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Exclusive Design Master Class With Dr. Russell Brown, Adobe Senior Creative Director. Join us April 10-13, 2016 in San Jose, California for a design event like no other...

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Take The Plunge

20,000 Layers Under the Sea

Adobe Three Day Master Class

April 10-13, 2016 in San Jose, California


Adobe's ADIM conference, in it’s 29th year, brings together a small exclusive group of top designers from around the world for a one of a kind experience [less than 19 tickets remaining].

This Inspirational Master Class, a multi-day conference at Adobe headquarters in San Jose, is hosted by Adobe Senior Creative Director Dr. Russell Preston Brown.

Join industry greats for an inspirational week, that you can’t experience anywhere else. In between the inspirational projects, you’ll join a handful of other creatives for in depth training on the Adobe Creative Cloud product line.

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 Creative Cloud applications and services.

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Beautiful Bonus

A full, 2-year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud is included in your registration fee. That's nearly a $1200 value!


Adobe ADIM has Returned!


Laser Engraved Portfolio Project

When your projects are complete, they will be laser cut by the Universal Laser and imaged with an Epson printer to your exact specifications.

A full, 2-year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud

As a special bonus, you'll get a full year of Creative Cloud included with your training. You’ll leave the class with new techniques, fresh tools and new contacts.

Improve your animation skills with guidance from top animators in the world

Use motion to convey a story, explain a design interaction or simply bring a small portion of a photograph to life all with Photoshop’s powerful video and animation tools.

Learn the new features In Adobe CC – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign 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.

Brilliance Bar - Personalized Attention with Industry Pro’s

Have your questions answered by Adobe’s top experts in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

Meals are included

This intensive training will have you creating and learning nearly all day. That’s why we’ve included nearly all meals to keep you focused on your projects.

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 receive new business from new friends they have met at the ADIM conference

Testimonials & Attendees

What People are Saying

Jake Weien
"It is the highlight of my year."

I have met and enjoyed the company of so many talented people at ADIM. Some of my closest professional friendships started at these events. Unlike any other conference, the small group of attendees assist in creating a superb learning environment. The hands-on classes at ADIM are the best way to retain the valuable tips and tricks for later use at my work.

There is no other event that brings together a finer mixture of talent, teaching, and technology. It is the highlight of my year. The ultimate creativity recharge, starting the moment I step into the room.

I tell every creative professional I know that ADIM is the best and most fun workshop / conference I have ever attended.―Jake “CreativeJake” Weien

Chris Converse
"...the most unique and inspirational conference I’ve ever attended."

"ADIM is the most unique and inspirational conference I’ve ever attended. The combination of graphic design, photography, the latest Adobe software, lasers, and high-end printers — it is a creative professional’s dream!

The small size of this event allows you to really interact with amazing experts and other creatives. It is truly an inspirational event.

Joining fellow designers and amazing experts to create incredible projects — this event is a creative professional’s dream! What else would you expect from Russell Brown?!" ― Chris Converse
Codify Design Studio

Who's Attending?

We have gone ahead and collected the profiles of some of the creatives who are attending ADIM this year!

The Event FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Question What is ADIM?

Adobe's Inspirational Master Class, 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 project worthy of Captain Nemo’s gallery.

Question What will I learn from the experts?

In addition to the undersea project, Dr. Browns crew 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.

This year, we will have a Brilliance Bar for each application 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.

Question What’s with the Costumes and Talent Show?

Part of the fun of an ADIM 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 monsters to mermaids. We’ll be giving away big prizes to the best dressed, top designs and more!

Your Creative Cloud Membership

Two weeks before ADIM16 begins, Adobe will email you with your membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud. You may install it immediately and activate it before ADIM16. Remember: you must create an Adobe ID before installing the software.

Keep in mind that your two-year subscription will kick in the moment you sign into your account and launch any of the applications. Note for returning ADIM participants: you'll receive an update to your existing Adobe Creative Cloud account that can be used to extend your account for the additional time.

Question What to expect at the Talent Show?

You are invited to sing, dance, juggle, strum, howl or stage a little mermaid performance. Our talent show brings out the quietest minds and most extravagant flair.

