Photo Editing 1: Photoshop Edition

Take your photos from good to great with Photoshop!

If you only take ONE Photoshop class in your life, this is it.

I didn't know it then, but my life changed forever when I got my first digital camera. In the years since, I've taken tens of thousands of photographs on various cameras and devices, trying to capture the breathtaking beauty of the simple life that surrounds me. In the end, our photographs are the primary way we capture our memories and stories, and this makes them infinitely precious. I know you're the same way - you there, with at least three ways of taking photographs within arm's reach of you at all times? Yeah, I can see you. And I can tell you that when you combine your photographs with some edits in Photoshop, they will truly make your heart sing. I'll show you how.

Our Goal: Teach You Easy to Use Photo Editing Tips!

This course focuses on global editing - things you can apply to an entire photo. You'll learn the basic photo editing process I use for all of my own photos, plus extra techniques to take them to the next level! You'll take photos straight from your camera (or device), through simple transformations that will have you (and your loved ones) saying WOW! You'll love what an incredible difference you can make to your own precious photos. There's nothing like the rush! I swear!

NOTE: If you have Adobe Lightroom, check out my Lightroom + Photoshop class here!

What To Expect in Class

We begin class by exploring the editing process as a whole - I'll walk you through an introduction of the Photoshop & Photoshop Elements plugin we'll be using (already included when you install the program), called Adobe Camera Raw. Then we'll dive right in to our first lesson as we work on the same sample photograph.

Since each photo is different, you'll learn how to apply your knowledge to various scenarios including overexposure, underexposure, low contrast - even backlighting. You'll learn not only the RIGHT techniques, but also WHEN to use which technique in your new arsenal.

After you've got the basic process down, then the fun begins! In the remaining lessons in our course, we'll start with the basic editing process, and then we'll pull our image into Photoshop, where I'll show you how to:

Crop perfectly every time

Create great black-and-white and tinted photos

Create a braggable "before & after" image to show the difference your edits make

Add a vignette

Sharpen for screen or print


Save for both print and the web

and more!

How To Prepare for Class

To be successful in our class, you'll need Photoshop CC or CS6, or Photoshop Elements13 or 14. If you would like to try it out, you can download the free 30-day trial of Photoshop CC 2015 from

I'll Be Right There With You

The Photo Editing 1: Photoshop Edition class is a great introduction into photo editing. By the end of class, you will not only know photo editing techniques, but also when to do them! How awesome is that? We love to see your photos, and with every course, there are many different ways to get in touch to show off your art, or ask a question! Register now, and I'll see you in class!

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Your Instructor

Jessica Sprague
Jessica Sprague

Hi there! I'm Jessica Sprague, owner and instructor here at I founded in 2007 to share the creative potential of Photoshop for crafting. I've been teaching Photoshop and graphic design, photo editing, digital scrapbooking, e-commerce, and online school development for a decade. It's my goal to help you build the skills and knowledge that will last you a lifetime. Learn more about me. Are you ready to start the journey? Join me!

Course Curriculum

  Welcome To Class
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  Lesson 2: Basic Edits in ACR
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  Lesson 3 - 2 parts- Noise Reduction, Cropping, Sharpening, Detail & Sharpen, Black & White, Vignette
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  Lesson 4: Photoshop/Elements: Black & White
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  Crop, Straighten, Save for Print & Web
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  Lesson 6: Color Workflow
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  Lesson 7: Black and White Workflow
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  Lesson 8: Batch Editing and Creating a Storyboard
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  My Gift to You!
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on November 3, 2015 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

What to Expect

All of the classes here at come with gorgeous video instruction, broken down into project-based lessons and individual tasks within each lesson. This bite-sized approach to Lightroom and Photoshop makes it easy to understand, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just 30 minutes at a time!

In addition to the lesson projects, I'll offer challenges, extra information, links, downloads, and other materials designed to enhance your experience and deepen your understanding of how to use Photoshop in your specific area of learning. You'll take the class completely at your own pace (you never need to be online at a specific time), and all of the course materials are available to you FOREVER from your My Classes page here at We love users of Mac or Windows, and welcome students from around the world to join us!

In addition to the classroom, which contains video-based lessons and downloadable PDF companion guides to help you follow along, our class also features a private forum where you can ask and answer questions and participate in discussions, as well as share your beautiful work with me and the other students!

Learning the techniques I teach in this class will give you a set of skills that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Truly if you take only ONE Photoshop class, this is the one. Not only will it help you edit your photos through a brilliantly simple process, it will the way you think about photography and the entire photographic process, it'll boost your confidence, and it will bring those precious photographic memories to life!

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