Learn Beginning Photoshop - LauraMacky

Learn Beginning Photoshop

INTRO

Would you like to learn Photoshop to make your photos even better?  If you do, then read on!  Learning photoshop takes time and practice.  I have an excellent grasp of the tools and ways to maximize creativity to enhance your photographs.   Photoshop is not an intuitive program therefore many times the user gets frustrated and gives up.  There are many expensive classes you can purchase but even with those you can’t ask questions or have the learning experience tailored to your needs.  I’m finding that it’s much easier and more effective to learn one-on-one with someone who is knowledgable.

Photoshop can create amazing results, and there are a number of ways to do one thing.  My goal is to teach you what I see as the easiest way to accomplish tasks and to tailor the tutorial to your needs.  It takes practice to become proficient….and that really the most fun!


MY METHOD OF TEACHING

I find that the best way to teach is via Skype OR in person sharing screens.  Via Skype, we do not see each other’s faces so you can rest easy. What you will see is my computer screen and what I’m doing on my screen once we’ve both logged onto Skype.   In this way you can see exactly what I’m doing as I explain things.   During the last part of the lesson, if there is time, we will switch to your screen so that you can practice and I can see what you’re doing.  I use this method in person as well because it's so much easier than hovering over one screen.

You will also need earbuds or a headset to plug into your computer so I don’t hear feedback.

Technical Requirements: The requirement is that you have Skype, a Skype account, and a microphone or earbuds so we don’t get feedback.   I can help you get started with Skype if need be, however, it’s best to get that all set up ahead of time so as not to incur more cost.


COURSE MENU

If you are a beginner, I suggest we do the course as listed below. If you know a little bit about photoshop, you can pick and choose from the items below.  My goal is to give you the help you need and not repeat something you already know.

I’m flexible and would like to come up with a plan that works for you, so we can discuss a plan for you if you already have an idea of what you need to know.  The classes last between 1 and 1-1/2 hours.

Basics

Learn the layout of the screen, panels, toolbars

Learn menu layout

Preferences

Navigating (zooming, panning)

Nondestructive work overview

Let’s Get Started (Opening and Saving a Document)


Tools

Overview of the most tools I use most every day

Using Camera Raw basics


Layers Masks

Layer Mask basics 

Layer Panel

Layer Properties (feathering density)


Layer Styles

Layer styles basics

Fill vs. Opacity

Blend Modes


More on Layers

Mask Refine Edge (making a selection even more accurate)


Importing Images and Saving Files

Getting Files/Images in and out of photoshop (open, place, drag and drop)

Saving files, formats (jpg, png, psd)


Size Information and Resizing

Image resolution, file sizes, image size, crop


Making Selections, Replacing and Removing

Image adjustments vs. adjustment layers

Making Selections (quick selection, magic wand, magnetic lasso)

Removing and Replacing (content aware, patch, heal, clone)


Getting Creative with Your Images

Color Picker

Painting & Brushes


Working Quicker

Actions

Keyboard Shortcuts

Creating Presets (Gradients, brushes, patterns)


PRICING

Each session will last approximately an hour and is $40/session.  I will try to keep it between 1 and 1-1/2 hours but sometimes we go slightly over. You will not be charged for me going over slightly however I will need to stop very close to the time.   I will never stop short and you will have time to ask me questions as we go along.  I prefer to be paid by paypal which is so convenient and saves lots of time of checks being mailed and me verifying the funds. 

The fee should be made via paypal prior to our class and is non-refundable. Class will be confirmed once payment is received.  In the case of needing to reschedule an appointment, please request a change 24 hrs in advance and your $40/hr fee will be transferred. (No shows will not receive refund.)



Please click CONTACT on the menu at the top to set up your first lesson!






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