Using Adobe Photoshop

Take your photography to the next level with our Using Adobe? Photoshop??class! Learn to use the most versatile and flexible photo-editing software on the market in our 18 hour intensive class. Photoshop is without question the most used software by professional photographers and a practical knowledge of it is an essential?part of a modern photographer?s toolkit.

In this photo we changed the shape of the hat to for a smoother look, minimized lines under baby?s eyes and adjusted?the skin tone ?(specifically on his feet).?We also removed the metal support bar under the swing and added a texture to the photo.

Topics Covered:

  • The ?language? of Photoshop: layers and tools
  • How to remove objects and people from your images
  • Portrait retouching (pimple removal, skin smoothening, wrinkle removal, eye sharpening, teeth whitening, etc.)
  • Thinifying (subtle techniques for slimming)
  • Swapping heads between images
  • Cleaning dirty lenses after the fact
  • Change, improve, and add colors
  • Edit and fix brightness and color (hue/saturation/luminance) issues
  • Apply and modify filters
  • Add in objects, people and backgrounds
  • When to use Photoshop vs. when to use Lightroom
  • Producing professional-grade finished Jpegs.
  • And much more!

In this photo we removed the lamp post, light spots, ?the?light stand, and cleaned up the pavement. We also used layers to create selective colouring.

Learn to edit like a pro!

At the CPLC, students are expected to bring in their own copy of Photoshopon a laptop or iMac into class. Students are provided with a library of photos designed to teach specific principles of using Photoshop, but are also encouraged to bring in their own.

Using Adobe Photoshop CC uses the popular and successful format of The CPLC’s “Using Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera” of teaching a principle, and then having the students perform the principle on their computer in class, following along with the instructor and then doing guided exercises in class. In addition, the course also includes homework designed to solidify the techniques in the mind and practice of the students. It’s easy to follow along in class, but the techniques can be lost if you don’t use them right away for the brain to encode the memories. As such, the course employs homework that is submitted for review in order to ensure students are using all the techniques of memorization so the concepts stick.

At the end of Using Photoshop CC, students will be fully proficient in editing images for color, brightness, applying different and trendy special effects to make your images look modern, and fixing errors in the images. The student will also be able to discuss with others the nuances of many subjects that are difficult to understand, including the details of sharpening for different sizes, hue, saturation, and luminance, levels, histograms, and much more.

In this photo we removed people from the waterfall, removed signage, cleaned the lens, reduced the glare on the bride?s face and enhanced the color of the water.

A note on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Using Adobe Photoshop is a course based on the premise that the students will use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for file management and basic editing, and then use Adobe Photoshop [CC/Elements] for the techniques listed above. This is the standard workflow of professional photographers. For the ideal experience, we recommend taking Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom before this class. However, because the two programs differ in what they do to photos, it can be taken out of order.

What Do I Need to Bring to Class?

You do not need to know anything about Photoshop before taking the class, though make sure after you install it that you can locate and open it on your computer.

Because image processing is a memory-intensive process, and more-so because Photoshop requires your images to file manage, the only meaningful way to teach the program is on the student’s own computer.

As such, this course requires Photoshop CC or CS6 to be installed on a laptop or self contained computer (like an Apple iMac) to be brought to, and taken away from class daily.

The student is responsible for making sure their computer exceeds the minimum requirements for using Photoshop CC and CS6, as it is is a memory-intensive program, it requires a sufficient computer to run it effectively.

Length & Format 18 hours total
Weekdays 6 nights of 3 hours each
Maximum Number of Students 8
Prerequisites None
Bring With You Please see this page for complete details on what to bring, and what not to bring.

  • Laptop / notebook or other portable computer, iMacs that are portable are acceptable.
  • Power cord, keyboard, mouses and desired accessories.
  • The current version of Adobe Photoshop CC or CS6 installed and updated. If using an older version or Elements, please contact us first.

NOTE: This class requires a minimum number of students to attend before it can run. If we don’t meet this minimum 5 business days before the class is scheduled to start, we will cancel it. If you want to take this class, don’t wait until the last minute to register!


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