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unlocking the magic of photoshop

with mickie devries

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Have you ever heard photographers talk about frequency separation, cloning, changing a shirt color, replacing skies, etc., and wondered how in the world they do that?? If so this is the class for you! During this 4 week class we will explore and unlock the magic of Photoshop with comprehensive step by step pdfs and videos. You will walk away from this class knowing how to achieve your vision in post processing using techniques that push past your normal workflow and allow you to enhance and manipulate images. Mickie will record video critiques for each FP participant each week. The video critiques will allow Mickie to not only tell you what she loves about your photo, but also show you some tips specific to your image.
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“If you are on the fence about whether to take this class or not…..TAKE IT!!! And take it full participation!! Mickie is a wealth of knowledge and so super sweet and she explains things where it is easy to understand, and if you don’t she makes sure you do! I had never even edited AT ALL in Photoshop before this class and now am so excited to pull my images in and see what i can do!”

Commitment
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4 weeks

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daily processing encouraged

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6 hours of work per week

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this course has prerequisites

Prerequisites

Photoshop software – Mickie uses the latest version of Photoshop CC, but any version CS5 or above should work for most concepts.

Instructor

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Mickie DeVries Mickie DeVries is a hobbyist photographer living in West Michigan. She is the mother of two, and a wife. Mickie concentrates on capturing her everyday, along with environmental portraits of her two children. The main focus of her artistic intent is centered around capturing children being children. Mickie’s portfolio is available here.

The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:

A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

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Beginner

• 5 PDFs
• 51 videos
• sky overlays, textures, and a light overlay
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students receive instructor critiques of the posted assignment each week and have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.

Welcome & Preassignment

Please check the forum 1-2 weeks before class begins to get started on the preassignment. The preassignment introduces layers and masking. It is helpful to have read through this information before week 1 begins. Introduce yourself and read the pdf, and watch the preassignment videos on layers and masking.

Lesson One:

Reading: In week 1 we will explore ways to enhance eyes, whiten teeth, smooth skin, and use liquify. We’ll also make, modify, and install actions.
Assignment: Make your own action or modify an existing one and pick one or more concepts from the week 1 lesson to edit one of your photos.

Lesson Two:

Reading: We’ll learn how to clone, how to extend your canvas and how to perform head swaps.
Assignment: Post an image that you used a cloning method to strengthen your photo along with the sooc shot. Post an image where you swapped heads also with the sooc shots involved.

Lesson Three:

Reading: In week 3 we will explore how to change the tones and colors in an image. This week will also cover how to add a matte finish to your edits and how to pop the color in your images.
Assignment: Post a before and after of an image where you manipulated the tones of the image. Post a before and after image where you corrected a problem area in your image such as neon grass, a color cast, or changed the color of an object in your image.

Lesson Four:

Reading: In week 4 we cover how to add sky, atmosphere, light, and texture overlays and how to modify and blend them. We also explore different blur filters to add interesting effects to your images. Lastly we explore the many uses for the warp command including but not limited to making hills out of flat land.
Assignment: Post a photo that you replaced the sky in, include your sooc shot also. Post a photo that uses a texture overlay, atmospheric overlay, or a light overlay. Post a photo that you either used a filter or warp technique to strengthen your shot.

Will you teach a beginning to end workflow in this class?

While I do have a bonus video in week 4 that shows my complete workflow, this class concentrates on specific skills in photoshop. Think of it as more of a tips & tricks class rather than start to finish editing in photoshop. If you are looking for start to finish editing in photoshop you might want to take Pure Photoshop before taking this class to get more of a workflow down first. I do however also address any overall editing issues in the full participation video critiques each week even if the editing moves past the material taught that week to give a more well rounded critique.

I’ve never opened Photoshop before, is this class for me?

The material is written for a beginner and steps you through each skill taught with step by step pdf’s with screenshots for each step. There are also corresponding videos to all concepts taught. If you have no prior experience with photoshop plan on spending more time with the material practicing, as working in photoshop is the key to mastering it.

What is the difference between Pure Photoshop and Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop?

Pure Photoshop concentrates on a clean workflow that gives a solid foundation for start to finish editing. It also covers the “why” behind color space, clipping, brightness values, color channels, etc. and goes into detail about layers, masking, and the photoshop tools.

Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop demonstrates and teaches very specific concepts in photoshop and does not concentrate on a workflow. Layers and masking are covered in the preassignment week and are reinforced throughout the course, the rest of the concepts taught can be found in the syllabus. This class concentrates less on the “why” things work the way they do in Photoshop and more on dramatic transformations.

I am a Lightroom user and want to be able to do the things in Photoshop that I can’t do in Lightroom is this class for me?

Yes! I use lightroom and photoshop together and love how they compliment each other. This class will not cover the lightroom side of editing, but there are some supporting videos to make sure you can properly get your images into photoshop from lightroom and back seamlessly. It’s a perfect fit for the lightroom user that wants to have more flexibility with editing by using photoshop.

The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.

Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.

Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.

Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.

