Photoshop for Photographers is a combination of three entire Photoshop classes into one. Everything in Photoshop 101, Photoshop 201 and Photoshop 301, so over 12 hours of training. And all designed around the beginner photographer and FOR photographers.
Photoshop For Photographers: What You’ll Learn
Starting with the basics in Photoshop 101, you’ll learn how to work with the software interface so you know how to set yourself up for success. Then a tour through the interface so you know where all the buttons are and what they do. In Photoshop 201, you’ll expand on what you’ve learned and go BEYOND the basics as you learn the heart and soul of Photoshop – Layers. Bring it all together with complete photo editing workflows for landscape photography, portraits, street photography, night photography, layering images for HDR or star trails in Photoshop 301.
- How to open Photoshop and set up your preferences correctly
- About color profiles and working color space (and what they mean)
- How to add your copyright information and other metadata
- How to customize the program (which panels to show, how to move them around, etc.) so it works best for your setup
- Basic things like moving around the image and zooming in and out
- A run-through of the most common tools you’ll need to use
- Adobe Camera Raw overview
- How to use Photoshop in conjunction with Lightroom (how to transfer images, when to jump to Photoshop)
- About the history and how to undo steps
- About layers
- Get a brief overview and introduction
- How they work
- Adding a layer
- Rearranging them
- How to use Adjustment Layers
- How to add Text
- How to save images
- What the various file formats mean
- When to choose PSD, TIF, JPG, or PNG
- Using Adobe Bridge
- Removing stuff from your image
- Cloning and Healing tools
- Content-Aware fill
- Using a retouching layer
- All about Brushes and painting
- Using the History
- linear versus non-linear
- How to arrange elements
- Alignment and move tools
- Grids and Rulers
- Making basic selections
- How to use Smart Objects
- Using filters and plugins
- More advanced layers
- Adjustment layers
- Blend modes and opacity
- Grouping layers
- Texture/bokeh layers
- Layer/text effects (drop out)
- Transparent layers
- Using the Transform Tool versus image/canvas size
- How to use the Liquify tool
- Using the Neural filters
- Doing a Sky replacement
- Using a tablet for editing
- Color management and monitor calibration
- Portrait editing tips
- Fun stuff (blur, swirl, etc.)
- More advanced layer techniques
- Combining two or more images to make a composite art piece
- How to do a head swap
- Using a dodge/burn layer
- Combining light painted images
- Focus stacking
- Stitching panoramas
- Merging HDR images
- Using Photoshop Actions
- Batch processing
In Photoshop 301, we will be putting all the stuff you learned in Photoshop 101 and 201 together and applying them to some real editing examples. You’ll see how to use all the tools you’ve learned so far to get the final image you want.
Edward Barbieri –
Another outstanding Class packed with information, so much so that I am going to have to find time to re-listen take notes and try out the many aspects of Photoshop that was covered. Fortunately this well priced class provides access to the recording on an ongoing basis. Darlene is an outstanding instructor and makes every moment of the three hours plus count.
Sigmund Rannem –
This was indeed an excellent session packed full of information and learning! Due to my prior unfamiliarity with Photoshop, I will need to watch the recording carefully and work with my own copy of the program at the same time. I very much look forward to that!
Lee Fook –
Wow, just WOW. I learned so much about Photoshop. My biggest take away was learning about Adobe Bridge and how it can facilitate my workflow, but the beginner level training on layers was mind blowing. I believe I have a much better grasp on how to approach my edits using layers, but will refer to the lessons again and again to really anchor it. It’s great having access to the class forever. Thank you for the time you put into this training. I’m registered for Photoshop 201 and look forward to learning more about layers and everything else. Thanks – Lee
Kathryn LeRoy –
I tried several times to work in Photoshop and similar programs but always quit. The icons and language overwhelmed me, but Darlene took us methodically through the basics. I tried working alongside her but soon realized I couldn’t pay attention to her screen and instructions with Photoshop open on my computer. The best approach is to watch and listen, then go back to the recorded and outlined lessons to work along, stop, take notes, practice, repeat. I’m finally learning Photoshop and when to incorporate it into my photo processing workflow. Thank you!
I’ve had the Photoshop program for a long time and have been timid about using it. This workshop gave me the tools to get started and helped me overcome my fear of Photoshop! Darlene is a great instructor. I’m looking forward to rewatching the class and practicing along with the recording. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a jumpstart.
Scottie Kersta-Wilson –
Full transparency: 1) I was late and had to leave early, and 2) I have used PhotoShop for 30-ish years (yikes!). Having said that, this was a course I learned from in the first 5 minutes I was in the live class. Where has this instructor been all my life – What great content and so efficiently delivered. I’ve already started back from the beginning. Run don’t walk to this course and website!
