Suzette Allen

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Cr.Photog., CPP, API

The in-demand Adobe® Photoshop® instructor in the photographic industry, Suzette Allen is known for her down-to-earth and easy-to-understand teaching style with an intense focus on efficiency. She has a remarkable talent for simplifying Adobe Photoshop, and consistently gets rave reviews from her students. All of her material is relevant to portrait/wedding/event photographers because she is backed by 25 years as a professional photographer and years of experience as a photo lab’s digital retoucher. Understanding what is truly valuable, applicable and practical for today’s photographer is what makes her classes so popular—and useful!  Suzette has been an international speaker for photographic conventions and an instructor at a dozen of the PPA Affiliate Schools. She is the recipient of many imaging awards and is currently the “Photoshop Expert” on, a resource site dedicated to digital photographers. Her classes, programs and instructional products all reflect this solid philosophy for working in Adobe Photoshop: Use nondestructive methods that are flexible for creativity but still maintain the vital element of efficiency! 

Suzette's Courses

  • Photoshop Techniques: Create Efficiencies to Save Time and Money

    Instructors: Suzette Allen
    Video: Anyone can jump into Photoshop and start retouching and editing by trial and error, but Suzette shows how knowledge and preparation can make all the difference. Customizing shortcuts, setting preferences and managing workflow are just a few of the things you’ll learn that make you a Photoshop whiz—she’ll even explain how to set up your desktop and work area to maximize efficiency!
  • Photoshop Techniques: Creative Effects

    Instructors: Suzette Allen
    Video: As an artist and a photographer, you’re probably pretty good with Photoshop. Well, to quote the 1970s band Bachman Turner Overdrive: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” In this video class, PPA instructor Suzette Allen will help you take your Photoshop techniques to a whole new level, enabling you to elevate your photography from pictures to art.
  • Photoshop Techniques: Retouching Portraits Part 1

    Instructors: Suzette Allen
    Video: Presets, layers, cloning, healing… you can read your instruction manual, or better yet take this class and watch a professional photographer in action. Suzette will show you actual results and “aha” moments that a manual just can’t deliver!
  • Photoshop Techniques: Retouching Portraits Part 2

    Instructors: Suzette Allen
    Video: As you probably already know, Adobe Photoshop has thousands of options that could take you years to learn and master. But Suzette simplifies the learning process by sharing what works best and what you need as a pro photographer. Building on the foundation from Part 1, you’ll dig deeper into layering (no pun intended) and more!
  • Photoshop Techniques: Retouching Portraits Part 3

    Instructors: Suzette Allen
    Video: What do you know about “virtual dentistry?” How do you open someone’s eyes? Want to give a client that healthy glow? PPA Instructor Suzette Allen tells you how to do that (and much more) with Photoshop in this last video class of a three-part series.
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