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)


Cost: $525

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

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.

A look at ways Rene has used the techniques:


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.


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


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



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


René Roberts (Guest)

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.

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

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).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

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.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.