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5 Week Adobe Photoshop Intermediate Live Coaching Course

Adobe Photoshop Intermediate
Live Coaching Course

Begins February 16, 2013 through March 16, 2013
Saturday's from 9am to 2pm EST

Ready to learn more about Adobe Photoshop? A 5 Week Intermediate Course on Adobe Photoshop CS6 is here to bring your skill level up higher than ever before. No longer being bogged down by slow training, together we can start expanding beyond basic Photoshop Tools. I want you to really look inside your photography, in ways you never have before.

YouTube videos will no longer help, because you are mostly past them. Besides, who has time to sit and watch? Get the personalized help you need, to bring your photography to the next level.

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:

“The teacher is knowledgeable, and patient enough to make it highly instructive and fun. John has been a great help and he has great teaching skills.” – Marmadue Hane

“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

“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 course. I have been teaching Photoshop classes for the past year in front of a live audience. During that time I have learned what you, as a photographer and student, want to know about.

Great Photography means more than knowing the tools that Photoshop has to offer. It's about getting your hands dirty, and experimenting. It's about real world problems and solutions. This class incorporates much more "how and why" than a basic class can.

Here is why a 5 week course with other students works:

• 5-6 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 5 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. Each class is going to be recorded, and posted online for easy downloading. You can catch up with the class at your convenience, over the next week.

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 5 weeks together.



Another great image to start, is taken to a new level of depth and emotion. Attention is directed up to the face and shoulders as intended. Topics used to acheive this look are covered in the various classes of RAW Processing, Color Correction, Beyond Cloning, and Advanced Masking Techniques.

Week #1

Up to Speed - Designed to fill in the key information that may still be a gap in your training. The goal here is that we will all start off on the same page, no matter what your background. We will review all the topics covered in the Basic Class, as a fairly quick refresher.

Tools and Palettes Expanded - By taking this course, it is assumed that you have basic knowledge of Brushes, Cloning, Levels, Curves, etc. However, not everyone will. So, we spend some time going over some basic tools and palettes, before getting into some of the more obscure of Photoshop's offerings. This will prep you for more advanced topics in the coming weeks. There are 5 different ways to do everything in Photoshop, so let's talk about them.

Week #2

RAW Processing and HDR - Let's go further into what is possible in Adobe Camera RAW and HDR (High Dynamic Range). It is now quite possible that more than half your image retouching is already completed, before you even open the image in Photoshop. It is quite amazing what we can achieve these days.

Beyond Cloning and Touchups - In the basic class, we introduced the different tools, and showed some simple cloning techniques. Here, it is about learning how to fool the eye into believing the unbelieveable. Being able to take the tiniest sliver of detail, and replicating it across large gaps within an image. Painting and sculpting within Photoshop is one of the ways a professional will separate themselves from being "merely adequite".

Week #3

Advanced Masking Techniques - Assuming you know how to create a selection using quickmask, this class will be perfect for learning the tricks behind some of the most complex masks you could possibly hope to create. There is nothing simple about this class, it is all top shelf techniques here.

Compositing - Often requested is; How to replace a sky, background, or a person's head? Together, we will replace several different items, and I will show you how to do it in a seemeless way, so that no one will know that you did anything at all.

Week #4

Color Correction Mastery - We will dig in deep to find out how to properly wield all the Color Correction tools available to you. And there are a lot. We will go further into Color Spaces and Profiles. Soft Proofing and Rendering Intent. We'll discuss how to properly calibrate your monitor with your printer. We will also go over tricks that will help you uncover your best prints ever. Many different topics are planned for this day's events.

Week #5

Final Review - The strength of this is to show you how to improve your eye for detail. Being a good photographer, and a good retoucher, are two completely different things. We will also go over professionally printed ads, and discuss what works, and what doesn't. We will also review homework assignments, and tear apart some of my own layered files to see how they were created.

Final Images - Wrapping up the class, we will be working together on several images from beginning to end. This will bring together everything you have learned over the past few weeks. This will give you a hands-on, real time walk though, so you can see a photograph or two, from a retoucher's point of view.


This image was done completely in Adobe Camera RAW. Explore further into what is possible with the power of a RAW Processor. Throw HDR into the mix, and it's amazing what can be done.

Questions and Answers:

Will I be able to download the class to rewatch it later?
Yes! It will be available for download the next day. The class is yours to keep and reference later.

How many other students are there?
Depending on how many sign up; The max will be 9 locally, and 9 remotely.

How is the remote video/audio connection?
I am told it is not bad, and you can easily follow along.

