FAQ: Courses and Workshops


Why do you teach your classes using Photoshop Elements and not Photoshop?

I would prefer to teach using Photoshop because this is the software I use every day for my restoration and retouching but this software is not available at The Pines.   Photoshop Elements is also more affordable for many of our students.

I do however demonstrate techniques using both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements so if you are a Photoshop user, rest assured that any queries you have during class will be addressed.


Do you only deliver workshops in Melbourne?

I have previously conducted courses in rural Vic and in NSW.  If your group or community is interested in either a Photoshop or Photo Restoration course  I am happy to travel to you for weekend workshops.  Please contact me by email for more information.


Do I need to bring along my own computer?

If you are attending a course at Pines Learning, you do not need to bring your own computer.   Everything is supplied for you.

If you are attending a workshop at another venue, you may need to bring your own computer or laptop with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed.  This will depend on the venue and you will be advised at time of booking.


I have never used Photoshop before.  Can I still attend one of your workshops or courses?

The Introduction to Photoshop Elements course at The Pines would be perfect for you.  I recommend completing this course before progressing to Photo Restoration courses.

Weekend workshops are often organised in such a manner that the first day is spent familiarising yourself with the software whilst the second day is spent learning  basic photo restoration skills.  Alternatively, students are asked to view online tutorials and / or videos to familiarise themselves with the basics prior to attending the workshop.  Suitable resources will be sent to you.


Do I need to purchase any text books?

No, you do not need to purchase text books for my courses.  I provide everything for you including comprehensive course notes with step by step instructions.  This way you can repeat each lesson at home.  I also provide images for you to work with.  I can however suggest a few amazing books, many of which are available from my Amazon store.

“Photoshop Restoration and Retouching” by Katrin Eismann is a fantastic book.   This publication is a few years old now and written for an earlier version of Photoshop, but it remains one of the best Photo Restoration books I have read.