Guru Award I won for the Photoshop Artistry category I won at Photoshop World 2021
My name is Andrew Kavanagh.
I am a Digital Artist, Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom Tutor, and I do Photo Compositing and Photo Retouching in Los Angeles, CA.
 I am also the creator of the Photoshop and Lightroom group on Facebook with more than 250,000 Members, and I am an Adobe User Group Manager. I am also the winner of the Guru Award for Photoshop Artistry at Photoshop World 2021 - that you see here. ​​​​​​​
Here is my Guru Award for the Photoshop Artistry category I won at Photoshop World 2021
I have loved creating art since I was a child. For college, I went to SUNY Purchase in upstate NY to study Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. A couple of years later I transferred to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and then to Massachusetts College of Art, where I also studied Art History extensively. I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to take classes at both Art colleges simultaneously and to schedule private viewings of original prints from the likes of Picasso and Edvard Munch at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

In the early 90s, I took Computer Graphics classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC where I fell in love with Adobe Photoshop. I Built up a portfolio and then worked in various advertising agencies in New York - Grey Advertising, Young & Rubicam, Tarlow Advertising, Carlson & Partners and Hill, Holiday/Altschiller doing photo compositing and retouching through the 90s. I moved to San Francisco in 2000 and then to Los Angeles in 2004.
I balance Photoshop Tutoring with Photo Editing with creating my Digital Art and running Photoshop and Photography focused groups on Facebook.

Check out my work on Behance https://www.behance.net/DrewKav

Appreciate what I do for the various Photoshop groups on Facebook and for my weekly Newsletter? Consider buying me a Coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/DrewKav
Interviews - Videos - Podcasts - Articles

Social Chatter - talking about my Facebook groups
Why I Create Digital Art - My Digital Art Panel for the Creativity Conference
Me on the Nerdy Photographer Podcast (Starts at the 2:30 point)
https://nerdyphotographer.com/podcast/episode-071-photoshop-image-manipulation

What Is Creativity? A conversation with Andrew Kavanagh and Maxim Jago
https://youtu.be/JBlH3Aok3v4

My Interview on the Tim & Jim Show
https://fb.watch/4ibmipi5L9/

StreamYard Spotlight with Dana and Kelsey talking about my Photoshop Groups
https://www.facebook.com/streamyardapp/videos/746346482956564

Talking ‘Shop Podcast with Dave Cross - Episode 23:
Andrew Kavanagh & Facebook Groups 
http://talkingshop.show/episode-23-andrew-kavanagh-facebook-groups/  

Build Your Social Influence with Facebook Groups
featuring Andrew Kavanagh with Piximperfect 
https://youtu.be/_nX2zvc_N70  


Dreamlike Surrealist Imagery by Andrew Kavanagh on Twisting Pixels 
https://twistingpixels.art/dreamlike-surrealist-imagery-by-andrew-kavanagh/ 


Photoshop Artist: Andrew Kavanagh on PhotoPaths.com 
https://photopaths.com/index.php/2018/10/23/photoshop-artist-andrew-kavanagh/ 
 
Top 5 Facebook Groups for Portrait Photography: Beginner Photographers and Seasoned Pros - Photo Box Designs - My Photoshop and Lightroom Group is listed 1st
https://photoboxdesigns.com/blog/2020/07/24/top-5-facebook-groups-for-portrait-photography-beginner-photographers-and-seasoned-pros/

7 Lightroom related Facebook Groups - Digital Darkroom Academy
My Photoshop and Lightroom Group is listed 3rd https://www.digitaldarkroomacademy.com/lightroom-facebook-groups/

The InFocus Interview Show special edition with Andrew Kavanagh,
Scott Kelby and Mike Kubeisy - Photofocus Podcast April 5, 2019
https://photofocus.com/podcasts/the-infocus-interview-show-special-edition-with-andrew-kavanagh-scott-kelby-and-mike-kubesiy-photofocus-podcast-april-5-2019/ 


InFocus Interview Show: Hosting A Successful Facebook Group
with Andrew Kavanagh on Photofocus 
https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/infocus-interview-show-hosting-a-successful-facebook-group-with-andrew-kavanagh
 
The InFocus Interview Show with Andrew Kavanagh - Photofocus Podcast June 27, 2018
https://photofocus.com/podcasts/the-infocus-interview-show-with-andrew-kavanagh-photofocus-podcast-july-27-2018/
 
My Reviews

Had a 2 hour Photoshop lesson with Andrew and it was class! Very well thought out and very professional. Created a safe space for me to ask questions and not feel stupid. All done on zoom! Would fully recommend !
Kelly Love

Andrew is incredible. He has helped me with many many Photoshop editing projects and he can help you achieve any effect you want. It would take 20 years of training to come close to what he can do. Great guy too.
David Wakefield

