Hands-on B&W Masterclass for Artisan Pro users

A 3.5-hr online class – Hands-on B&W Masterclass: the artistic thought process part 2 – practical demonstrations with user images – The session is scheduled for Sunday, November 7, 2021, via Zoom.


A 3.5-hour hands-on demonstration based on the ‘High-Level Principles of Fine art processing’ using also images of class attendees. No theoretical explanations – pure practice and feedback to level up your B&W fine art skills. Essentially this is the practical and HANDS-ON follow-up part with user images on the earlier held Artistic Thought and Decision Process for Artisan users webinar in June and the video version of this webinar.

Main Class Objective

To put into practice what is explained in the first webinar using a variety of images and use-cases covering different genres without any theoretical explanations. This is a hands-on B&W processing masterclass.

This is not a class on how the Artisan panel works as this is sufficiently covered in the free (recorded) webinars and Youtube tutorials.

For Artisan and other users

As with the first webinar I’m using the Artisan Pro X panel to do the demonstrations to speed up the process, but I’m also showing briefly at the start only, how to do the several steps I do with the panel, manually in Photoshop.


For all levels but familiarity with Photoshop and the Artisan Pro panel is recommended.
It is not needed to have attended the previous webinar or to have seen the video as this is a practical session. For more in-depth theoretical background information one can always watch the video version of the previous webinar afterward.

More Class Information

Scroll down till after the registration form for more detailed info on this class.

Price and duration

The price is $100 USD for a 3.5-hr session. The session will be recorded and attendees will receive a copy of the recording. 

Date and time

On Sunday 7 November 2021, the class will start at 2.30pm CET (Amsterdam) / 8.30am EDT (New York) / 5.30am PDT (Los Angeles).

The class will end at 6.00pm CET (Amsterdam) / 12.00 noon EDT (New York) / 9.00am PDT (Los Angeles)


How to sign up and pay and waiting list

See below for payment and registration. Only a payment counts as a formal registration.

I am aiming for classes that are not too large, so seats are limited. If you can’t pay anymore it means registration is closed. You can then add your name to the waiting list for a tentative December class with the same program and times. If there’s enough interest indicated via the waiting list, you will be informed via email.


Pay $100 USD – Only a payment counts as a registration


**NOTE 1** registration will only be a formal registration if also a payment has been made. If a class is not yet fully booked and you’ve made a payment but haven’t filled out this form yet, then the payment counts as official registration.
**NOTE 2** Since the sign-up date is within a month before the first class starts, refunds will not be possible. If there’s an urgent and unforeseen reason to cancel, then please contact me via [email protected]


What this class is about: a hands-on masterclass on B&W processing based on the first webinar

This is going to be a practical demo class on B&W fine art processing for all levels based on my Principles for B&W fine art processing and how to apply those principles practically to create visually beautiful and effective photos in B&W using the Artisan Pro panel to come from RAW image to the final result. The principles are still the basis but will not be explained anymore, only referred to and put into practice.

Only practical demonstrations, no theory, covering a variety of use-cases with images submitted by users

It has always been my intention to give a follow-up to the previous webinar with more varied and only practical examples and no theoretical explanation. 

The goal is to demonstrate a variety of use-cases using a variety of (preferably) user images that are representative of what is important to be covered and practiced. If submitted user images don’t cover a specific aspect, I will use my own images for the demonstration.

Registered participants can submit their images up to 10 days prior to the start of the class. I will then select 2 or 3 images (or more depending on what will be submitted) that I believe will be interesting to do a detailed demonstration with and also explain how and why I process it as I do. The images will be selected based on the topics I believe are important to cover in this class. 

If applicable I will give my feedback on the (creation of) masks as well.

Always image feedback

Finally, I will also select up to 5 other images that will only be discussed briefly during the live class by giving my feedback and suggestions on them. In any case, everyone will be informed if their image is used during the class, and if it isn’t used, I will give my feedback on the image via email. If an image is or isn’t used during the class doesn’t depend on the quality of the image, or lack thereof. It means only it is covering a topic I find important to demonstrate live during the class.

How to submit images will be detailed in the email with Zoom invite you will receive after signing up for the webinar.

Background info

Earlier this year in June I conducted a 4-hour webinar on the artistic thought process for Artisan users. Even though it was announced to be specifically for Artisan users, the process itself is applicable also for non-Artisan users who only use Photoshop. All one needed to do then is to transpose the limited number of panel presets used, to manual PS steps.

This June webinar with a considerable amount of theoretical information to explain the high-level principles of fine art processing formed the basis of the studio-recorded 9-hour video version of it, recorded in HD video and HQ sound without an audience that you can find here.




1/ Demonstrations mainly with user images.

The goal is to do this webinar with at least one of my own images, and all other demos with user images to cover a variety of use-cases. If I can achieve this goal depends largely on the quality and variety of the images submitted. The image requirements are in the email with Zoom invite you will receive upon successful registration for this webinar.

2/ No theory, only practical demonstrations.

The biggest difference with the first class in June is that there will be no theoretical explanations and only practical demonstrations: it’s a hands-on masterclass. The theoretical part can always be looked up from the first session and I found it more important to only do practical demos this time to put the principles into practice. For those who weren’t in the first session or don’t (want to) purchase the 9-hr video version of the June webinar: the principles are always part of the demonstration and I will go back and forth from PS demo to the overview with principles in such a way it will be clear.

3/ Other more varied demonstrations.

Where the emphasis in part 1 was on architecture, this time there will be more emphasis on other genres such as landscapes. 

4/ Manual PS steps to replace panel steps

Another difference is that I will also show how you can replace the panel presets with manual steps. As this is more time-consuming it will only be demonstrated briefly at the start.


The topics are the same as in the first webinar (and video) but now covering a variety of different images and genres. And minus the theoretical introductions and explanations but with the topic of masking decisions added to this session.

  • Analyzing the initial RAW image + Figure-ground relationship
  • Deciding on the overall artistic concept (design) based on what’s available in the RAW image and the personal intent (vision) – my suggestions and demonstrations will depend highly on the intention of the author of the photo
  • When to darken or lighten parts in an image using the right tools
  • What type of darkening or lightening is too much 
  • What type of subtle transition in a gradient you should aim for (avoiding ‘obvious and linear’ transitions)
  • When to remove or add tonal contrast and how much is enough
  • Avoiding/removing distracting ‘micro contrast’ in Ground objects 
  • Where to add less or more dimensional depth to enhance or decrease dimensional contrast (when talking about contrast, most people usually refer to tonal contrast while dimensional contrast is hardly considered or even known about) 
  • Masking decisions


  1. Photoshop with the B&W Artisan Pro X panel – preferably the latest version
  2. Familiarity with the basic features of the panel is recommended but not essential
  3. Familiarity with basic masking techniques. Know at least 1 basic masking technique like the pen tool or channel-masking method that you can find anywhere on Youtube as I will use these basic techniques frequently during the workshop combined with my Advanced Masking Technique – see the last bullet. Tip: the Piximperfect channel from Unmesh Dinda has some excellent tutorials on the pen tool. During the workshop, these basic techniques will not be explained as they’re available for free anywhere on the Internet

Refunds and Cancellations

Payments are refundable upon request of cancellation (except a $15 processing fee and the Paypal/Credit Card fee of 2.9%). Due to the short period of time between signing up and the actual start of the workshop, cancellations are not in full. Cancellations up to and (including) October 28, 2021, are subject to 50% of the total charges. No refunds will be issued within 10 days or less of notice before the workshop starts. Of course, there are individual cases and we will do our best to consider those cases.

No-shows are not entitled to any refunds.


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