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About Your Trainer

Dan Ablan is a 25 year veteran of the creative industry, having worked to help build some of the worlds top brands such as United Airlines, Keurig, NASA, Wrigley and Edelman, just to name a few. He’s also a pioneer in the field of 3D animation, having led workshops and lectures since 1995. Dan is also the author of 15 books on computer imaging and Photoshop, and is a certified professional photographer. His past experience stretches across many production mediums including broadcast, print, publishing, digital and the building of 3D product packaging prototypes through his company AGA Digital started in 1994. He is now the Director of Production for one of the world's largest beverage companies, Beam Suntory. 

Dan's books from New Riders Publishing (Peach Pit Publishing Group), LightWave Power Guide (v5.0), Inside LightWave 3D (v5.5), Inside LightWave [6], LightWave 6.5 Effects Magic, Inside LightWave 7, Inside LightWave 8, Inside LightWave v9, and co-author of LightWave 8 Killer Tips. He also is the author of [digital] Cinematography & Directing, and served as technical editor for [digital] Lighting & Rendering. He was also a contributor to After Effects 5.5 Magic, from New Riders Publishing. Dan has also has two books, from for Thomson Course Technology on Luxology's modo 3D modeling software (v201, and v301), and another book from Wiley Publishing entitled "Digital Photography for 3D Animation." In 2010, he wrote the revision to Ben Willmore's Photoshop Studio Techniques for version CS4 from New Riders and Adobe Press. Dan's latest book is an update to the popular "Inside LightWave" series, for LightWave v10 from New Riders and Peachpit Publishing.

Dan is also the founder of 3D (, a website dedicated to LightWave 3D, MODO 3D, Photoshop and Lightroom learning. 3D Garage is owned and operated by AGA Digital Studios, Inc. and offers high quality downloadable, non-subscription based courseware.

Dan Ablan has written columns and articles for LightWave Pro magazine, Video Toaster User magazine, 3D Design magazine, 3D World magazine, and NewTek Pro magazine. Currently he regularly reviews software for Macworld. Dan has been teaching MODO and LightWave seminars since 1995 across the country, and at AGA Digital Studios, Inc., and now also teaches Luxology MODO, Photoshop, and Photography. Some of the companies Dan has trained include APCO Worldwide, Beam, Fox Television, ABC-TV New York City, CBS-TV Indianapolis, WTTW-TV PBS Chicago, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Hallmark Cards, and many others.

You can find Dan Ablan at with his first release, "LightWave 10 Essential Training" as well as a "modo 501 Essential Training" and "modo 601 Product Shots."

Additionally, Dan is an avid photographer, having studied photojournalism in college. He is a Certified Professional Photographer, something awarded to only 8% of photographers worldwide. also has training resources for the photoshop user and photographer. Dan has been photographing since the age of 13, studying film and darkroom techniques throughout college. He's used photography throughout his professional 3D career.