Getting Started with Photoshop

Self Study

Join instructor Catherine Simmons for an introduction to the wonders of Photoshop. Even the most beginner level participants will finish the course with a solid understanding and usable set of skills in the program. No previous experience in Photoshop is required.

This course is self paced. Pre-requisite: Comfort with basic computer skills such as locating, opening and saving files.
Note- This course does not cover Photoshop Elements.

Are you “afraid” of Photoshop? Have you heard other photographers reference the power of Photoshop but felt intimidated by its complexities?

Join instructor Catherine Simmons for an introduction to the wonders of Photoshop. Even the most beginner level participants will finish the course with a solid understanding and usable set of skills in the program. No previous experience in Photoshop is required.

Course Content

Participants will be introduced to the potential workflow, a workflow common among some of the best photographers in the world. If you are primarily a Lightroom Classic user, you can travel between Lightroom and Photoshop with a simple shortcut, having both tools at your fingertips for widest range of possibilities and editing results.

Catherine’s approach to teaching Photoshop leaves nobody behind. Her slow and methodical tutorials coupled with live Zoom sessions and continuous support in between ensure your success and understanding of the program.

  • Topics Include: Layers and Masking, Retouching Tools (healing brush vs. spot healing brush, patch tool, clone/stamp tool, etc.), Creating Selections for editing specific areas of a photograph

  • Learn how to use these techniques: Brushes (effective use of size, hardness, opacity and flow), Non-destructive color and tone adjustment (Using Smart Objects and Adjustment Layers), Transforming Images (Warp, Perspective, Skew, etc. This applies most often to architecture, but not always.)

  • Creating simple composites (using two separate images to create one final image)

Required Gear

What materials are needed for this class?

  • Adobe Photoshop - Latest Version

  • Access to a computer or tablet for the course content, live zoom calls.

What People Are Saying Catherine

"Catherine Simmons is a very thoughtful instructor who took into account my goals and demonstrated specific workflow suggestions for different situations. For the Editing Portraiture with Photoshop class, she shared several key tips that will make a big impact, as I begin implementing them in post-processing. She went above and beyond to make sure I got every bit out of the class that I wanted to learn. There's no doubt that I'll take more of her classes." Jackie V.

“Catherine's is extremely dedicated to making sure her students learn the material. She makes herself available and is quick to respond to inquiries.”

"Catherine is terrific! Can't wait to take more of her classes."

"Catherine provided excellent instruction! She was both knowledgeable and very personable. I really enjoyed the class!"

"Catherine is very passionate about the topic and had a lot of great material to share with people."

Capital Photography Center Instructor

Instructor

Catherine Simmons

Catherine is a studio and natural light photographer specializing in headshots and fine art portraiture. She has spent countless hours over the past 8 years fine tuning her skills in the studio and in Photoshop. When Catherine isn’t photographing, she can be found in the classroom sharing what she has learned with others. Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has been a popular instructor at Capital Photography Center since 2018. Additionally, she volunteers tutoring photography students at her local community college, and has taught beginner's workshops through the United Nations Photography Club in Vienna, Austria, where she spent a year living abroad with her family. Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography.