Beginner Photoshop

This introduction takes you on a tour of the major tools of this powerful software. After just a couple of classes you'll be getting real work done.
Upcoming Series

No series scheduled at this time
“Seeing the layer options and masking tools used on real photos was the most interesting and informative.“
— anonymous / Beginner Photoshop / February, 2018
“Have already started using my knowledge!“
— anonymous / Beginner Photoshop / February, 2018
“Steve is a wonderful teacher. I personally understand the software better when I have someone teaching in front of me.“
— Curtis Dopson / Beginner Photoshop / June, 2017
“This price accurately represents the skill and expertise of the instructor. This class was a great value if not a steal.“
— Emily Callaghan / Beginner Photoshop / June, 2017
“You learn a lot for what you pay.“
— Alex Gongora / Beginner Photoshop / September, 2016
“I liked that Steve focused on the things we would use the most.“
— anonymous / Beginner Photoshop / September, 2016
Classes Included in this Series

Photoshop 101

Online Class
We start at the beginning with an overview of workflow, including how to organize media, open files and set up your workspace. Then we dive into global corrections.

Photoshop 102

Online Class
Layers and cloning make up a lot of what people mean when they say “that’s been Photoshopped”. We’ll explore those tools as well as ways to use them in an organized way so you don’t lose track of the pieces of your image.

Photoshop 103

Online Class
Photoshop has powerful text tools and you can often finish a project without going to Illustrator or InDesign. We'll also explore the often confusing areas of resolution, bit depth and file formats.

Photoshop 104

Online Class
Hands-on lab. Using your own laptop you'll follow along while the instructor takes you through some basic exercises to test your new skills. Image files will be supplied.

While we want everyone to stay safe during this time, we also want you to keep flexing your creative muscles! The Photoshop series will be online via Zoom. Each class will be live with the instructor teaching the same concepts as if you were taking the class at DCP.


  • Cost per person for the series is $175 early registration, $200 late registration.
  • Please login in to the Zoom meeting at least 10 minutes before the class starts to  work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Classes will be from 6pm-8pm CDT.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 15.

How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?
Like in the classroom, the online sessions are demonstration classes where you do not need to have Photoshop open on your laptop during the class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Photoshop is now a verb and a mandatory skill for any photographer who wants total control of the creative and editing process. This powerful software is the recognized professional standard in raster graphics editing that incorporates the tools and structure to create, enhance, salvage and export your images.

What you’ll learn:
Each series consists of four classes. The first three classes of each series are demonstration style with the instructor taking you through a tour of tools, features and techniques. The last class of each series is a hands-on lab where you’ll work with your own laptop and follow along as you’re shown how to put your newfound skills into action. The “Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book” is recommended and will provide support and exercises for several of the modules.

Beginner Photoshop starts at the beginning. These classes are designed to be an overview for those who are new to the world of Photoshop. No previous experience is required. You’ll become comfortable with the interface, importing and saving files and learn what the most commonly used tools do. At the end of the beginner series you’ll be able to make adjustments, work with layers, adjust colors and make selections. Hands-on work will include swapping heads in group shots, enhancing a landscape, working with the selection tools and placing simple text.

What you’ll need:
You will need to bring a laptop for your own use for the last class, but the first three sessions are designed to be an instructor demonstration with opportunity for questions and answers.

Q: Do I need a laptop?
You will need a laptop for the final class, but the first three sessions are designed to be an instructor demonstration with opportunity for questions and answers.

Q: What is Photoshop?
A: Adobe Photoshop is the de facto standard for faster graphic and photo image construction and manipulation. It is extremely powerful and layered and can be a necessary part of your skill set if you need total creative control over your images.

Q: What about Lightroom?
A: Lightroom works in conjunction with Photoshop. Think of Lightroom as the corner emergency clinic where you go if you have a cold, sprain or splinter. Photoshop is the equivalent of a large hospital where major surgery is performed. For many people Photoshop is unnecessary and their entire workflow happens within the toolset of Lightroom. If you are doing commercial, industrial, special effects or other types of photography that require major surgery then Photoshop is an essential skill.

Q: What will I learn?
A: Photoshop is a devilishly complicated program that few every truly master. The goal in this series of introductory classes is for you to learn the overall workflow that works best for you and to be introduced to many of Photoshop’s most powerful and commonly used tools.

Q: How much do the classes cost?
A: Cost per person for the series is $220 early registration (available until 5 days before the first class start date), $270 late registration.

Q: Can I mix and match classes from different series for the bundled price?
A: No, the discounted bundled price is only available to classes taken in sequence.

Q: Can I take individual classes instead of the series?
A: No, this series can only be purchased as a bundle.

Q: How will I know if a class makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: How late can I sign up for a class?
A: As long as the class doesn’t show as “sold out”, you can register and pay up to two hours before the starting time of the class.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Richard Klein

Richard is committed to passing on the craft and joy of image making by teaching classes and workshops at the Dallas Center for Photography, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and as a contributor to

“Learning is a process and I see myself as a lifelong learner continually taking on new subjects, being in a state of Beginners Mind. My commitment as an educator is to share complicated material in a way that is easily understood by the student regardless of their experience level.”

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