Photoshop Essentials Crash-Course

Mar 2

Special sale price of $99. This Photoshop course is normally offered as 4 separate class sessions for $289. Now take it all in one day for just $99!

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Photoshop Essentials Crash Course
This all day basic Photoshop class is focused on learning the core concepts that make this program such a powerful tool for photographers. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize you with how Photoshop thinks, where it fits into your workflow, strategies for using it efficiently, and essential tools that photographers use on a regular basis. Special attention is given to core concepts such as layers, adjustment layers, non-destructive editing, layer masks, workflow, and more. Core concepts and essential information is presented on the projection screen while students follow along on their personal computers.

Class size is small to allow for lots of questions and individual attention.

This crash course combines 4 classroom presentation sessions that are normally offered on different days at a total cost of $289. We also offer Photoshop Lab sessions where students come into the studio with their computers and work on personal Photoshop projects while the instructor provides individual assistance.

Photoshop Lab sessions are available for $25.


This introduction to our Photoshop Essentials course focuses on understanding the core concepts that Photoshop is built upon and getting to know the general layout and user interface of this powerful program. The main goal of this session is to alleviate the intimidation many beginners feel and keep you from running away screaming when you first open the program.

Who uses Photoshop? Do I really need it?
Photoshop vs Lightroom
Which version is right for me?
Get to know the Photoshop interface
Get acquainted with the tools and menus photographers use all the time
Create a custom palette arrangement
Working with a mouse vs a pen tablet
Common keyboard shortcuts for general photoshop use

Cropping, Resizing, File Formats, and Save for Web

This session in our Photoshop Essentials series covers some of the most important functions every digital photographer will need to use. Learn all the ins and outs of cropping and resizing images for various output destinations like printing, email, or internet portfolio. Get to know the differences between the various file formats like jpg, 8-bit or 16-bit TIFF, png, gif and more. Learn how Photoshop’s powerful Save for Web feature can save you time and ensure optimal web performance for your images.

RAW files vs JPG files vs TIFF files
RGB vs CMYK color spaces
Source files, master edit files, and output files
Print files vs web files
Image size and canvas size
The Crop tool
The Save for Web dialog

Understanding Layers and Layer Masks

The real power of Photoshop is revealed when you peel back the mystery of layers and layer groups. This session explains all the details and gets you started bringing multiple images together to change backgrounds, add fun elements, or open that one pair of closed eyes in your family portrait.

The layers palette
Add, delete, duplicate, or hide layers
Organizing your layers
Working with the Move tool
Working with the Brush and the Eraser
Resize and reshape layers
Opacity and blending modes
Using layer masks to combine images

Color Correction and Adjustment Layers

Perhaps the most common use for Photoshop in digital photography is color correction and exposure adjustment. In this session, learn all about Levels and Curves, Color Balance and Hue+Saturation adjustments and black and white conversion filters. Combine and stack numerous adjustments with Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks for truly powerful color and exposure control.

Basic exposure adjustments
Levels and Curves
Hue & Saturation
Color Balance
Black & White conversion
Layer adjustments vs Adjustment Layers
Using layer masks to adjust part of a layer

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