The Practical Photoshop Team

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Our authors are all Adobe Certified Instructors in Adobe Photoshop and current or former community college instructors. Together, we have taught Photoshop to thousands of students, both in traditional classrooms and online.

In our 20+ years teaching Photoshop, we have learned firsthand from students of all ages which Photoshop skills they feel are the most essential, and also which Photoshop techniques they find the most difficult to master. We have used our students’ feedback to determine both the topics and the approach to the step by step tutorials.

Donald Laird, primary author

I have been teaching in the Computer Studies Department at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1993, during which time I've taught a wide range of courses. Over the last several years I've specialized in Photoshop, social media, and 3D printing. I have taught Intro, Intermediate, and Advanced Photoshop as well as our photo restoration class, Fixing Photoshop Images. I am Adobe Certified in all Photoshop versions from 5 to CC 2015.

When I'm not teaching, I seem to have no trouble finding things to keep me busy:

Barbara Zukin Heiman, Ph.D., former author

I have been teaching in the Computer Studies Department at Santa Rosa Junior College since 1990, and have taught a wide range of courses from operating systems and telecommunications to desktop publishing, graphics, and Web design. In the summer of 1995, I taught the first computer classes in Photoshop in our department — on version 2.5 (before Photoshop had layers). I have since developed and taught Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Photoshop as well as classes in photo restoration and digital archiving. I am Adobe Certified in Photoshop versions 5-CS6 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS4-CS5.

My Ph.D is in Anthropology from UC Berkeley where I studied the evolution and the biological foundations of language. It has been a logical jump from natural languages (the kind people speak, not "natural" programming languages) to programming languages, and then to communicating in pixels and web.

Corrine Haverinen, former author

Designer of the Practical Photoshop CS5 and CS6 covers.

I have a Fine Arts background, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from Washington State University in 1980. I moved to San Francisco in 1982 where I worked as a graphic artist and continued to work on drawing and painting. In 1996, I moved to Sonoma County. After dropping in to Santa Rose Junior College to take courses in web design, I taught in the CIS Department in 2001-2003 and again in 2012-2013. I have been working at the college's Center for Advanced Technology in Education since 2000. My specialties are web design and lately accessibility.

Windsor Green, former author

I have a BFA in Photography from University of San Francisco/Academy of Art University. I have taught at SR JC for about 10 years. Before that I worked as a photographer for newspapers, and before that I owned a photography studio in San Francisco, shooting magazine ads and catalogues. After spending many hours a day in the darkroom, I found that I love the possibilities of Photoshop, and don't miss the chemicals at all. Photoshop allows you to reproduce images much more easily, with much more control doing it. I have been an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop since version 5.5 and certified in Adobe InDesign since version CS3.


Marilyn P. Kelly, Ed.D, former editor

I have used the Photoshop program for several years, having taken classes at Santa Rosa Junior College with Barbara Zukin Heiman, Ph.D., Donald Laird, and Mike Starkey. As a semi-professional photographer, I regularly use Photoshop for editing my images, now mostly digital. I find the Photoshop program to be an effective tool in improving the tonality and sharpness of digital photos. I am a retired educator where I have been an English teacher, a site and district administrator, and part-time faculty member at Sonoma State University. I love teaching and the intricacies involved in an effective instructional process. It has been an honor for me to work with my colleagues in developing the Practical Photoshop materials and course content.

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