Dr. Brown will award prizes to any and all who are bold enough to step onstage and entertain the ADIM16 audience.

Question What is the Theme, Team and Project this year?

Our 2016 theme opens the door to creative thinking with Captain Nemo as our underwater guide.

We will begin class with professional photography of our undersea creatures, along with any personal images you bring to ADIM.

You may use your camera to capture images in our onsite photo studio, or work with ADIM's professional photographers to capture the image you desire for your undersea projects.

When your projects are complete, they will be laser cut by the Universal Laser and imaged with an Epson printer to your exact specifications.

Question How to Prepare for ADIM?

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 for use at ADIM.

What to Bring?

This year we will also have a special focus to include some of Adobe’s mobile applications, so please bring an iPad 2 or newer model with you. We recommend that you bring a Macintosh formatted hard drive or USB thumb drives to backup your projects. It is also helpful to bring your own Wacom tablet to ADIM.

  • iPad 2 or newer model (helpful for two of the sessions. We will have some in class to try out.)
  • USB thumb drive to backup your projects
  • Wacom tablet (optional, for those who use them regularly)

Other Questions?

Have a question on logistics, lodging, or travel planning? Reach ADIM event planner Greg Allum –, (406) 223-0132. All conference details are handled by The Van Heyst Group (VHG), event planning experts who have helped Russell Brown and Adobe with all of the previous ADIM events.

Venue + Details

An Amazing Event Calls for an Amazing Venue


Time and Date

Sunday, April 10th through Wednesday, April 13th

Opening Reception will begin at 5 pm on Sunday, April 10th. Please plan to arrive at the Marriott Hotel by 4 pm on Sunday.

Please take note that we will wrap up with a talent show on Wednesday evening, April 13th at 10 pm. This is an event that shouldn't be missed. Plan to leave the event on the morning of April 14th.


Wondering what we will be up to each day? Check out our Agenda!


Adobe’s Corporate Headquarters and The Marriott Hotel in San Jose

The learning and fun take place at two locations this year. Classes will be in the Park Conference room in the East Tower of Adobe’s corporate headquarters. Our opening and closing events will take place at the Marriott hotel in San Jose.

Book your Marriott Hotel room by March 9th at our special conference rate of $249.00 plus tax and fees, by calling 800.228.9290 and refer to Adobe's ADIM16 Conference, or by using the link below. After March 9th, attendees can continue to call or use the link below, but rates increase and rooms are subject to availability.

Book Your Rooms Today!

Dedication: In Memory of Alex Johnson

A Special Note From Russell Brown

Alex was a key contributor to my ADIM events for the last 19 years. He was always helpful, generous, and loving in every thing he did. He never hesitated help and loved inspiring others to learn. In honor of Alex, I have dedicated this year’s event in his name. We will miss him dearly. Alex, we love you very much. ― Russell Preston Brown

Speakers + Experts

Learn From The Best

Russell Preston Brown's Portrait
Your Host

Russell "Captain Nemo" Preston Brown

Senior Creative Director, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Russell Preston Brown is the Principal Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated and an Emmy Award-winning instructor. He uses Adobe products to combine the worlds of design and software development. In his 29 year Adobe career, he's contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts, and most recently, Adobe Photoshop panel 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.


Orlando Arocena's Portrait

Orlando Arocena

"Traversing the Vector: From Commercial to Pop Art"

Artist and designer Orlando Arocena ~ Mexifunk- will share his diverse career past from fine artist, to commercial creative director to vector artist, with a showcase of work inspired by his affinity for culture and the commercial vibe. In this session, Orlando will discuss: Fine Art to Commercial and beyon, appreciation for Art History and the ultimate "Blue Print" for gaining inspiration, even as a commercial designer. Orlando will also guide us through a showcase of vector art including video a speed paint process

Rayce Bird's Portrait

Rayce Bird

Special FX Makeup Artist

Rayce Bird is an internationally known award winning artist. He is involved in a multitude of design projects and innovations. After graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Virtual Technology and Design, Rayce went on to compete on national television on the Syfy Channel's highly rated series, Face Off, Season 2. After winning the competition, Rayce has been combining both his degree knowledge and his skills that he used on the show doing special effects makeup and conceptual art for both the film and gaming industry.

