Bruce Fraser should have needed no introduction, but for those from foreign lands or out of touch with important events in the digital imaging industry, here's a thumbnail of the "colorful" Bruce Fraser.

Bruce emigrated from Edinburgh, Scotland where he escaped the gray Scottish climes only to discover San Francisco's equally challenging weather. Rumor has it this was the inspiration of Bruce's fascination with all things relating to color. Bruce had made a lifelong study of human vision and how it relates to reproducible color in photography and photomechanical reproduction.

Bruce was a noted author having co-authored the perennial Photoshop resource book Real World Photoshop from Peachpit Press. He was also co-author of Real World Color Management and the author of the best-selling Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS and CS2. Bruce was also a contributing editor for MacWorld and for CreativePro where he pened his "Out Of Gamut" articles.

Bruce first became familiar with Photoshop in its precursor called BarneyScan XP. Since that time in the late 1980's, he had been an important contributor in Photoshop's ongoing development. He was a feature consultant and alpha and beta tester and was noted in the Photoshop credits. Bruce was widely regarded as instrumental in helping refine color management systems and he greatly aided improved color management implementations in Photoshop 6.0

Bruce was an internationally known speaker and presenter at trade shows, conferences, and seminars in locations as far-flung as Helsinki, Finland and Perth, Western Australia (and points in between). He had also consulted for a wide range of major photographic and digital imaging companies.

Bruce passed away on December 16, 2006. Please see the PhotoshopNews story about his passing: Bruce Fraser: January 9, 1954 – December 16, 2006

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