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Photoshop Foundations

Learn the basics of Photoshop plus Lisa's favorite techniques! Class starts July 6, 2021!

Photoshop is the foundational editing tool-of-choice for most photographers. It’s daunting, even for seasoned users. So how do you get started? Where do you begin in a tool that has more bells-and-whistles, buttons and icons than someone new to the system could readily grasp?


This class is designed for the beginner who needs support and helpful instruction in a low-stress environment. Lisa will teach you the basics of Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) in a way that is simple and empowering. Plus she will show you how she integrates these tools into her workflow, images, and creativity to process her work in beautiful ways! Course Materials are delivered via weekly 60-90 minutes of pre-recorded, easy-to-follow, short video tutorials you can watch and replay on your own schedule. 


Students registered at the Ultimate level can bring questions and needs from each lesson to a live weekly study hall for assistance and lively discussion! Students at the Enhanced level will have access to the recordings of the study hall sessions. If you find that you need the direct interaction with Lisa and your classmates, you can upgrade to the Ultimate level as long as there are spaces still available at that level.


Teaching Approach:  Delivered via approximately 60-90 minutes of pre-recorded, easy-to-follow, short video tutorials you can watch and replay on your own schedule each week. 


Prerequisite Skills or classes:  None



Minimum requirement: 

Photoshop Photography Plan 20gb

(You can get a free trial here)

The Photoshop Photography Plan includes the software for Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Bridge) and which are all needed for this course.  It also includes Lightroom Classic, which is optional, but will be briefly introduced in this course for those who wish to use it.) 


Once you have obtained the plan, please insure you have downloaded and installed:

  • Photoshop 2021 (not Photoshop Elements)
  • Camera Raw
  • Bridge
  • Lightroom Classic  (Optional -- if you are already using Lightroom, you do not need Camera Raw) 


If you have an older version of Photoshop, many of the techniques and tools will be similar, but there is no guarantee a one-for-one match with the techniques and procedures taught in this class that is based on Photoshop 2021.  For best results, please install (or update) the most current version of Photoshop.


ULTIMATE:  $249 for 5 weeks

  • Access to pre-recorded and written instructional materials
  • Exclusive access to attend our Kickoff and live Group Study Hall live sessions
  • View all recordings of all Group Study Hall sessions
  • Read and respond to all posts in class-related forums 
  • Submit assignments for instructor feedback via the Assignment forum
  • Post questions and photos in the Discussion forums


ENHANCED: $149 for 5 weeks

  • Access to pre-recorded and written instructional materials
  • View all recordings of all Kickoff and Group Study Hall sessions
  • Read all posts in class-related forums 
  • Post questions and photos in the Discussion forum




Each week’s lesson includes demonstrations of how to use various tools in Photoshop.  Lisa also demonstrates how she uses these skills in her workflow, an assignment to help you practice the skills introduced that week, and a study hall session where Ultimate students can review the skills, ask questions, and get additional support.  Enhanced students will have access to the recording of the weekly study halls. Topics and weeks subject to change as necessary to meet the needs of the class. 


Week 1

  • Opening images in Photoshop from your computer’s hard drive
  • How to use Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop together
  • Introduction to a basic workflow, including making exposure, contrast and color adjustments
  • Guidance to avoid over-processing an image
  • Introduction essential editing tools, including dodge, burn, crop, clone, healing brush
  • Understanding and using different types of files (RAW, JPG and PSD)
  • Best practices for working with and saving your image


Week 2

  • An introduction to Layers and how to use them for special enhancements
  • Using an Adjustment Brush in Adobe Camera Raw to create effects
  • Using basic brush types, how to switch brushes, how to change their opacity, hardness and softness and the effects of doing so
  • Saturation versus vibrance adjustments—how they differ and the pro’s/cons of using them
  • Making edits on specific portions of an image with Selection tools


Week 3

  • Using levels, curve and exposure tools
  • Introduction to Filters and how to use them
  • Using Smart Objects
  • Selecting objects and adding them to a new layer (basic compositing)


Week 4

  • Adding and manipulating Text
  • Alternatives to Dodge and Burn tools—and why
  • Noise reduction options within Photoshop
  • Changing color and hue
  • Curve adjustments
  • Masking
  • Selective color adjustments
  • Using Layer styles


Week 5

  • Adding Canvas Content Aware fill
  • Resizing images
  • Adding atmosphere to images




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