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4 Week Adobe Photoshop Basic One Course

  • Jun 25, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Adobe Photoshop Basic One

Wednesday 4-Week Course

Begins June 25, 2014 Thru July 16, 2014
9am - 2pm EST

You are invited to our 4 Week Basic Course on Adobe Photoshop. This will be your first step in learning about Image Retouching. Stop being confused by a stupid program. Once someone helps guide you through your first few days, you realize it's not that hard.

I have been asked what makes my course different from other courses.

It largely boils down to sequencing. Where each part grows from the last part.

There is an information gap, between what you know, and what you want to know. So, lets close that gap.

Focusing on the 20% of Photoshop that will give you 80% of the results.

So, forget about trying to learn Photoshop by watching low quality, difficult to follow YouTube videos. You now have the chance to learn from an industry professional, using a well thought out teaching method, that everyone can understand. I'll remove the confusion, you focus on the learning.


Testimonials for this Photoshop Basics Course:

“I was in process of replacing upper image with lower composite image and just had to show this to you. Without the last several week's classes, I don't think my results would have been nearly as successful!” – Richard Gee

“I think my expectations were exceeded!” – Mike Marshall


“The course was broken into smaller, learnable sections which helped me to better grasp the concepts. The price of the course was excellent for the amount of instruction provided.” – Jonathan Bailey

“I like the connection the course has to the detailed notes and supplemental videos. The price is a fair value. ” – David Chiaraluce

“I was excited to learn about Photoshop. I wanted to learn how to clone. I have definately learned new skills, and the price was great. I would definately consider the next level course. Thank You for teaching the class!” – Amanda Piscitelli

“I was very nervous that I would not be able to follow, but the teacher touched upon all the fundamentals. I walked in a newbie, and now I feel I can pretty much touch up any image given to me. I am no longer shy to manipulate images.” – Marmadue Hane



Every week, you will receive NEW Classroom Topics, Written Class Notes, Homework Assignments, Supplemental Videos, and more! Hours of an organized, and thought out training schedule is ready to teach you everything you need to guide you through Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC. No more garbage YouTube videos, from who-knows-who. I am offering an opportunity to learn from a professional, in a way that everyone can understand. Once the distractions are removed, it's not that hard.

Pre-recorded training videos of someone talking to themselves (and you can't even see them!) will not leave you motivated to finish. Even if you put the time in, it does not mean that they will be showing you all the best practices. In fact, most of the videos I have watched have been filled with terrible advice, no matter how large of a brand name website they have, or how much they charged for the videos.




Under Exposed, flyaway hair, and skin blemishes can easily ruin a quick shot. But after adjusting the Tonal Range, Color Balance, and some Cloning; this image is back in business.



I am a 20+ year Adobe Photoshop Professional. However, just because I spend every day using Photoshop to retouch images, does not mean I know how to teach.


For that, I would like to briefly give you a few quick Testimonials:

“It was very helpful for me. This type class can easily conform to any student's level of expertise. Thank you John for hosting the class.” – Don Janelle

“John offers valuable instruction on a variety of photo processing topics for people at all levels. With so much professional experience, he's able to share pitfalls and personal tips, too. He is thorough and really cares about empowering his students.” – Sue Fenton

“I will attend future Meetups in this group.” – Phil Widmer

“John Knows is stuff.” – Yvon N'Chonon

“Complex subject that was presented in an understandable way.” – Ira Dick


Now that I have established myself as a credible trainer, let's talk about the actual classes. I have been teaching Photoshop classes for the past two years in front of a live audience. During that time I have learned what you, as a photographer and student, want to know about.

I have developed a training schedule that will give you everything you need to become extremely knowledgeable in Photoshop. Spending the extra weeks learning will give you the time you need to absorb the information. I could cut corners and shorten each class, or skip lessons. But I would rather know my students learn, and retain, everything they expect to.

Here is why an 4 week course with other students works:

• 20 Hours of class, will engulf you in the topic. I am not boring, and keep you engaged.
• People as serious as you, will be in the class. Peer pressure is a strong motivator.
• We can focus on the single topic, not jumping around getting distracted.
• If we do this for 4 weeks straight, I guarantee you will know this stuff inside and out.
• Mixing in homework (watch videos, retouch samples, etc), will teach even more.


Unable to Attend Every Class?

If you are not able to attend every class, not a problem. The class is also pre-recorded, and pre-edited. You can catch up with the class at your convenience, or review it all over again. All the class topics will be there. Each video is only about 5-10 minutes, and it's all trimmed down and easy to follow, section by section. The entire course has been recorded, and edited for your review.


“Whatever you did to create the videos, keep doing it. I was worried that they would be boring or too technical. However, you kept the pace moving quickly, and kept me engaged. I thought the first video was a fluke, but you maintained the energy and retained my interest.” – Jonathan Bailey

“If your videos held my attention for such a long period of time, you really did do something right.” – David Chiaraluce




While the results are impressive, the skill set was not. A basic knowledge of Layers, Color Range, Levels and Defringe were all that is needed.


