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Photoshop 101 – GROUP 1


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This introduction to Photoshop class will give students a foundational knowledge of a tool that can be used to pursue graphic design, photography, print design, and a myriad of other careers. Incorporating fine art principles with technological execution will give students a variety of solid skills in basic design procedure that will be a launching pad for a diverse portfolio of work.  Some student examples can be seen here.

Students can expect to submit assignments each week to show they understand the technical aspects and there will be two large projects to incorporate their understanding of the technology, design principles, and craftsmanship in a creative format. This online photoshop class is intended to give students a broad overview of this powerful industry-standard software. 

By the end of class, they should have mastered the basic layout and functions of Photoshop and begun to incorporate workflow habits that are essential to efficient and effective design. Projects include creating a post card, partially colored photo, removing backgrounds, masking, typography, photo correction, book covers, movie posters and much more!

This class is also our stepping stone into our Visual Design coursework.

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Student need either the Photoshop/Lightroom combo for individuals at $9.99 a month for a year OR the full Creative Cloud Suite for students for $19.99 a month for a year.


Carissa Sheehan is a big fan of creating life-long critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Learning how to approach problems in a visual way adds an amazing dimension to those skills. The bulk of her career has been spent working in graphic design for Christian ministries and nonprofits.

Carissa graduated with a Bachelors in Art from John Brown University and later with her Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has taught outdoor education classes, coached volleyball, and tutored adults in ESL.

In the field of graphic design she has worked as a designer as well as a Creative Director and Art Director. Much of her experience has been in small departments where she has learned the process of design from concept to delivery. This enables her to offer real world examples and advice to students who are either interested in making graphic design their collegiate field of study or who would like to use it as a way to earn money as a freelancer right away. 

After studying watercolor and oil painting in college, she discovered the joys of painting with acrylic paint. She runs a small paint party business as well as sells some of her work online. She loves the laid back approach to painting exemplified in people like Bob Ross and strives to pass on an enjoyment and mastery of painting to her students.

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