Guided by Photography teacher Dave Julian, this workshop teaches the mindset and methods for crafting rich visual narratives using the art of Adobe Photoshop compositing.

Aug 5, 2024 - Aug 19, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $925
Workshop Duration: 15 hours over 5 sessions (Mondays & Thursdays, 5-8pm ET) + 1:1 time with the instructor.
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets for Mondays & Thursdays, Aug 5, 8, 12, 15 & 19 from 5-8pm ET + 1:1 time with the instructor.

Photoshop composition - The Mask, 2023 (banner) - By David Julian

This workshop is your creative digital sandbox; a place to experiment with your own ideas while mastering the art of Photoshop compositing techniques. Create art that reveals your personal narrative, family history, favorite dreams, or responsive experiments— all are possibilities within our five interactive sessions.

We begin with inspiration from Dave’s curated presentation of works that include surrealist painting, collage, illustration, photography, and the aesthetics of vintage processes. Through on-screen demonstrations, workflows, and individual guidance, participants learn how to invite the muse, prepare ideas, gather or shoot story ‘elements’ and create something unique and surprising.

The Extraordinary Psychic by David Julian
Llewellyn Worldwide: “The Extraordinary Psychic”
Transformation Photoshop layers
“Transformation” Photoshop layers

Artists can use their photographs, objects, fabric, old letters, plants, and any other potential actors you invite onto your creative stage. There are no rules or expectations. Whether you are an emerging or professional Photoshop user, you will make new discoveries, advance your abilities, and find this workshop creatively rewarding.

A basic familiarity with Photoshop’s layers, layer masks, brush, and selection tools is required for this class. A set of pre-workshop tune-up tutorials for reviewing these skills is available by request from fully enrolled students. If unsure of your abilities, contact Dave ([email protected]) directly to set up a conversation.

David Julian, Photoshop composition - Farmer’s Daughter, 2023
Farmer’s Daughter – By David Julian
Heather at Marshall Pt. by David Julian.
Heather at Marshall Pt. by David Julian.


Student Testimonials

 “I’ve been using Photoshop for more than ten years, and David really helped me unlock some powerful tools that I had not yet discovered. Very informative and well-presented!  I couldn’t wait to start using what I learned…” – Adrian B, WA

“I enjoyed the class and the whole workshop experience very, very much…I was quite nervous about taking the class because I felt that my Photoshop skills were so sketchy and secondly because it was the first time in a while that I was attempting to explore my personal work…but now I am jazzed! Thank YOU!” –Stephanie R, PA

“David was helpful and patient, with my elementary as well as tricky questions. I learned and benefitted a huge amount from his eye, his knowledge of what was necessary to improve an image, and his encouraging me towards simplicity.” – Karen A, CA

“I really enjoyed the course. David is an excellent teacher, well-informed, an accomplished artist in his own right, and very, very patient…The course with David did nothing less than totally break me through with Photoshop story compositing as a whole new kind of artistic and personal expression.” — Marc B, PA

Past student work

Jeff Ingraham's Final Offering
Jeff Ingraham’s Final Offering
A Journey - by Farin Rahman
A Journey – by Farin Rahman
Leap Of Faith - by Farin Rahman
Leap Of Faith – by Farin Rahman

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Instructor: David Julian

Dave is an award-winning photographic artist and educator. His work spans photography, illustration, assemblage, and design. He is a photography faculty at The University of Washington and Seattle Creative Academy. He has led over 56 workshops in the US and India, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, Vietnam, India, and annually in Cuba. His publications include NY Times, LA Times, Edutopia, Psychology Today, Newsweek, Wired, Orion, National Geographic Traveler, PRINT, Stern, B&W, and Rangefinder, and a host on six photography podcasts. He is based in Seattle and is an official Fujifilm X/GFX CREATOR photographer.