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Smartsound University

Jeff Foster: Smartsound University Professor

Jeff FosterJeff Foster has authored and contributed to several Adobe After Effects & Photoshop tutorial and training how-to books, including the “Photoshop Web Magic” series and “Special Edition: Using Photoshop” series. He is an Adobe Certified Expert and has served as an instructor and featured speaker at conferences such as Photoshop World, Macworld, Adobe MAX and the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Post-Production Conferences.

Foster has been producing and training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics and special effects for DV and Film for over 20 years. Some of his clients include: Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, McDonnell Douglas, Nestlé, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Deluxe Digital, Universal Studios and Disney. He is also a 2010 Telly Awards recipient for his “Documercial” video productions.

His best-selling book title, “After Effects and Photoshop – Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film,” provides tips and tricks for creating believable animations and reveals special effects secrets the professionals have been using for years. This book is in it’s Second Edition and covers the latest versions of After Effects and Photoshop CS applications, and is available at a discount through the online store here at He has also recorded several video training titles for for After Effects and Photoshop as well as produced training DVDs, also available through the online store, “Photoshop CS4 Video & Animation” and “Learning After Effects CS4″ published through PhotoshopCAFE. These DVDs are geared toward those who are both new to After Effects or want to learn the more complicated new features if upgrading from a previous version. The animation and video techniques in both of these DVDs are aimed specifically toward existing Photoshop users.

Jeff FosterMost recently, Foster has completed “The Green Screen Handbook” (Sybex/Wiley, pub) that is targeted toward the higher-education market to serve as a texbook for green screen production and compositing techniques. Pro photographers, Indie filmmakers and hobbyists will find this book a valuable tool for getting the best results from their compositing projects.

With several new projects forthcoming, Jeff is currently operating PixelPainter from his studio in beautiful Ojai, CA.

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