Photoshop Layers, Masking & Retouching

2 Days - Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 28 - Mar 29, 2020
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels


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Registration deadline: March 25, 2020

Our Photoshop classes are specifically designed for the digital photographer – in this introductory hands-on workshop, you will use your own laptop and software to learn the basics of photographic post-production workflow using Adobe Photoshop. Basic non-destructive, editable adjustments of images will be covered using masking and layers as well as local adjustments. File format, color space, and the visual aesthetics of adjusted photos will also be discussed.


During the first day you will have an opportunity to learn Tom’s work flow techniques using provided images so the entire class is working step-by-step on the same image. The afternoon will offer lab time to work on your own individual images that you brought to class.


The second day will move on to mastering the techniques of retouching images.  The morning will be spent learning techniques to retouch digital noise, distracting objects, sharpening and adding additional items into a photo.  The second half of the day will focus on retouching people learning such things as color correction, red-eye removal, retouching skin blemishes and wrinkles, skin glare and softening techniques  with filters.


By the end of the weekend, you will have a grasp on basic Photoshop post-processing techniques.


Participants will need to bring their own laptops with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC.

Students must bring a laptop with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC & Adobe Bridge. Photoshop Elements will not be suitable for this class.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

  • We will begin the morning at 9:00 am with Photoshop basics including how to open & save files, as well as learning the basic Photoshop interface including tools and panels.
  • Then we will launch into working in Photoshop layers
  • With an understanding of layers we will move into basic overall photo adjustments
  • We will review the importance of understanding tonal range and when to select 16 bit RAW vs 8 bit jpg
  • Lunch (included)
  • Our afternoon will be spent learning and working on targeted adjustments using layer masks
  • After a thorough lesson in adjustments we will spend the last two hours of class as lab time for one-on-one instruction on practicing adjustments on your own photos and/or photos that we will provided.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

  • Day two begins at 9:00 am with an overview of retouching images.
  • The morning will be spent learning techniques for touching up landscape images to include retouching digital noise caused by high ISO’s and long exposures, removing distracting objects like trash, birds, jet trails, wires, etc.
  • You will learn how to add extra things like extending a backdrop into a corner and apply the appropriate amount of sharpening to impact an image.
  • Lunch (included)
  • The afternoon will focus on retouching images with people learning techniques to correct glare, blemishes, skin color and more.
  • Lab time will follow so participants can practice these techniques under the guidance of Tom Klare.

Strenuous Rating: Easy
Classroom-based workshop. Temperature can vary so please be comfortable and bring a sweater.

The workshop will be held:

University of Phoenix
Classroom #201
4035 S. Riverpoint Parkway
Phoenix, AZ

The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive a few minutes early to locate the classroom and find a seat.


Tom Klare
John Frelich
Photo Guide
Meng Tay
Photo Guide
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please pay careful attention to our cancellation policy.  We are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including family and medical emergencies.  No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of this workshop. A 10% administrative fee will apply to other cancellations.


Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.


PAYMENT TERMS:  Payment in full is due at registration unless otherwise indicated.