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A Rare Personal Blog. A Thank You


This week I was very proud to receive confirmation that I’d passed the Photoshop CS6 ACE Exam.

There are a few teachers and trainers that have passed this exam but for me, this was super sweet. TipSquirrel.com was originally put together with links to other sites (hence ‘Squirrelling for Tips’) with the aim to one day take and pass the ACE exam.

TipSquirrel.com soon became a producer of tutorials in it’s own right and a resource for anyone wanting to pass the ACE, this was done by articles concentrating on real world use of Photoshop. And so, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank some amazing people that helped me achieve my goal.

The Nuts, without them TipSquirrel wouldn’t be the resource it is, nor would I have learnt so much! So thank you; Janine Smith, Michael Hoffman, Simon Rudd, Richard Harrington, Gavin Hoey, Scot Baston, Richard Hales, AJ Wood, David Asch, Howard Pinsky,  Dan Moughamian, Justin Seeley and Glyn Dewis.

The Nuts

I’m very proud to be associated with them all, but I’m even more proud to say that they’re my friends. The community spirit and camaraderie among the group is amazing. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

All the Nuts contribute to the site for free, please visit all their websites to get all their Photoshop goodness! Details of their sites can be found at the bottom of their posts.

But there are others that I have to thank

A great influencer in my Photoshop career, Deke McClelland’s books and One on One series’ at Lynda.com have become a firm favourite, indeed “as it turns out” has become a catchphrase round these parts.

Deke’s website is a firm favourite of mine and I don’t recall a week where I haven’t paid a visit. I have learnt SO much from this site and had some laughs along the way. The Droplet Song, the slightly risqué podcasts and of course the very much missed Martini Hour. Thank you Deke!

NAPP / Photoshop Guys, Scott Kelby, RC Conception, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski and Cory Barker. Their tutorials and podcasts have been inspirational at times.

Matts Photoshop Quick Tips was a great resource for those bits and bobs you wish you’d always known!


And there are SO many more… John Arnold, Jan Kabili, Lesa Snider, Andrew Kavanah to name but a few.

You think this was gushing and crass, you ain’t seen nothing yet…. I’m going after the ACT!

About Eric Renno (435 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

6 Comments on A Rare Personal Blog. A Thank You

  1. Thank YOU Eric (and all the contributors to TipSquirrel) for providing such a great service. Congratulations on getting the ACE too 🙂

  2. Carrie // 29/10/2012 at 11:44 am //

    Awesome!!! Congrats Eric!!

  3. As always Eric, Happy and proud of your achievements.

    Onwards and upwards to ACT

  4. Congrats Eric! Only a matter of time before you take your Adobe wits to the next level. :^)

  5. Well done mate.

  6. Gary Holliday // 29/10/2012 at 10:53 pm //

    Nice one, well done!

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