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NOW AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE! Are you looking for live & online Photoshop instruction designed for photographers?  Look no more - I've been showing photographers how to successfully use Photoshop through our Meetups since 2009!

My name is John Watts of Watts Digital Imaging in San Diego, and I'm a "post-processing" specialist for photographers - - you take the "perfect shot", and I'll help you get the absolute most out of it - your printer or mine.

I specialize in serving the digital post-processing needs of photographers, whether it’s Photoshop Instruction & Services, LightJet Digital Prints & Finishing, or Color Management Products & Services.

I’ve been involved professionally in photographic imaging & printing in Southern California for over 35 years, and would love to share what I know with you. Click here for a full biography…

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We offer 2 kinds of online Photoshop Meetups - General Meetup Classes & Small-Group Meetup Workshops - -

> 1) FREE Online General Meetup Classes - 5 Total:

> • For those of you who are new (or fairly new) to Photoshop, here's a series of online General Meetup classes that you can't miss - and for seasoned veterans, here's a chance to get back to the basics!

> Best of all, they're live, online, available nationwide, & FREE!

> • Just like any discipline worth pursuing, learning the fundamentals is essential - - and that's what you'll get with these 5 General Meetup classes, aptly called the "Photoshop 101" series.

> • These are held sequentially throughout the year, every 2 to 3 weeks (usually Wednesday nights @ 6 PM PST), in a seminar-type format.

> • Attend all 5 "Photoshop 101" classes (even if not sequentially, and more than once if you want!), and you'll be starting on a rock-solid foundation, so come join us.

> • Click here for more, including technical requirements: https://wattsdigital.com/free-live-meetups-online

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> 2) Reasonably-priced Online Small Group Meetup Workshops:

• If you’ve ever wanted to discover specific cutting-edge features of Photoshop CC, now’s your chance to learn from John Watts - online, live, interactive, multi-session & in a small-group setting.

• These reasonably-priced Workshops start at $59, and are limited to 7 students ONLY - using images provided by the students!

• There's a different specialized subject for each workshop - Layer Masks, Finishing Touches, etc.

• And you can be assured of privacy, since we're NOT sharing webcams - only our voices & monitors.

More info here:   https://wattsdigital.com/small-group-workshops

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Specific technical details about how to join ANY of our online Meetups (via GoToMeeting) are here: https://wattsdigital.com/free-live-meetups-online

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Oh, and if you're interested, ALL Meetups are centered around the proven principles of my book, "Not Just Another Photoshop Book", available at Amazon.

Looking for other Photoshop / Digital Printing / Color Management resources? Check out my website: https://wattsdigital.com

Look forward to meeting you!

Cheers,

John :-)

Upcoming events (4+)

Photoshop 101 - Class 1: The Foundation

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FREE TO ATTEND! - New to Photoshop? Need to brush up on the basics? Then join us online to learn some foundational stuff!

This is the first of five "I-just-got-Photoshop-now-what" Meetups , focusing on the fundamentals.

Think of this Meetup as the "Owners' Manual" to Photoshop - - I’ll show you how to effectively navigate through a complex program, showing those functions you really need and want as a photographer. You’ll learn what’s important and what you can ignore. Without this Owners' Manual, you’ll truly be lost.

We're going to talk about a whole range of subjects such as proper Workflow, setting up all of your various preferences, effectively using your Workspace, an in-depth look at the most important Panels, how to properly save your files, and much more.

The cost to attend is FREE for this 90 minute Meetup, but you should RSVP soon, as space is limited. Please note that in the interest of time, the focus will be on the subjects listed, rather than other functions, tools, and concepts of Photoshop - copious notes will be provided via PDF.

This free workshop is designed primarily for those fairly new to Photoshop, but it is also a good refresher course in the basics for those with a bit more experience. Please respect my intellectual property rights - no audio or video Recording! Questions encouraged via chat - Let's have some fun!

RSVP early, as RSVPs will close 1 hour before start time! - We'll finish up promptly at 7:30 PM - See you there!

John Watts - [masked]

Watts Digital Imaging - https://wattsdigital.com
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Specific details about GoToMeeting, and how to join the online Meetup once you RSVP, are here:
https://wattsdigital.com/free-live-meetups-online

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Small Group Workshop: "The Power of Layer Masks in Photoshop"

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$79.00

$79 - MAXIMUM OF 7 ATTENDEES, 3 SESSIONS TOTAL - - If you’ve ever wanted to truly discover the incredible power of Layer Masks in Photoshop, now’s your chance to learn from John Watts - online, live, interactive, multi-session, and in a small group seminar-type setting.

Subjects covered include all of the necessary Workspace Panels, Layer Mask Strategies, basic Selection Tools - all from Section 4 in my Photoshop Book (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HNLS1Q2).

PLUS, we'll cover brand-new material NOT in my book, such as working with "Zones", advanced Selection Tools, Layer Mask techniques, and so much more.

This reasonably-priced Workshop is limited to 7 students ONLY - using images provided by the students!

And you can be assured of privacy, since we're NOT sharing webcams - only our voices & my monitor.

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Price: $79

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• There are a total of THREE online group "sessions" for this Workshop, ALL on Thursdays - July 21st, 28th, & August 4th, 2022 - from 6 PM to 7:30 PM PST. Each "session" is 1.5 hours in length. These group "sessions" are held one week apart.

