Ana Zivick
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I will adapt to the skill level of the student, answer all the questions, and provide practice assignments. The student has the option of choosing the topic or technique. Students can show an example of an effect they would like to learn and I will teach the process step by step.

Attention: Photoshop is like sports - only 10% is theory, the remaining 90% is practice. For every hour of class, you should practice on your own for about 8 to 9 hours.
Skipping or significantly reducing the practice time will be equivalent to throwing your money away: if you don't take the time to repeatedly apply what you have learned in the class, I can guarantee you that you will forget everything you've learned and will not be able to make progress.

Supported versions: Photoshop CC 2020, CC2021.

Terms and Conditions:
Please read the Terms and Conditions on my profile main page under the "About" section.

About Ana Z.

I am a Graphic Designer and a former Photoshop and Photography teacher in the public schools system.
After receiving many requests from amateur and professional photographers, as well as aspiring graphic designers, willing to learn the unlimited creative possibilities that Photoshop has to offer, I decided to join TakeLessons and become a teacher here.

If you would like to learn how to create literally anything your imagination leads you to, or just use techniques to obtain an effect you have seen somewhere, you came to the right place.

You can discover the secrets of professional photo retouching, dive in the surrealism of advanced photo manipulation, learn how to draw and paint digitally, create designs for your business or for a personal or a school project, each lesson will be customized to your specific needs.

On the other hand, if you are just getting started in Photoshop or Illustrator, or you are working on a project requiring those skills, you have likely tried those You Tube videos and gave up in frustration, as most of these videos are too fast or too advanced.

No worries, we can go through the basics at your own pace, until you feel comfortable with using the tools on your own.
The sky is the limit.

Terms and conditions:

Despite my best efforts to keep the availability feature in TakeLessons up to date, the information it contains might be inaccurate. This happens because my students have the freedom to pick a different day/time of the week each time they book a lesson, change their lesson frequency to allow them to work on the completion of a project or a practice assignment at their own pace, and change their minds if they decide to work on a different project.
For those reasons, it is advised to contact the teacher via the Ask a Question function PRIOR to booking a lesson for the first time, so that an assessment of the student’s goals can be made and a first lesson date and time can be agreed upon with the teacher.
The teacher will not be held accountable for any availability issues resulting from self-booking or from booking with the help desk, if the booking took place without consulting with the teacher.

Each lesson is prepared to address a students' particular needs and may require additional preparation prior to each lesson. The student agrees to share files and/or images with the teacher for learning purposes when requested and to be willing to provide these files and/or images in a timely manner and in the requested format, at least 48 hours prior to lesson starting. The 48 hours rule is also applicable when a student is willing to work on a particular project and submits the request and files spontaneously.
Examples: any relevant photography work done by the student, any relevant Photoshop or Illustrator project created by the student, homework practice files or images previously assigned to the student, reference images.
Failure to timely submit the project description and goals, files and/or images can result in the next lesson being cancelled or rescheduled by the teacher.

The teacher can request additional files and/or images at any time during the course of a lesson for strictly learning purposes. The student agrees to do so in a timely manner so that the lesson can continue.
Examples: any relevant photography work done by the student, any relevant Photoshop or Illustrator project created by the student, homework practice files or images previously assigned to the student, reference images.
Time used for submission of the additional requested files and/or images will not automatically result in an extension of the duration of the lesson.

Students assume and reserve all the rights of ownership on their personal work. The teacher will provide knowledge, demonstrate techniques, guide through the technical and creative processes, and can assign targeted practice assignments to the students.
The teacher will not be expected to fix students' work for them. Any requests of such nature will be rejected.

Due to the considerable amount of time that can go into preparing a class, students' attendance plays an important role in the scheduling and planning of each lesson.
Lesson cancellations are only accepted 48 hours or more in advance and require a rescheduling of the cancelled lesson. Same day or next day lessons to make up for the missed/cancelled lesson are not possible.
Missed lessons or late cancellations are not refundable. Exceptions may apply in case of an emergency.
More than three consecutively missed lessons or late cancellations can result in the student being permanently removed from the roster.
Students can discontinue the lessons program at any time after completion of the last scheduled and confirmed lesson. It is advised to notify the teacher by email to keep all records up to date.
Questions or concerns about these measures can be emailed directly to your teacher.

TakeLessons Classroom is a universal online videoconferencing platform and as such, is not infallible. It is advised to have alternative videoconferencing applications ready to run for the eventuality of experiencing technical issues with TakeLessons Classroom.
When delays caused by technical issues are out of the student's control, if possible, additional lesson time might be granted by the teacher to compensate for the lost time.
If switching to an alternative videoconferencing platform becomes necessary, the lesson will still be marked as "attended" in the student/teacher's TakeLessons calendar.
All students taking online lessons are advised to be connected to a high-speed Internet at the time of the lesson and have previously checked on their devices the stability of the applications being used.


