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
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