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89 Comments

  • Claudy says:

    If you are afraid of using Photoshop in your workflow like I was, sign up for Mickie’s class today! I cannot say enough positive things about this workshop. Truly a MUST TAKE class. The materials are thorough and the topics are taught and explained into great detail. Not sure if you’re understanding something correctly or experiencing issues with an edit? Ask Mickie! I don’t think there was a single question asked that she was not able to answer.

    I think you get the most of of this class by daily practice. Mickie and her lovely TA’s answer questions etc on a daily basis so if you run into an issue, there’s help close-by. What worked well for me was editing along Mickie’s video’s and then trying it myself after.

    Mickie covers a lot of material and the first week was a little overwhelming for me as a complete PS newbie but once I worked my way through those materials, a world a magic truly does open. I can now edit my images in ways I did not know where possible. Who knew cloning could be so much fun? :-)

  • This class is a total game changer. Not only does Mickie teach you everything from the very beginning, but she does it in a patient, thorough way and gets you beyond the confusion. The basics alone have made such a difference in my editing! Now I know the power of masking! What a difference that alone makes! Playing with color, blurs, enhancing skies, adding light rays and overlays – it is really super fun and addictive…be prepared to want to spend a lot more time in front of your computer perfecting your images! I absolutely LOVED this class.

  • Carmen N Garcia-Irizarry says:

    This is course is one of the best I’ve ever taken. Mickie gives you so much information. Photoshop has always seem so intimidating for me and Mickie dispelled that view. She will give you a lot of great critique. If there’s something you are having a hard time achieving, she will make a video and show you how to achieve the look you want, and she’ll do it using your own image. This is the course to take if you want to take your editing skills to the next level

  • Heather-Nicole says:

    I learned how to edit with LR about a year ago, and while I love it, I really wanted to learn both LR and Photoshop so I could use both programs when needed. PS always seemed so overwhelming to me–layers and flattening, all those buttons and tabs. I had no idea where to start. Mickie’s course really took all of the guesswork out of the equation. She provides thorough explanations and examples. I was surprised to see her in one of the videos–she demonstrated how PS works by stacking transparencies on top of each other as a way for us to visualize layers. It was SO helpful in building my understanding of what I viewed as a very complicated program. She’s also quick to upload additional videos for people as questions come up which are really informative. I also really appreciated how she structured her PDFs and videos–you basically read a short section of the PDF and then watch an accompanying video and then can practice the skill on provided pictures. It is such an effective way to teach. Thanks Mickie for a great class!

  • Benita Clarke says:

    Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop definitely lives up to its name. Mickie revealed a treasure trove of ways to do things in Photoshop that empowered us to make our photos match our vision. I never knew about frequency separation, even would have thought I’d ever use it to retouch and refine human skin before taking this class. Most of the items on the toolbar in Photoshop were just pictures to me, I didn’t know what the icons stood for, and for some of the ones I recognized, I didn’t know how to use them. Week by week we learned what many of the tools are, and how to use them in everyday photographic situations that we could relate to our own work. Prior to taking both this class, I was intimidated by Photoshop and all the features so I rarely used it. Now I use much more routinely and have fun using it! If you want to learn to use Photoshop like a guru take this class, you won’t regret it!

  • I highly recommend Mickie’s class! I had a tiny bit of knowledge of Photoshop before this class, but now I can finally say that I am comfortable using it as a part of my editing process. Mickie shared so many videos to guide us through using PS & she also showed us several different ways to do things. Before this class I found things like adding a sky overlay or cloning large objects so intimidating & impossible really. But now I get excited to try all the new techniques I’ve learned! Thanks so much Mickie!

  • Magic is right. This class can really transform your photos and give your work such an incredible boost! The videos seem to be an endless wealth of knowledge! (Seriously… I haven’t even watched them all yet!) Mickie is such a generous instructor with her time and knowledge. I have learned so much from her, but the thing I wanted most, was the ability to add skies, suns, and flares. I mastered that and I’m thrilled! Thank you for an awesome class, Mickie!

  • Candace Kieluk says:

    Before class, I completely relied on actions for editing, never really knowing how to put MY fingerprint on my images. Thank You to Mickie, Kellie, and all of the wonderful Alumni Helpers, because of their honest and thorough critiques, they have given me complete confidence in my editing skills and I am now able to complete my final vision from start to finish. This is a MUST take class! It is jam packed with detailed how-to videos and written content to help you create magic in this powerful program, Photoshop and take your editing to the next level. Mickie is most attentive, responsive and her devotion to help you succeed is second to none!! Don’t think twice! Sign up NOW!! Thanks again @mickiedev for such an AMAZING workshop!!

  • Fiona Grose says:

    This is a fabulous course, full of information & instructional videos which will be a great resource for future reference. I have downloaded everything I can and I have found watching the other students critiques also very informative. However, for me, what set this course apart from the many other PS course on the internet is the level of personal instruction available, Mickie’s time commitment is amazing, I wish I had been able to commit more time myself to take greater advantage of this opportunity to get personal assistance. Thank you Mickie & I will certainly take any other course you may offer in the future.

