The Mind Blowing Conference that you’ve been waiting for…
Russell’s conference brings together a small exclusive group of top designers from around the world for a one of a kind experience. This advanced inspirational class is a multi-day conference in Monterey, CA. The event is hosted by Adobe’s Sr. Principal Designer Russell Preston Brown.
Join industry experts for an inspirational week that you can’t experience anywhere else. In between the inspirational Rock & Roll projects, you’ll join a band of other creatives for compelling learning about Adobe Creative Cloud products and workflows.
This fun, lively and inspirational event is for graphic designers, art directors, photographers and creative directors seeking fresh, inventive ways to use the newest Adobe applications. This Rock & Roll themed event will inspire you with great speakers and lively musical performances.
A design event like no other...
Find inspiration from some of the best designers and educators
Get a front row seat to the latest Adobe magic and innovations
Take fun breaks with musical performances and special guests
Connect with speakers and other attendees
Create handmade portfolio projects
5 Great reasons why you should attend
Laser Engraved & Printed Portfolio Projects
When your projects are complete, they will be laser cut by a Trotec Laser, imaged with Canon and Roland printers to your exact specifications.
Personalized Attention with Industry Pros
Have your questions answered by Adobe’s top experts in Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, and the full Adobe Creative Cloud.
A full, 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud
As a special bonus, you'll get a full year of the Creative Cloud included with your training. You’ll leave the class with new techniques, fresh tools and new contacts.
Learn the latest new features in Creative Cloud — Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom have come a long way over the past few years. In this class you’ll see the latest advancements in each one as well as how to take advantage of new workflows.
Network with Top Creative Directors
Meet other industry professionals in a fun creative environment, where you can build relationships that last well into the future. It’s not uncommon for attendees to start new business relationships from new friends that they have met at a Russell Brown conference.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Russell Brown Creativity Conference?
Russell’s Inspirational Creative Class, is an entertaining, three-day experience where art directors, designers, illustrators and photographers learn advanced imaging techniques using the tools and services found in the Adobe Creative Cloud. You'll design and create a unique handmade projects worthy of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Who should attend and what skill level is needed?
This event is designed for art directors, designers, illustrators and photographers looking for creative inspiration. This is event requires advanced skill levels in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. This is not a beginning level course. A good working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator will be essential for this class.
What will I learn from the experts?
In addition to the Rock & Roll projects, Doc Brown’s band of experts (some seriously top designers and creatives) will review many of the latest services and applications found in the Adobe Creative Cloud, including some features intended specifically for creative professionals.
Each year I try and bring special members of my team who are specialist in each Adobe applications to make it easier to get your specific questions answered by a pro.
Ask questions of Russell Brown and the team of experts conducting classes while you network with other design professionals.
Learn from my select group of speakers who will talk about their professional collection of work.
Part of the fun of a Russell Brown event is the clever costumes, masks and extreme makeup used to carry a creative theme to the max. Come to class, and dress to impress! From rock & roll legends to musical groupies. We’ll be rewarding the best dressed, top designs and more! Coming to class on the first day dressed as your favorite Rock Star is highly recommended and a highlight of the event. Take this opportunity to have your photo captured by a professional photographer and use the images in your final projects.
What to expect at the Talent Show?
You are invited to sing, dance, juggle, strum, howl or stage a rock & roll revival. Our closing night talent show brings out the best in the quietest minds and with the most extravagant flair.
Doc Brown will be rewarding any and all who are bold enough to step onstage and entertain the audience. The talent show is on the final evening so don’t leave town too soon or you will miss out on an amazing event.
Your Creative Cloud Membership
About four weeks before class begins, we will email your membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud. You may install it immediately and activate it before class starts. Remember: you must create an Adobe ID before installing the software.
Keep in mind that your one-year subscription will kick in the moment you sign into your account and launch any of the applications. Note for existing Adobe customers: this special membership code will update your existing Adobe Creative Cloud account so that it can be used to extend your account for the an additional one year time.
