Free online Photoshop classes offered all week from Chase Jarvis’ creativeLIVE site


posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:25 PM EDT


Let's say you want to learn a little more about how to use Photoshop -- and who doesn't need some extra help? -- but you can't get to your local photography store, school or learning center to take a class. Or let's say you're a struggling photographer who simply can't afford some of those classes in the first place. Well, how about a week of free Photoshop classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your home, any place in the world?

Welcome to Photoshop Week at creativeLIVE, which is offering dozens of online classes from 13 experts for free this week. The series began yesterday, but it's not too late to jump into a free online class by signing up here.

We spoke with photographer Chase Jarvis, who started creativeLIVE two years ago, about the concept behind the photography education site and what's being offered during Photoshop Week. He said the goal of his service is to be an educational resource for photographers of all backgrounds.

"Photography education, typically, runs into three barriers: the barrier of geography, the barrier of access, and the barrier of cost," Jarvis said. "CreativeLIVE breaks down those barriers."

While classes are free to stream live anywhere in the world, if you want to download and save a class, it will cost you a fee, typically $100 per course. Courses can last anywhere between one and three days. Once you have purchased a course, you can view it as many times as you like, pause it, fast forward, rewind and so forth.

In the case of Photoshop Week, you can buy the entire week of 40 classes for $299. Instructors include: Photoshop User TV presenter Dave Cross, Nikon "Legends Behind the Lens" photographer Kevin Kubota and well-known Photoshop expert Ben Willmore. Classes run the gamut from "deep dive" sessions for advanced Photoshop users to beginner courses for those just getting their feet wet in image editing. Check out the full schedule here.

Jarvis estimates that several hundred thousand people from 200 countries will have viewed the Photoshop classes before the week is up. "It's looking to be the biggest Photoshop event in history," he said.

Check out the brief video about Photoshop Week from creativeLIVE below.