Beginner Photoshop

This introduction takes you on a tour of the major tools and gets you ready for the Intermediate series. After just a couple of classes you'll be getting real work done.
Upcoming Series
6:30-9:00pm at DCP - Individual classes: Early Registration: $65 - Late Registration: $75
Purchase individual classes below.
The Adobe Classroom in a Book is recommended for this course.

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Classes Included in this Series

Photoshop 101

Evening class
We start at the beginning with an overview of workflow, including how to organize media, open files and set up your workspace. Then we dive into global corrections.

Photoshop 102

Evening class
Layers and cloning make up a lot of what people mean when they say “that’s been Photoshopped”. We’ll explore those tools as well as ways to use them in an organized way so you don’t lose track of the pieces of your image.

Photoshop 103

Evening class
Photoshop has powerful text tools and you can often finish a project without going to Illustrator or InDesign. We'll also explore the often confusing areas of resolution, bit depth and file formats.

Photoshop 104

Evening class
Hands-on lab. Using your own laptop you'll follow along while the instructor takes you through some basic exercises to test your new skills. Image files will be supplied.

Photoshop is now a verb and a mandatory skill for any photographer who wants total control of the creative and editing process. This powerful software is the recognized professional standard in raster graphics editing that incorporates the tools and structure to create, enhance, salvage and export your images.

What you’ll learn:
Each series consists of four classes. The first three classes of each series are demonstration style, with the instructor taking you through a tour of tools, features and techniques. The last class of each series is a hands-on lab where you’ll work with your own laptop and follow along as you’re shown how to put your new found skills into action. The “Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book” is recommended and will provide support and exercises for several of the modules.

Beginner Photoshop starts at the beginning. These classes are designed to be an overview for those who are new to the world of Photoshop. No previous experience is required. You’ll become comfortable with the interface, importing and saving files and learn what the most commonly used tools do. At the end of the beginner series you’ll be able to make adjustments, work with layers, adjust colors and make selections. Hands-on work will include swapping heads in group shots, enhancing a landscape, working with the selection tools and placing simple text.

What you’ll need:
You will need to bring a laptop for your own use for the last class, but the first three sessions are designed to be an instructor demonstration with opportunity for questions and answers.

  • Cost per person is $65 early registration (available until 5 days before class start date), $75 late registration.
  • All four classes are available at a discounted bundle rate of $220 (available until 5 days before the first class start date).
  • Doors open at 6:15pm.
  • Classes start promptly at 6:30pm.
  • Each class is 2 ½ hours long.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

Q: Do I need a laptop?
You will need a laptop for the final class, but the first three sessions are designed to be an instructor demonstration with opportunity for questions and answers.

Q: What is Photoshop?
A: Adobe Photoshop is the de facto standard for raster graphic and photo image construction and manipulation. It is extremely powerful and layered and can be a necessary part of your skill set if you need total creative control over your images.

Q: What about Lightroom?
A: Lightroom works in conjunction with Photoshop. Think of Lightroom as the corner emergency clinic where you go if you have a cold, sprain or splinter. Photoshop is the equivalent of a large hospital where major surgery is performed. For many people Photoshop is unnecessary and their entire workflow happens within the toolset of Lightroom. If you are doing commercial, industrial, special effects or other types of photography that require major surgery then Photoshop is an essential skill.

Q: What will I learn?
A: Photoshop is a devilishly complicated program that few every truly master. The goal in this series of introductory classes is for you to learn the overall workflow that works best for you and to be introduced to many of Photoshop’s most powerful and commonly used tools.

Q: How much do the classes cost?
A: The early registration fee is $65/person per class if you register at least 5 days before the class date. Late registration is $75/person.

Q: Can I mix and match classes from different series for the bundled price?
A: No, the discounted bundled price is only available to classes taken in sequence.

Q: Can I take individual classes instead of the series?
A: You can sign up for any of the classes you like, but it’s highly recommended that you take all four to appreciate and understand what this software is capable of.

Q: How will I know if a class makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: How late can I sign up for a class?
A: As long as the class doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay up to two hours before the starting time of the class.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Steve McWilliams

Steve has over 30 years in film production and media creation and is known for his depth of knowledge and willingness to share his experience with others. With a degree in film production he rose through the ranks from camera tech, first assistant, gaffer, director of photography and on to directing.

Steve produced from the television commercial production company Steve Show, Inc. and was a sought after Director/Cameraman with a reputation for beautiful 35mm motion film and High Def in-camera effects. His client list includes American Airlines, Garmin, and Paramount Amusement Parks and numerous food and big box stores as well as banks, non-profits and hospitals across North America.

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