Apple, Digital Photographer, Mac, Online Class, PhotoShop, Windows

New PhotoShop Online Classes

I am pleased to announce three recently-released Online Instructor-Led Courses offered this month. Each six-week course is facilitated by an instructor and is the perfect way to enhance a skill or learn a new one. I have learned SO much from the many online courses I’ve taken, and I think you will too!

The August session begins Wednesday, August 15. To enroll, visit my Online Instruction Center at, search for the course you want to take, and follow the enrollment instructions.

Featured Classes:

Introduction to Photoshop CS6

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This hands-on, project-oriented course is filled with easy-to-follow, detailed step-by-step instructions that teach you about editing photos and creating basic paintings. Discover how to improve photographs by removing flaws, correcting for poor exposure, or adding new elements using the newest techniques Photoshop CS6 can offer. You’ll even learn how much fun it can be to paint again, without the mess of cleaning up. And, best of all, you need no prior artistic ability or Photoshop experience to take this course.

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Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer

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In this course, you’ll master techniques to make the most of your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. This course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for correcting flaws, enhancing the final product, adding text, and preparing images for email and the Web. Designed for those with no image-editing experience, this class will take you from novice to accomplished photo editor.

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Intermediate Photoshop CS6

Intermediate PhotoshopExtend your Photoshop knowledge and learn how to enhance graphics by using layers, layer masks, and other advanced photo-editing features. You’ll learn non-destructive editing techniques that let you easily re-edit and change projects long after they were originally created. You’ll see how to use Smart Objects, so that even if you crop or resize an image, you’ll be able to get it back to its original size months afterwards. This course will teach you the building blocks you need to unleash your creativity!

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3G, 4G, Android, Apple, Galaxy Tablet, iPad 2, Mac, New iPad, Verizon

Which iPad Do I Buy?

I need help! Which iPad do I buy? This is my first purchase, and I’m buying it for my husband. I have an HTC Incredible 2 smart phone; a Galaxy Tablet with 3G, which I love. My husband has a smart phone. We share at home a MacBookPro laptop and a few PCs. I use all these gadgets for personal and business use. My husband’s use of the iPad will be personal. Of course, I’ll play with it too!

I understand that the iPad 2s is $100 cheaper than the New iPads; and that the difference between the Wi-Fi-only models and 3G/4G iPads is $129. I’ve never owned any iPad or tablet, but I feel I can do well with a second hand ipad. I’m sure my husband would be using the iPad mostly at home with our Wi-Fi access; so I’m not sure how important 3G or 4G is. For those of you with Wi-Fi devices, do you wish you had 3G?

I just found out today that Verizon does not charge a fee to turn on the Mobile Hotspot feature on my Galaxy Tab, so we could use it to provide Internet access to the iPad when there’s no Wi-Fi available. Of course, I’ll have to pay a data usage fee, but I don’t think it’ll be more than what I’m already paying on the tablet since I’ve only been using about 20% of my monthly 1 GB of data. (I wish I had known this before…there were times when I paid for Internet access while on vacation, when I could have used the tablet as a Mobile Hotspot for my laptop’s Internet access.)

So, let’s talk about the options. Do I get a 16 or 32 GB device? For a new user, perhaps 16 GB is enough, which would be $399 for the iPad 2. Next, is it worth it to pay $129 more for the Wi-Fi & 3G combo when we could use the Galaxy’s Hotspot feature when Wi-Fi isn’t available? I guess it’s about convenience because there will be times when the hubby might need the 3G and the tablet’s not available. So, if we’re going for the 16 GB with Wi-Fi & 3G, it is worth another $100 to go with the new iPad? The 3G and 4G devices have GPS, while the Wi-Fi devices don’t. The screen resolution on the new iPad is supposed to be better than HD, which might be important to my husband. Oh, decisions, decisions.

What do ya think!


iPad 2

16 GB Wi-Fi
32 GB Wi-Fi $499
64 GB Wi-Fi $599
16 GB Wi-Fi & 3G/Verizon $529
32 GB Wi-Fi & 3G/Verizon/Verizon $629
64 GB Wi-Fi & 3G/Verizon $729

New iPad

16 GB Wi-Fi $499
64 GB Wi-Fi $699
16 GB Wi-Fi & 4G/Verizon $629
32 GB Wi-Fi & 4G/Verizon/Verizon $729
64 GB Wi-Fi & 4G/Verizon $829