What’s New in Adobe Photoshop

with Josh Withers

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Course Description

Adobe is progressively making their flagship software, Photoshop, a smarter program. This means photographers must be smarter users! In this short but infinitely helpful two-hour program, Josh discusses and demonstrates some of the great new magical features that involve Artificial Intelligence within Photoshop.

New features such as Neural Filters are useful for instant portrait retouching, coloring black-and-white photos, completely changing the look and feel of a landscape, matching color tones between two photos, altering depth of field, and other applications. Object Finder and Mask All Objects makes selections and layer masking easy. Slightly older features including Sky Replacement and Content Aware Fill for retouching magic are also covered.

While these features are fun and useful, what often gets overlooked is perfecting a non-destructive workflow along with a proper understanding of layers and masks. Josh discusses these features, shows how to use them properly with a layered workflow, and reviews what mistakes to watch out for.

A keen eye is required to make sure these Photoshop tools are working in your favor. This program centers around a photographer’s approach to Photoshop and can aid you as you dive deeper into using the software. Josh shows you these tools and explains how they can help you become a power user of Photoshop.

Josh has planned approximately 90 minutes for his lectures and demonstrations, leaving the final 30 minutes for Q&A from the participants.

Additional Information


Open to anyone interested in this special program.

What You Should Know:

All Photoshop features demonstrated by Josh are within the 2022 desktop version of Photoshop, accessible through the Creative Cloud subscription.


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Josh Withers

Josh Withers has been using Photoshop since 1992 and has been part of the Adobe Photoshop beta testing team since 2002. As a Senior Level Digital Photoshop Artist, he has performed high-end, flawless imagery for many of the world’s top brands and photographers.

Josh earned a BFA from the University of Delaware and continued his education working alongside a diverse number of photographers and preeminent digital artists at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. It was at the Workshops that Josh also began his part-time career as an instructor in 1998. Josh has also taught at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design and Miami Ad School. He became a full-time instructor within the Photography Department at Santa Monica College in 2014.

Prior to becoming a full-time instructor, Josh spent 11 years as an in-house photographer and senior Photoshop artist for TBWA\Chiat\Day. He has photographed products, people, and animals for top brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Nissan, Priceline, Manduka, and Pedigree. Between his advertising and his editorial/concert photography, his images have been seen on billboards and magazines throughout the country and online publications.

Josh’s advertising photography work earned TBWA\Chiat\Day two Kelly Awards, a Lucie Award nomination and consistent recognition in Communication Arts. His concert photography was recognized by the industry magazine Photo District News, winning a People’s Choice Award for the Ultimate Music Moment Photo Contest. He has also been a featured artist in the Modern Collodion web feed for his wet plate photography.

Instagram: @jj_withers
Concert Photo Instagram: @photosinstereo

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