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Digital Visions Workshop – May 15-17 • Lakewood, CO

Work In Progress for Walking Coyote

Left to Right – (1) source photo, (2) antiquing effect, (3) Photoshop layers, (4) finished artwork “Walking Coyote”   © 2014-15 Sonya Shannon.

Dates & Times

Friday, May 15 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, May 16 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, May 17 11:00am-3:00pm

Registration $250

Registration   $250

Class Size

Limited to 8 people

Digital Visions Workshop


Soul Journey Health
12211 W. Alameda Pkwy., Suite 104
Lakewood, CO 80228


Sonya Shannon
Visionary Artist & Author

Explore Sonya’s motion-picture inspired Creative Process, which we’ll use in the workshop!

Click here to download the flyer.


In this 3-day workshop, we will learn what goes into digital photo art, starting with your original vision and source photos through the final rendering of a composited digital masterpiece. We’ll explore composition, symbolism & meaning, and Photoshop techniques including masks, blend layers, lighting effects, atmosphere, painterly perspective, and artistic style. You will learn cinematic approaches to taking photos and creating a body of artwork.

Digital Visions Workshop

Our focus will be on digital art tools and workflow. We’ll use powerful Photoshop tools to express your vision. Please note that this workshop is NOT a marathon Photoshop training session—meaning, we won’t be skimming over every single tool in Photoshop. Instead, you will come away with deeper skills in specific areas of Photoshop. Most importantly, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of a cinematic approach for making art that has more power, depth, meaning, and beauty.

Who Should Take This Class

  • photographers who are passionate about creating digital images
  • digital artists with a vision for an individual piece or body of work
  • Photoshop enthusiasts who want to learn cinematic techniques for making photo-based art
  • digital photographers wanting to master surreal effects and deepen their artistry
  • those proficient in Photoshop who want to better their skills and approach


Please bring your own:

  • laptop running Photoshop
  • your tablet and stylus for best results (optional)
  • snacks, water or beverage

Project Materials

You will need your own digital photos and/or legally obtained stock/public domain photos, including:

  • studies & principle photos of your main subject
  • background elements
  • props & visually symbolic elements
  • special effects including light patterns, water, smoke, flames & sparks, etc.
  • finishing textures such as canvas, parchment, stone, concrete, grunge, etc.


Sonya Shannon Visionary Art
Sonya and I both taught at Pratt Institute when my department (then called "Dept. of Computer Graphics") was first founded. Sonya is a very sensitive and dedicated teacher who is extremely committed to her work.

Digital Visions Workshop

Discover how to evolve your source photo through cutting masks, adding adjustment and blend layers, hand-painted special lighting effects, and surface finishing to a digital masterpiece.

Click here to download the flyer.


  • focusing your artistic vision
  • overview of the digital art workflow
  • public domain & royalty-free image sources
  • composition basics
  • a cinematic approach to photography
  • working with talent & property


  • techniques for masking
  • controlling scale, perspective, and image space
  • handing layers and layer groups
  • enhancing mood with adjustment layers
  • working with special visual effects (VFX)


  • integrating elements with lighting & color
  • key & secondary light& accurate cast shadows
  • techniques for increased realism
  • simulating different photographic looks
  • artistic style & finishing techniques