  • Lisa Fraudin says:

    This is one MUST TAKE class here on CM. I knew my way around LR pretty well, and had put off taking PS, thinking I could teach myself PS slowly over time. Wrong! Every video (from other sites) that I watched didn’t start teaching from the beginning, nor was there anyone to help when I couldn’t get my screen to do what the video was demonstrating. Then I took this class-full participation. It is packed FULL of learning, and Mickie is one of the most attentive instructors I have had here on CM. She encouraged sharing screen shots if you were “stuck” and she was always a short time away to help get me on track. Her generous CC for even the simplest daily shares was invaluable for training me to see more objectively. And the transformations from all the participants was nothing short of amazing. The creativity potential that she has opened our eyes to is mind blowing. You need to take this class!

  • Monica says:

    I can’t say enough how much I recommend this class. Mickie really knows her craft and she is such a great instructor full of information, tips, and always with an answer to every question. The material that comes with the class syllabus is just great and she offers extra videos and demonstrations. I’m really glad I registered for this course and now I have the ability to take my editing process to another level with the use of this powerful tool. I recommend the full participation if possible as Mickie’s critiques are so complete and helpful!!

  • Nairie says:

    Amazing! I felt like I got my money’s worth with this class. I have been trying to learn photoshop for years. I’ve subscribed to numerous YouTube channels, bought more books than I would like to admit, and “follow” social media groups to soak up anything I can. Although I am a highly self-motivated person, I have not been successful in teaching myself photoshop. By the second week of this class, I was feeling so confident and no longer intimated by photoshop. Prior to this class, I would open up photoshop, click around on layers and some of the tools, cringe, then close the image and hit “don’t save”. Now, I can look at a picture and think of ways I can enhance it. I’m not saying I’m a pro in 4 weeks, but I can say that I finally understand the program! I have since watched a YouTube tutorial and actually understood what they were doing! Time to crack open the stack of photoshop books on my desk :). Mickie’s style of teaching is fantastic. She is detailed, patient, and attentive. The material is SO great, easy to follow and organized very well. The video critiques blew me away, she addressed all my concerns and it felt like she was sitting right next to me. Can’t say enough good things about Mickie and this class.

  • Karen Pison says:

    I concur with all that has been said about this workshop. It is a real game changer! I highly recommend it, you won’t regret it. I have taken a lot of workshops, and yes it was really worth it. I would recommend to take it as a FP if you can, as the feedbacks, and the QA help a lot. Mickie adds also some videos based on the diffiuclties you can face during the workshops, it is very interactive. Mickie is a wonderful teacher, and Kellie as TA is super helpful too.
    Do not hesitate if you are interested in PS capabilities.
    I am so sad it is finished, and so happy to have this solid foundation that will enable me to continue my PS journey.

  • Dana Reiser says:

    Taking this class has definitely given me the freedom to take more creative license with my images! I loved learning about PS in this way. Mickie makes it seem super easy by giving step by step instructions and fantastic videos that describe several different ways of doing things! I’m amazed at how much I learned in just a month. If you are looking for a way to open up PS for you from the total unknown to be able to open it with confidence, this is the course for you! Practicing with all the tools helps so much and with the daily shares, I got so much good feedback. I’m so glad I took this course!

  • Andrea Hayes says:

    This is third class I’ve taken through Clickin Moms, and it is exactly what I needed to finally be able to transform my images into what I want them to be. Mickie provides tons of videos and detailed PDFs, but more importantly, she is so active in the forums. The feedback from Mickie is priceless. If you’re having issues with getting an image how you want, she goes the extra mile to help you understand how to do it. Before taking this class, I knew how to do one thing in Photoshop. I thought that since I knew how to use LR that’s all I would ever need, but I was wrong. Photoshop was confusing and daunting, but after taking this course, I feel that I have a good, solid foundation of understanding how Photoshop works and will easily be able to continue to build on my knowledge. If you’re debating whether to take this course – do it! You will not regret it!

  • Wow, did I love this class – I’m so sad it’s over! I had taken the Pure Photoshop class a few months ago so I went into Unlocking the Magic of PS with a good understanding of how to do basic things – but this class helped me take everything to the next level. The course material is presented so clearly and so detailed – it covered everything I’ve wanted to know! Now I really feel like I can bring my photos to life the way I’ve always wanted to.

    Mickie is an AMAZING instructor – she’s extremely responsive and gives wonderful and encouraging feedback. And the TA Kellie was wonderful as well! Couldn’t say better things about my experience. Highly highly recommend!

  • Rox says:

    Recently completed this course and it was AMAZING. Definitely one of the most impactful classes I’ve taken, not only at Click Photo School/Clickin Moms, but ever (and I’ve taken a lot of classes!) Mickie DeVries has opened my eyes to the concept that it is not necessary to know everything about Photoshop in order to use it to create significant transformation, drama and impact in my photos. The PDFs where beautifully and clearly written and contained tons of useful information on cloning, color enhancement, color substitution, frequency separation for enhancing skin, textures, overlays, sky replacements and tons more. I was really impressed with how much information was included and how relevant it was to the type of photos I take. There are also exhaustive videos for every technique covered in the PDFs. The preassignment is like getting an extra week of class and materials. The critiques themselves are a huge value because Mickie takes your photos into photoshop and shows you (and everyone else–whose critiques you also have access to) how to fix various issues and she made a ton of extra videos as we went along to help. Honestly, I kind of think she is a time traveler because I’m not sure how she is able to do everything she does in the class! Take it full participation if you can. I’ll definitely be going through the materials and video tutorials over and over again. A truly transformative and eye-opening class. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Jen Strongin says:

    I cannot recommend Mickie’s class enough!! I had never worked in Photoshop before and this class gave me the confidence to transform my photos to suit my vision. I was really impressed with the level of detail and thoroughness in all of the materials Mickie presented. She was also wonderful at answering any questions we had and gave very thorough feedback on all assignments. If you have the chance to take her amazing class, I would encourage you to be a Full Participant- being able to ask questions and receive feedback makes a big difference.

