These Photoshop classes are special skill building classes focused on a particular project or task. We’ll walk you through some of the typical projects for which photographers tend to use photoshop, such as assembling a postcard or flyer, retouching portraits, or enhancing landscape images. If you’re brand new to Photoshop, you should take the Photoshop Essentials course first.

Course Summary

Each session in the Photoshop Skills series focuses on a particular type of project. For each project, we’ll walk you through the process of planning out what you want to do, setting up your files properly, using the appropriate tools, keeping your layers organized, and finalizing your files for output or distribution.

The sessions can be purchased individually or in sets for a discount. We’ve listed a few of the sessions here, but we’re always adding more so check our registration site for a current list of sessions and dates.

Flyers, Business Cards, and Postcards, etc.

Professional graphic designers often use sophisticated print layout programs such as InDesign and QuarkXpress but these programs are overkill for most people. Photoshop has been used for decades for creating simple, one-page layouts to complex, multi-page layouts. Learn the ins and outs of bringing numerous elements together in Photoshop for simple business card and postcard designs or even complex flyers and brochures using layer groups, layer comps, and nested compositions.

  • Setting up your file for digital printing vs press printing
  • Setting up bleeds and safe zones
  • The Character and Paragraph palettes
  • Layer style effects
  • Working with shapes and paths
  • The Layer Comps palette
  • Working with the grid, rulers, and guides
  • Aligning and distributing objects
  • Workflow best practices and file-naming strategies
  • Preparing the final print-ready output files

Minimize Body Weight with the Liquify Filter

The magical liquify filter can minimize double chins, slim down waist lines, reduce or augment breast size, flatten cheeks, or even turn a frown into a smile.

  • The magic behind the liquify filter
  • When to use this powerful tool
  • Minimizing body weight
  • Fixing a lazy eye
  • Slimming the cheeks
  • Working with fabrics and complex patterns

Portrait Retouching Basics

Portrait photographers often rely on Photoshop to help make their subjects look their best. Learn all about specialized tools and techniques for hiding facial blemishes, whitening teeth, changing eye color, erasing wrinkles, and more. Learn to blend your edits with the original image so no one can tell you’ve applied any retouching magic.

  • Working with the Healing Brush
  • Working with Clone & Stamp
  • Using adjustment layers and layer masks
  • Whiten teeth and eyes
  • Changing eye color
  • Adding blush
  • Soften the skin and sharpen the eyes
  • Blending old and new for a more believable effect

Highly Effective and Stylish Watermarks

If you’ve ever shared your images online, you’ve probably worried about someone stealing your images or even had it happen. Adding a watermark to your images can be one of the most effective ways to prevent someone from using your images without your permission. It can also be a great way to get your name out there. But, there are classy, professional watermarks and there are ugly, obnoxious watermarks. We’ll walk you through the technical process of creating a watermark that can’t easily be ignored and also give creative suggestions for making it look clean and professional.

  • What’s a watermark and what is used for?
  • Setting up the framework for flexibility
  • What should your watermark contain?
  • Effective ways to make a watermark secure
  • Ensuring that you can edit your watermark in the future
  • Saving the right file formats for different uses
  • Incorporating your watermark into Lightroom



  • What You'll Need:
  • Prerequisites:
  • Follow Up With:

  • - Notebook computer
    – External mouse and mouse pad *
    * Wacom Pen Tablet highly recommended over standard mouse
    – Recent edition of Photoshop (CS4, CS5, CS6)
    – RAW and JPG camera files to work with

  • Photoshop Skills sessions require that you have some working knowledge of Photoshop. If you’re brand new to Photoshop, please take the Photoshop Essentials course.
  • The Complete Photoshop Bundle
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