The first lesson was great! Andrew’s a great teacher with excellent commentary!
I have learned so much in just one class so far! Highly recommend reaching out to him for all your photoshop lessons!
Morgan Oliver

I had a couple of sessions with Andrew this month, and highly recommend him! His expertise, teaching style, and communication were all incredible - I gained much skill quickly and would use him to expand my own knowledge in the future. 10/10
Emma Cavo

Thank you Andrew for your guidance. I was able to learn quick edits with you versus the time I spent on YouTube. I highly recommend your services.
Tracey Urban​​​​​​​

Pictures are amazing and perfect.
Thank you very much!
Elias Sia

I thought I knew a lot about Photoshop, but this guy knows his stuff. Andrew started teaching me Photoshop and then he retouched and tonal corrected hundreds of images for two books I published - The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows: The First 100 Years and Beverly Hills: The First 100 Years. He has also been helping me archive and organize thousands of photos into Adobe Lightroom on an ongoing basis.
I highly recommend Andrew.
Robert S. Anderson - The Beverly Hills Collection - Beverly Hills, CA


I'm a long-time book designer for museums and Andrew is my go-to person when I need digital magic. I only wish I had met him sooner. He combines expertise with rapid turnarounds, reasonable fees, and a patient, gracious manner. He's The One.
Lili Colton

I had the pleasure of taking a Photoshop tutorial with Andrew. Our session dealt with improving photo composites. I confess that as an amateur I was afraid the images I shared would be too amateurish and his instruction would be over my head. Nothing was further from the truth. Andrew gave constructive and kind input to improve my pictures and was patient with my questions. He kindly shared insights into his processes for his own photo composites.

I have viewed hundreds of online tutorials learning Photoshop. Many are frustrating; they either lack words, are difficult to follow or go so fast that it is a frustrating process. Andrew was easy to follow and easy to understand. Andrew has extensive Photoshop experience and is a Moderator for the Photoshop and Lightroom Group for Facebook. I feel confident that the insights I gleaned will kick my composites up a notch.
Howard Pelteson

Andrew is an expert with Photoshop and I've learned a lot while he has helped my put together graphics for my e-blast campaigns. He is also well versed in various social media and web site modalities. I highly recommend him.
Deric Schmidt

Andrew is an amazing teacher! I've been working with him for years and he's the best!
He's been so patient and clear in teaching me Lightroom and has been incredible in helping me organize all of my photos. He is always friendly, flexible and has a wonderful sensibility about the images too. I'm always looking forward to going on to the next level of learning with Andrew at my side.
Marlene Josephs


Andrew is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to both Lightroom and Photoshop! I've used his Photoshop and Lightroom tutoring services for years and he's helped me take my photography business to the next level. He's patient and great at helping navigate through anything that you need. I highly recommend Andrew!!
Trish Jochen

Andrew is great! So helpful in helping me set up my Lightroom workflow and back up system. He also has taught me how to edit in Lightroom and then do more finishing touches in photoshop. Would definitely recommend him!
Robin Aronson

Andrew is a great teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable. He custom fit my lessons to show me exactly what I wanted to learn. Highly recommended!
Jon Huck

As I sit at my computer editing a photo, I realized that it's time I tell everyone about what a great teacher Andrew is. He posted a beautiful composite on Facebook and I commented that I wanted to be able to do that one day! That was all it took. He worked with me and showed me the steps it took to make an awesome composite. He makes it look so simple... it was great having a one on one with him.
Thank you, Andrew - you are the BEST!
Kari Silbaugh

Andrew was thorough, didn't waste any time, and even though I'm a total newbie, he didn't make me feel like a newbie. He over delivered!
Cher Bartlett

Andrew, Thanks again for your prompt and outstanding work retouching our family photo in the bright sunlight-- balancing out the exposure, shadows and highlights on our faces!!!
I'll drop you a note to set-up some additional Photoshop tutoring sessions.
Greg Spahr

Andrew was hired by my practice to show us how we can modify the pictures of our practice to give them a realistic idea of what they can expect after their procedure. He did a great job and we will continue to use his services in the future. He is a master Photoshop trainer and retoucher.
Parsa Mohebi MD

A wonderful and fantastic hands on teacher!
He is so friendly and nice and his Photoshop knowledge is amazing! He's great!
Bobby Silverman


Andrew is a great Photoshop and Mac tutor. He has helped me various times when I have been in a jam. Andrew explains things in an easy to understand way.
Juan Carlos Espinoza

I have lots of good things to say about Andrew. Friendly, funny, helpful, conscientious, and always well prepared when teaching. Andrew brings a wealth of technical knowledge with him that he is more than willing to share with a knowledge-hungry student or an aspiring peer. His tutorials are step-by-step with great flow, where any complex technique becomes so easy to use. If you need help with something, Andrew will help you times ten. I can recommend Andrew, without reservation, to anyone who needs a great and knowledgeable Photoshop tutor who is always available to help at any level.
Nora F