How to prepare for the Rock & Roll Reunion
Bring yourself, but make sure you are energized with creativity and ready to learn. This hands-on class will supply each participant with their very own Apple iMac workstation for use in class.
We will also be discussing the mobile workflow with Adobe products so having your mobile phone or iPad available will be an added bonus.
Also bring your digital camera of choice. It might be your mobile phone or your DSLR camera. Be sure to bring a media card reader to transfer your images to your workstation.
Class projects will be announced two months before class starts. This will give you plenty of time to prepare and step into class ready to start imaging.
What is the Theme & Project this year?
Our 2022 theme opens the door to creative thinking as you promote your very own Rock & Roll band and perhaps with you as the lead performer. Select your favorite band of all time, or create a new band of your very own. This year students will create special projects to promote your band and their music. Projects will include printed album graphics, laser engraved displays, and posters.
We will begin class with a Rock & Roll concert to kick things off with a blast from the past. You may use your phones or cameras to capture images of the performers in our onsite photo studio, or work with professional photographers to capture the image you desire for your Rock & Roll projects. When your projects are complete, they will be laser cut by the Trotec Laser, imaged with a Canon or Roland printer to your exact specifications.
Project details will be announced two months before class starts. The projects will come with detailed instructions on getting your projects started before arriving to class. This will allow you to step into class and feel confident that you have created your best possible portfolio-ready work for imaging.
An Amazing Event Calls for an Amazing Location
Monterey Conference Center Monterey, California
Tuesday, April 26th through Thursday, April 28th
Please plan to arrive into Monterey on Monday, April 25th. There will be an opening reception on Monday, April 25th at 5:00pm. Come as your favorite Rock Star! Beer and wine will be served.
Class starts on Tuesday, April 26th at 8:30am and runs through Thursday, April 28th. Rock & Roll costumes are welcome and preferred on the first day of class. This is a great opportunity to have your picture taken so you can include yourself in your class projects.
The Thursday night talent show ends at 11 pm. This amazing show shouldn't be missed. Plan to leave Monterey and head home on the morning of Friday, April 29th.
Health and Safety
Adobe is committed to insuring your health and safety during this unique time. In our efforts to make this event safe for everyone, there will be mandatory protocols in place. It is important for you to be aware of these official Adobe guidelines as you plan to attend this in-person event.
For attendees and support staff, these protocols include:
- All participants are required to be fully vaccinated
- Participants – must be ready to show proof of vaccination upon arrival
- Testing is available upon request
- Mask wearing although not required it is encouraged
- Daily Health Assessment questions will be asked upon arrival
- In-person participation is voluntary
There may be additional requirements from the venue and/or the local government; if so, they will be announced before the event. Additional information will be mailed to each attendee as new safety documents are made available. In addition, any international attendees must follow any required travel protocols as they enter the United States.
If any participant is feeling unwell for whatever reason while on-site, that participant should not attend any activities regardless of their vaccination status or whether they have tested negative recently. Self-isolate, seek medical attention, and notify the event organizers as soon as possible. If a participant feels unwell prior to traveling to the event, do not travel and seek medical attention. Any participant who tests positive will be provided a full tuition refund.
Any questions regarding the conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel reservations can be made for a discounted rate at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, CA. The Monterey Marriott is directly across from the conference venue, Monterey Conference Center.
- Recommended Check in – Monday, April 25th
- Recommended Check out – Friday, April 29th
Substitutions / Cancellation Policy
Substitutions, including those made on-site, are allowed with the written permission of the original registrant from the same company. Substitutions outside the same company as original registration will not be granted. Request for substitutions must be made via email or mail. Substitutions are not confirmed until you receive written approval from Event Registration Support.
Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to email@example.com.
The refund policy is as follows:
- Before March 1, 2022: Full refund
- March 2, 2022 or later: No refund (No shows are ineligible for registration fee refunds).