This course will cover the most important points that a Photo Retoucher needs to know, to create perfect images. Here’s a breakdown of some of the topics that we’ll be covering in our 4 weeks together.


Week #1

Digital Fundamentals - This class includes everything you need to understand the basics of working with images before putting them under the digital blade. This presentation will be heavy on the mechanical aspect of what images are, and best practices of handling them. RAW vs TIF, sRGB vs AdobeRGB, etc.

Studio Workflow - Are you ready to get into the details needed to build your studio properly? Once you have the images on your memory card.... then what? This is filled with important information that will make your Photography Studio work more smoothly. Detailed information about various hardware and software options that can be used as companion pieces to Photoshop.

RAW Processing - After the shoot, but before Photoshop, there is the RAW processing. This step will easily make, or break, your images. This class will help walk you through many different images, and show you what changes will make your pictures jump off the page.


Week #2

Tools and Palettes Overview - This overview of the Photoshop interface will go over the most important tools and palettse in Adobe Photoshop. I will show you how each one works, then move onto the next. It helps define the possibilities for new users.

Working with Photoshop Layers - Text Layers, Adjustment Layers, Smart Objects and Pixel Based Layers are just the starting point. There are Vector Layers, Layer Styles, Blending Options, Groups and Masks just to name a few of the myriad amount of options that are available to you. The order of your Layers makes a big difference in the appearance of your image.


Week #3

Photoshop Cloning - This class goes into amazing detail about the topic of cloning. Removing Blemishes, duplicating objects, and other hiding or extending. This is one of the more important retouching techniques, and requires time dedicated to the topic. If I could think of it, its in here.

Tools and Palettes Extended - Revisiting the Photoshop tools and palettes. This time, we limit down the available tools, only to the ones of most value. This time we will discuss each checkbox and pull down menu. Most importantly, I reveal the skills of how to actually use them.


Week #4

Masking Simplified - How do YOU select objects in your photographs? Magic this or Magnetic that? Bottom line, using the automated tools in Photoshop will make the change, but will also make it look fake and amateurish. Learn how professionals properly create masks. We will go over which tools work best in which situation.

Color Correction - Tools - I am going to show you what I use in my professional retouching workflow, and what order I do them in. This is an invaluable resource, in cutting through the clutter of color correction tools available.

Retouching Images - This one pulls together all the loose information you have been learning over the entire course, and presents it the way it was always designed to be taught. The problem has always been that I simply could not teach Photoshop, without you knowing something about Photoshop. Now that you actually know your way around, this class will put it all together by reviewing several images from beginning to end. This will allow you to see how I am able to solve one problem after another in a real world way.




Again it looks harder than it is. Levels, Selective Color, and some cloning for cleanup. It’s less about ‘what’ to do, and much more about ‘where’ to do it.


Give me 4 weeks, and you can:

• Check "Learn Adobe Photoshop" off your to-do list.
• Ask me any Photography/Freelance/Photoshop question you want for 4 weeks.
• Get full access to me via phone or priority email.
• Work on weekly assignments to improve your hands-on experience.
• You will retain full access to any images, videos, notes or other material created for the course.


What I Supply:

• Weekly Assignments
• Recorded Classes for re-watching
• Images the class will work on together
• Detailed notes on the topics covered during class
• Many topics have extra pre-recorded content that can also be watched


What to Bring:

• Laptop, Tablet or Notebook (mouse strongly recommended)
• Students like to follow along with supplied images, so CS4 or later.
• Snack/Lunch (I have fridge as needed)
• USB Flash Memory to bring in homework assignments


What to Own:

• Mac or PC, does not matter.
• CS4 or later for practice, and assignments


On Location:

• Classroom with chairs and desks
• Projector System
• Plenty of parking
• Water, Coffee, etc
• Restroom



I have asked several existing members on this, and the consensus is that a price of $297 meets the budget.

In the end, it boils down to this: If $297 seems like too much, for 20 hours for a Photoshop Course, it's not. If $297 seems like such a steal, that's because it is. The competition is much more for less time, teaching only the tools, not necessarily the skills or techniques. Go ahead, compare their curriculum to mine.

“I was excited to learn about Photoshop. I wanted to learn how to clone. I have definately learned new skills, and the price was great. I would definately consider the next level course. Thank You for teaching the class!” – Amanda Piscitelli

“I was very nervous that I would not be able to follow, but the teacher touched upon all the fundamentals. I walked in a newbie, and now I feel I can pretty much touch up any image given to me. I am no longer shy to manipulate images.” – Marmadue Hane


If you have any questions at all, please email me at [masked]

Have questions? You can reach me at [masked], my name is John.

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