Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning – Three Sessions)
Photo by Fran Forman

Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning – Three Sessions)

  • January 27, 2023
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • January 28, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • January 29, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

In-Person Learning

Just as a photograph can record fragments of reality, it can also be created out of fragments. This is what a photo montage does. It juxtaposes and melds seemingly disparate objects into a cohesive whole, fragments from many sources, to present a different reality, in the way a dream might present fragments from different times and places.

Blurring the line between photography and painting, a composited photo can invite the viewer to enter into a world of magic or mystery, of whimsy or the unconscious. It asks us: what realities exist beyond the traditional limits of gravity, linear time, and social convention? It can create an imaginary world, outside of the conventional, into the world of dreams and imagination and fantasy. It permits us to create extraordinary images out of ordinary things.

In this weekend workshop, we will use the tools of Photoshop to create composited images from our own found, taken, and scanned images. We will consider not only the technical issues but also what makes the image work as a piece of art. To create a sense of magic realism or the possibility of a new reality, we will practice making the disparate elements meld seamlessly. In doing so, we will consider masking, edge treatments, color space, shadows and highlights, texture, perspective, depth of field, harmony, symmetry, and of course composition and narrative, all in the service of creating a cohesive image.

The class atmosphere is energetic, supportive and collaborative. Participants receive continual assistance and?feedback on their works-in-progress. Frustration and laughter is to be expected and relished! Students will be encouraged to experiment, discover, play, have fun, and the open exchange of concepts, ideas, and techniques. Think of this workshop as a big playground, where you might get a few skinned knees but you?ll do so laughing and learning.

Our explorations will range from altering and enhancing existing images to combining two or more exposures of the same scene to control contrast, or incorporating visual materials into existing images to create dream-like montages. In all cases, students will explore Photoshop’s capabilities for image layering and montage, and each student will work on developing his or her own style and individual works of art.

Further, students will experiment with Photoshop’s painting and layering tools and learn new techniques and technical shortcuts. Students will use a range of options for making global and local adjustments to images, such as color correction, creating black-and-white images, sepia toning, and retouching, and additional tools such as filters, sharpening, and compositing.

Other topics will include: selection tools, masking, adjustment layers, layer groups, layer organization, blending modes, image transformation tools including Free Transform and Warp, Smart Objects that preserve flexibility, simple collages based on image overlays, and multi-layered creations woven from various sampled sources.

As soon you feel comfortable using the tools you’ve learned and confident enough to start experimenting and making mistakes, you can begin to work independently, creating your own photographic composites. There’s no rush. Be prepared to get frustrated, confused, baffled, and to experiment and have fun!

This course will be taught in LACP’s digital lab with scanner.  The first six students to enroll will have their own Macintosh desktop computer loaded with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Beyond that, students will be required to bring their own laptop loaded with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Bamboo Pen & Touch digital tablets are available if needed.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course is intended for experienced Photoshop users only.

Student MUST bring their own laptops loaded with Adobe Photoshop CC.

This course is strictly limited to 12 participants.

Fran Forman’s ( photo paintings have been exhibited widely, both locally and internationally, and are in many private collections as well the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Grace Museum (Texas), the Sunnhordland Museum (Norway), the Comer Collection at the University of Texas, and the County Down Museum (Northern Ireland). Fran is represented by Pucker Gallery (Boston), AfterImage Gallery (Dallas), SusanSpiritus Gallery (California), and Galeria Photo/Graphica (Mexico). She is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, a recipient of several grants and Artist Residencies, and teaches advanced photo-collage internationally. Fran studied art and sociology at Brandeis University, received an MSW in psychiatric social work, and then an MFA from Boston University. She resides in the New England area.

NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest/Master Photographer” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest/Master Photographer Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.

COVID-19 Alert & Policy:
We are asking that all students be vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing.

By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.

Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?

We strongly recommend The Culver Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located about two miles from the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Guests of LACP will receive 25% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).

Click HERE for details on booking.

Three Sessions
Dates: Friday, January 27, 7-9 pm PST + Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 10 am – 6 pm PST

(Please note exact meeting times may vary.)

Enrollment Limit: 12 students
Skill/Experience Level: Students must be experienced working with Photoshop and the software’s tools and interface
Tuition: $775



Venue Phone: 323-380-7406

Venue Website:

5481 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California, 90029, United States


Thymele Arts Building
The building is located on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Western Ave. Please enter the building on Santa Monica Blvd. Once inside, please proceed to the 2nd floor via the stairs or elevator. On the second level, you will be greeted by an electronic billboard letting you know which room the class will be held in (The Shirley Dawn Room, The California Room, The Kansas Room OR The Common Room).

An underground parking structure can be found very close at:
1110 North Western Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90029
Please bring $5 cash to park in the parking lot. There is also street metered parking as well if you rather park on the street.

Details Price Qty
Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning)show details + $775.00 (USD)  
Bronze Member Rate - Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning)show details + $736.25 (USD)  
Silver Member Rate - Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning)show details + $697.50 (USD)  
Gold Member Rate - Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning)show details + $620.00 (USD)  
One Year Professional Student - Creating the Digital Montage with Fran Forman (In-Person Learning)show details + $0.00 (USD)   Expired