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Photoshop Retouching & Compositing

VIVO Media Arts

Saturday, 14 September 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

Photoshop Retouching & Compositing

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Regular rate 5 Tickets 12 Sep 2019 $170.00 $6.94 $8.85
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5 Tickets 12 Sep 2019 $125.00 $5.37 $6.52

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Photoshop Retouching & Compositing

Imagining it? Create it with VFX artist John Mutter.

12 hours total over 3 sessions // $170, or $125 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)


Session 1: Sat, Sept 14, 1pm - 5pm
Session 2: Sat, Sept 21, 1pm - 5pm
Session 3: Sat, Sept 28, 1pm - 5pm


Prerequisite: Recommended for those with basic working knowledge of Photoshop, but keen beginners also welcome. General computer literacy (e.g., saving files, facility with a mouse and keyboard) is required.


One extended subsidy is available for this workshop:



This workshop focuses on developing correct techniques to mask and reveal different images, layers, and effects, providing students with the foundation needed to combine multiple photos, retouch portraits, and source and blend different elements to create any image desired.
Students will also be introduced to a non-destructive workflow that preserves the original image, making it effortless to create multiple versions or quickly reverse any modifications made to source imagery.


By engaging in hands-on practice, students will understand how Photoshop works, allowing them to create powerful portraitsband photosfashion photographslandscapes, etc. 


With these skills students will feel confident when:

  • combining and colour-correcting multiple images into a final composite
  • retouching portraits
  • accentuating or warping features of a face or scene
  • "relighting" figures
  • removing or adding blemishes and wrinkles
  • adding effects such as fire, smoke, or sparks.

Bring a portable hard drive or USB thumb drive for exercise files, and to take home the images you create. Computer with Photoshop is provided with registration.


Being able to retouch photos is an essential skill for any media artist. With these skills, you can certainly make interesting visual effects -- but you'll also be able to improve any image.




John Mutter ( is a Vancouver-based artist, photographer, director, producer, VFX compositor, music composer and performer.  He studied visual art at the University of British Columbia and The School of Visual Arts in New York city.  He currently works as a senior visual effects compositor creating work for Disney, Marvel, and Netflix. He has directed music videos for Sub Pop, been nominated for multiple Leo Awards, and exhibited photo and video work internationally in critically acclaimed solo and group shows.



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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!


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VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 3G9

Saturday, 14 September 2019 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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