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Photoshop: Creative Techniques

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Join 's Course: Photoshop: Creative TechniquesThrough these innovative methods, create almost anything you can imagine in your mind. Join us for Jim Zuckerman for his 8-week beyond-the-basics Photoshop course - Creative Techniques in Photoshop - open to Photoshop users of every level. Jim will show you how to make reflections, flawlessly composite photos, hand color black and white images, turn a photo into a painting, create silhouettes, use layer modes, and more.
Key Features

  1. Turning a photo into a painting using filters
  2.  How to cut and paste one image into another
  3. Adding artistry to a photo using layer modes
  4. Making a reflection
  5. Suggesting movement
  6. Hand coloring black and white images
  7. Inserting a bubble with full reflectivity into a scene
  8. Creating silhouettes

  • Open to all levels
  • Reveals tricks for creativity
  • Transform 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, I’d 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!

Jacquie  Palazzolo
© Jacquie Palazzolo
Jacquie  Palazzolo
© Jacquie Palazzolo

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Turning Photos into Paintings
Assignment: Use the filters I explain to create your own painterly images. Feel free to experiment with others. Try the superimposition technique and see how all the layer modes affect your photo.

Lesson 2: Cut and Paste One Photo into Another
Assignment: Cut and paste two or more photos together using the two techniques I demonstrated here. Take the time to make sure your edges look natural.

Lesson 3: Artistry Using Layer Modes
Assignment: Use both techniques described in the lesson to create layered images with diffusion and gradients. Try to make the result artistic and interesting.

Lesson 4: Creating a reflection
Assignment: Create a reflection using the technique in either example one or example two, or both. Pay attention to details such as lighting and shadows in terms of making the final image look real, if that is your intention.

Lesson 5: Motion
Assignment: Create movement using any or all of the above techniques. Your subject can include pretty much anything, from sports or wildlife action to flower arrangements. Some subjects, like architecture, may look inappropriately blurred, but I'll leave the artistic decisions to you.

Lesson 6: Coloring Photos
Assignment: Submit comparison photos of before and after shots. Use either a color or black and white photo as your original, and use any type of subject. The original photo can be new or something from your files taken previously.

Lesson 7: Creating Bubbles
Assignment: Create one or more bubbles in any type of photograph. Use either the simple method as I demonstrated in example one or the more lengthy technique in example two.

Lesson 8: Creating silhouettes
Assignment: Create a silhouette against a backlit environment. Any subject can be used, but do keep in mind that the graphic shape of your subject is of paramount importance to make the final result look good.

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© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 



  • Photoshop CS 2 and above
  • (Note: Photoshop Elements is OK, but a few of the functions and tools we explore may not be available in Elements.)
    A Mac or Windows-based computer
  • A digital or film-based camera



Who is this course intended for?
This course is open to Photoshop users interested in learning how to make the most of the creative possibilities of this program.  

Do I need any experience in Photoshop to keep up with the class?
Some experience is preferred, but Jim Zuckerman's examples will take you step-by-step through each procedure. So, even if you are a novice, you can duplicate his lessons on your computer. 

Can I use either a PC or a Macintosh for the course?

Does it matter what version of Photoshop I have?
You should have at least Photoshop 6, but it's not imperative. The problem with earlier versions is that Adobe changes the locations of certain functions and they add new capabilities that you may not have if you're using Photoshop 2 through 5. Photoshop 7 is preferable solely because of the healing brush. You can also use Photoshop Elements, but be forewarned that a few of the functions and tools we explore may not be available in Elements.  

© 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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Mike Weimer
member since: 2/14/2010
Jim really stretched my imagination. Not only did I learn to use parts of Photoshop that I was unfamiliar with - I learned to evaluate my images in different ways. I used to just look at them in terms of how they might fit a judge's criteria for our local camera club competitions. Now, in addition, I look at them for their potential to go beyond the obvious and look for ways to stretch the content. Not all will fit the latter criteria, but at least I'll be aware of the opportunity.

- 9/4/2013 2:59:20 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Aernout Zevenbergen
Aernout Zevenbergen
member since: 2/16/2012
Yet another perfect course by Jim Zuckerman, my favourite instructor here at As always, very clear, very experienced, and his critique is fair and honest. No unnecessary niceties: businesslike and, usually, spot-on.

- 6/21/2012 3:31:36 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Sue Brown-Moseman
Sue Brown-Moseman
member since: 1/30/2006
I thought I knew a lot about PS, but quickly realized that there were many PS techniques in this course that I was not aware of and definitely needed to know.

- 2/28/2012 12:21:57 PM

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Carla Maddox
member since: 6/29/2010
The Creative Techniques with Jim Zuckerman pushes students to expand their Photo Shop skills in areas new photographers really don't think about, i.e., portraiture, reflections, combining elements from 2 or more photos. This course helps us to "think outside the box" when it comes to creativity. It isn't about the assignments, it's about the tools that are available and how to use them - knowledge of tools that can separate photographers by degrees of creativity and saleability.

- 6/28/2011 10:22:49 AM

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Adrienne L. Hill
member since: 9/25/2009
This is the 3rd course I have taken with Jim and I find that his straight forward approach suits my learning style perfectly. I now feel comfortable with Photoshop and am excited about the amazing effects that can be accomplished quite easily. I also liked how Jim would critique the photo and give tips on lighting, aperture, graphic design etc. Not only did I improve my Photoshop skills (which were next to none before this course)but I learned something about photography too.

- 3/15/2011 10:51:44 AM

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"Jim's feedback was always positive and his suggestions were eye opening. I learned so, so, so much more than just creative techniques for PS. Jim helped to develop my creative eye. I CAN'T wait to take another course from Jim." -Nancy Sharoff  

"Thank you so much for a very interesting class and very helpful and kind comments! I enjoyed the class very much and I feel that as a result of me taking this class my PS skills improved a lot  -I learned so much from you during this semester. I knew close to nothing in PS when the class started (when you mentioned layers in lesson 1 that was when I first heard that layers exist :) ) and now I can do a lot!"  -Maria Mosolova 

"Before I started Jim's class, I knew nothing about Photoshop... Whenever I had a question, Jim's response was very fast. I can't believe how much I've learned in 8 weeks. I will definitely take another one of Jim's classes in the future!" -Maria Pappano  

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