What we're about

Are you looking for 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 (https://www.wattsdigital.com/Home.html) 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 (https://www.wattsdigital.com/aboutjohnwatts.html) for a full biography…

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

- - FREE General Meetup Classes:

• For those of you who are new (or fairly new) to Photoshop, here's a series of 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 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, 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.

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- - 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 and interactive.

• These reasonably-priced Workshops (https://www.wattsdigital.com/Small_Group_Workshops.html) are limited to 4 students ONLY - using YOUR images!

• 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://www.wattsdigital.com/Small_Group_Workshops.html

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Specific technical details about how to join ANY of our online Meetups (via GoToMeting) are here: https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html#GTM_info

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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" (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HNLS1Q2), available at Amazon.

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

Look forward to meeting you!

Cheers,

John (john@wattsdigital.com) :-)

Upcoming events (5)

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

Online event

$150.00

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 and interactive. Subjects covered include all of the necessary Workspace Panels, Layer Mask Strategies, basic Selection Tools, advanced Selection Tools, and more ... This reasonably-priced Workshop is limited to 4 students ONLY - using YOUR images! And you can be assured of privacy, since we're NOT sharing webcams - only our voices & monitors. _________________________ Price: $150 _________________________ • There are a total of THREE online "sessions" for this Workshop, ALL on Tuesdays - Nov 10th, 17th, & 24th - from 6 PM to 7:30 PM PST. Each "session" is 1.5 hours in length. These "sessions" are held one week apart, over a period of 3 weeks. • That's a total of 4.5 hours of personalized, "hands-on" instruction, with only 3 other students & myself - again, using YOUR images. • There will also be fun "homework" assigned between some "sessions" (with provided images files & a "cheat sheet") to speed up the learning curve. • Copious new notes (beyond my PS Book) are included - - also includes a "Rough Cut" (no editing) video recording from each "session". ___________________ • Required: my current Photoshop Book ( PDF or Paperback) - https://www.wattsdigital.com/photoshopebook.html - PLUS, at least 4 of your RAW files in advance ... _________________ • Suggested: although it's not absolutely necessary, a USB Headset with Microphone is recommended - They're inexpensive ($25 up), make 2-way communicating a snap, and are available everywhere. At a minimum, though, 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://www.wattsdigital.com/photoshop101videos.html • Suggested: a relatively current version of Photoshop CC. Don't have Photoshop CC? Download here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html _________________________ Price: $150 __________________________ 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). ... and then ... 2) Securely pay online here via PayPal or Credit / Debit card: https://www.wattsdigital.com/paywithpaypal.html PLEASE NOTE: to lock in your RSVP, you MUST make payment via PayPal within 1 business day - if not, you'll be removed from the RSVP list. • After your RSVP is paid, I'll contact you via mail within 2 - 3 business days with a syllabus, links, receipt & much more. ________________________ To see more, including technical details, click here: https://www.wattsdigital.com/Small_Group_Workshops.html#techdetails _______________________ Questions? Please contact me - - thx again, and cheers, John :) https://www.wattsdigital.com/Home.html [masked]

Photoshop 101 - Class 5:­ Color Management 101, PLUS Editing for Success

This General Meetup will be held live & online via GoToMeeting.com, instead of at the Photo Arts building in San Diego's Balboa Park. Specific details, and how to join once you RSVP, are here: https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html ______________________ Howdy to all, This Meetup is a "2-Fer": 1) Color Management 101 (One Hour): Proper Color Management allows you to accurately reproduce what you see on your monitor in printed form, whether it is to your photo inkjet printer or files you send to a custom lab. Being able to print with a great degree of consistency and accuracy saves you time, frustration, and money. The old adage, "WYSIWYG" (What You See Is What You Get) readily applies when you are properly color-managed. John will show you the 3 steps to successful Color Management and how to implement these into your Photoshop workflow, in a style that even the most die-hard "non-techie" can enjoy and understand 2) Editing for Success (1/2 Hour): The second part of this Meetup will focus on the concepts of proper image editing - or, how do I know which of my many images are strong enough to create a Master File? So, you just got back from a photo shoot, and you've got all these hundreds (thousands?) of wonderful images - now what? How do you properly sift through all of your images, critically pick the absolute best ones, and then make the most out of them using Photoshop? When it comes to a great final image, it's important to be a tough "self-editor" of your images, and then knowing what you're aiming for before you can properly use the tools in Photoshop. ____________________ The cost to attend is FREE for this 90 minute Meetup, but you must RSVP online, 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 1/2 hour before start time! - We'll finish up promptly at 7:30 PM - See you there! John Watts - [masked] Watts Digital Imaging - http://www.wattsdigital.com/Home.html

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

Online event

$150.00

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 and interactive. Subjects covered include all of the necessary Workspace Panels, Layer Mask Strategies, basic Selection Tools, advanced Selection Tools, and more ... This reasonably-priced Workshop is limited to 4 students ONLY - using YOUR images! And you can be assured of privacy, since we're NOT sharing webcams - only our voices & monitors. _________________________ Price: $150 _________________________ • There are a total of THREE online "sessions" for this Workshop, ALL on Wednesdays - Dec 2nd, 9th & 16th - from 6 PM to 7:30 PM PST. Each "session" is 1.5 hours in length. These "sessions" are held one week apart. • That's a total of 4.5 hours of personalized, "hands-on" instruction, with only 3 other students & myself - again, using YOUR images. • There will also be fun "homework" assigned between some "sessions" (with provided images files & a "cheat sheet") to speed up the learning curve. • Copious new notes (beyond my PS Book) are included - - also includes a "Rough Cut" (no editing) video recording from each "session". ___________________ • Required: my current Photoshop Book ( PDF or Paperback) - https://www.wattsdigital.com/photoshopebook.html - PLUS, at least 4 of your RAW files in advance ... _________________ • Suggested: although it's not absolutely necessary, a USB Headset with Microphone is recommended - They're inexpensive ($25 up), make 2-way communicating a snap, and are available everywhere. At a minimum, though, 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://www.wattsdigital.com/photoshop101videos.html • Suggested: a relatively current version of Photoshop CC. Don't have Photoshop CC? Download here: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/photography.html _________________________ Price: $150 __________________________ 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). ... and then ... 2) Securely pay online here via PayPal or Credit / Debit card: https://www.wattsdigital.com/paywithpaypal.html PLEASE NOTE: to lock in your RSVP, you MUST make payment via PayPal within 1 business day - if not, you'll be removed from the RSVP list. • After your RSVP is paid, I'll contact you via mail within 2 - 3 business days with a syllabus, links, receipt & much more. ________________________ To see more, including technical details, click here: https://www.wattsdigital.com/Small_Group_Workshops.html#techdetails _______________________ Questions? Please contact me - - thx again, and cheers, John :) https://www.wattsdigital.com/Home.html [masked]

Photoshop 101 - Class 1: The Foundation

Online event

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 1/2 hour before start time! - We'll finish up promptly at 7:30 PM - See you there! John Watts - [masked] Watts Digital Imaging - http://www.wattsdigital.com/Home.html ______________________ Specific details about GoToMeeting, and how to join the online Meetup once you RSVP, are here: https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html#GTM_info

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