Personalized one-on-one Adobe Photoshop instruction


Are you still struggling with LAYERS & MASKS?

Do your PRINTS not quite match your MONITOR?

What is a WORK SPACE anyway??

Learn to work Efficiently & Flexibly in Photoshop, preserving the original integrity of your file, whether it be a digitally captured image or a graphic for social media. Private instruction will give you a solid understanding about best practices and how to become a Photoshop power user!  Stop guessing, Start learning!

 personalized one-on-one Adobe Photoshop classes by zoom or in person

Private instruction is available on an hourly basis.

The lessons are tailored to your needs and we work with your images. Learn specifically what you need to know.

Whether you are interested in photography or graphics for social media, these private lessons will give you a solid foundation in Photoshop. If you have regularly paused in uncertainty while working in Photoshop, this class is for you!

For more info, please go to the contact page to be in touch, we can review the details.

your instructor

The personalized classes are taught by Maria Ferrari, a commercial still life photographer in New York City for over 25 years. Maria’s energy and enthusiasm is complemented by her ability to patiently communicate and simplify the complex. She has been teaching Photoshop for over 15 years and the response to her classes has been overwhelmingly positive.

Feel free to scroll through the testimonials to see if someone you know has taken the class!

Photoshop  Tips


Time files when photoshopping, so it’s a good practice to walk away from your monitor every 1 1/2 hrs. Set a timer on your cell to remind you. Look out the window, stretch, take a deep breath, get a drink of water before you go back to all those layers & masks.


If you sometimes find that Photoshop is not responding to keyboard shortcuts, press the return/enter key. You may have the cursor active in a panel or in the tool option bar and pressing the return key gets you unstuck.


If you’re working on a file with many layers, sometimes it’s tough to keep track. You can add color codes to quickly identify select layers. Right click on a layer eye icon to see a list of colors.


When using curves to lighten or darken or to add contrast, change the layer blend mode to Luminosity to insure that it will not shift colors. In Luminosity mode, it only affects the tonal values.


Your computer room environment is very important in achieving consistent results in Photoshop. Position the monitor away from windows & room lights so there’s no glare across the screen. Window shades are helpful in subduing ambient light so daytime environment is not terribly different than night time photoshopping. A hood around your monitor will help keep out stray light.