Teaching Photoshop Classes

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  1. Aedai

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    Does anyone here offer Photoshop classes? I'm thinking about putting something together for my home town but I've never taught a class before. I've taught family / friends to use Photoshop and it's gone smoothly.

    I've been using PS since I was 12, when I took a PS class in high school I was too advanced and I actually taught my teacher how to use it more efficiently. So I know I'm skilled enough.

    Thoughts? Anyone do this? Anyone been taught a class before?


     
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    Assuming you intend to teach several people at a time, the biggest issues I see are where to have the class, whether or not you'll have computers, and licensing the software.
     
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    I was planning on a bring your own / supply your own / etc. Possibly one-on-ones at people's houses or at the local community center if there was enough interest. I wouldn't personally supply anything other than the lesson. Possibly 1-5 separate lessons, starting out at basics and getting to be more advanced.
     
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    Then, good luck.
     
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    And how old are you now?

    Photoshop is used to do many things. What's in lesson 1?

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    It's just an idea I've been fumbling with, and was hoping someone had some advice / thoughts / concerns. So I haven't mapped much out (...hadn't mapped any of it out, tbh....) On the spot I would probably start with:

    Creating saving and exporting files - what each format does and what each format should be used for.
    Core selection tools (marquee tools, lasso, magic wand, transform)
    Core creation and editing tools (paint bucket, gradients, eraser)
    Layers and Masks
    Filters: Blur, Render, Sharpen, Stylize
    Magic wand – cutting out people and adding them in other photos.
    Textures
    Designing a forum signature in Photoshop using a few starting images.
    Demonstration of how a Graphics Tablet can be used in Photoshop.

    I would imagine I could fill up, easily, 4 hours of time with just the first few selections above. I also planned on scanning in my own old photographs and teach people how to touch them up, etc. Maybe a more advanced class on fantasy Photo Manipulations (which are my specialty).

    Again I hadn't mapped it all out but it's a basic start of my ideas.
     
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    So you started around CS2 vintage.

    That sounds a lot like Photoshop as a graphic arts tool rather than a photo editing tool. That's just fine but you need to be clear about that. Folks approach Photoshop from a lot of different directions and you want to make sure you're in sync with their expectations.

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    Exactly as Ysarex said...PS as graphic arts tool...what about the basics of white balance adjustment, levels, exposure, tone curve, sharpening, and so on? Many people would want to know how to do the walking steps before the running steps.
     
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    These classes can be hit and miss, speaking with both hats on.

    I once went to a class and I quickly realised that I knew more than the tutor. I have instructed people before and as I watched theres eyes glaze over I decided this is just pants so I don't do that anymore.

    Small groups.
    Say before hand what skill level its aimed at. 1, 2, 3
    If they can work on their own picture then that way they will learn as theres a carrot approach or otherwise have pictures ready to work on.
    if a persons photos are terrible they probably are not the people who might follow up on next level training.
    Complete certain tasks for the next day/ homework
     
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    I took one recently, and I was totally annoyed. Your typical, one to two students liked to hear themselves talk, throwing off the flow of instruction. I would have preferred the instructor tell the class to take notes of the questions they have and allot a certain amount of time for those questions. It was all over the place, no flow. I actually wrote this in the critique after class. The instructor called me later that day and offered a credit to a class. I politely declined.
     
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    I took an advanced Photoshop class at an adult school. There was a DVD tutorial with the workbook with all the lessons and step by step instructions. The instructor let the DVD be the primary lesson giver and was there to help out individuals and questions. It was a good structure, easy for the teacher, effective for the students.
     
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