He is also a design consultant for Adobe Photoshop and has been contracted by the government to design game simulators for training and other cognitive learning projects. Rayce has also been hired to speak at schools and several conventions about his design theories and experiences. Rayce is just beginning his career and has some big projects on the horizon. Rayce's goal is to innovate and recreate the world around him while inspiring others to do the same.

Chris Converse's Portrait

Chris Converse

"20,000 Frames Under the Layers"

Bring your ADIM project to life with video and animation. Photoshop possesses some powerful video and animation tools that will allow you to leverage photography, illustration, and video, into eye-catching motion sequences. Use motion to convey a story, explain a design interaction, or simply bring a small portion of a photograph to life.

"Make Your Own Waves"

Join us in the hands-on session where we’ll create video that can be used in your final ADIM project. Learn to import video, animate artwork in 2d and 3d space, as well as apply non-destructive filters to your video. We’ll also use SmartObjects to imposition your video into a 4-sided composite that can be customized for your hologram player.

David's Portrait

David Fleetham


David will be sharing innerspace images from his encounters around the globe. The earths underwater world and the creatures that it possesses are like no other in the universe and you will get to see it through the eyes of someone who started on Kodachrome and made his way into today’s digital planet. (Planet Adobe?).

Joel Grimes' Portrait

Joel Grimes

"Branding The Artist"

How does an Artist break through the masses to get noticed in today’s marketplace? When we talk about advertising or branding, it seems easier to define when we refer to companies like Coca-Cola, Apple or Nike. But when it comes to positioning our self as an artist, somehow we think that the marketplace works differently. However, branding a product or a service works the same as branding an artist, it all comes down to one powerful thing, repetition. Last year Coca-Cola spent close to 3 billion enforcing the power of repetition. And it works; they are the number one brand in the world.

In addition to having little to no advertising budget, Artists have a problem that is even worse. They have the inability to have a concise or recognizable brand. You have heard the term, “Jack of all trades and master of none”? In the photography world, this is an epidemic. To make things worse, artist types never seem to stick with a look or brand long enough to let it take hold.

Follow Joel as he takes you through a few case studies on how to brand yourself as an Artist. From his coffee table book on the Navajo, to his grungy portraits, Joel will give you some insight into the power of branding the Artist.

Michael Hawley's Portrait

Michael Hawley

"Making the World's Largest Book"

Opening to 5 x 7 feet and weighing about 150 pounds, Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across The Last Himilayan Kingdom is the largest book every published, and in 2001-2002, it was a nontrivial digital design challenge featuring spectacular photography and one of the first fine art applications of large-format inkjet printing.

The story of its creation includes extraordinary adventures in the Himalayas during the dawn of digital photography as well as oddities of traditional bookbinding. I'll also place this curious work in a broader artistic context, including unusual works by Alphonse Mucha, John James Audubon and others.

Eric Joseph's Portrait

Eric Joseph

"The World of Inkjet Papers: The Print Matters"

As designers and photographers, sometimes we ask the question: How important is the paper we use? Join Eric Joseph as he discusses how paper informs our design decisions and how to use paper to get the best results out of your presentations, archives, and compositions.

Julieanne Kost's Portrait

Julieanne Kost

"Through the Eyes of Julieanne Kost"

In her work, Julieanne is able to combine a passion for photography, a mastery of digital imaging techniques, and her degree in psychology, to find within herself the raw components of visual emotion. She will be discussing her favorite personal projects including how she captured, enhanced and published images for her books, Window Seat, the Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking, and Passenger Seat - Telling your photographic story with Adobe Lightroom from conception to publication, Moments Combined - a series of digitally composited images exploring dreams and, The Red Thread– a look at how photography can help to see relationships between events in our lives. Julieanne will share insights not only to her creative process but also the Photoshop techniques which enable her to create her photographic illustrations.

Bonny Portrait

Bonny Lhotka

Artist, Printmaker, Innovater, Inventer

Bonny Lhotka is the recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Technology in the Arts. She writes articles for books and magazines and is the author of three books; Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography and mixed media, The Last Layer: New methods in digital printing for photography, fine art, and mixed media and Hacking the Digital Print published by New Riders Voices That Matter. Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian, US Department of State, US Embassy’s, private and corporate collections worldwide. She is represented by Walker Fine Art Denver, CO.

