Adobe Photoshop Hands-On

Characteristics Of This Class:

Create stunning, layered compositions like a seasoned professional with Adobe Photoshop, a must-have for your digital design toolkit! Photoshop is the industry standard for color correcting and manipulating photos, crafting marketing materials such as posters and flyers, and producing digital graphics for print, web, and even video!

This in-depth but user-friendly class delivers hands-on exercises to teach you Photoshop's core concepts and features. As the day progresses, you'll learn powerful techniques for non-destructive editing while generating many different types of layered compositions.

This class will cover:

  • The difference between vector and raster graphics
  • Efficient use of layers to composite photographic and other raster images
  • Extracting objects from a background by using editable layer masks
  • Applying adjustment layers to color correct and enhance digital assets
  • Using guides for type and layout graphics
  • Employing smart filters, blending modes, digital painting techniques as well as other special effects into your workflow
  • Exploring the timeline for animated graphics
  • Using the pen tool and its variants to create crisp, clean vector
  • Organizing and saving your files

Presented in Adobe Creative Cloud, but most of what is taught will apply to earlier versions of the program.

Who Should Take This:

Anyone who wants to deal with pixel-based graphics more efficiently, or learn how to work non-destructively on various graphic design projects. You should learn Photoshop if you want to manipulate digital photographs, create marketing materials, digital illustrations, or use special effects in your own designs.

Wes Price

Wes Price

Wes Price has over 13 years experience producing illustration and animation for national and community organizations. His clients have included New Life Cinema, Warner Brothers, Buena Vista Games, Simon & Goodman Picture Company and National Geographic. As a board member for ASIFA-Colorado, the local chapter of the International Animated Film Society, he was instrumental in delivering the Animation Station workshops during the 2008 and 2009 Denver International Film Festivals. Wes is a lifelong student of anatomy and holds an MS in Medical Illustration and Animation from the Medical College of Georgia.

Wes was great at focusing on beginner level skills.

Brooke, 10/11/2014

The Adobe PS class this weekend was such a great experience! Wes was one of the best instructors on the subject because of his passion for graphic design. I recently subscribed to the Adobe CC cloud and am looking forward to using these concepts.

Stephanie, 7/20/2014

The class is advertised as "intermediate" when it can be too fundamental. Survey of students could be perhaps taken at the beginning of each class.

anonymous, 3/18/2014

Great examples, fun instructor was extremely knowledgeable, funny, high energy

Brenda L., 9/10/2013

Absolutely of value instructor was helpful, knowledgeable, and went at the perfect pace.

Lindsay, 9/10/2013

Instructor was very nice and entertaining, as well as knowledgeable.

Ken, 7/13/2013

[The instructor] was excellent.

E. Kurtis, 7/13/2013

Great overview of Photoshop, the instructor let us drive the class.

Darren, 5/11/2013

I learned a lot & feel like my skills were very refined. Tim was also great!

Georgina, 3/16/2013

Appreciated all the shortcuts and the resources. Learned lots!

Mimi, 11/19/2012

Learned techniques that I didn't know.

Thomas C., 11/17/2012

Good overview of Photoshop, very helpful. Tim was great!

Andy, 5/12/2012

This class put me back in the mode of exploring the different options in Photoshop, learning tools I haven't used before and introduced me to the newest version. The instructor kept us interested, alert and focused.

Sara, 5/12/2012

Good intro to the program. Tim was great. I would definitely take more classes with him!

Tierney, 5/12/2012

Extremely extensive and applicable. Tim made the class a lot of fun.

Pauline, 1/6/2012

Incredible! Best BDA course yet! We covered lots of ground. I'm now much more savvy in Photoshop. Tim was great, knowledgeable and fun.

Kevin, 12/10/2011

Great to go in-depth on tools, masks, and vector shapes.

Tessa, 8/27/2011

Very valuable information, great breadth.

Samir, 8/27/2011

Excellent instructor. Knowledgeable and organized, friendly and helpful.

Gary, 6/24/2011

Tons of info, covered many topics and applications. Lots of questions answered.

Natalie, 6/24/2011

Tim was great. He kept the pace going nicely and gave loads of helpful info.

Diane, 2/4/2011

It covered many skills that I did not know existed the shortcuts are helpful.

Shingo Sean, 9/10/2010

Learned lots...Great stuff to practice.

Rick, 6/12/2010

Very good pace, easy to ask questions and follow along. Great teacher.

Lisa, 6/1/2009

Great class, really enjoyed the instructor and the content. Thanks again!

Paul, 12/4/2006

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Payment 1
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$64.75 $72.25
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Due two months after registration.
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Due three months after registration.
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Note: registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for the early registration discount and always pay the standard registration fee ($259.00 for BDA members and $289.00 for non-members).

Registration Fees

BDA Members: $249.00

Non-Members: $279.00

Registration Discount Applied
You save $10.00 by registering before midnight on 2/3/2015. Standard registration fees for this program are $259.00 for members and $289.00 for non-members.

Scheduled Dates

February 07, 2015

Complete Schedule:
2/7/2015 | 9am - 5pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


May 16, 2015

Complete Schedule:
5/16/2015 | 9am - 5pm

Location: Boulder (Details)


August 01, 2015

Complete Schedule:
8/1/2015 | 9am - 5pm

Location: Boulder (Details)