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39 Reviews
Tricia O.
Profile-location-online Online

Ana has been an amazing Photoshop teacher. What I am most impressed with besides her in-depth knowledge is her passion to understand my goals and build a custom path to get there. Ana is very patient and goes the extra mile. I haven't been impressed with whatever TakeLessons software is provided for screen sharing. It's problematic getting to a place where it's functional and the screen sharing is blurry which is not good, Ana - AMAZING! Software - Needs some fine tuning for Photoshop type lessons. It may work well for guitar lessons but when details are needed to learn it's just not there.

Posted Apr 21, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Ana is an extremely patient, highly knowledgeable teacher with great communication skills. I was starting at a very basic level with no previous knowledge, and she made sure I understood each concept before moving on to the next one. She also came very well prepared to teach me exactly what I needed to learn. Highly recommend.

Posted Nov 30, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Ana is absolutely amazing; I explained that I am a slow learner and she went through Photoshop steps with extremely clear instruction at my own pace, making sure I understand the concepts, not just memorizing steps. Also sent me links to instructional videos to prepare for my class. Among the best instructors I have ever had in my life.

Posted Sep 23, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Very helpful and I learned a lot during my first lesson in Photoshop.

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

She knows so much about photography! It was great learning from her.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

First lesson was today! Ana was very patient and organized. Looking forward to doing my homework and continuing to learn Photoshop with Ana.

Posted Jul 24, 2020

Very good instructor

Posted Dec 19, 2019
Mindia A.

Great person! Best teacher!

Posted Oct 29, 2019

Excellent lesson, Ana is a very good teacher.

Posted Oct 22, 2019
Anna Jo Noviello
Profile-location-online Online

First lesson was a great start! Looking forward to the next one.

Posted Oct 14, 2019
Reva K.
Profile-location-online Online

Very patient and it was a very productive lesson. Planning of scheduling more sessions with her! She’s an amazing teacher 👍🏼

Posted Jul 29, 2019
Pete G.
Profile-location-online Online

Great instructor! Ana Z. knows Photoshop and how to teach; the perfect combination. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 24, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Awesome lesson! Very knowledgeable and easy to understand.

Posted Mar 23, 2019
Roger Hagedorn
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher. Will be taking more lessons with her.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
Roger Hagedorn
Profile-location-online Online

Ana was outstanding. I had some tech problems which she helped me work out. I will be taking more lessons from her.

Posted Jan 31, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Very nice, personable, energetic and enthusiastic teacher. Knowledgeable in Photoshop. Will continue to book time with her in future.

Posted Nov 11, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

thanks for working with me on such short notice!

Posted Nov 3, 2018
Dean T.
Profile-location-online Online

She was wonderful!

Posted Nov 3, 2018
Alan G.
Profile-location-online Online

another great lesson thank you Ana !

Posted Jun 23, 2018
Alan G.
Profile-location-online Online

Excellent lesson, Ana is very methodical & patient with excellent communication.

Posted Jun 16, 2018
Michele Ritter
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great first session.

Posted May 19, 2018
Brenda S.
Profile-location-online Online

Another fantastic lesson. Thank you Ana.

Posted May 13, 2018
Alan G.
Profile-location-online Online

Fantastic lesson very informative, saved me heaps of time if I was to try & learn it myself . Well worth it.

Posted May 12, 2018
Brenda S.
Profile-location-online Online

I highly recommend Ana Z. to be your instructor. Ana is absolutely the best instructor I have had. She has helped me understand so much in a short period of time. Looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you ANA!

Posted May 6, 2018
Brenda S.
Profile-location-online Online

Ana Z. is an amazing instructor. She has helped me so much . Looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you Ana.

Posted Apr 22, 2018
Marcella M.
Profile-location-online Online

Ana prepared the class in advance and really focused in what I'm looking for to learn. I have some specifics projects that I want to do on Photoshop and she made a lot of research before to make sure that she was going to guide me in the right direction. I had one class and so far I learned a lot of new things.

Posted Mar 3, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

very patient and helpful

Posted Feb 24, 2018
Marea M.
Profile-location-online Online

Amazing instructor! Very thorough and patient. Ana taught me a great deal in a short period of time and walked me through WHY I was performing each task. Looking forward to applying what I learned today and learning more in future classes!

Posted Feb 17, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

The instructor is great! She guided me to very good lessons.

Posted Dec 17, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Great start and I'm looking forward to the next lesson tomorrow. Thank you!

Posted Oct 27, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Another great lesson, Ana is a very good teacher!

Posted Oct 21, 2017
Tomas F.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I can't imagine a better lesson for my daughter. Ana is encouraging, knowledgeable and personable. My daughter was beaming. Thank you, Ana, and Take Lessons for making this possible. Sincerely, Tomas

Posted Oct 7, 2017
Matthew D.
Profile-location-online Online

The lesson start off like every other lesson I had before. We start to get to know one another. What I want to learn and how I can improve. Like most teachers I fined things I don't like. After 15mins of lesson I start seeing how much Ana really care about the lesson. How she create new ways of teaching me on the spot. Every word was filled with new encouragement. I learn a lot in the lesson. Thank you Ana for help me learn new things in Adobe Photoshop.

Posted Jun 29, 2017
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