How is the video/audio that we can download?
Top quality. I record the desktop, so you can see what I am doing, and follow along. I also record a WebCam of myself, and place it in the corner. So you can see the screen, and me, at the same time. The audio is really good too. The microphone is tied into my Amplifier and Noise Gate Isolator (That means it's clear without background noise).

Are you any good at teaching?
I'd like to think so. I have been creating Photoshop Tutorials on my website for 3 years, and teaching live classes for over year. Most people seem to agree that there is a lot of information that they did not know about handling and manipulating images.

It sounds good, but what makes this better than anywhere else?
Suprisingly, there isn't anywhere else. I mean, there is, but they all seem to teach either Basic stuff, or stuff you don't really need to know. They are trying to follow some pre-designed curriculum that someone thought up. Other items you can find are in depth "Start to Finish" type of one-shot videos. I mean, those OK and all, but I am really striving to create a unique and well rounded course.

How do I know if this course is right for me?
It is targeted squarely at people who feel comfortable with Photoshop, but know there is more to learn. If that sounds like you, then perfect. We will have intelligent discussions about tricks and techniques. Will look at things from a technical, and an artistic eye. It is not all about how to use the tools, much will be conceptual and what-if's. Expand your horizons.

I have Photoshop CSx, do I need CS6?
Not at all. I would recommend owning CS4, CS5 or CS6. Any of those will do. CS3 can work in a pinch, but older versions will cause problems. Mainly because 4 and 5 introduced some really great new tools. CS6 has the easy to use Camera RAW that we will be using extensively, but older versions can get along.

Give me 5 weeks, and you can:

• Ask me any Photography/Freelance/Photoshop question you want for 5 weeks.
• Get full access to me via phone or priority email.
• Work on weekly assignments to improve your hands-on experience.
• You will have full access to any images, videos, notes or other material created for the course.
• Get a Certificate of Completion - You may even land a new job because of it!

What I Supply:

• Weekly Assignments
• Recorded Classes for re-watching (available next day)
• Images the class will work on together
• Detailed notes on the topics covered during class



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.

Testimonials for the Photoshop Basics Course:

“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


In the end, it boils down to this: If $199 seems like too much, for 25 hours for a Photoshop Course, it's not. That's only $8.00 per hour. You can't even see a movie for that. If $199 seems like such a steal, that's because it is. The competition is $975 for only 18 hours, teaching only the tools, not necessarily the skills or techniques.

I just can't see charging you $32.00 per hour. I do not have all the overhead of an overpriced school. They need to pay rent, instructors, office personel, etc... I don't.

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

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


As this is an all new course, with all new classes, I do not have testimonials to back up the content. What I do have, are many from previous classes I have created. Here are a few of them:

"Excellent overview workshop for this group's meetup.  Good tips on what I need to do to make my 8x10 prints look better next time. Looking forward to other sessions." – Bill

"I got a lot of information from John's presentation even though I don't necessarily have the need for that level of detail as an amateur photographer. However, the class was well worth it to gain an insight into the process and have an understanding of terms I wasn't very well versed on. He knows his stuff, and answered everyone's questions." – Ira

"The meetup was fantastic. John is a great teacher, and I learned a lot." – Joseph Haddon

"Informative. Thorough overview of basics." – Tanya Livingston

"I thought the class was awesome! Very excited to apply what I have learned." – Roxanne Moreland

"Comprehensive, fast paced, but enough time for Q&A." - Wayne Richardson

"This was a good topic and was very informative. Professional masking and selection techniques were discussed and demonstrated. The instructor was willing and able to answer any questions that we had. I would recommend this to others." - Phil Widmer

"Very nicely done." – Kathy Radziunas

"Easy to follow. I wasn't "lectured" at." – Sue Fenton

"Fantastic presentation of the various tools, their general uses, and the drawbacks or unintended behaviors experienced in their use. Multiple tools were used to solve the same problems to contrast the process and the results. A fantastic meetup!" – Jeff Dutton

“Excellent course, great level of detail, very good instruction, came away a lot of very useful, new information to work with.” – Patrick Philpott

“Very thorough. Got some great tips. John was really devoted to helping us.” –Sue Erazmus

"I best liked the interaction between students and instructor. John answered any and all questions we posed. Great value for the money and time invested." – Don Janelle

"Excellent class. Learned some very important techniques to bring my post processing to the next level." – Sebastian Fama

This is a Live Webinar. You will be able to use your Internet Browser and speakers to join us remotely. You can even "raise your hand" and ask questions.

The class itself is being hosted with The Art of Retouching Studio Meetup Group, located in New Haven, Connecticut.

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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