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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

$396.00 USD

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.

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Jim Zuckerman 

© Jim Zuckerman 

Examples 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.

Review: Voting on Best Work

© 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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