Photoshop for photographers

Photoshop logoMy Photoshop for Photographers class at the Jackson Hole Art Association is taking students now. Enroll for the class and learn how to use photoshop to improve, adjust, and deliver your photographs.

This is the class description:

If you want to make more of your photographs using Photoshop, then this class is for you. You will feel comfortable making your way around the software by the end of the course. We will cover workflow, setup, filters, rotation, cropping and retouching techniques. You will learn how to use layers to apply effects non-destructively, how to set color, curves, hue and saturation. Resolution, resizing, and sharpening will also be covered, as well as how to place and decorate text. This is a hands-on class.

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One of the keys to this software is the ability to make non-destructive edits to your photographs. Why is this important? Say you’ve made several modifications to the curves, levels and color tint of your photograph. Just as you are making some corrections to dust, you notice that you don’t like the curve adjustment. With destructive software, there is no way to go back. Photoshop has what are called layers. These layers, when used properly, allow you to make a huge amount of changes and selectively add and disable them as you desire.

Photoshop is an amazingly complex and daunting program. For the first time user, it can be quite intimidating. I will demystify some of the basics you’ll need to get more out of the software as a photographer. So often, Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) is used by graphic artists to do incredible work.

As the name implies, the original software was designed for photographers to manipulate and improve their photographs. Over the years, Adobe added a whole slew of capabilities and tools to the software to make it useful not only to photographers but graphic artists as well.

The picture at the right shows you just a smattering of what you can do with the software. From Photoshop CS3 and on to CC, Adobe added the ability to do basic 3-D work as well as edit video. Photoshop is not After Effects or Final Cut Pro, but it gives you the ability to add the amazing effects that you see in any movie that has special effects.

But before you get to the point where you’re doing some insane work, you have to have a handle on the basic controls as a photographer. This class will help you get there.

The intermediate class Photoshop for Photographers in August will touch on the above plus how to do selections, cloning, masking, and how to use some of the more advanced features of this software.