FREE Photoshop Mini Lesson

A FREE introduction to portrait editing using Photoshop. Perfect for beginners!

Learn how to enhance your portraits using Photoshop, the world's leading editing and design software. In this FREE mini lesson, I'll share my simple yet powerful editing techniques that I use everyday in my professional photography business. Learn how to navigate within Photoshop and clean up imperfections in your images.


  • Learn how to set up your palettes
  • Create retouching layers
  • Soften skin
  • Remove distractions
  • Crop your portraits
  • Brighten your images

The techniques I'm teaching in this FREE Photoshop Mini Lesson can be applied to any and all portraits that you capture from professional cameras to cell phone cameras!

Your Instructor

Arica Dorff
Arica Dorff

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: I’m a Photographer, Teacher, Pet Painter, Hot Tea Drinker, Animal Lover, and Ukulele Player.

WHERE AM I FROM? I was born in Japan, raised in Hawaii, and moved to Las Vegas to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Shortly after college, I discovered my love for photography and opened a luxury pet & family studio.

I love teaching and naturally began offering in-person and online photography and business workshops, speaking at photography conventions, and mentoring aspiring photographers from all over the country.

WHERE DO I LIVE NOW? After 9 years as Las Vegas’ top pet photographer, I sold my business and relocated to beautiful Washington State.


  • Teaching Workshops
  • Creating Pet Paintings
  • My annual 5,000 mile Pet Photography Road Trip
  • Hanging out on my 3 acre farm
  • Cuddling with my Bloodhound, Gracie
  • Hiking & Mountain Biking with my husband

Thank you for visiting my workshop site! I look forward to being a part of your online educational journey! If you’d like to see my Pet Photography work or Pet Paintings, visit www.aricadorff.com.

Talk to you soon! - Arica Dorff, Cr.Photog

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the mini lesson start and finish?
The mini lesson starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online lesson - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the mini lesson?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling for this free mini lesson, you have unlimited access for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I download the training video and watch it offline?
Yes! Under the video you have the option to download it to your computer. So you can watch the training video through the workshop website OR offline anytime on your computer.
Do I have to be a professional photographer to benefit from this mini lesson?
Not at all! The techniques I'm teaching in this free Photoshop Mini Lesson can be applied to any and all portraits that you capture from professional cameras to cell phone cameras.
Is Photoshop expensive to own?
Recently Photoshop started offering subscriptions. So instead of spending hundreds of dollars upfront, you can own Photoshop for only $9.99 a month! And that price includes all software updates so you're always working with the most recent version. Visit www.adobe.com and check out your Creative Cloud options!
Will the techniques you're teaching in this mini lesson work on an older version of Photoshop?
It should! The main tools that I use in this mini lesson are the Clone Stamp, Patch Tool and Crop Tool. Those Photoshop tools have been around for a long time so they should all be available in older versions of the software.
Why is it free? What's the catch?
No catch! I love teaching and so many people want to learn basic portrait editing in Photoshop but don't know where to start. This free mini lesson will get you comfortable navigating within the software and I'll teach you some simple yet powerful editing techniques to clean up and remove distractions in your images. Have fun and happy learning!

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