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Introduction to Photo Retouching

Tuesday & Thursday, March 19 and 21 from 6:00 – 8:00


Photoshop is a deep and often complicated program that can be intimidating. It is the industry standard used to make products look flawless and stand out to the consumer or to enhance personal photography.

In this course we will learn some basic techniques professionals use that will elevate your photography to new levels. Whether you are a photographer or someone wanting to make your product look great for web or print, this course will benefit you.

Using actual images photographed for client advertising purposes, we will start with the basic removal of product blemishes, to perfecting and keeping skin tones looking clean and natural. Masking techniques/silhouetting, color correction and enhancement, adjustment layers, smart objects, and complex compositing of multiple images will also be covered. Regardless of your goals, this course will equip you to enhance the quality of your work with confidence.

Source files will be provided for the course as well as in a downloadable link for future use.

A basic understanding of the program is encouraged to get the most from this course. Wacom drawing tablets will be available to use during the course.

About the Instructor

Pete Sutton is a recent transplant to Abingdon and a lover of all things visual.

A former illustrator and School of Visual Arts graduate, he has been in the creative field for almost 40 years. Working as a senior retoucher, his photo retouching work has been used by a diverse client base including Dior, Ralph Lauren, Pepsi, MLB, NFL, Peloton, Macy’s and countless others.

Painting with Light

Thursday, May 23 from 1:00 – 4:00


Explore the captivating world of light painting photography! Learn to create mesmerizing light trails, accentuate specific elements within your images, and learn how to write and draw with light.

Using everyday light sources, a 35mm camera, and a tripod we will delve into the techniques of light painting. You will gain insights into essential photography concepts such as shutter speed and how it impacts your photographs and how to set the speed on a 35mm camera, develop an understanding of ISO, how it functions and how to configure it on a camera to achieve the desired results.

Elevate your photography to new heights by joining us in experimenting with the art of capturing light! This workshop promises to empower you with the technical expertise and creative vision needed to produce stunning light painting photographs. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your photography skills to the next level.

About the Instructor

Tracy Ratliff, an accomplished artist, has demonstrated excellence across a spectrum of artistic disciplines. Holding an associate’s degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Tracy further honed her skills at Nossi College of Art, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Arts. Her impressive journey includes the winning of Silver ADDY and Adobe Achievement semi-finalist awards during her time at Nossi, where she is also a distinguished member of faculty and of the ABK National Honor Society.

With over 20 years of professional experience, Tracy has established herself as a prominent graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. Her diverse portfolio encompasses logo design, branding, illustration, and photography across multiple media, print collateral, silk-screen poster design, and printing.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Tracy generously imparts her knowledge by teaching art and technology-related subjects to diverse age groups. Her commitment to continuous learning is evident through her enthusiastic engagement with photography, film, and script writing. Tracy remains dedicated to expanding her creative horizons and staying at the forefront of artistic innovation.