Matthew's Portrait

Matthew Richmond

"Mobile Photo/Imaging Deep Dive"

Gear up, ye landlubbers! It’s time to leave your desktops on the shore and swim out to the mobile future of digital image making. Ill bring you up to speed on Adobe’s latest and greatest mobile photography, imaging and design tools. From picture taking to retouching, compositing and design layouts on the go – our time together will be filled with tools, workflows an tips you can start using today. We will also touch on the thoughts of the Experience Design teams, and look at Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Slate, and Project Vibe and a possible sneak of some new tricks to come.

David's Portrait

David Stevens

Sr. Global Technology Specialist at Universal Laser Systems (ULS)

Dave has been at ULS for 16 years, expanding his knowledge of laser material processing through various positions. Through this deep experience and passion for technology, Dave has essentially become a trailblazer in laser technology. As a Senior Global Technology Specialist, Dave travels worldwide educating audiences about laser technology and providing them insight on how to maximize and expand their business..

Terry White's Portrait

Terry White

Navigating New Features in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign have come a long way over the past few years. Chances are you’ve been head-down, using them as you always have. In this class you’ll see the latest advancements in each one as well as how to take advantage of workflows that you’ve probably missed out on. See tips and tricks on how to integrate Creative Cloud into your workflow better. Learn how to take advantage of shared assets and Adobe Stock. If you feel like you’re not getting all that you can from these powerful applications then join me to see what you’ve been missing.

Brian Yap's Portrait

Brian Yap

"Mobile Illustration Techniques"

Take a journey into a new frontier of illustration with pro level tools that you you can take with you anywhere. I’ll walk you through my discovery and experience trying out some of the most advanced illustration apps on the iPad and show examples of how it became a favorite tool, as well how the apps themselves have affected my personal style with lots of pretty illustration examples along the way.

Then we will dive into a demo of some of the basic features in Adobe Sketch and Adobe Draw, walk through how Adobe Capture and Creative Cloud libraries really crank up the capabilities of those apps and for sure take some twist and turns into a tricks Ive come to rely upon to make the tools work for me in a professional workflow. To that end you will get to see what you can create an how it translates to Photoshop and Illustrator on the desktop.

Whether a life-time doodler or proclaimed “ I can’t draw a straight line” - There will be techniques and tricks that all can use in different ways in their work..


But Wait...There's More!


"Capture & Release"

April 9th, Saturday 10:30-5:30

Spend the day with Bonny Lhotka exploring the world of water based image transfer processes. Your captured images will be released to a variety of substrates that include aged metal, acrylic, paper, anodized aluminum and more. The random artifacts that can happen in the transfer process are what define the uniqueness of each piece.

If you miss hands on work this workshop is for you. You will learn techniques that are reminiscent of historic photographic processes. You will have a full day of fun experimentation and leave with a selection of handmade one of a kind works of art. This special pre-conference event will be held at the Adobe’s Corporate Headquarters and is strictly limited to 20 ADIM attendees.

Bonny Is the inventor of these this process and the author of three books on alternative digital printmaking process.

How Do I Sign Up?

When you sign up for the conference, use the coupon code: Dass ART.

If you have already purchased your tickets to ADIM, please contact ADIM event planner Greg Allum –, (406) 223-0132 to sign up for this workshop.

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Tuition includes 2 Free Years of Adobe Creative Cloud!



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*Price does not include transportation, hotel, or airfare

What's included with Tuition?
  • 2 Free Years of Adobe Creative Cloud! (A $1200 value!)
  • All meals, with one free night on the town
  • All tools needed to create your ADIM project: iMac computers, Universal laser cutting and etching, high end Epson printers
  • 20 expert project designers ready to assist
  • Talent night prizes and awards!
  • Take home: finished multi-media project and high quality, portfolio ready photographs of your project
  • Plus networking with 100+ talented peers!
  • Pre-conference, hands on workshop, "Capture and Release", Saturday April 9, 10:30 - 5:30. Learn and fine tune image transfer processes using aged metal, acrylic, paper, anodized aluminum and more. Open to the first 20 registrants.