I’m your camp counselor, Roger Ridpath. I’m here to help you with all your Photoshop needs. Whether it’s getting grips on pixel-pushing basics or more in-depth, advanced image manipulation skills, I’m ready to help you learn.
I’m an experienced graphic designer, with more than two decades of advertising & communications experience. In fact my professional career almost exactly mirrors Photoshop’s history, in terms of time. For the past ten years, I’ve run my own firm, Ridpath Creative Partners, an award winning group that I continue to draw inspiration and energy from. (Not to mention a paycheck!)
I’ve worked for a diverse group of clients, including Sprint, Applebee’s, Bayer, and AMC Theaters. My design includes the creation of more logos, brochures, posters, calendars, magazine advertisements and trade show promotions that I can possibly remember ... and some that I’d like to forget. I’ve built hundreds of Web sites for companies as big as Colgate International and as small as my brother-in-law’s restaurant.
My work has been recognized with trophies and distinction dozens of times, but you won’t find shiny statues in my lobby. They’re tucked away in a back closet - that’s just the way I prefer to do things. I’d rather have satisfied clients. (Plus a trophy wall is just so boringly stereotypical of advertising agencies, isn’t it?)
In the late 90s, I was among the very first group of people developing plugins for this essential program. My most popular plugin was a little piece of software called SmartGif that allowed users to slice a Photoshop file into multiple .gif files. Communications Arts recognized it and MacWeek magazine touted it as one of the first plugins to really take advantage of the new (at the time) layers feature in Photoshop.
My keen interest in Photoshop - not just for work, but as a hobby - led me to pursue the difficult Adobe Certified Expert qualification in 2006. It wasn’t easy. In reality, it was pretty damn hard. But I passed on my first try.
Since that day, I try to improve my Photoshop knowledge and ability every day. That’s what led me to create Camp Photoshop. I love and enjoy Photoshop so much; I wanted to help others be able to create outstanding work.
If there’s anything I can do to help you become a better Photoshop user, just ask.