  • Erika says:

    This class is exactly what the title describes. You will learn to unlock magic. Do not worry if you’ve never used Photoshop before. I had never used photoshop and I didn’t feel left behind at all. I took the class as full participation and I am so thankful I did. I learned so much from the beautiful teaching materials, Mickie’s daily interactions and Q&A. She clearly has a heart for this class because she was very attentive to all of us. She even makes videos to review your weekly homework or if there’s a challenging item in the lesson you’re struggling over. I started intimidated by Photoshop and finished feeling confident and excited about all the possibilities of Photoshop. I can’t recommend this class enough. Mickie, the mentors, and my classmates were amazing! The only con to this class is that it was over too soon. Invest the extra money and go FULL participation. You won’t regret it!

  • Sandy Young says:

    I’ve had PS for a long time, but was intimidated by it. I’m a LR girl. But for those instances where LR couldn’t rescue my image the way I needed, I’d bring it over to PS and taught myself some of the tools like cloning, healing, patching, and in extreme instances, I would struggle through liquify to make my girlfriends happy. LOL! But I’ve always wanted to know how to replace skies, change the color of something, play with the tones of an image to better match the vision I had for it — those are some of the things I yearned for but never took the time or the challenge to learn more about them. I saw Mickie’s workshop pop up, read through the course topics, and thought why not. And I’m so glad I did!! This class delivers! On all of the things you’ve always dreamed of doing in PS — so you can tweak your images to better meet your vision. It’s amazing! Mickie is a great instructor. The pdf’s and the videos are thorough and amazing. And at the end of each week, after you turn in your assignment, Mickie does a personal video critique of your image! Praising the good, offering suggestions for what could be improved, and even further to that, she jumps into your image on the video, and shows you why and how you could change the edit! The time and effort she puts into this is amazing!

    So if you’re looking for that perfect class that will take your pictures from OK to terrific, just do it! Sign up for it! Full participation. You won’t regret it!

  • Jessa Kandybe says:

    Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop with Mickie DeVries (@mickiedev) ended today. I am sad to be done. I learned so much this month! Before this class I was so intimidated by Photoshop. I never even opened it! Now I have so much more confidence in my photo editing. Mickie really goes above and beyond as the instructor in this course. This is my second CM class (mastering manual was first) and I am just so impressed. Mickie takes time to go over your daily posts. She posted extra videos as times to help with things you may be struggling with. The course material is great and well put together. There is so much information. I would highly recommend taking this course in full participation, you will not regret it.

  • Amy Smith says:

    Prior to this class, I knew just enough about PS to try a few things and get very frustrated. PS is such a powerful and amazing tool and can do SO MUCH more than LR to help enhance your images. If you want to learn how to make your sooc images match your vision and become the pieces of art that they are meant to be, you have to sign up for the next run of Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop with Mickie Devries. Mickie gives you the keys – the tips and techniques – to unlock your artistic vision, regardless of your shooting style/genre. You can still utilize LR for many of your image improvements, and learn to take your images to the next level using PS for the things that LR just cannot do! Mickie shows you how to do that! The course materials are super detailed and the instruction goes to another level with numerous videos that allow you to follow along step by step and quickly master the material and techniques. If you or a fellow workshop member have a specific question or need some trouble shooting, Mickie is right there to explain and if needed, demonstrate with a custom made video to step you through it! If you are intimidated by, or know a little bit about PS and would like to move on to the next level, THIS is the course you need to take full participation – if you can swing it – as you learn so much from the questions and work of others as well! You will not regret it!!!

  • I have owned Photo Shop for years, but never used it. The few times I tried, I quit with in minutes. Mickey’s class, Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop does JUST That! . She gives you the tools, from basic to more advanced to edit your photos when LR is just not sufficient. While I don’t tend to spend hours editing photos, I can now enhance my photos or fix problems well beyond what I can do in LR – plus its fun! Mickey’s videos are step by step and easy to follow. She is also extremely responsive to questions on a daily basis during the class. I will be able to use this material over and over again! This class is a great investment in improving your photography!

  • Tig Ogdon says:

    I have always been intimidated by Photoshop and have put off trying to learn it for a long time. I finally took the plunge and signed up for Mickie DeVries’ class – Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop. I’m so glad I did. Mickie puts so much into this class. The videos and materials are so thorough and helpful and will be a great resource for me forever. The class is organized so well and makes it all seems so much less overwhelming. After taking the class, I feel like I have a grasp on how to do a lot of awesome things in PS and I have the base of knowledge and confidence moving forward to keep learning on my own. Mickie was so available and helpful whenever I had questions. I highly recommend taking the class as a full participant. You won’t be disappointed!