Professional Speakers and Performers
Russell “ELVIS” Preston Brown
Sr. Principal Designer
The Secrets of Mobile Phone Photography Workflow in a Rock n’ Roll World
Russell Preston Brown is a Sr. Principal Creative Director at Adobe Inc and an Emmy Award-winning instructor. He uses Adobe products to combine the worlds of design and software development. In his 37 year Adobe career, he’s contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts, and most recently, Adobe Photoshop for iPad development.
Brown’s extensive design knowledge and zany presentation style have won him a devoted following among users of all levels. Via his entertaining series of Photoshop Tips and Tricks, Brown tests the creative limits of Adobe tools for an audience that includes art directors, designers, photographers, artists, and other creative professionals.
TEXT, DRUGS and ROCK & ROLL Psychedelic Typography in the Golden Age of Rock & Roll
Ina Saltz is an art director, designer, writer, photographer, and Professor Emeritus at The City College of New York. Ina has authored eight online video tutorials about typography and related subjects on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning.
She is the author, designer and principal photographer of the Body Type series of books on typographic tattoos, as well as Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type, and a co-author of Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History and Practice of Typography.
She has written more than 50 articles on design and typography, contributed to 5 books by Steven Heller, and authored 15 essays for Phaidon’s Archive of Graphic Design.
Ina served as a Design Director at Time magazine, Worth, Golf, and others. She was one of the first art directors to work on a computer at Time Inc.’s Teletext Project. Ina frequently lectures on topics related to magazine design and typography; she has chaired, co-chaired, and judged numerous design and typography competitions. She is a two-term board member of the Type Directors Club and the Society of Publication Designers.
Ina lives in New York City. Her favorite typefaces are Requiem, Bickham Script, and Franklin Gothic No. 2 and her favorite characters are &, Q, Z, and R.
Partner, Designer & Developer
Create Your Rockin’ CC Mix Tape
Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic, animation, and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R-I-T), and has continued to study the landscape of design and its crossroads with various technologies. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured speaker in over 275 industry-related events, conferences and webinars, including NAB, Adobe MAX, Post Production World, How Design Live, AIGA, CreativePro Week, CreativeLive and PHOTOPLUS+ Learning Lens. Find more of Chris’ events at codifydesign.com/events
Vector Journey - Don’t Stop Believin’ the Process- Who’s Crying Now over the Pen Tool- Any Way You Want It Beziers
Von is the creative director of Glitschka Studios, a small two-person design firm located in the Pacific Northwest. We are illustrative designers who create designs and illustrations for global brands and small businesses to expand their creative possibilities, facilitate their brand engagement, and help their businesses grow and thrive.
Digital Imaging Evangelist Director
A Girl in the Band with Photoshop’s Greatest Hits:- Photoshop, You’re Just what I Needed- The Many Layers of Photoshop- Photoshop You’re Like a Hurricane
Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Julieanne Kost is the Digital Imaging Evangelist Director at Adobe, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating and educational training sessions, sharing original techniques and tutorials worldwide — via live events, Adobe.com, and her blog (jkost.com/blog). She is also the author of “Passenger Seat — Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution” and “Window Seat — The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking”, an accomplished photographer and fine artist, and creator and host of the popular Photoshop Essential Training, Lightroom & Photoshop Workflows, Photoshop Automation Techniques, and the Art of Photoshop Compositing courses for LinkedIn Learning.
Kost is well-known for her unique approach to instruction, infusing practical tips and tricks with an equal amount of humor and creativity that keeps audiences entertained and engaged. She often serves as a guest lecturer at distinguished photography schools and leading educational institutions around the world. She has created and published more than a thousand instructional videos for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. For her outstanding service and contributions to the photographic industry, she received the Chuck Westfall Technical Education award from the Lucie Foundation, the Gerhard Bakker and Warren Motts International Service awards from the Professional Photographers of America, and was granted the title of Honorary Educational Associate as well as received the International Award for her significant contributions to Professional Photography as an Art and a Science from the American Society of Photographers, and was inducted to the Photoshop Hall of Fame by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Tour van tales and edits from the road: Collaborate and create from anywhere!
