Category Archives: Adobe Photoshop

Fall 2012 LOUDEN Photography Courses


Foothill College – Los Altos Hills, CA

  • Photo 4A – Beginning Digital Photography: Photoshop & Lightroom

Introduction to the tools for expressive communication in digital photography using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Development of skills in image capture, enhancement, printing, and web publishing, for both fine art and commercial applications.2 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-laboratory, 1.5 hours laboratory. (78 hours total per quarter.)

Monday & Wed.  5:30-8:50pm & 7pm -9:50pm

  • Photo 5 – Introduction to Photography

  • – Learn how to use your camera in hands-on demos & field trips by going from beginner to photographer in one quarter
  • – Learn to compose great photographs
  • – Get a grasp on where we are now with photography in art
  • – Interact with other photography students and have a ball!

A survey of the historical and practical aspects of photography as an art form. Students will be introduced to the use of light, composition and communication through images. Significant photographers from a diversity of backgrounds will inspire students in the practice of photography and developing an appreciation of the varied uses of the photographic image in our culture.3 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)

Tuesdays 10am-2:50pm

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Starts September, 24

College of San Mateo • Beginning Digital Photography & Lightroom Course:


Minimum of 48 lecture hours per term. Recommended Preparation: ART 350.

Description: Teaches photography using a digital camera and computer. Computer proficiency is required. Covers the principles of composition, use of natural light and seeing. Students use Adobe Lightroom to organize, edit and display photographs. Proficiency using a digital camera is developed. Students create photographs that are projected and critiqued in class. Extra supplies may be required. (May be taken twice for a maximum of 6 units.) (AA, CSU, UC)

Thursdays, 6pm-9pm – Starts August 23.

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West Valley College – Saratoga, CA

  • PHOTO 10 New Media and Social Change (online or in-person course)

Section #20757 M/W 12:30pm-1:55

Section #22608 Online

• Transferable Elective for GE Requirement
• Satisfies West Valley College Cultural Diversity
Requirement for an Associates Degree in Arts & Sciences

Course Description:
This course investigates how web-based technologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images. Critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identity and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media. •Social documentary photography •Multi-media documentaries •Contemporary art photography •Ethnographic photography •Photojournalism•Social media • & Blogs in mind!

Fall 2011 (starts Aug.27th) – Monday/Wednesday 12:30pm-1:55





Cabrillo College • Santa Cruz, CA

  • AP 6    Introduction to Digital Photography*

Introduces basic digital photography skills: camera operation and exposure controls; Macintosh computer basics; elementary software image quality adjustment techniques; printing and digital output; composition; visual com- munication. Repeatability: May be taken 2 times.

Thursdays •  11:15-2:25pm – Starts August, 30th.

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Upcoming Photo Courses • Winter & Spring 2012

from "Time F(r)amed" Series by Lesley Louden


  • PHOT 78 – Workshop – A Document with Impact: The Large-Scale Digital Photographic Print (1 unit) – SPRING (May)
  • PHOT 65B – Intermediate Digital Photography (TUES/THURS. EVENINGS – WINTER QUARTER)
  • PHOT 78 – Workshop – The Portrait: Environmental, Documentary, & Posed (1 unit) – WINTER

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  • PHOTO 10 – New Media & Social Change (MON/WED. 12NOON – SPRING SEMESTER)
  • PHOTO 1 LAB – Darkroom & Digital B&W (MON. 2PM – SPRING SEMESTER)



  • 46B – Intermediate Digital Photography (TUES/THURS. 11AM – SPRING SEMESTER)


  • Intermediate Digital Photography

This lab/lecture course is an intermediate digital photography course building on the skills acquired in the introductory course. We will have technical exercises and creative projects.

Topics to be covered:

Color Management and Workflow for the Digital Photographic Artist & Photographer (Getting the print results you want from the lab and from our High-Quality Epson Printers)

Portfolio Creation of a Body of Work from Start to Finish!

Editing & Sequencing a Series of Images

RAW Workflow with Photoshop & Volume Photo-Editing (Tricks for Local Adjustment Tools)

– More Advanced Image Manipulation & Compositing utilizing the Pen Tool & Paths/Vector Masks (You’ll become a Pro at Selections)

– Fine Art Pigment Paper Comparison & Larger Paper Sizes (Which papers look great for B&W, skintones & Portraits etc…)

Advanced Retouching for Portraits

– Digital Night Photography – Equipment, Setup, Shooting, & Special Editing Techniques

– Discussions on  the use of Digital Imaging in Contemporary Art & Professional Practice

Forty-Five Minutes In Photoshop

Clone Stamp Tool vs. Healing Brush – Introduction

Clone Stamp Tool vs. Healing Brush

Clone Stamp tool lets you clone exact pixels from one part of your image to cover another part of an image.

Healing Brush (not spot healing brush which does not need a a target set) clones pixels but then helps your new cloned area blend those pixels with the pixels you are cloning on top of with its surroundings.


The Clone Stamp Tool: can copy a portion of an image and reapply it repeatedly to cover an unwanted portion of the image.

The Healing Brush Tool: By sampling the surrounding area you can blend the imperfections into the rest of the image – blends pixels.

Tips for Cloning and Healing:

  • Make sure you are selected on a copy of the background layer/image layer (not an adjustment layer or dodge/burn layer) OR be sure you are selected on the layer that you want the tool to alter (can be another image layer and not just the background layer).
  • Change the size of the “Clone Stamp Tool” brush (from options bar, just like a paint brush) to be just the size of the are you are cloning and hardness should be on 0% for soft edge
  • Reset “Clone Stamp Tool” target point often
  • You can change the opacity of the cloning from the options bar for areas that don’t need 100% cloning
  • Hold down the Option Key (MAC) or Alt key (PC) to set the clone target area

View these Tutorials & Practice Clone-Stamping on faces or any other part of an image needs some retouching.

Clone Stamp Tool Tutorial

Video Clone Stamp Tool Tutorial

View these Tutorials & Practice Healing skin areas and part of image that need spotting and stamping

*not Spot Healing Brush tool but the Healing Brush

Healing Brush Tool Tutorial

Video Clone Stamp Tool Tutorial