  • Take the class…STAT! After numerous failed attempts to learn photoshop on my own, this class what EXACTLY what I needed. I was strictly a Lightroom user before, but now after Mickies attentive teachings I am proud and excited to be able to navigate PS and am well on my way to getting exactly what I want out of my images. I was worried about taking an online class because I learn more from seeing/watching but with the videos she includes every week my learning needs were completely met. I love that you can read and learn from your classmates as well. Can’t say enough good things, wish I took this class a year ago! Thank you so much Mickie!

  • I recommend this class to everyone who asks me about how to learn Photoshop. I knew very little about Photoshop coming into and left with a fairly comprehensive understanding of the basic functions, which served as a great foundation to learn even more. I could then watch videos online, etc. and actually follow along with what they were saying. Mickie is a great teacher. I did Study-along because I was on a strict budget, but I would recommend full participation if its in your budget. I still learned a lot, but I think that to have the immediate feedback would be even more helpful.

  • Carey Martin says:

    Wow, this class is so powerful! If Photoshop makes you want to run away from home, get brave and TAKE THIS CLASS! Clear your schedule (you’ll want the time) and dive right in. Mickie gives SO MUCH to everyone in this class, going way above and beyond to make sure everyone’s questions are answered, and epic fails are fixed. Before this class, I opened PS with one eye closed and often quit without saving. Now, I am using it regularly and it is EASY! Thank you, Mickie!! <3

  • Rosemarie Prydal says:

    If you are new to Photoshop, then this is the course for you. I was a complete novice but now I feel confident to tackle many editing tasks. Mickie is possibly the best instructor that I have come across on Click Photo School. She explains so clearly and patiently, is always around to support and encourage and her critiques are so helpful and full of positive advice. The videos are easy to follow and I know I am going to be using all the materials provided for many years to come. I can’t recommend this course enough!

  • Michelle Wright says:

    When I started this course I couldn’t even save a document in Photoshop. Now I can confidently apply so many techniques and it feels so natural to do so! I’m reeling off everything I did to a photo and have astounded myself by my progress in only four weeks. AMAZING!

    WOW – just an amazing course. Mickie is super sweet and extremely patient, responding to queries and your assignment submissions very quickly. The material is comprehensive and actually overwhelming – especially for a newbee to Ps – however if you take it in small chunks it is manageable.

    I would highly recommend this course :)

  • Angela Hall says:

    I have watched many youtube videos and learned photoshop from other workshop, but never have been seen a great teacher like Mickie. Both PDFs and videos are amazing. This workshop has a lot of information but Mickie demonstrate very clearly. It was very easy to follow her and understand how to use the different tools. I strongly recommend this course!

  • Rachel Sine says:

    Such a great workshop! Mickie is a wonderful and gracious teacher. She really opens up the world of Photoshop and makes it fun. If you’re considering signing up, do it! You’ll love it!

  • Kate Testerman says:

    What a fabulous class! Mickie provides hours of instruction and information each week, with clearly explained concepts and step-by-step instruction to help you get the most out of your images. If you’ve ever hoped to turn good images into great shots, this is the class for you!

  • Aviva says:

    I was someone who had always closed PS as quickly as she opened it. Mickie’s course turned out to be the perfect solution to help encourage and teach me to keep PS open and to use it more often. I love being creative and now I have so many tools to help me to enhance and rescue photos that I wouldn’t have necessarily bothered with before. She is very generous with her time and content– there are lots of videos and great pdfs to read- and if you haven’t used PS previously–she tries to help bridge your knowledge with some basic tutorials at the start of class. Definitely put this class on your list to take.

  • Kathy LInfrod says:

    What an intense four weeks this has been! I have learned so much in this class and can now do things I thought I would never be able to do! Cloning/textures/overlays/clipping masks/templates….it is so fun now! Of course I wanted to pull my hair out many times and I am sure I still will but this has really opened up my editing world immensely. And even though I didn’t get to try everything that Mickie taught us and I have all the videos and pdf’s and can go back at any time to try it. Her videos and written instructions are so good you can literally follow along in PS while watching the video and figure it out. Thank you for such a great class Mickie!

  • Jackie Voeller says:

    Everyone is saying this class is amazing, and Mickie is over the top helpful with the way she explains and supports her students…because it is totally TRUE! If you are trying to get those magical looking images and just haven’t quite been able to achieve what you envision with a preset or the way you currently edit…take this class! There are also many helpful hints and golden nuggets she drops along the way in her video critiques and in the Q&A threads…so be sure to partake in that and you’ll be so glad you did!

  • Chelsea says:

    I took the plunge and signed up for Mickie’s “Unlock the Magic of Photoshop” full participation. I had basic knowledge of Photoshop prior to this class and I feel that I have learned SOOOO much from this class. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made on my photography journey. If you’ve ever been on Youtube looking for videos to figure out how to do something but end up wanting to throw your computer instead (guilty), This class is for you. I wasn’t frustrated once in this class. Mickie was so organized and all of the information was easy to follow. I had so much fun learning all of the things I had struggled with trying to figure out on my own before. It was such a supportive and fun environment! Great class!

