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Creative Imaging I: Photoshop Tools and Techniques – FALL

Having already learned the fundamentals of RAW processing in the Lightroom Develop Module or Adobe Camera RAW, this workshop allows you to take your images further either technically or creatively using Adobe Photoshop. In this workshop, students will not only be introduced to the tools in the Photoshop tool box but also learn techniques to use them in both professional and creative ways. Through discussion, demonstration and hands-on application, they will learn skills for retouching, restoration, digital hand coloring, layers and type. Various methods for working on your images in a selective way will be demonstrated, including: selection tools, layer masks, quick mask, and refining selections. If you are a beginner or a self-taught user, you will find this class gives you a solid foundation and creative insight, going beyond the basics to help you get the most out of Photoshop.

Please Note: You must have experience with the fundamentals of RAW processing prior to enrolling in this workshop.


Introduction to the Digital Darkroom and RAW Processing or Adobe Lightoom or equivalent knowledge.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Sue Anne Hodges

Sue Anne has studied art and photography and graduated from NESOP before beginning a career in advertising photography. Since 1992, Sue Anne has been exploring and using digital cameras and digital imaging technology. She studied this technology at the Center for Creative Imaging in Camden, Maine. Digital images from her early experiments have been included in Kodak’s publication, International Photography, and one of the first exhibits of digital imaging—“L’Épreuve Numérique"—at the Centre National de la Photographie, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

For 15 years, Sue Anne shot and supervised photography for a major retail advertising studio. In 1995, she opened her own studio where she continued to shoot for major retailers and other commercial clients. Clients have included: Lechmere, Bradlees, Staples, KitchenEtc, Glen Group Marketing, and more.

In recent years her work has expanded to include a variety of projects including work for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Down East Magazine, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and clients in the travel industry. Sue Anne’s personal work has been widely exhibited; she is currently represented by Redfield Artisans Gallery in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Sue Anne shares both her technical knowledge and her passion for the creative process with her students. In 1994, she helped open NESOP’s first digital imaging lab and remains a specialist in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. In 2011 and 2012 Sue Anne was honored to be one of 20 educators in the country to be invited by Adobe to the Adobe Educators Summit.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.