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Aaron Nace Phlearn
Aaron Nace
President & Creative Director
Portfolio Twitter Facebook FlickrAaron is what most people would call “obsessed” with making a positive difference in other people’s lives. It is not uncommon for him to devote 100+ Hours/Week on Phlearn.

The Early Years

Aaron was born and raised on the small island of Kauai in Hawaii, where he spent most of his formative years chasing chickens, snorkeling, going on wild adventures, and being oblivious to the rest of the world.

Being a child in Hawaii is an amazing experience, but there is little opportunity for higher education on the islands. Aaron moved to the mainland to take advantage of foreign concepts like math and English.


Having always had the need to create, Aaron was naturally drawn to art, design, and aesthetics. He is the type of person who looks at something and thinks “That could be better”. Aaron was admitted to a very competitive College of Design at North Carolina State University, only 12 applicants were chosen from thousands.

Although he graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, Aaron was also teaching himself photography and Photoshop independently.

Aaron Nace Portfolio


Aaron started photography probably just like you did. He had a camera and was bored. He saw people making incredible images, and wanted to do the same. So he decided to devote the rest of his life to making those images through photography and Photoshop.

He is now considered a professional at both; has over 32,000 followers and over 15,000,000 views of his images on Flickr alone. Partly thanks to his very successful 365 Photo project; has also had his work viewed millions of times online on sites like,, The Huffington Post, and

Aaron has taught a sold-out seminar at the B&H Event Space in New York City; has worked for reputable clients such as Simon and Schuster and Immersion Creative; and has been published in Recognize Magazine, Top Gear Magazine, Practical Photoshop Magazine,, DigitalPHOTO Photoshop and others.


Aaron began teaching Photoshop and photography in 2008, specializing in live and one-on-one classes.Since then, he has taught online Photoshop and photography to over 100,000 people in over 170 countries.

Most of the techniques he uses come from thousands of hours of his own experimentation.


Aaron is the Founder and President of Phlearn. His goal is to bring passion and a positive change in people’s lives through Photography, Photoshop and Inspiration.

Most of all, provide a resource for people to feel like they are actually cared for, and not just being sold something. That is why he works over 100 hours every week to bring amazing free content to the Phamily.


The Huffington Post
Practical Photoshop Magazine
Top Gear Magazine Magazine (Cover)
DigitalPHOTO Photoshop | falkemedia e.K.
Soul Pancake (book)
Digital Arts magazine
Altered Images (Back Cover)
Photomasterskaya magazine (Russia)
Wood Magazine
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Gunpowder Magazine
The Geek Revolution
The Men’s View (Radio Interview)

Questions For Aaron

1. Who is Aaron?

2. How did you learn Photoshop?

3. I have never seen a lot of your techniques used before, why is that?

4. How do you have the time to do everything?

5. How do you make money?

6. How long have you been taking pictures?

7. How long have you been using Photoshop

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