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Photoshop for Scientists is now Come Science With Me. Come over and join us for plenty of Photoshop goodness but also so much more…


Who am I?

My name is Jo-Maree Courtney. I’m a scientist with a PhD in Developmental Biology. I love Photoshop and I’m interested in the principles of design, especially when applied to scientific imaging.

Why have I created this blog?

Photoshop has become an essential tool for scientists who use it to take raw image data from their microscopes, cameras and other sources and present them in a way that makes their results understandable. I love learning about Photoshop and during the course of my PhD spent a lot of time learning the tricks and tips that would allow me to produce consistent and visually appealing images with minimum of time and while maintaining scientific integrity. However I soon realised that not all my fellow students shared my enthusiasm for the software. In fact I seemed to be in a minority of one.

Once the other students and researchers in the department realised I knew my way around Photoshop they started coming to me for advice. Informal advice sessions soon turned into organised tutorials which developed into a series of regular courses.

Now this blog is a way of taking my courses to a wider audience. I hope you find it useful.

Photoshop is a vastly complex piece of software and I am constantly learning new and better ways of using it. Please contact me with any problems or questions you might have – I love a challenge!

A few notes about images on this blog

All images used on this blog are copyrighted to either myself or King’s College London (used here with permission). If you wish to use any of the images please email me first.

I use Photoshop on a number of different computers both at home and at work – some are running CS3 and some are running CS4 so the screenshots you see may vary depending on which computer I have been using.

Photoshop for Scientists is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

One Comment on “About”

  1. jason says:

    This is a very interesting and nice blog. I am doing something similar with Illustrator and was looking for Photoshop resources for our PhD students. I will include a link to you page in my course outline.


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