  • Karen Koenig says:

    Before this class, I definitely fell into the category of knowing Photoshop just enough to bump along, but not enough to do a complete edit. Mickie designed a class to help anyone at any level get more out of Photoshop and take their photos to the next level. It was a game changer for me. I’m so glad I finally signed up!! Her videos and PDF are easy to follow and show how making small changes in a photo can create a big impact. I just finished this run, but am anxious to go back through all the week’s information again and keep practicing. I highly recommend this course.

  • Nicole Wang says:

    I was so fortune to take this class, and enjoyed the fabulous month. I was so scared to use photoshop before, and deleted a lot of potential pictures. I even watched a lot of youtube video to help myself to understand it, but unfortunately, still couldn’t get the concepts. But Now I’m so proud that I can use photoshop pretty well to edit my pictures. Mickie Devries is a wonderful teacher, she shared a lot of practical tools and commented everyday’s practice and critiques seriously. I completely recommend this class. Thanks a million, Mickie, love you!

  • Deb Schaller says:

    I was looking for a Photoshop class to take because I wanted to learn it but books weren’t working for me. I saw all the reviews for this class and decided to take a chance and do the full participation. I am so glad I did. Mickie goes above and beyond what any instructor I have ever had has done. If you do not understand something she explains it in detail and makes a video of how to do it correctly or more efficiently. The class is over but it will take me four weeks to go over all of the videos again. I printed out the pdf’s also because they were so detailed. Do take this class – it will be the best $300 you have ever spent.

  • Anna Bradley says:

    I have just finished the May/June 2016 run of this course. I was definitely a bit PS phobic beforehand so took it to get over my fear! I am so glad that I did. The class is packed full of materials and clear instructions to help you work through the steps and I really liked the fact that copies of the images in the tutorials were provided so that you could practise on those first. Mickie was lovely – quick to respond and providing very helpful, constructive feedback and for this I would definitely recommend full participation. I feel much more confident moving forward now – and ready to start tackling the backlog of unedited images on my hard drive …!

  • Megan Meister says:

    I recently completed the January 2016 run of this course as a study along student. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to take their use of Photoshop to the next level. And do so as a Full Participation student if you can swing it. Unfortunately those seats were sold out before I had the chance to sign up, and I did not want to wait for the next run.

    It was such a transformative course for my editing and workflow. I now know how to fix things in my photos, both large and small, that have been a thorn in my side! We all know those photos where one person blinked but everyone else looks nice? Head swap time! That cute photo of your kids with ugly tree branches sticking out of their heads? Clone it out! I’m so glad I learned the skills needed to do these things and more from Mickie.

    Do not hesitate to take this class! I learned so much not just from the course materials, but also from watching all the critiques from various students.

    • Mickie says:

      Hi Megan! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your review! I think it will really help other future study along students decide if the course is right for them!

  • This class has finally helped me overcome my fear of PS. I have been editing in Light Room for 7 years. I had dabbled in PS in the past with a few books from Scott Kelby and even a course at the local junior collage. I took Lisa Harrison’s Processing 101 class last fall and Processing 104 with Mickie in January. It has finally clicked! Mickie’s class is very informative and covers all of the fun things PS can do with your images. Color enhancement, overlays, cloning and portrait touch ups are just a few of the amazing skills I have in my tool box. Mickie is very responsive and answered all of our questions clearly. Her step by step videos are so easy to follow that even I could do it. I loved the class so much that I am going back and working through it again on my own time to catch what I missed during the first pass. It is such a relief to no longer have to dread the emails from clients asking about head swaps, making them look thinner and adding a pretty sky. Thank you Mickie!

    • Mickie says:

      Yay Shelly! I’m so happy you feel this way! I think the phrase “Can you just Photoshop that?” has been adopted by so many clients now a days! I just read an article that Photoshop has become a verb with the way so many people ask to about it! I’m so glad that you can now not dread those emails!

  • KC Crow says:

    This class was truly a game changer for me! After multiple “failed” attempts at learning Photoshop finally I found a class and an instructor that spoke to me and focused not on the whole abyss that is PS but rather those specific tools within PS that can really transform your images. Mickie and her team of CM Pros and alumni helpers were incredibly supportive and determined to make sure that the class participants were “getting” the material. I would say that full participation is the way to go with this course and my only negative feedback is that the course needs to be longer. It really is that good and Mickie is the best!

  • Mel Conner says:

    I have been editing in LR only for years and finally took the plunge into PS for that extra bump. I have started to dabble in PS before but was always either overwhelmed or bored with the “this is the lasso, here it what it does, etc” teaching manner of other resources. Not so with Mickie’s fabulous class! I LOVED every single week and always wished I had more time to practice. Instead of taking you through PS in a mundane manner, she teaches you how to achieve the look or effect you want and the tools necessary for that particular outcome. She makes the process fun and enjoyable and is fantastic about answering questions and even adding a video to explain something further. Absolutely loved this class and would recommend it to anyone! Thank you Mickie! You are awesome!