I would like to express my gratitude to Andrew Kavanagh for a great service. I’m a slow learner when it comes to all the technical learning of digital photo editing. Andrew was extremely patient with me, knowledgeable, professional, and above all very patient. I’m very happy to have found someone like him. I have already recommended him to many of my friends. Thank you for your excellent service.
Nafisa H

Wow! Andrew delivered much more than was expected. His knowledge and expertise is reflected in the finished product. Could not ask for better.
Totally satisfied.
William Smith

My Sony Alpha 7 Mark 2 and a slew of Leica and Sony lenses collected dust because the thought of this impatient author spending yet another chunk of his life looking at a monitor trumped learning how to use Photoshop , Lightroom and plug-ins in post. I've been blessed with great teachers, tutors and mentors in and out of the arts. A trusted friend recommended Andrew after I described my stalled journey from medium format film shooting to digital, And so Andrew entered my life. Simply stated, he's a wonderful cornucopia of knowledge who transmits his knowledge in a palatable, caring and efficient way. I've learned a lot thanks to him. I guess I've joined the ranks of the digital shooters. Thanks, Andrew
Don Kellin

Andrew is a professional and you can tell Photoshop is his area of expertise.
He is a gentleman and I highly recommend him.
Claudia Moores

Outstanding tutor. Exceptional Photoshop skills.
Fun to be around. Highly recommended.
Devadatta Best

I worked with Andrew to learn photoshop for presentations I was writing / designing and he was fantastic! Andrew is a really great teacher who is patient and motivating and knows the ins and outs of photoshop like the back of his hand. I highly recommend working with him for adults and teens alike! He also performed many photo retouching assignments for my company and did a wonderful job, I recommend his retouching work as well and plan on using him in the future for all of my retouching needs!
Mira Shields

I was so grateful for Andrew's photoshop retouching and photo compositing services. Unfortunately we didn't get two shots at our wedding that we would have liked. Andrew was able to photoshop two pictures together to create what we wanted. We were so impressed by his professionalism, speed of execution, and quality. Thank you!!
Ashley Paxton

Andrew is the best. My company has worked with Andrew many times over the years. He's an expert when it comes to Photoshop retouching. Consider Andrew for your next project, you will be pleased with his creative services.
Rico Peng

I've had a number of good experiences utilizing his Photoshop and retouching services. I work in documentary film and he turned unusable snapshots into beautiful screen gold. He also has the technical skill to know the precise formatting and export settings to make his work compatible do whatever video format I'm shooting. On another note, I recently received my first tutorial from him and he shaped the lesson to specifically address my needs. He opened up a very useful knowledge base for me.
Owen Cooper

Andrew has deep knowledge and understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. He intuitively understands the conceptual difficulties you are having and provides a logical explanation. That is a rare and impressive talent. He has helped both as an on site tutor and remotely by telephone. He also is a nice guy. What a great combination. I recommend him without reservation for any issues in using these programs. 
Vincent Fennell, MD

Andrew has been my Lightroom tutor for a year now. Andrew is patient, focused, and always willing to teach – not just show the process as some others do in their instructing. Each week we focus on advanced format shooting, and then converting them into superior photos using both Photoshop and Lightroom. Learning with the RAW format is the way to go. Andrew is a terrific person with class and great knowledge.
Stephen M

Andrew is a fantastic Photoshop Master who constantly blows me away with his skills.
He has a positive attitude so he's a pleasure to work with.
Eli Kagen

This guy is THE BEST Photoshop artist. His expertise goes back to years in New York working for the top ad agencies on national accounts and then in San Francisco, where I discovered Andrew's talents. You want precise, imaginative, cost-effective, swift and sure work? Andrew is your guy. No one to my knowledge comes close to his understanding and experience in life-like photoshopping. I continue to work with Andrew on projects here in San Francisco even though he is down in Beverly Hills. When you communicate, email, with Andrew, you get answer right away. He LIVES on the net. Love him. Give him a shot on your next job. You'll be glad you did.
Richard Aptekar

Andrew Kavanagh has been my Photoshop and Lightroom teacher for several years. He is an extremely talented artist, a capable and experienced teacher and a true gentleman. He is able and qualified to teach from the most basic to the most complex areas of Photoshop and Lightroom to his students regardless of their backgrounds.
Being a teacher for many years, I feel qualified to grade people. I feel no hesitation to give Andrew an A+, and I highly recommend him to anybody who is interested in learning Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom in a systematic and proper way.
Parviz Azar-Mehr DMD - Prosthodontist
Clinical Professor of Advanced Prosthodontics USC School of Dentistry
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