Useful Photoshop®

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There is a Workshop scheduled for 24 June 2017
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This Workshop is designed to get you up and running with a solid understanding of the most used features in Photoshop®.  It has been described as a 800 lb gorilla and can seem somewhat intimidating when you first launch the software.  Often this is when people give up.  Most users only access a small percentage (less than 5%) of the application.  This Workshop will get you up and running and make Photoshop® a powerful tool in your post-processing toolbox.


Many features in Photoshop® are meant to be used together and learning about them separately often leads to a steep learning curve with little understanding of how to put the features to work.  Much like how learning the alphabet does not teach you how to construct sentences.  This Seminar will look at Photoshop® from a “system” perspective to ensure that you can put your learning to work and successfully process your photos.  You will feel confident in your learning by the time the Seminar has concluded.  Additionally, Jim will remain accessible after the Seminar should you have questions on how to do something that you have learned.  While not an exhaustive list, the key learning areas will include:


Often this is what forces people to quit before they get started. We will take a tour of the interface and make you more comfortable with the layout.   Understanding how and where to access the features of this software will give you a firm foundation to move on and start using this excellent application.


Often called the most powerful feature in Photoshop®, this feature can be a little difficult to understand.  This part of the Seminar will introduce you to layers and how their use make Photoshop® the powerhouse in photographic post-processing.  You will learn about how layers work and how they assist you in selectively editing your photos.  We will cover Blend Modes, Layer Masks and transparency to name a few.  You will be comfortable using layers in Photoshop® at the conclusion of this seminar.

Blend Modes

A key feature in Layers is the use of blend modes.  They are perhaps one of the least understood and confusing parts of Photoshop®.  They are an integral part of Layers but deserve some time of their own during the seminar.  You will learn about the five or six most used and useful modes.

Masks and Selections

Selections and masks allow you to adjust one part of your image without touching another.  An example would be darkening one part of your image but not another.  Used with layers, masks and selections give Photoshop® the power that has resulted in the phrase “that was Photoshopped”

Adjustment layers

Adjustment layers give you a non-destructive, fully adjustable way of editing many aspects of your photo.  This includes, hue, saturation, brightness and contrast, turning a photo into black and white and many many more.  We will explore the most used and useful of these adjustments.  And like all work in Photoshop, we will learn how to use them while employing other tools like masks and selections.

Filters and Plug-ins

Filters are a fun and powerful way to make very dramatic changes to your photos.  We will learn about several of them including sharpening your photo (including selectively), adding bokeh to a photo to simulate expensive lenses and some fun photographic treatments.  While the use of plug-ins is not part of the Seminar, we will discuss how to integrate them into you photo editing.  Actually working with plug-ins is a seminar all of its own.


After learning about the software, we are going to have some fun working on several images to wrap up the training.  This will allow you to see the software in action at a pace that will consolidate what you have learned.

This course involves using Photoshop®  and includes time for each individual to try the techniques to reinforce learning.  While a computer with Photoshop® installed is not required, it will greatly assist in learning during the practical portions of the workshop.

1.  Laptop (MAC or PC) with Photoshop® (optional)

2.  Images on a memory card

3.  Lunch

If you would like suggestions or information on the purchase and installation of Photoshop® software prior to the workshop, simply contact us.

Location  – Valley, Nova Scotia.  Exact details will be sent to registered participants.
This workshop will be held on the following dates:

24 June 2017


The cost of this full day workshop:


$75.00 (Image Makers members)


Please arrive no later that 8:30 am for a 9:00 am start.  We will continue until at least 5:00 pm.

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Each Workshop is limited to 12 people, and seats are filled in the order that registration is received.  We do maintain a wait list for each Workshop in case there is a cancellation.  Indicate on the form if you would like to be placed on a wait list if the Workshop is full.

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