  • Michelle McNulty says:

    I had never opened photoshop prior to signing up for this class and was very intimidated the first week. I actually requested to drop the class and find a class that was more fundamental or even take a lightroom class first, however the CM policy does not allow this, which was unfortunate. However, Mickie was amazing in her efforts to make sure I felt comfortable with the material, even emailing to check in to see if I needed help. She is patient, thorough, positive, timely and very organized. While I do wish I would have taken a LR class first, as it seems a lot of people edit in LR before editing in PS, I am happy with all that I learned in this class. Mickie is truly a wonderful instructor.

    • Mickie says:

      I know you were so frustrated that first week, and the first week is hard, but I’m so glad you did the work and saw it through. I was amazed at your progress, even by week 2 you seemed so much more comfortable in PS. Photoshop is an amazing program, but it’s massive and not always easy in the beginning, but you prove that hard work pays off! I think this class is definitely a compliment to Lightroom users that just want to be able to edit in PS the things that can’t be done in LR, but Lightroom is not a requirement for this course, and not necessary to have knowledge of for this course. I do provide support for LR users for how to best use PS to complement their workflow and for getting their images into PS and back to LR though as I find that many people use this combination for editing. It was a pleasure getting to know you Michelle :)

  • Dani Butler says:

    If you are on the fence at all about taking this class I would highly encourage it! I also would encourage taking this class as full participation because Mickie is an invaluable resource when it comes to Photoshop. I had little Lightroom experience and zero Photoshop experience and this class improved my editing skills so much, I really cannot say enough good things about it. Mickie is there to answer all questions and all her material is very helpful and easy to follow, she will even make videos during the class to help answer your questions. I was very intimidated by Photoshop before the class and am now very comfortable using it on my own! I am so thankful to Mickie for taking time away from her family to share her hard earned knowledge with me, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Lauren Hickey says:

    Mickie’s course on PS was AH-MAZING! I had zero knowledge of PS (or LR) and actually thought it was a course on PSE. lol Mickie’s course has made me convert to PS/LR for sure! The course information was detailed and easy to follow. Also, it was extremely helpful to have step-by-step instructions in written form (PDF) as well as video. I learn best by reading and was very grateful to have this learning method as an option. She was kind, thoughtful and extremely knowledgable. The weekly video critiques she provided helped me follow her thought process and gave me specific ways that I could improve my work – while providing a visual example. You will not be disappointed when you sign up for this class! It rocks and so does Mickie!

  • Oh my gosh, Mickie, this was the very best Photoshop class I have ever taken! I am a devoted Lightroom user, but my eyes have been opened to all the possibilities and ways to create unique art in PS. Yours was one of the best CM courses as well, and I have taken a lot of them. I have tried so many Creative Live and Lynda classes and tutorials trying to learn PS and to be honest, they mostly put me to sleep. Just the setting up intro videos usually put me to sleep and then I don’t make it through the rest. This class is so different. The first day, we jumped into some of the most helpful tools and learned how to actually apply them to edit our own portraits. I learned by doing. I often read the PDF, watched the video, tried and then read, watched and tried again. Slowly I got it; but unlike my other attempts, I actually really learned how to use PS to do the things I want to with a photograph. I finally understand levels and masks, because I had to use them. You covered all the basics, even though this wasn’t a how-to photoshop class. I cannot thank you enough for all the wonderful details and complete instruction in the PDF. Better yet, you complimented the printed PDF with short and concise videos that showed me how to do so many things I have been wanting to do. And your video critiques were another lesson in themselves. I want to be an alum helper just to keep pushing myself to work with all the wonderful PS tools and skills you taught. Thank you again for your wonderful class. You are a gifted instructor and such a sweet person to learn from.

    • Mickie says:

      Hi Julie! Thank you so much for your great review. I really tried to make it not only instructive, but also geared toward photography, so I’m glad that you found the topics easy to apply and useful!

  • Laura says:

    If you are on the fence about whether to take this class or not…..TAKE IT!!! And take it full participation!! Mickie is a wealth of knowledge and so super sweet and she explains things where it is easy to understand, and if you don’t she makes sure you do! I had never even edited AT ALL in Photoshop before this class and now am so excited to pull my images in and see what i can do! It is a jammed packed 4 weeks of information, but it is so exciting at the same time….instead of feeling like you need to make time for the class, you WANT to read every pdf and watch every video because the information is so great! It is amazing all the things you learn in such a short amount of time….I had never swapped heads, changed skies, made or used actions at all before this class….and that is just a few of the things we learned! The feedback Mickie gives in her critiques along with the TAs and alumni helpers make the full participation a must…i couldn’t imagine taking it any other way. You definitely can not ask for a better instructor, I truly wish Mickie had more PS classes offered because i would for sure take them! I learned so much and am honestly so sad to see the class end!

  • I loved this class!!! If you have been struggling with Photoshop, this class is a MUST. I am primarily a LR girl, but there are things that I knew I could do in PS and I wanted to know how to do them, but whenever I would try I would get lost among the tools and the details until I just gave up and decided it wasn’t worth it. Mickie’s class made photoshop accessible AND fun! She is a fantastic teacher – her materials are phenomenal and she was so dedicated to making sure that we understood them. Many times, she would create an additional video mid-week to address any confusion that she saw amongst our group. I cannot tell you how much more comfortable I am in PS now that I’ve taken this class. Mickie is amazing (and we had some wonderful TAs too – they deserve a shout-out as well for all their advice and assistance) and I am happy to recommend this wholeheartedly!

