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Ben Willmore is the founder of Digital Mastery, a Boulder, Colorado–based training and consulting firm that specializes in electronic publishing. Ben has always been known to be a little nutty about all things technical, even as a child. Not long after he traded in his tricycle for training wheels, he started building cameras out of do-it-yourself kits. In 1981, at the tender age of 14, he made his official debut into computer nerd-dom when he attended CompuCamp. That's where he discovered his first two loves, computers and graphic design, and where he learned how to use a graphics tablet to produce art on an Apple ][ computer—three full years before the Macintosh said its first ”Hello.”

Not surprisingly, he went on to become a graphic designer. In those days that meant knowing all about such primitive things as typesetting, keylining, and stat cameras. When the first tools of electronic publishing started showing up, Ben began his trend as an aggressive early adopter of new technologies. While most people in the business were holding back in a wait-and-see attitude, Ben was charging ahead and embracing the new tools like long-lost friends. His first serious push into the new arena was when he converted his college's daily newspaper from traditional techniques to electronic tools in the late '80s.

Ben became known as someone who likes to push his tools to the limit, causing many printing companies and service bureaus to ask “How'd you do that?” His obsession with the nuts and bolts of electronic publishing turned him into an unwitting one-man customer support center for all his friends and coworkers. It was this, he discovered, that was his third love—helping others truly understand graphics software. And so he decided to go out on his own and teach his favorite program (Photoshop) full time.

In 1994, he created what has become the hugely successful seminar, Photoshop Mastery (aka Master Photoshop in 3 Days). Since then he has taught over 10,000 Photoshop users, and travels all over the country presenting his seminars and speaking at publishing events such as PhotoshopWorld. He is an alpha and beta tester for Adobe Photoshop and writes a monthly column for PEI magazine and Photoshop User magazine. Ben can be reached at willmore@digitalmastery.com.

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