That was fast!

May 20: Today is the last day of class!
The procedure: You'll have about 10 or 15 minutes to get your file ready. Make sure the final project is in your Finished Work folder. We'll do presentations, I'll ask some questions, and then we'll move on to the exercise-portion of the class. You will be able to pick one of two exercises to do, with a 40-minute time period within which to complete the one you've chosen. And then...that's it.

Where will the class website go?
Some of you asked about the class website; I'll leave it up so you can visit or refer to it as needed. I'll probably open it up to non-students as well, by linking to it from one of my own websites. You might also be interested in browsing the Art 181 and Art 85 websites, which were made for the other two classes I taught.

Stay in Touch
If you'd like to keep in touch, I'd love that, especially since it's my last semester at Mendo and I won't be on campus as much after this semester. Please feel free to add me as a friend on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter, or add me as a contact on Flickr.


Black and White PhotoArt 86 is an in-depth exploration of the current basic techniques and features of Adobe Photoshop. You will use Photoshop to create original images, to restore and manipulate photographs, and to prepare images for use on the Web and in print media.

To start with, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the Syllabus (PDF). We'll be going over this on the first day of class. If you have any questions outside of class, feel free to contact me using the contact details in the syllabus.

This website is important to refer to often, because I'll be putting class updates and lessons online for you to refer to. For now, have a look at the Art 85 website for some general details and resources.

About the Instructor

Photo of Marc CarsonI'm your instructor, Marc Carson. I started using Photoshop in 1995, and I quickly became addicted to Photoshopping.

Now I use Photoshop, along with other design software, almost every day for work in my web design business. I still learn new things about Photoshop all the time - though it has a finite number of tools, the combinations of techniques using those tools seem endless.

I enjoy teaching Photoshop for its sheer power and usefulness in any area of computer graphics, from simple photo editing to the latest 3D video games and even scientific research. Once you learn to use Photoshop, you'll find yourself developing useful - and marketable - computer graphics skills.

If you want to learn more about what I do, please visit my official "about" page.

Textbook Photo

We will be using the text Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book in class. Copies are available at the college bookstore in addition to many online retailers such as Amazon.

If you're interested in purchasing a copy of the software for use outside of class, Mendo Students can purchase Photoshop at an educational discount.