  • Carrie says:

    Just WOW! The amount of work that Mickie put into this course is incredible. I was amazed at how much was covered in the short 4 weeks we were all together. All of the pdf instructions and videos were organized, well presented, and super detailed. The best part of this course was watching how well everyone’s photos and skill improved from each week into the next – which is a testament to Mickie’s commitment to giving feedback and encouragement through out the entire course. I had an overall knowledge of Photoshop related to graphic design before taking this course, and the 4 weeks with these materials greatly improved my technique and use of the program for photography. I highly recommend full participation – the video critiques received were priceless.

  • Laura Pollack says:

    This class was incredible. I learned so so much — how to do things better/more efficiently for those things that I already knew as well as how to do so many other things I’ve always wondered about. I would *highly* recommend it to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of Photoshop and give themselves more tools to create better images. Thank you, Mickie!!

  • Denise Laurinaitis says:

    I was fortunate to get the last spot in the first run of this workshop. I am still blown away at all the information Mickie covered in the 4-weeks. Before taking this class, I edited in LR and dabbled in PS with actions. I knew how to use layers and masks, but not to the extent that Mickie covers. And I had no idea how to head swap, use a texture, replace a sky, fix a color cast, attempt frequency separation, etc, the list is endless, and now I’m confident in doing all of this and more. I highly recommend taking this course full participation. Mickie is super helpful in leading you through an edit, responding to questions, and her critiques are extremely valuable in helping you learn. Mickie gives suggestions on getting your edit complete; she does not just address the topic in the assignment. I can now hand edit a photo with no action, and even though it’s OK to use actions, it’s nice to know I don’t necessarily need them. I finally processed a photograph that had been sitting on my computer for months, unable for me to process it the way I envisioned it, and now it’s in my portfolio. The course is divided between extremely helpful, information packed PDFs and videos explaining each and every technique covered. Critiques are given in video format so you can see how to correct your own photos. If you want to tackle photoshop and all its powerful tools, you have to take this class. You will be blown away!

  • Alicia Moss says:

    This class was wonderful, I cannot believe how much I learned in 4 weeks! Mickie’s video critiques were spot on and so helpful! Everything is clear and explained well- I highly recommend this course!

  • Anita Perminova says:

    I was fortunate to take a spot in the first run and I am very very happy with what I have learned! I started with absolutely no editing knowledge in Photoshop, I formally edited only in Lightroom. Besides that I learned how to navigate in PS, make adjustments and properly perform edits, the whole world of creative editing was disclosed to me. I’ve discovered so many useful tools that can help me to enhance my images and from now on I will definitely use PS as a part of my editing work flow. I need to add it was so much information in a short period of time and what I appreciate the most that Mickie was always there to help us through. I loved her thorough CC’s and prompt replies to the questions making sure we understand the concepts! Mickie gave us so many amazing tips that I know I would never have learned on my own. The course is definitely intense and loaded with lots of precious information, but the PDF’s are easy-to-read and the videos are very clear and presented in a logical way. This is a really great workshop to take. It doesn’t matter weather you are just starting out using Photoshop or have being for a while. It really can fill in the gaps, especially for those who is self taught. You will gain a lot of fundamentals that are crucial for beautiful editing! Thank you Mickie and thank you CM for offering such a great and fantastic course!

  • Leah says:

    I don’t think I could possibly say enough good things about this workshop. I really could barely use PS at all before taking this class, other than to change the exposure of my images. I learned how to enhance eyes, skies, skin tones, add textures, use cloning tools, and so much more! Mickie’s materials were very well organized, and she did a great job of explaining exactly how to do each technique. I really felt supported and encouraged all along the way. I’m really glad I took this class, and that Mickie was such a wonderful instructor!

    • Oh my goodness Leah, thank you for such a great review. It was my goal to make this course easy to follow, which can be hard with such a massive program like Photoshop so I’m so glad you felt like I accomplished this!

  • Cheryl Mobley says:

    Words cannot express how much I have learned from Mickie during this course…I have had a hate-hate relationship with PS, and while there is so much I still don’t know, Mickie shared A LOT of specific tools so that I can play now! I was able to rescue images that I had saved for the day when I knew how to remove unwanted ‘things’ in my photos, replace skies, use textures, and the list goes on. Even more impressive, is that given the strong basis I have after this course, I can actually look at videos teaching other things I want to know in PS, and I UNDERSTAND them. This course is wonderful, but you HAVE to keep up. Mickie has been so generous with everything she shares – both in video and PDF format, that you need to stay ahead of it. I am enthusiastically recommending you take this course if you’re willing to work with the tools Mickie gives you, and have the time to put in…

    • Thank you Cheryl! What makes my heart so happy to hear is that you gained the ability to not only be able to do the things I taught, but that it opened you up to even more possibilities because you understand the program a lot more!!!

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