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Beginning Photoshop (for the faint of heart) with René Roberts

Friday, April 15, 2022, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, April 17, 2022, 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Cost: $525.00

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Like other pieces of equipment in your studio, Photoshop is a powerful tool that can  transform your work. But are you put off from learning it because you think it’s too hard  or complicated? Fear not! This is the Photoshop class for you. We’ll start at the very beginning to demystify it.  

We’ll focus on techniques that are unique to metal and enamel processes. Working from  original photos and drawings, you’ll learn to create black and white designs that can be  adapted for for etching, roll printing, screen printed decals, and stencils. You’ll also learn  to make basic adjustments that are useful for printing and internet purposes. 

The pace of this class is geared to beginning users. Going beyond rote tutorials, René  gives clear explanations in non-technical language, and beginners are given lots of  attention. But with separate mini-sessions throughout the class, intermediate users will  also gain more advanced information. Whatever your level, you’ll come away with many  design possibilities for your work.  

You’ll begin by choosing from a library of René’s photos that she’s road-tested and are  known to give good results. Then you can continue to work with her images, or move on  to your own projects. You’ll leave the class with one or more black and white designs  that are ready for to be translated into metal or enamel. 

We’ll discuss where you might go next, with an overview of etching, roll printing, screen  printing for enamels, and stencils. You’ll learn how to tailor your designs for the process  you’ve chosen.  

René will give you lots of hands-on attention, and clear handouts to accompany your  learning. Once you know how to do the basics, you’ll have a solid foundation to go  forward and explore other things on your own.

Techniques covered include: 

  • Converting a photo image to a black and white design that cn be used for many metal and enamel purposes.
  • Working "non-destructively", without permanently altering your original image.
  • Creating your own drawings and custom brushes
  • Distorting images and applying filters, including halftone dots
  • Working with text
  • Making color adjustments for custom decals, printing, or the internet
  • Cropping and resizing for various purposes
  • Choosing the types of images that make good B&W designs


This class is only offered online. There is no kit for this class.

Recordings of class.
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.


Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)

A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.

  • Full version of Photoshop CC 2015 or newer. 
  •        Note: Photoshop Elements or older versions of Photoshop are not acceptable, it must be the full version. 
  • Mac or PC laptop or desktop computer
  • Images


About Our Interactive Online Classes

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC). 

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.




No prior experience required- beginners welcome! Open to all levels! 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: René Roberts

Upcoming Schedule

Date & Times Register
Fri. Apr 15, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sat. Apr 16, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time),
Sun. Apr 17, 10AM - 5PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online Class

Beginning Photoshop (for the faint of heart) with René Roberts

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