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September 24, 2012 /Other news /Photoshop Elements /

Photoshop Elements Team Spotlight: Bob Gager

Are you curious about the man behind the “Ask Bob!” segment on the Photoshop Elements Facebook Page? Bob Gager, Product Manager for Photoshop Elements, brings over 25 years of experience in photography, digital imaging and photo editing. Harboring a passion for photography since his high school days, Bob started using Photoshop in the mid 80’s, sparking his interest in digital imaging. Bob’s intuitive tutorials featuring his travels, family and pet cat, have helped users of all levels master Photoshop Elements.

Our team got the chance to chat with Bob and talk about his career at Adobe, photo editing and Photoshop Elements. Get to know the man behind “Ask Bob!” in the interview below.

Bob Gager – Product Manager for Photoshop Elements

How did you find yourself at Adobe?
Bob: I was recruited by the founder of an imaging startup I used to work for. On his fourth day at Adobe, he called me up and said “Have I got a job for you.” I started shortly thereafter managing the integration of partner services (Kodak, Shutterfly, etc) into our various Digital Imaging products (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Album, etc.).

Did you ever tinker with photography/photo-editing prior to taking your role at Adobe?
Bob: Yes, I’ve been pursuing photography as a hobby since high school. I was never very serious about it until recently. I’ve been a Photoshop user since the mid 80’s, and have had a couple different jobs related to digital photography along the way. I was at a company called Flashpoint doing camera software development when a 1MP camera was hot stuff.

What is your favorite feature in Photoshop Elements?
Bob: Layers and Masks are my most often used features. Mastering them truly unlocks the power of editing in Photoshop Elements. My “favorite” feature is the Healing Brush. Nearly every time I use it, I think the engineers who invented it are dabbling in some sort of black magic. It constantly wows me.

What do you do outside of work to develop your photography skills?
Bob: I belong to Santa Clara Camera Club. It’s a local photography club with some amazing photographers who hold friendly competitions of our work. It’s amazing how having your photos critiqued by others can change the way you look at what you do, and seriously improve your skills. Many of the shots I’ve submitted can be found here.

Can you tell us a little more about a few of your favorite shots?

“Cats Eye”
This is a shot I took of my cat when I was just messing around one day. A little B&W conversion in Photoshop Elements, coupled with some sharpening using the High Pass Filter technique. Add some Vignette and there you go.

“Splash Down”
This is a high speed shot I took in the studio while mixing martinis. The more we mixed, the better the shots looked. A fair amount of touchup was done in Photoshop Elements, as the splash was much more sporadic in the original shot. If you look just right, you can see the Man in the Martini.

Thanks to Bob for taking the time to answer our questions. Do you have your own questions for Bob? Be sure to keep an eye on the Photoshop Elements Facebook page for the “Ask Bob!” segment. You can also add your question in the comments section below, or tweet it to @AdobeElements, for the chance to have it answered in a video tutorial by Bob himself.

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  • By Richard Endecott - 9:30 AM on October 3, 2012  

    I have Elements 7 and it did all I needed until I got myself a Lumix FZ150 and discovered that El-7 couldn’t cope with the Panasonic RW2 files. Now, I can manage by using the intermediate DNG converter but it is so much of a hassle that it isn’t worth the time it takes (especially when El-7 won’t convert TIFs directly to JPGs). Do I really need to lay out cash for an upgrade to El-10 or 11? I’ve been into using computers since I was 32 and I’m now 78 and I don’t need all the file organising crap. I only use the Editor and I don’t want to waste my pension on things I don’t need. I’m not blaming Adobe for there being no universal standard for RAW files but why can’t you be retrospective with upgrades for new RAW formats?

    • By Pete Green - 12:21 PM on October 3, 2012  

      That’s what the DNG converter is giving you, the ability to use new camera files in older software versions. We update the latest version (currently PSE 11) with the camera raw plugin updates.

  • By Paper Dumps - 2:56 AM on October 4, 2012  

    This is really a good post. Thanks for sharing this information. I am sure lot of people will benefit from it.

  • By jia - 9:53 PM on October 9, 2012  

    Very good! I like it.

  • By Сергей - 2:22 AM on October 26, 2012  

    Отличная статья. Действительно, нужно писать подобные вещи, для того, чтобы простые пользователи смогли также чему-нибудь научиться. Спасибо.

  • By Geronimo - 10:26 AM on January 15, 2013  

    Very good I liked the effect, but now has actualziado photoshop, good supply thanks-

  • By Cristian - 1:39 AM on February 27, 2013  

    Wow! the effect mixing martinis its very impressive! Thanks for the interview 🙂

  • By Carol Griffin - 4:30 PM on March 28, 2013  

    Bob, thanks for all of the wonderful videos on YouTube. How do I get a question to you? I have questions on Sharpening.

    • By Jim Symons - 12:28 PM on November 29, 2016  

      Dear Mr. Gager, I am trying to add sky to a photo with several people in it. I need to have the sky between the heads of the people but I can’t get this right with Selection Brush. Currently the sky behind the people is all white. Is there some way to make the selection of the cloud layer automatic everywhere that is currently white? Thank you.

  • By Lucia Beltran - 1:24 AM on March 30, 2013  

    What a pleasant surprise Tom, great article. Working with PS Elements, how do you think I can view my EXIF data while in full edit mode? I can get to it in the organizer, but the full edit mode only gives me the bare minimum of info. Cheers!

  • By Beatriz Alba - 5:58 AM on April 3, 2013  

    Photoshop Elements changed the profession of being a photographer. Now I spend more time in front of my PC than behind my objective. However it is worth the work.

  • By game co tuong - 11:59 PM on November 5, 2013  

    This is a high speed shot I took in the studio while mixing martinis. The more we mixed, the better the shots looked. A fair amount of touchup was done in Photoshop Elements, as the splash was much more sporadic in the original shot. If you look just right, you can see the Man in the Martini.

  • By LeRoy G Van maanen - 6:28 PM on December 7, 2013  

    Found this site and was impressed by the help that can ba gained by all the help
    one Question are you going to put tut with elements 12 soon? anyway thats

  • By Patricia Barrett - 5:15 AM on February 1, 2014  

    Hi Bob–

    Just wanted to know if you’re still (as of 2-14) the Photoshop Elements product manager.

    If so, I have developed (in Photoshop Elements) a Global Awareness content suite for teachers as a solution to the problem of integrating global awareness into the curriculum.

    Would like to speak to the right people at Adobe about this, as it could mean leveraging the Photoshop Elements program internationally (as least in the English-speaking world.) Thanks, Patricia

  • By Paul Montognese - 2:23 PM on February 4, 2014  

    The PSE12 watermark video at has about 3 minutes of emptiness at the end.

    Thanks for all the great work!

  • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:11 PM on February 9, 2014  

    Hi Patricia,

    I would encourage you to create an Adobe Education Exchange account, where you can share your resource (or the parts you want) with a community of over 127,000 educators from around the world.

    – Jeff

  • By Robin J Pearce - 8:45 PM on July 13, 2015  

    Dear Mr Gager,
    Am using Elements 13 & cannot find any on-line You tube tutorial that SIMPLY shows how to change a sky.
    Have even bought “Photoshop Elements 13 for Dummies” book which does not show SIMPLY how to achieve this change. Tends to assume one is an expert!!

    Can you PLEASE help & advise if you have available a YouTube Tutorial on this matter.
    Am happy to send you (by email) a photo of the Egyptian Nile Village where I am wanting to change the sky.
    If wanted, please advise email address. ( I do not use Twitter or FaceBook etc…only email).

    Regards & hoping you can help.

    Robin J Pearce