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Photoshop for Artist

August 26th, 2023

Marketing your art is everything and to do that you need good photos.
Our plan is to show you how to use the basic tools in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge. We will also demonstrate the new Photoshop public beta version that uses AI to further enhance your photos. We will work through the important tools available and demonstrate what each one can do for you.

During the class we will use all three of the products in the Adobe Photography plan
($9.99/month subscription, about equal to three Grande Caffe Lattes at Starbucks).
Each participant is invited to send three images that need attention and let us know
what you would like done to each before the class. We will be providing links to videos for you describing how to do many of the things we will demonstrate. Also, please submit in advance any problems or needs you may have that you feel Photoshop maybe able to correct.

The instructors for this class are Alan G. Montgomery and Corey Rich, both highly
respected photographers, who came to my studio to take photos of me for Alan’s
upcoming exhibition and book featuring artists and artisans in the greater Houston area. Alan gave me one quick suggestion on how to take better photos of my art work and it made a world of difference, leading me to offer to host this class

The class will be on August 26th from 10AM to 3PM at the Betz Art Foundry studio located at 23614 Hickory Drive, Porter, TX,  just 30 minutes from downtown Houston off of 69 N. 

That makes the class last 4 ½ hours and that is all our brains and yours can deal with in PS at one time.  The real secret to being good at PS is to practice until you can use the tools without thinking about them.

The cost for this class is $50 per person paid in advance.  We accept PayPal, Venmo or checks.

More information on the class and instructors :      Call 713-576-6954 or

Email: lori@betzartfoundry.com

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Instructor – Alan G. Montgomery

I grew up in my grandfather’s commercial photography business. I went to work in the studio full time in Oct 15, 1967 and never looked back. I took to it like a duck to water and loved every minute of working as a photographer.
I worked at Woodallen Photography until I joined the Army in 1970 and took a trip to beautiful SE Asia as a photographer. I returned to the studio in January of 1972 and worked there until I sold the company in 2017.
As a commercial photography business working all around the world we had to stay on top of the latest technology, and we started with one of the first digital cameras which would make a 4″x6″ print at best. We continued to use both film and digital cameras and eventually digital surpassed film for advertising purposes, and we never looked back except in nostalgia.
We started with Photoshop One and it was so complicated I had one person doing it for all the photographers. Now with many upgrades and simplifications even I can do it.
For the past 15 to 20 years, I have been working with larger and large digital files and smarter and smarter versions of Photoshop. Photoshop takes practice and a willingness to look at online tutorials to increase your personal knowledge and comfort working in the program.
Our plan is to teach you the basic and most often used tools and to work non-destructively, that is, without making changes to the original file that could harm your images. We look forward to working with you.


Alan will be assisted by Corey Rich

I’ve been an enthusiastic photo hobbyist since college more than a half a century ago. Shortly after digital photography became popular I switched to it from film. Instead of working in the darkroom I began working on my digital images in Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, a scaled down version of the full Photoshop program for editing, and a precursor to Lightroom’s organizing and cataloging function.

When Adobe stopped selling Photoshop and Lightroom as standalone programs and moved to a subscription model, I jumped on their photographer’s package: Photoshop, Lightroom (desktop and cloud versions) and Bridge, all for the price of a couple of cups of coffee at Starbucks each month.

I now download images from the camera’s memory card to the computer’s hard drive via Lightroom where I can keyword them, put them in “collections,” make substantial edits to them, and send them to my printer, among other things.

Lightroom can’t do everything that needs to be done on all photos. That’s where Photoshop comes in, allowing for complex edits with strong tools, layers, and now some very sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) features that let you do what seemed to be nearly impossible just months ago.