• That's a total of 4.5 hours of personalized, "hands-on" group photoshop instruction, with only you, 6 other students, & myself - again, using images provided by the students, in a seminar-type format. ...

• You also have the option of purchasing an additional ONE HOUR of online "one-on-one" Instruction, at a discounted rate of $49 per hour, & at a time of your choosing (after the group "Sessions" are completed) - - using either your monitor and/or mine. For more info: https://wattsdigital.com/1-on-1-web-instruction

• There will also be "Exercises" available (with provided image files & a "cheat sheet") to speed up the learning curve - but completely at your pace.

• Copious new notes beyond my Photoshop Book (required) are included - - also includes a "Rough Cut" (no editing) video recording from each "session".

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• Required: my current Photoshop Book ( PDF or Paperback) - https://wattsdigital.com/photoshop-book-e-book

• PLUS, at least 3 of your unedited RAW files in advance ...

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• Suggested: Although it's not absolutely necessary, I'd suggest that you use earbuds (rather than your computers' speakers) to avoid feedback issues.

• Suggested: so that you’re familiar with my teaching style & “system”, attendance at a few of my free online General Meetups before we meet is highly recommended - - OR, at a minimum, review some of the free "Photoshop 101" video recordings, especially Class 2 & Class 4: https://wattsdigital.com/free-photoshop-101-videos

• Suggested: a relatively current version of Photoshop CC. Don't have Photoshop CC? Download here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html

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Price: $69

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To sign up & attend - 2 STEPS ARE REQUIRED:

  1. RSVP here on this Meetup page (if you're new to Meetup, you'll need to sign up for a free account).

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  1. Securely pay online via PayPal or Credit / Debit card on my website: https://wattsdigital.com/small-group-workshops

• After you've paid, I'll contact you via email within 2 - 3 business days to confirm.

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To see more, including technical details, click here: https://wattsdigital.com/small-group-workshops

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Questions? Please contact me - - thx again, and cheers,

John :)

https://wattsdigital.com
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Photoshop 101 - Class 2: Control your Contrast & Color

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FREE TO ATTEND! - So, have you ever asked yourself, “What makes a good color print, and how do I use the basics of Photoshop to achieve my desired results?” - If so, then this online workshop is for you! Using the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) method, we'll learn how to take well-exposed digital images and improve them, sometimes dramatically, with just a few key but critical functions.

Those who RSVP are encouraged to pre-submit one or two unedited but well-exposed JPG, RAW or TIFF files - "problem" files encouraged! Although we'll probably only get to 6 or 7 of these files during this Meetup, we'll use them throughout the seminar to put what we've learned into practice. Please submit via my webpage upload - - https://wattsdigital.com/upload-files-to-me ... If possible, please send your file "un-enhanced", with no Photoshop or Lightroom work.

The cost to attend is FREE for this 90 minute Meetup, but you should RSVP soon, as space is limited. Please note that in the interest of time, the focus will be on the subjects listed, rather than other functions, tools, and concepts of Photoshop - copious notes will be provided via PDF.

This free workshop is designed primarily for those fairly new to Photoshop, but it is also a good refresher course in the basics for those with a bit more experience. Please respect my intellectual property rights - no audio or video Recording! Questions encouraged via chat - Let's have some fun!

RSVP early, as RSVPs will close 1 hour before start time! - We'll finish up promptly at 7:30 PM - See you there!

John Watts :) - [masked]

Watts Digital Imaging: https://wattsdigital.com
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Specific details about GoToMeeting, and how to join the online Meetup once you RSVP, are here:
https://wattsdigital.com/free-live-meetups-online

Photoshop 101 - Class 3: RAW Fundamentals

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FREE TO ATTEND! - The Adobe Camera RAW Plug-in (included in Photoshop) is a powerful program that gives you the ability to properly optimize your camera RAW files before importing them into Photoshop.

A Camera RAW file is different from a JPEG in many respects — Bottom line: you’ll capture much more information to work with in a RAW file than you will with a JPEG, and information is king! John Watts will demonstrate why you should be shooting RAW for your important work - it should be foundational to your overall workflow ... the results are worth it!

Those who RSVP are encouraged to pre-submit one unedited RAW file - "problem" files encouraged! Although we may only get to 6 or 7 images, we'll use them throughout the seminar to put what we've learned into practice. Please submit via my webpage upload: https://wattsdigital.com/upload-files-to-me ... RAW files only, please - you do not need to send your .xmp file, if you have one.

The cost to attend is FREE for this 90 minute Meetup, but you should RSVP soon, as space is limited. Please note that in the interest of time, the focus will be on the subjects listed, rather than other functions, tools, and concepts of Photoshop - copious notes will be provided via PDF.

This free workshop is designed primarily for those fairly new to Photoshop, but it is also a good refresher course in the basics for those with a bit more experience. Please respect my intellectual property rights - no audio or video Recording! Questions encouraged via chat - Let's have some fun!

RSVP early, as RSVPs will close 1 hour before start time! - We'll finish up promptly at 7:30 PM - See you there!

John Watts :) - [masked]

Watts Digital Imaging: https://wattsdigital.com
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Specific details about GoToMeeting, and how to join the online Meetup once you RSVP, are here:
https://wattsdigital.com/free-live-meetups-online

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