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Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop


Not every photograph looks great when you first take it, and there are increasing numbers of tools available to help you get the right look. Adobe Photoshop, especially when paired with Adobe Lightroom, allows photographers to explore more creative possibilities than ever before. Learn to unlock your artistic vision and create views of the world unavailable to the human eye or film technology.

This course explores both technical and aesthetic considerations in the medium by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, students will learn the role of Photoshop in a photographer’s workflow and how it can help them achieve picture-perfect prints.

After each class meeting, students will complete homework assignments to show what they have learned. The assignments are due prior to the next class meetings and must be submitted digitally. The following class will include class critiques followed by new lecture material.

Note: We recommend that students complete Digital Asset Management and Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom before beginning this course. Lightroom and Photoshop do not replace each other, but rather enhance each other, particularly when Lightroom is used first, then Photoshop second, in a photographer’s workflow. We also recommend that students subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan so they can complete homework assignments and utilize these techniques in their own photography.


After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • Use Photoshop to perform basic corrections to RAW images.
  • Be familiar with the Photoshop tools most commonly used by photographers to enhance images.
  • Explain the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and identify the appropriate uses for each.
  • Be familiar with the various image file formats in order to save images best suited to the intended use.
  • Demonstrate basic photo editing techniques such as color correction, exposure adjustment, black and white conversion, and sharpening.
  • Retouch imperfections and other common issues such as red eye.
  • Utilize masks and various selection tools to correct or change the color in specific areas of a photo.
  • Combine pixels from different frames to create images with a greater range of luminosity than is possible with a camera alone
  • Create composite images and stitch images together to create panoramas.

Dates: Nov 12, 2018 - Dec 3, 2018 Time: 6:30 PM
Tuition: $350.00 Instructor: Billy Newman Register

Lesson 1: Photoshop: Working With Basic Tools, Palettes, and How to Get Around
  • Location of tools on the Photoshop screen
  • Setting up a custom Workspace to make the best use of limited screen space
  • Various ways to arrange multiple images
  • Practice how to enlarge an image to work on a small portion of the frame
  • Explore the differences between “Save” and “Save as” and the various formats available when saving an image
  • Adobe Camera Raw (Almost identical to the raw converter in Lightroom), learn how to open a file directly from Lightroom into Photoshop and how to use the Camera Raw filter

Lesson 2: Layers and Masks in Photoshop
  • Layers and masks in Photoshop as a way to make changes to your images without affecting your original file
  • Adjust images using the methods available in the adjustment palette, explore the differences between adjustments and adjustment layers
  • Using a basic brush on masks to control the application of adjustments to different areas of an image
  • Fill layers

Lesson 3: Pixel Selection & Tools
  • Various methods/tools offered by Photoshop to select portions of an image, and how those selections can be applied to adjustment masks – includes the Quick Selection tool, the Lasso tool, and the Marquee tool
  • Frequently used tools for photographers: Crop tool; Perspective Crop tool, Clone tool, Red Eye tool, Healing Brush tool
  • Tool palette tools, hidden tools
  • Usefulness of keyboard shortcuts for tools
  • Customizing your tool palette

Lesson 4: Multiple Images into One and More
  • Combining more than one image in Photoshop using layers
  • The Basics of combining images with HDR, Panoramics and stacking
  • Using the text tool and how to create a text layer
  • Basics of the filters menu and focusing on Lens Correction, Liquify and Sharpening

Class Schedule

Date Times Meeting Type Location
11/12/2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
11/19/2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
11/26/2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
12/03/2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park

Additional Information

Final Enrollment: Nov 12, 2018
Clock Hours: 10.0