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Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop

with Mickie DeVries


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Go beyond your normal workflow, and learn the secrets to transforming your photos.

Have you ever heard photographers talk about cloning, changing a shirt color, replacing skies, or frequency separation and wondered, “how in the world they do that?!”

If so, this tips & tricks class is perfect for you! During this 4 week online workshop, you will explore and unlock the magic of Photoshop with comprehensive step-by-step PDFs, editing videos, and highly interactive guidance from instructor Mickie DeVries; full participation students will also receive video critiques on assignments in which Mickie tells you not what she loves about your photo, but also shows you some tips specific to your image.  These materials are perfect for a beginner all the way through to someone that has been using Photoshop for years and wants to get more out of it.


Photoshop creative cloud software - Photoshop Elements will not work for this class, you must have the full version of Photoshop.

what you’ll get

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1 pdf + several helper videos that help to jump start our 4 weeks together. Please check the forum for this to be posted 1-2 weeks prior to the class start date.

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4 weekly lessons (formatted for print or on screen viewing); sample images are also included to practice with the concepts if you don't have images of your own that work with the concepts taught.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


50+ videos that correspond to the weekly lessons; Extra videos are quite often added if students are having trouble with certain concepts to further the learning environment.


Full participation students will be able to participate in a Q&A post.

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Troubleshooting guide; sky overlays, light overlay, snow & rain overlays.


Welcome & Preassignment


Color Management



Skin Correction

Common Tasks

Finding Hidden Tools in Toolbar

Color space

Workspace setup

Saving in PS and LR (if you use LR)

Navigating the Class Forum


Watch videos on layers and masking and any optional videos that may apply. Post introduction in the introduction thread.

Lesson One


Enhancing eyes

Brightening/Whitening Teeth

Skin Smoothing


How to install actions

Making your own actions

Modifying an existing action

Saving your own actions

Keyboard shortcuts

Creating a watermark brush

Clipping masks with templates

Clipping mask without templates

History snapshot

Stamp layer


Make your own action or modify an existing one to see if you have any issues and post about the process.

Pick one or more concepts from this week’s lesson and edit one photo using the concepts and post.

Lesson Two


Content aware fill

Extending the canvas with content aware

Extending the canvas with content aware scale

Content aware move

Clone stamp

Healing brush

Spot healing brush

Patch tool

Flipping one side of the frame to the other

Head swaps


Post an image where you used a cloning method to strengthen your photo.

Optional: Post an image where you swapped heads.

Lesson Three


Popping color

Enhancing skies

Toning an image

Matte finish



Fixing neon grass

Color casts

Changing the color of an object


Post a before and after of an image where you manipulated the tones of the image. Please let us know what method you used OR 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


Sky overlays

Atmosphere overlays

Adding in the sun

Adding in light rays

Adding lens flare

Adding a texture

Modifying textures

Bur Filters




Post a photo that you replaced the sky in. Also post the sooc for this shot. OR Post a photo that uses a filter, light overlay, rays, sun, texture, or warp to enhance the shot, please include the sooc.

"WOW! All I can say is WOW! This class took a very powerful and intimidating program and broke it down into chunks that were very digestible and easy to follow. "

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about your instructor

Mickie DeVries is a hobbyist photographer living in West Michigan. She is the mother of two, and a wife to her husband Luke. 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. Beyond photography she can be found reading, camping, volunteering at school, and sipping on Diet Coke.

how it works


start learning

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.

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download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

Materials vary by program

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study & ask questions

Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 workshop and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. 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.