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Meeting Notes August 20, 2018

posted Aug 20, 2018, 9:13 PM by Robert Brown

SVMUG Meeting Notes August 20, 2018


presented by Lynda Gousha

Apple Support Video - VIP 

All about smart mailboxes in Apple Mail on iOS devices

Look for the YouTube Channel “Apple Support”


D-Link Routers Send Users to Fake Banking Sites

check for your model of router, and replace or update it, if needed.

Black Hat Conference Shows Fixed Mac Vulnerability

The Apple exploit shown at the conference has been fixed.

Australian Teen Hacks Into Apple’s Systems 

No customer data was stolen or affected.

The teenager thought this would get him a job.

He is now facing criminal charges.

Look for the MacMostNow podcast on the iTS.


General News:

Apple Reports 2Q Results

Good news for Apple. All time high on Friday.

Apple has exceeded $1 trillion dollars in market capital.

AAPL Hits All Time High

AAPL Hits $1 Trillion Market Cap 1

AAPL Hits $1Trillion Market Cap 2

iPhone X Retains More Value

New MBPs Repair Challenged ‘Till Sept

Repair parts for MacBook Pro are limited at this time.

Macstock Report - Lynda & Charles

Theme was on productivity. 

‘Love Notes to Newton’ Movie

iMac G3 20th Anniversary 

Cook & Trump have Dinner Together

Apple Boycott in Turkey

political activists smashing their iPhones

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan 

announced a boycott of American electronics

Apple Marks ‘World Emoji Day’

Apple Opens New Walnut Creek Store

Samsung Tries to Make Apple Look Bad - Response

Chinese Apple Customers’ Data Now Local to China

Gorilla Glass 6 is Coming

CMD-D Conference on Automation - Sal Soghoian & Ray Robertson - Oct. 15-17, Cartersville, GA

Macstock Has a Digital Pass ($79.00) Schedule Here

Discounts on O’Reilly AI Conference in Sept. on Table



Mac mini Getting an Update in the Fall



Bert Monroy :

TOPIC & DESCRIPTION: Workflows & tips for creating hyperrealistic paintings

In 1984 the Mac was promoted as a graphics computer. Bert will prove that claim by showing the progression from MacPaint to Photoshop. He will also take us through the process he employs while creating his works of art. We’ll see how the computer plays a major role in his work flow from the preliminary research to the final art piece. Bert will be here in person to demonstrate how, with little effort, amazing effects can be created!


Bert discovered computers with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh 128 in 1984. He embraced the computer as an artistic medium and is now considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His work has been seen in every major trade publication of the computer industry and featured in books which include Making Art on a Macintosh, The Photoshop WOW Book, The Illustrator WOW Book, The Art of Digital Painting, The Grey Book and The Photoshop A to Z in Japan. You’ve probably also seen his artwork during these software product introductions: Photoshop, VideoWorks (predecessor to Director), PixelPaint, SoundCap and ImageStudio (predecessor to Painter). Bert is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bert is an accomplished teacher and lecturer and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. He has an extensive library of video tutorials on He was a monthly regular on Tech TV and he hosted Pixel Perfect with Bert Monroy, a weekly Photoshop podcast for He consults with and trains corporate clients, including Pixar and Disney Animation. Film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Associates. His installed base of clients includes Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Epson, and Wacom.

“Bert’s presentations have been described as “riveting” "  according to Anne Griffin-leader of DVMUG

Notes from the presentation

Creating photo realistic images from painting and compositing.

Example: creating a Photoshop brush for painting realistic peppers in a glass pepper shaker.

Some pieces have taken four and a half years to create. 

But things that used to be very expensive to do, are now both easy and cheap.

Film grain is effective — use the add noise filter.  Add the noise to the blank canvas. Then use the blur more filter to add grays. Use the histogram to move the whites and grays in the fourth quadrant of the luminance distribution. Add motion blur, and you will obtain an overlay that looks like falling snow.

Use this as a screen layer — anything on lower layers that is lighter shows through. 


Bert started on a Mac 218, at an ad agency in New York. He began painting in MacPaint. 

started working on the first computerized comic book. “Shatter”

Then got into MacDraw. Illustrator. ImageStudio (Letraset). ImageStudio introduced retouching. The program went to color with the introduction of the Mac II. ImageStudio evolved into Painter. 

Bert was the go-to guy for testing graphic software. He got all the great tools: programs, scanners, etc.

Adobe Photoshop took over the market. That changed the whole landscape. Everybody went digital because of Photoshop. That was 1990 (version 2). Bert wrote his first Photoshop book. “The Official Photoshop Handbook”


Google Earth and Google Maps are great for examining real world scenes for inspiration and details. From that Bert builds little cardboard models of the scene. A mirror and camera combination is used to see what an eye view might look like.

That gives the perspective for the painting, and he paints based on that.


Attention to detail is important. For example making a bin full of clams for an open air market or restaurant.

Fill a blank canvas will a brown fill.

Create some noise, and add motion blur and make really drawn into horizontal streaks. 

Clip into clam shapes, warping into realistic shell shape. Dodge and burn to add three dimensionality. Create about six different ones, Duplicate into a pile of clams, and add the shadows.


isolating images.

Use 8-bit alpha channels.

cloning trees into image

Use the splatter brush with cloning.


Imagination and knowledge of the program can go a long way.


recommended beginner’s tools: maybe GIMP, but Photoshop is the main tool, even for beginners. 


Open Source

In the ongoing proof that everything can provide an open-source alternative, we turn our attention to flow charts! The simplest to the most complex diagrams, charts, and even potentially mind-mapping can be done with MermaidJS. Dan Reed takes a look. 

Flow charts are great  for explaining processes. A live editor allows you to see the diagram as you add stages and decision nodes.

A simple syntax is used to define the diagram as a series of text directives. The graphic version is shown by live parsing the commands as entered.

Mermaid is a web based editor.


Q and A

1. How do I get rid of passwords on my old system — system 10.7.5 — I am giving the computer away.

Delete the old user accounts. You can also delete the apple.setup file in the system library.