As a kid, Mark Heaps kickflipped his way into a passion for the art and designs of various counter cultures. Skateboarding, graffiti, punk rock, heavy metal, hip hop, fashion, and more, gave him a right of passage through crafts, vandalism, and trespassing. Eventually leading to college studying Fine Arts and Theater in England, which is where he discovered computers, technology, publishing, and animation.
Currently, on that journey, he is the Vice President of Brand & Creative at Groq Inc., an AI Accelerator based in Silicon Valley where he oversees a team of designers, content writers, marketers, and program managers. Formerly a Senior Image Expert for Apple, a Manager for Google’s Book Scanning Project, a Director of Development for Duarte, and lastly working for his wife’s agency Heaps LLC where he was the Executive Creative Director for the accounts of a dozen Fortune 500 companies and a handful of startups. He is a published author, frequent public speaker, and passionate advocate for the next wave of professional creatives.
If he’s not pushing pixels or bashing vectors he’s probably playing music with friends, hiking with his family, riding his motorcycle, or putting ketchup on foods that some would find offensive. Mark lives in Austin, Texas, where he is shocked by street signs that use the font papyrus.
Digital Graphics Expert, Speaker, and Educator on Photoshop
Tricks To Reach Photoshop Nirvana:- Smells Like "Blend-If" Spirit- Something In The Way (Maks It Out!)- Compositing In Bloom
Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. Jesús has over 16 years of professional design experience and has worked with clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Motorola, and Conde Nast. Jesús is best known as the founder of the Photoshop Training Channel, one of the most popular Photoshop YouTube channels in the world. You can find his articles and tutorials in many well-known publications and blogs, including the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog, Adobe’s Create Magazine, and Photoshop User Magazine. Jesús has been a speaker at many industry related events worldwide. Including events in Australia, Asia, and Latin America. Most notably Adobe MAX, Adobe SUMMIT, Adobe MAKE IT, CreativePro, CreativeLive, Talent Land, Photoshop World, and Pluralsight LIVE.
Animator Visual Storyteller & Drummer
Create, Animate, and Celebrate Cool Animations Using Adobe Animate!
- Aaaaaaanimate Good Times, C’mon!- Whole Lotta Animate- I Want You To Want Animate- All Along The Timeline- Don’t stop Animatin’- Animation In The Free World- Sweet Animate O’ Mine
Chris started life like most humans, covered in placenta and with minimal motor skills. It was not long before he learned how to use both hands and feet as a groove-oriented drummer in a variety of bands across the Boston music scene. With over 40 years of experience, Chris has been playing drums longer than doing anything else.
Chris began creating animations as far back as when Flash roamed the Earth. His design and animation talents have graced television, the web, games, video, and even robots. Chris is a visual storyteller for a startup that uses technology to help rare disease patients. He is the author of the hit series How To Cheat In Flash along with various other titles focused on design and animation. Chris is a member of the Adobe Community Professionals program and is very active in developing example files and educational content for the Adobe Animate CC engineering team. When Chris isn’t animating, he continues to enjoy an incredibly active career as a performing and recording musician. Chris lives in Boston and is often found roaming the beaches of Cape Cod with his awesome wife, 3 amazing kids, and two dogs.
Author, writer, blogger, speaker, vlogger and photographer
Once in a lifetime as often as you can
Dave is an author, writer, blogger, speaker, vlogger and photographer. With experience and expertise throughout the photographic industry, he captures the world from his perspective with a view to sharing all the tools and techniques he can in travel, photography, and retouching, all while holding nothing back. Dave lives by the mantra ‘once in a lifetime as often as you can while exploring in a converted Mercedes Sprinter van, specialising in the cold of the north and the aurora filled skies, showing everything involved in the process.