Ben Willmore

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Ben Willmore : biography

6/17/1967 –

Ben Willmore is an American photographer, author and founder of Digital Mastery, a Boulder, Colorado-based training and graphic arts consulting firm that specializes in Photoshop. He is best known for his digital imaging expertise and for writing the Photoshop book Adobe Systems in the Photoshop Studio Techniques series.


  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 Studio Techniques (2007, Adobe Press) (ISBN 978-0321510464)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques (2009, Adobe Press) (ISBN 978-0321613103)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4: Up to Speed (2008, Peachpit Press) (ISBN 978-0321580054)
  • How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography (2004, Peachpit Press) (ISBN 978-0321227997)


Willmore, who graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, is a Photoshop instructor and a featured speaker at publishing conferences and events. He is a regular contributor to MacWorld magazine and had a monthly column in Photoshop User magazine. His book, Photoshop Studio Techniques is printed in eight languages.

In 2004, Willmore was a recipient of a Photoshop Hall of Fame Award.

Up to Speed, one of Willmore’s books, was described in Rob Galbraith’s blog as "perhaps the most useful book we’ve picked up on Photoshop in a long time … because it painstakingly outlines what’s new in CS2." About his book Adobe Photoshop CS3 Studio Techniques, Blogcritics’ T. Michael Testi wrote that it "covers all of the fundamental techniques that you need to become proficient with Photoshop and it shows you how to accomplish tasks by teaching."

Willmore lives in a 40-foot bus and spends his time photographing America in between speaking engagements.