Introduction to Photoshop Topics

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Introduction to Photoshop Topics


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Instructors: Dick Wieboldt, John Lorimer, Jim Thornbery
Time & Date: 7 pm to 9 pm Mondays, March 4 through April 1, 2019.
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible. Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking lot.
Class size: Class limited to 8 students. Minimum of 4.


Have you ever attempted to learn Adobe Photoshop and found it overwhelming? So have we. Photoshop is an all-encompassing application for everyone from graphics arts production to photographers. With a scope this huge, we a settled on this target audience: individuals who are comfortable editing in Lightroom who may have dabbled in Photoshop, and want to move on to using Photoshop features with more confidence.

With this in mind, we are offering a 5 session Introduction to Photoshop Topics course to help you, a Lightroom user, learn how to use the powerful Photoshop features to enhance your images. This 5 session course will take you through the basics of working with Photoshop, preparing you to advance later to an array of “Topics” for intermediate and advanced users which we will roll out later in the year.

The class will be limited to up to 8 students for lots of hands on instruction. Requirements include having your own laptop with LR/PS CC loaded. Photoshop CS 6 or higher is acceptable. You should be comfortable with LR, Camera Raw, or Elements.

This is a group learning experience – we encourage you to attend all sections so you can contribute your experiences and assist others. Our goal is for you to leave each class with a couple new insights into the colossus that is Photoshop.

Each class will be led by an instructor covering specific topics then facilitating a practice session and discussion of individual questions and experiences. Please join in the fun!

3/4/19 Class Zero (since we are starting from zero) – Basic Introduction to Photoshop – Dick Wieboldt

Explaining the Photoshop interface, opening images, moving around in an image, saving your work, tips to solve your frustrations.

3/11/19 Class 1 – Introduction to Tools – John Lorimer

3/18/19 Class 2 – Introduction to Layers – John Lorimer

3/25/19 Class 3 – Introduction to Selections – Jim Thornbery
Selections and layers are essential to Photoshop’s ability to precisely target adjustments, create composite images, and other editing not possible in Lightroom. We will cover different ways of selecting parts of an image, how to combine different selections, and how to refine selections.

4/1/19 Class 4 (the fifth and final class) – Introduction to Layer Masks – John Lorimer

At the conclusion of this series of five classes, you will have the skills to fully enjoy the upcoming “Topics in Photoshop” series. This is a collection of individual, collaborative classes where you can learn special Photoshop techniques each taught by an experienced member. Stay tuned for more information on this. Topics for these subsequent individual classes include Using Curves, Retouching (Healing, Cloning, etc), Composites, Focus Stacking, Image Alignment & Panoramas, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Layer Blend Modes, Smart Objects, Using a Pen & Tablet (instead of a mouse), Batch Processing, Lens Blur & Depth Maps, Adaptive Wide Angle Filter, Sharpening for Prints, B&W Conversions, and the Powerful Pen Tool.

Unless you know the basics covered in Introduction to Photoshop Topics, you will be lost in these individual Topics classes.


All student cancellations will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from any refund remitted. Cancellations more than thirty (30) days before the start of the first class session are refundable, less the above processing fee.

Cancellations at thirty (30) to fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in refunding half (50%) of the fees except for some classes where this is not feasible due to contractual arrangements with the instructor(s) and/or venue. Such exceptions will be noted in the listing of those classes.

Cancellations less than fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in the loss of all fees. You may arrange to have someone else fill your slot in the class but we must be notified of this substitution as soon as possible.  PhotoMidwest will have no involvement in any transfer of funds related to such substitutions.  If the slot in the class is not used, we will consider it as a donation to PhotoMidwest and as such, it may qualify as tax deductible.

In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by PhotoMidwest, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.


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