Developed by a University of Michigan PhD student and his brother as a tool for Macintosh and first released over two decades ago, Adobe Photoshop has not only served as an essential tool for graphic designers, but also become an irresistible creative-play toy to thousands of laypeople. Many users are self-taught, which has perhaps caused them to miss some key features of the software, according to Stephen Blauweiss. Blauweiss’ 90-minute Photoshop demonstrations, offered free of charge at area libraries, takes a systematic approach, enabling seasoned users to fill in the gaps in their knowledge and new users to get up to speed quickly.
Blauweiss, a Kingston-based filmmaker who has taught graphic design at Pratt Institute for a decade, will be offering his Hudson Valley Photoshop Training course at the Saugerties Public Library, located at 91 Washington Avenue, on Monday, January 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Topics that he’ll be covering include masking, layers and color correction, and all questions are welcome. The session is filling up, so call the Library at (845) 246-4317 to reserve a space.
Blauweiss will also be teaching the ins and outs of Photoshop at the New Paltz’s Elting Memorial Library on February 16 and at the Kingston Library on February 21. If you have always wanted to get on board with Photoshop but needed some help, or have been improvising your way through the program but want to know more, now’s your opportunity to learn everything that you ever wanted to know about the software, at absolutely no cost. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalleyphotoshop.com.