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Sherron Sheppard's Digital "ART" Series:
Photoshop Fundamentals
Composition and Design

Now includes . . . VIDEO tutorials

Course will start Monday January 8, 2018

This four week on-line course is geared to the beginner and intermediate Photoshop users who want to learn basic Photoshop fundamental techniques for creating higher end, fine art images. More advanced Photoshop users will benefit from the Photoshop fundamental review and the emphasis on working with composition and design to create better images.

The Photoshop program itself is a complex program but you don't need to know all of Photoshop to create great images. In my opinion, if you know the fundamental Photoshop principles and know how to use them well, and also follow basic design concepts, you can create gallery quality art work.

Sherron Sheppard Photo  +  Sherron Sheppard Photo

Combining images through Photoshop . . .

Sherron Sheppard Photo

One plus one equals one great one!

This class is more than just a Photoshop technique class. It is also a digital art course. You will learn Photoshop concepts but the main goal of the class is to push your images beyond what they are right now. The fundamental Photoshop concepts you will learn in this class will give you the skills to achieve that goal. I think of photography and Photoshop as art "tools" so, in addition to learning the Photoshop techniques, composition, design and color concepts are also covered. Creating artistic images are what separate you from everyone else and creating artistic images will make your work more desirable to clients.

This course is a hands-on, work at your own pace, class. In addition to the download course material, there will be links to video tutorials to help visually explain various key topics in the course material. Each week students will download course material and assignments and work on-line with the instructor, posting images and asking questions. Each participant will be given individual feedback to help them analyze their images with more of an artistic eye. Students are encouraged, but not required, to post "Before and After" images, along with a brief description of their creative process, so, in addition to learning from Sherron, students are exposed to a variety of creative and artistic ideas and learn from each other. Students will gain compositional design knowledge and Photoshop skills that can be applied to any photographic style. Students are not required to post daily assignments.

Sherron's work can be seen at www.SherronSheppard.com

Prerequisites: Participants should have very basic beginner knowledge of Photoshop and access to the software.
Software: Photoshop (Versions CS and later) or Elements (Versions 11 and later): Included in the workshop is an Element Supplement that explains the topic for Elements. With a few exceptions, you can do almost everything in Elements as in the full version of Photoshop.

Hardware: A Wacom tablet makes painting on layer masks easier but a tablet is not required for this class.
Your computer and Internet connection must be adequate to access the videos. If in doubt try this sample video.

This course includes:
♦ Video tutorials for a visual explanation of the key topics
♦ Printable course materials which include the topics below and more:

  • Layers
  • Reveal All and Hide All Masks
  • Filters
  • Combining Layers
  • Organizing your Photoshop information
  • Lots of Tips and Shortcuts
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Clipping Masks
  • Custom Burn and Dodge to create fine art images
  • Sherron's method for using Layers, Masks, Adjustment Layers and multiple images to Create Fine Art
  • Cropping
  • Rule of 3rds
  • Straightening an Image and horizon line
  • Transforming
  • Sizing an Image
  • Reducing and Adding Noise plus a Mega Grainy "Art" Technique
  • Sherron's Selection and Sharpening Method
  • Selective Sharpening
  • Writing, Changing and Loading Actions (Photoshop only)
  • Cloning
  • Black & White and Sepia Toning
  • Using Composition and Design Concepts
  • Student Image critiques
  • An Elements supplement that covers all of the above is also included

Have you taken Sherron's Fundamentals course in the past?
Contact us
for a special rate on the 2018 course.

Comments from Sherron's previous EPNet students:

"Thank you so much for another great class. Even though I've taken your workshop a couple of times I really feel like I absorbed so much more with the online class. I think having a week to digest one lesson a time before moving on was great. I especially love the way you structured the class. It was so easy to follow the lessons and keep up with the question and answers about each topic."

"Your class was stellar--from the course materials you provided to the very helpful unbiased support, critique and ideas you offered to the work students posted. I'd give your classes a "10"!"

"I absolutely loved this class. It is the best class I have ever taken, online or in person. I loved the way you organized the critiques into weeks so everyone was posting to the same place. I have taken other courses from EPN and everyone had to post to their own thread which made it very difficult to keep up with all the posting. I learn as much from others photos as from my own and the way you organized it was easy to see what everyone was doing. Your critiques and help were very useful and we did not have to wait long for them. You were very upbeat and encouraging to us all. Although you listed this as a beginning class, I feel it is a beginning master class."

"I have to say this has been the best online class that I have ever taken. The content was in depth and explained in a way that I could understand. If there was a concept I didn't fully understand all I had to do was ask about it and it was explained in more detail. It had a lot to do with the available Course Material provided. Reading and re-reading then applying is the best way that I learn and all the materials helped with that. I only wish that we weren't at the end and that I had more time to devote to this course. Thank you very much, Sherron, for putting together such an awesome class. Whenever you offer the next one I will be there!"

