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Introduction to Compositing Using Adobe Photoshop

with Zach Taylor

July 5 - 9, 2021

  • Tuition $1255.00
  • Standard Deposit $300.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

COVID-19 Update: For all in-person workshops and trips in 2022, Santa Fe Workshops requires that all participants attending be fully vaccinated (per definition of the CDC) and provide proof of vaccination. This requirement applies to students, staff, and instructors.

Course Description

Have you always wanted to learn advanced compositing techniques but felt unprepared for the skill level required? Established photographer and instructor Zach Taylor designed this course as a feeder for other Adobe Photoshop workshops, and in it he lays the foundation for beginning Photoshop users to become familiar with the tools needed to produce composite imagery.

With two years' experience teaching basic Photoshop methods, Zach knows the program inside and out. Over the span of five days, he guides you through the basics of Photoshop and the art of composite making, starting from the beginning with layers and blend modes and moving slowly through masking and Smart Objects.

From our home base in The Workshops state-of-the-art Digital Lab, participants have access to Apple computers and NEC color-corrected monitors. Our time together includes demonstrations of techniques, opportunities to work on your own imagery, and planned field trips where you are given ample chances to add to your photo compositing archive.

By the week's end, you have the confidence to make simple composite works and create the digital art that currently lives only in your imagination, as well as the skills to take courses from The Workshops' higher-level instructors.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Participants with basic Photoshop skills will benefit most from this workshop.

Special Notes:

Computer workstations are provided in the digital lab.


Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.


Workshop includes a meal plan of breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.

Tuition INFO:

Tuition includes a meal plan of breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.

Zach Taylor

Zach Taylor received his B.A. in studio art and creative writing from DePauw University in 2018. Previously employed as the SFW Digital Lab and Online Learning Manager, he is now perusing his Masters in Fine Art Photography. Currently working as a freelance artist and educator, he specializes in Adobe Software, portfolio critique, and basics of digital photography.

For years he has constructed fantasy worlds that discuss power, violence, and wealth as ingrained human instincts. Mainly exploring the topic of advertising and identity, his work is humorous yet powerful in its willingness to discuss the taboo of human nature. During his time in New Mexico, he has exhibited work in galleries including Ellsworth Gallery, Gold Leaf Gallery, and Racecar Factory.

Instagram: @zachtaylor.art

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