Starting in August, Creativetechs is offering weekly, mini-workshops every Wednesday morning in our office.

Here’s the pitch: Join us Wednesday mornings at 9:30am, pick up a couple new skills, and get back to work before lunch. You can put what you learned into use the same day. The cost is $50 per workshop.

August Mini-Workshops:

Aug 15, 9:30-11am — Photoshop: Mastering Layers. A solid understanding of layers is the first step toward mastering many other advanced Photoshop techniques. In this fast-paced session, Jason Hoppe will walk you through using Photoshop layers to streamline how you build your files. [SOLD OUT]

Aug 22, 9:30-11am — InDesign: Style Sheets. Style sheets are a huge time saver for designers — especially in the creation of long or multi-page documents. This workshop covers the fundamentals of InDesign’s character styles and paragraph styles, and quickly gets into tips, tricks, and shortcuts that should please even the most seasoned InDesign user.

Aug 29, 9:30-11am — Photoshop: Selections. Selecting and isolating objects in photos is one of the most important Photoshop skills. This workshop covers Photoshop’s numerous selection techniques — including plenty of tips for creating accurate selections, maintaining fine edge details, and working with difficult images. Many examples from real-world retouching projects.

Upcoming September Mini-Workshops:

Sep 5, 9:30-11am — InDesign: Master Pages. Full description to come.

Sep 12, 9:30-11am — Illustrator: LiveTrace. This topic was requested by a client who still has users going back to Mac OS 9 to use Adobe Streamline. Full description to come.

Sep 19, 9:30-11am — Photoshop: Mastering Masks. Full description to come.

Sep 26, — Acrobat: Interactive PDFs. Full Description to come.

Don’t see a workshop for you?

Workshop topics come directly from client requests (the LiveTrace workshop on September 12th for example). So email us your idea and we’ll work it into an upcoming schedule. Want a session on using metadata in Adobe Bridge? How about a workshop on creating interactive PDFs? Maybe you’d like to see a session focused on retouching people’s faces in Photoshop.

Email your ideas to

Outside of Seattle? We still want to hear from you. These same workshop topics will eventually be covered in our weekly tips newsletter.

Call us with any questions or problems.

Jason Hoppe has been instructing designers in Seattle for over 12 years — the workshop materials are great. However, we are all a little new to the logistics of coordinating a weekly event like this. If you have any problems or questions with online ticket ordering, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 206-682-4315 or email and let us help you in person.