"This class has been amazing, and my only regret is that there isn't a week 7-8-9 & 10! Every week was packed with so much information, that along with your guidance and patience really have made this a wonderful learning experience. I also really appreciated the structure of the class. Having each lesson's questions, answers and discussions contained in one folder has made it very easy to follow."

"This was a wonderful class, and although I was unable to participate fully, I can say I have truly learned so much from your fabulous materials and well explained comments in the weekly posts. I, too, will look forward to future classes with you."

"I read and followed every lesson and must say that I was elated over your thoroughness, clearness, and the high value content in each lesson! I also learned so much from the participants and followed your critiques of their work with great interest. It was enlightening to see the progress made by so many in your class. The light bulbs were popping left and right! I believe that you have made a big impact on us all and an even bigger impact on our images! I'll be sure not to miss any future classes that you may offer. I anticipate them with great vigour! Thank you."

"Thank you Sherron for such a wonderful class! I learned so much from the material you presented in such a terrific format, and your critiques were so insightful. I will definitely be taking more classes when you offer them!!"

About Sherron:

Sherron Sheppard transitioned into photography 15 years ago after many years as a traditional artist. As an artist, Sherron taught watercolor techniques for fifteen years and was a seasonal instructor for eight years teaching watercolor painting at Yosemite National Park.

Her photographic career began photographing weddings with her husband, Ron. Seven years ago, Sherron transitioned out of wedding into other areas, including presenting programs and workshops to amateur and professional photographers. She teaches Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter classes at the California Professional Photographers West Coast School, conducts private workshops, and co-instructs an annual Equine Photoshop/Photography Workshop with April Visel.

In 2003 the Professional Photographers of California (PPC) awarded Sherron "Photographer of the Year" in the Journalistic Wedding Category. Again in 2005, PPC awarded Sherron "Photographer of the Year", in a second category, the Illustrative. Once again in 2006, Sherron earned her third "Photographer of the Year" in the Illustrative category. Plus, she was awarded PPC's 2006 overall "Photographer of the Year" with the highest print case total, Best of Show and also the "Peoples Choice Award".

In January 2006 at the (PPA) Professional Photographers of America convention, Sherron was awarded "Platinum Photographer of the Year" with 3 Loan Collection Images and was invited to join the American Society of Photographers (ASP).

In January 2008 Sherron's image "A Passage of Time" scored a perfect score of 100 at the PPC Print Competition and was awarded Best of Show. Her second print "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights" scored 96. PPC also awarded Sherron her fourth California "Photographer of the Year" in Illustrative, and overall "Photographer of the Year" with the highest print case total. In addition, Sherron was awarded the Canon Par Excellence Award and ASP State and Regional Awards, plus the PPA Certified Photographers High Score award. In March 2008, "A Passage of Time" scored another 100 at PPA's Electronic Imaging competition. At the 2008 PPA print competition Sherron received PPA 3 Loan Collection images and was awarded a PPA Platinum Photographer of the Year in January 2009.

In February, 2010, Sherron was again awarded, for the 5th time, PPC's Photographer of the Year with the highest scoring case and also Photographer of the Year for the Illustrative Category. In addition, Sherron was awarded a Kodak Gallery Award for her image "A Gift from Heaven" and a Judges Award for "School Days Gone By".

Sherron has earned 4 Fuji Masterpiece awards, 3 Kodak Gallery Awards, 7 Judges Awards, and numerous PPA Loan Collection prints. In addition, she is a PPA Certified Photographer and holds her Master of Photography, Master of Electronic Imaging and Photographic Craftsman degrees.

In addition to Photography, Sherron also paints with traditional painting mediums and designs jewelry. In addition to local art shows, Sherron displays her work in her gallery, Sherron Sheppard Studio Arts, located at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, California.

Sherron is a member of the Channel Islands Professional Photographers Association, the Professional Photographers of California, the Professional Photographers of America, the Wedding/Portraits International, and the National Association of Photoshop Users.

Sherron has exhibited her photographs at PPA, PPC, and WPPI conventions, and exhibited her paintings at Yosemite National Park, Bell Arts, and Studio Channel Islands Art Center.

Sherron's work can be seen at www.SherronSheppard.com

How the Course works . . .

  • You do not need to be an EPNet member to take the course.
  • The course will start on January 8th. Late registrations accepted through the 13th.
  • Participants need to be registered on the EPNet discussion forum (no cost):
    http://www.equinephotographers.org/4um/index.php to be able to participate.
  • The tutorials and assignments will be posted on the forum. You will be able to access these at your convenience, as well as post your questions.
  • Participants will be able to upload their work for their assignments into the class forum area.

Late sign up deadline is January 13th. The course will start January 8th.
The course will last approximately 4 weeks. Course cost is $199.
You must be registered on the forum (no cost) to participate.

Register for this course - $199



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