My Friend the Photoshop Goddess

While I worked at IBM, I met some pret­ty impres­sive peo­ple. A fel­low con­trac­tor, Maria Masiar, recent­ly achieved what I’d call deity sta­tus, hav­ing been to Adobe’s Pho­to­shop Con­fer­ence, also known as the Art Direc­tors Invi­ta­tion­al Mas­ter Class in San Fran­cis­co for two years, and both of those times, won prizes for her work dur­ing the con­fer­ence (First Prize the first year). Maria, who moved here recent­ly from Toron­to, has now just had one of here projects here appear on Pho­to­shop Mag­a­zine’s cov­er as a run­ner-up in the Fourth Annu­al Pho­to­shop User Awards. Because I know the artist, I not only got a copy, but also the orig­i­nal pho­to that she used to pro­duce the final one. It’s help­ful to see it, because it shows Maria as the mod­el, and then her as a flesh-eat­ing zom­bie, and a damned fright­en­ing one at that! Click on each pho­to to see larg­er, more detailed versions:

Maria Before Zombification Maria As A Zombie

So not only is Maria a Pho­to­shop God­dess (or Guru), she’s also got to be her own model.

Hav­ing Pho­to­shop ‘chops’ like Mari­a’s means that you can pret­ty much do any­thing and make it look believ­able. The next time I need some syn­thet­ic real­i­ty (I’m think­ing, per­haps, of a pho­to for my wall of me sit­ting like For­est Gump at the White House with Pres­i­dent Oba­ma), I know who I’ll call.