Photoshop Essentials starts Oct. 17th – register now.

Customizing Photoshop

Creating a custom workspace, using screen modes, modifying preferences, minimizing the toolbar and more in a two part Zoom seminar – starting next week.

I will present two Zoom meetings – October 17th and 24th – hosted by the Hershey Library. The programs will start at 9:30 a.m. and run about 90 minutes each. This is the start of a series of programs on Photoshop Essentials which will continue in January and February, 2021.

There are nearly 70 tools in Photoshop, but you may only need to use a much more limited set to accomplish your goals. Efficient workflow can also be enhanced by setting up your own personal workspace so things you need are available, and others do not clutter your screen.

Just moving through the Preferences can get you more comfortable with how the program works and what you can ignore. Photoshop was not created specifically for photographers, but for graphic designers, and some of the defaults can be changed to make them better for photo editing.

Sign up now for the first Zoom meeting on Saturday, October 17th at 9:30 a.m. The $35 fee covers both that meeting and the following meeting on Saturday, October 24th at 9:30 a.m. This is designed for beginning to intermediate users.

Register by emailing me []. Payment can be by PayPal to my email address or by letting me know you would prefer to send a check. Please register by Thursday noon October 15th as the library would like to have a list to send out the Zoom link on Friday.

Simplifying Photoshop ! ?

Moving into Photoshop you can stop using certain tools in ACR and Lightroom, like the adjustment brush, spot removal tool and even the crop tool in favor of what Photoshop does best, local refinements to your images. Lightroom and ACR didn’t even have most of those tools in the beginning, they were added to allow you to do minor fixes to your images without resorting to Photoshop. But …

Photoshop remains the best program for modifying, retouching, and massaging your images into the artistic interpretations you want them to be. It is also one of the most complex and overwhelming pieces of software you can use. It can also be one of the most rewarding artistic tools available to the photographer. One way to make it work better for you is to customize it so that you only see the tools you really need, along with understanding what is possible.

I am beginning a series of classes on Photoshop designed to move you step by step into managing image refinement by learning various aspects of the program and of the tools and adjustment options that can make your images better. First in the series is a two part class on making Photoshop easier to use. To start we will examine Preferences, Color Settings, Toolbar and Menu settings to make sense of the interface. Later we will examine various adjustments and compare their benefits and possibilities. Many of the tools and adjustments that are available are not specifically for photographers, so knowing what will work better will save you the frustration of trying to use the wrong approach.

Most of the classes with be $20 per session using the Zoom platform hosted by the Hershey Public Library. The kickoff meeting will be a two part meeting for a combined price of $35. These will occur on Saturdays, October 17th and 24th, at 9:30 a.m. Each class will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

Signing up for the classes is with Payment by PayPal to, or a check to me. If you email me I will respond to you with an address if you are paying by check.