Charles Wallace –
There are a lot of “how to” programs out there – some are cheap and some are outrageous. The programs that Darlene has put together are fast-paced and cover every important point that you need to improve your post processing. The price is very reasonable but the extra service makes it a real value. There is no wasted time – so if the concept is new to you and you didn’t quite get it the first time, you have the privilege of going back with the recording until you understand it completely. She offers hands-on examples that are perfect. Like many others, I purchased Photoshop program years ago but never really understood it very well until I watched Photoshop 101! I’m a believer!
Carol Pesek –
I have downloaded a couple Photoshop courses and have never committed to sitting down and consistently doing the work of learning. When I saw that Darlene was offering a “Basics” course I jumped on it. I was thoroughly engrossed for the entire time (3 hrs +) and learned so much about PS in an incredibly short amount of time. Definitely the supplied recording afterward will be used to review the information and do my own walk through at my own pace. The initial lesson on setting up Photoshop preferences was priceless when there are so many decisions to make and so little knowledge without having used the program. I have known Darlene for several years now and what stands out about her is her talent as a photographer AND as a teacher. Her style is logical, efficient, concise and appropriate for all levels of photographers. If you miss something, you will have the recording to go back and hear it again. If you are hesitating, don’t. It was well worth the money.
Margret Schuller –
I am currently extremally busy but having done previous classes with Darlene, I knew that I had to find the time. I was not disappointed. I am a Lightroom user and only use Photoshop on rare occasions. I don’t use it more often, as I usually get frustrated with Photoshop. I found watching YouTube Photoshop experts often forget that a novice needs slow demonstration and needs to have every step explained, otherwise they get lost. Well, I usually do. As I had expected, Darlene explained every step. It was a long class and as always, we were given a lot of extra time, hence there was a lot to digest. But as the class was recorded, I can now slowly go through it again and practice each section. Thanks Darlene and Rob, I am looking forward to Photoshop 201. Friendly Regards Margret
Anne-Trine Benjaminsen –
I’m more or less self-taught, in recent years I have googled whatever I need to know and found a video on YouTube. Quick-fix! Photoshop 101 was very useful, I have adjusted many settings and learnt a trick or two. It’s definitely good value for money and Darlene is a great teacher. Will order the next courses in this series! It’s good that it’s divided into chapters, it makes it easier to take breaks – because it’s a lot to digest in one go even for an experienced user. Looking forard to more … Thanks!
Kristina Boyd –
I have only watched the first three lessons of Photoshop 101 and all I can say is WOW!! Technical things completely overwhelm me, so every time I have opened Photoshop, I have felt completely intimidated and have never been able to understand anything about it. After Just watching 45 minutes of easy to understand tutorials, I am much less intimidated and feel more confident in trying different things. Can’t wait to get through this course and on to Photoshop 201.
Cheryl Necessary –
This was so helpful. I have tried to figure out Photoshop a few times when I wanted to do something a little more complex than I can in LR but I always get frustrated and quit. With this class I feel like I can navigate a little better and understand what I’m doing. I’m looking forward to the next class to get a little more information. The bite size pieces are perfect. Thanks Darlene,
I have been avoiding Photoshop for some time because it seems so complex, preferring to work with Lightroom and Luminar. But after this lesson, even though it contained mainly basic information, I have learnt so much that I even had confidence to tackle a a few things in layer adjustments and masking.
There was a huge amount of detail in this class. I feel as though I have a better understanding of which tools to use for selections and healing, and how to use layers and masks. I will still need to review the class to cement it all in.
Maarguerite LaHaye –
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Photoshop 201 contained much more information and tips than I expected. I normally use Photoshop for edits that Lightroom Classic performs poorly, and I have a basic understanding of layers and layer masks, I learned that my workflow from LR to PS wasn’t necessarily the most efficient. For example, I’ve always made duplicate of the background layer before removing unwanted elements from an image, not realizing that I could do the same by use a blank layer upper layer instead. I’ve also learned how and when to use a clipping mask, and when to turn a layer into a smart object (more often than I thought, it appears). As the information was a lot to absorb in one afternoon, I’ll look forward to reviewing the Photoshop 201 lessons one at a time as soon as the recording becomes accessible. In closing, I’d like to thank you, Darlene, for going out of your way to make sure I had the right link to access the the session on Zoom. I’ll make sure I find the link well ahead of time, when I sign up for Photoshop 301 in March.
Ellen Bogenschutz –
I had to leave the live class because of a schedule conflict and just re-watched the video with my own version of Photoshop to follow along. So great to be able to pause as needed and check out the commands and tools on my desktop. As usual Darlene conveys her knowledge with confidence and at a pace that is so easy to follow.
Margret Schuller –
I am a Lightroom user and a while I use Photoshop on rare occasions I usually get frustrated. I signed up for Photoshop 101 and I loved it and learned a lot. Darlene’s plain English and patient explanations made it easy to follow 101. Hence, I enrolled in Photoshop 201. Darlene always makes sure that she answers every question, regardless how much extra dedicated time it means she must give her students. Photoshop 201 is now waiting for me in my account ready to work through the course in my own time and with the help of Darlene’s guidance. I now have enrolled in 301. Thanks!