Photoshop 102
This class is part of a series
PS Series / PS-104

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.
AVAILABLE ONLY AS A CLASS SERIES. PURCHASE UNDER PS SERIES.

This is class 2 of the Beginner series.

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. You’ll find out why you can’t really just “take something out” in Photoshop.

  • Creating selection areas and masks with Magic Wand, lasso, quick mask and modifying the selections
  • What layers are and how they work
  • Keeping it all organized with Layer Groups and Layer comps
  • Clone stamp and spot healing brush, two of the most powerful and popular tools in the toolkit
  • Working example – head transplants: Getting one good family portrait out of several almost good shots

  • Cost per person for the series is $220 early registration (available until 7 days before the first class start date), $270 late registration.
  • 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?
A: 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: Cost per person for the series is $220 early registration (available until 5 days before the first class start date), $270 late registration.

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: No, this series can only be purchased as a bundle.

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. Steve ran his own commercial production company whose client list included American Airlines, Garmin, Paramount Amusement Parks and numerous food and big box stores as well as banks, non-profits and hospitals.

He was a top selling contributor to Getty Images in both still and motion collections and ran a successful still portrait business with an emphasis on high quality images and deft retouching. He has extensive experience photographing flat and 3D art for Heritage Auctions and other clients. He is the inventor of the patented EyeDirect Focusing System product, used by hundreds of producers and camera people around the world.

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