Published by Deke Press in association with O'Reilly Media, these full-color tutorials include 12 classroom-style lessons with two hours of unique video content produced by Total Training. Titles include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One, Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One, and Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One.
In 1989, Deke won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book. Since then, he has received honors from the Society for Technical Communication (once in 1994 and twice in 1999), the American Society of Business Press Editors (1995 and 2000), the Western Publications Association (1999), and the Computer Press Association (1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, and twice in 2000). In 1999, Book Bytes named Deke its Author of the Year. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, sponsored by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. In addition to his other credits, Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, a regular speaker for The InDesign Conference, and a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine. Deke's first Geek Cruise was the MacMania tour of Alaska in 2002. Since then, he has spoken at every Photoshop Fling cruise, which have taken he and his students to the Caribbean, Central America, and the Baja peninsula.
Named Vice President & Editor in Chief of PC World in March 2004, Harry McCracken oversees all editorial and design for PC World, PCWorld.com, and the PC World Test Center. His areas of expertise include the Internet, PC service and support, digital imaging, and other aspects of technology; his "Up Front" column opens each issue of the magazine. McCracken also authors PC World's Techlog, a Web log with news, opinions, and links on PCWorld.com.
McCracken has won numerous honors for his work at PC World, including Jesse H. Neal Awards for "Best Subject-Related Series" in 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2002, a 2000 Grand Neal Award from American Business Media, and was recognized with the 2004 American Business Media's Western Award for Editorial Courage and Integrity. He has appeared as an industry expert on television and radio programs on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC. He also collaborated with Dateline NBC on a multi-state undercover investigation into PC repair in 2000 which aired later that year. A past contributor to USA Today, Family Circle, and other publications, McCracken was named to the Technology Marketing Influencers list in 2002 and 2003. A 13-year veteran of technology journalism, he served as an editor at InfoWorld and Computer Buying World prior to joining PC World in 1994.
McCracken has been a screener for the Jesse H. Neal Awards for the past three years, and also judged the National Magazine Awards for 2003 and 2004. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of American Business Media, and was a judge for ABM's Littleford Awards for Public Service in 2003.