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Photoshop: Advanced Creative Techniques

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Join 's Course: Photoshop: Advanced Creative Techniques Expand your creativity beyond your expectations with these advanced Photoshop techniques. In this 8-week online photography course, master photographer and author Jim Zuckerman will show you how to do advanced Photoshop techniques. Learn how to cut and paste the person or animal into a new environment. Learn how to place the moon, fireworks, or lightning into a night sky, how to create a duotone, use special brushes for simulating a painting, and more.
Key Features

Lighting Effects

  1. Placing Objects in a Night Sky
  2. Wow Brushes
  3. Duotone Images
  4. Defining Patterns
  5. Mirror Images
  6. Cutting Around Trees
  7. Creative Rotation

  • Open to students with a basic familiarity with Photoshop.
  • Broadens your skill with Photoshop.
  • Place fireworks or a moon in a twilight or night sky. 
  • Create paintings from your photos. 

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Jim  Zuckerman Jim Zuckerman
Few people are able to spend most of their time pursuing their passion in life. I'm one of them, and I feel blessed to have had a love affair with photography since I began taking pictures.

In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.

I specialize in wildlife and nature, international travel, and digital effects. In addition, I also shoot nudes, photo- and electron microscopy, children, and other subjects that stimulate my visual or emotional sensibilities.

For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Id project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.

I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.

For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

A Couple of Student Photos


View photos by previous students. You can make pictures like this too!

Hasmik  Hatamian
© Hasmik Hatamian
Hasmik  Hatamian
© Hasmik Hatamian

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Lighting Effects
Learn four different ways of adding light to a photo.
Assignment: Submit images with any of these lighting techniques you like. Let me know what you wanted to achieve and whether or not you feel you were successful.

Lesson 2: Placing Objects in a Night Sky
The moon, fireworks, lightning.
Assignment: Submit photos showing any of the techniques described in the lesson. Make sure that you size the various elements so they look appropriate in the final composite.

Lesson 3: Painting Your Photos Within Photoshop
There is a unique way to add brush strokes to your photos within Photoshop. You can convert any of your photographs into paintings just like you were using oils or acrylics on canvas.
Assignment: Use any of the Wow brushes and upload 2 to 4 painterly images. It would be nice to include both the before and aftershots so the class can appreciate what you started with.

Lesson 4: Duotone Images
Duo, Tri, Quad, and High Contrast.
Assignment: Upload four images showing one duotone, one tritone, one quadtone, and one high contrast duotone. Label each photo as to what you did.

Lesson 5: Defining Patterns
Using the define pattern technique.
Assignment: Submit photos showing variations of the define pattern technique. Remember that the pattern can come from any photo to be used in any other photo.

Lesson 6: Mirror Images
Using mirror image techniques.
Assignment: Upload images using any of the variations explained in the lesson. Make sure that when the various segments are joined, there is no telltale line showing between them.

Lesson 7: Changing Shapes or Angles
A unique way in Photoshop lets you change the shape of a subject, or its original angle, and make it look different from the original. This can offer you some very creative possibilities.
Assignment: Upload examples showing how you have manipulated a subject within an image where you changed the shape or angle of it. Include the before and after photos. You can use any images from your photo library.

Lesson 8: Exploring Opacity
In Photoshop, there are several ways of using the idea of translucency - although it's called 'opacity'. Unlike working with film, digital technology offers a lot more control. When combing images, you can vary how the two pictures blend together by varying the opacity of the floating layer.
Assignment: Upload photos showing unique images showing how you've used opacity. The components that you put together can be images you've taken in the past or specifically for this course.

Review: Voting on Best Work

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 



  • Photoshop CS or later, or Elements 
  • A PC or Mac with plenty of RAM (at least 1Gb RAM is essential), and a fast processor (Pentium 4, 2Ghz+ CPU or Dual Core) is recommended.
  • We cater to users of Windows XP, Vista. and Mac OSX.




How much Photoshop experience do I have to have to take this course?
You should have a familiarity with the tools and some working knowledge of layers. You do not have to be an expert in Photoshop.  

Does it matter how many megapixels my digital camera is?
No, not at all.  

Does it matter which version of Photoshop I have?
You should have at least Photoshop 7 - but Elements will work just fine too.  

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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BetterPhoto Member Antoinette Addison
Antoinette Addison
member since: 1/4/2013
I just loved this class. It pushed me to try to think creatively and I learned a lot of great Photoshop techniques that I can apply to all my photos. I highly recommend this class and any other with Jim Zuckerman. I have taken three classes with him and each has been wonderful.

- 5/5/2013 7:40:24 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Ed Farmer
Ed Farmer
member since: 1/1/2007
Jim's knowledge and presentation of techniques are excellent. They will help you think in ways you may not normally look at your images or technique prior to capture. Whether Betterphoto or through his books, his attention to detail and sincere interest in helping one improve their skill set as a photographer never waivers. Can't recommend him high enough !!

- 11/3/2012 5:52:32 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Chris Schofield
Chris Schofield
member since: 6/6/2007
This was the best course ever. I actually felt like I had artistic talent and this class forced it out of me. Jim is the best, and his classes and assignments are amazing.

- 1/1/2011 1:39:25 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Richard M. Waas
Richard M. Waas
member since: 7/20/2008
This was the 2nd class I had with Jim and by far one of the best! It taught me not only new Photoshop techniques, but gave me a new vision on how I look thru the view finder.

I would highly recommend this course.

Richard Waas

- 3/12/2010 3:05:05 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Sarah A. Christian
Sarah A. Christian
member since: 8/31/2008
Outstanding teaching and communication, inspired and motivating lessons, with excellent and honest critiques has made this one of the best courses I have taken. I have found a new creativity through Jim and the Photoshop course.

- 8/19/2009 2:47:12 PM

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More Delighted Customers:

"Above and beyond the call of duty is a phrase that applies well to Jim's dedication to his students... Jim stayed with us until we got there - every time! I'm taking more courses with Jim." -Nancy Eaton 

"I've truly loved learning all the different techniques and have created some images that I absolutely love. Images that I've seen other photographers do and didn't think I would ever accomplish such things, but am very pleased with this class and all that I've learned. Thanks a bunch!" -Jacquie Palazzolo 

"I was highly inspired and challenged by your assignments and your critiques made me want to be the best that I could possibly be. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us and for your honesty in judging our photographs. You let our creativity streak run wild and let us be wide open when doing our 'homework'." -Sherri Conley 

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