Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Betty Wiley's Gradient Fill and Textures Post-Processing Workshop

Betty Wiley's Gradient Fill and Textures
Post-Processing Workshop

Monday Nov 11th 12-4pm in Hamden CT

Betty has received many requests for this class on special workshop on gradient fills and textures So, if you have ever wanted to learn this technique, this is your opportunity to join us for a fun-filled afternoon and add a valuable and useful Photoshop technique to your arsenal!

In this class, you will learn some advanced Photoshop techniques that are useful for dealing with problematic backgrounds. This technique will also allow you to create some very artistic effects, particularly when blended together with other images and/or combined with textures.  Utilizing the tips and tricks that will be demonstrated in this class, an image that would probably end up in the trash bin on your computer can be converted to a fine art piece!  This technique is also very useful if you want to change a background to create some interesting effects.

The images shown below are examples of how this technique can transform an image.  These images were taken at a rodeo and were problematic because of the people in the stands, bright colored signs and banners and other distracting elements in the original image.   All of these issues were eliminated using a combination of techniques that Betty will demonstrate during this workshop.   This technique requires a number of various steps in Photoshop and therefore, we expect that we will utilize the full amount of time (4 hours) for this workshop.

You will also be asked to bring 1-2 images of your own as this will be hands-on class.  You will leave knowing how to use this technique on your own images at home.  A hand-out will be provided.

To sign up for this workshop, email Lisa at and mail her a check, made out to Betty Wiley, for $70. You are not signed up until the payment is received. Alternatively, you can bring your check to Frannie or Gary Prestash, membership co-chairs, to the NHCC meeting on Oct 28th.

Refund Policy: Refunds only if workshop is cancelled. If you find you cannot attend, it is up to you to find someone to take your place.

Prerequisite:  An intermediate to advanced working knowledge of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is needed for this class.  You need to have good computer skills and know how to navigate and utilize the tools and menu bar, and be familiar with the use of layers in these programs.   A Wacom tablet is helpful but not required.

What to bring:
  •  Laptop and power cord
  • Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (any version that supports the use of layers)
  • 2-3 images of your own


Betty Wiley is an award-winning photographer who resides in Massachusetts on Cape Cod in the beautiful, little town of Yarmouth Port. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she moved to Massachusetts over 30 years ago and bought a home on the Cape with her husband in 2006. She quickly fell in love with the natural beauty of the area and since then, she has spent countless hours exploring the Cape with her camera. She believes that good light is often key to a successful photograph. Often, the storms that move through the area create dramatic light and beautiful clouds and when that happens, she usually grabs her camera and hops in her car as the skies begin to clear.

Betty is a frequent contributor to a number of magazines on Cape Cod and the South Shore.  She was featured in a photo essay which appeared in the July (2011) issue of Cape Cod magazine which showcased her images taken on Cape Cod and the islands.  She has numerous magazine covers to her credit and is a sought-after speaker, instructor and workshop leader.

She belongs to several local camera clubs, and she was named “photographer of the year” for 2010 and her image of sandhill cranes taken in Bosque del Apache won “image of the year” for 2011. She won the top award in her class for 2012. She belongs to several meet-up groups and is a frequent instructor for the Events by Amy (  Betty has received numerous accolades for her teaching and on-location workshops.

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