the Short-Run Publishing and
Family History Publishing Specialists

Photo Retouching for Beginners

Photoshop is a complex and powerful program, but don’t let it frighten or intimidate you! Apply the tools the pros use to adjust, retouch their digital images to your current and historic pictures. This class teaches scanning fundamentals, brightness and contrast adjustment, scratch and dust removal, image compositing, reconstruction and retouching. A few simple techniques can make your digital photos and scans look their best!


Tom Underhill published his first book 19 years ago and started publishing books full-time two years later. Since 1999, Creative Continuum has specialized in publishing high-quality, short-run books, including family histories, memoirs, and photo and fine art books. During the last several years, Tom and his company produced more than 400 family history heirloom books, printed more than 12.5 million pages and scanned more than 13,500 photographs.
Creative Continuum has published several award-winning books. Among them, The California Missions as Art won a Davey Award in 2007 for design. A History of African-American Families and Slaveholders in Cass County, East Texas was awarded the Best Genealogy in Texas in 2005.
Tom’s speaking experience includes most of Southern California’s family history fairs and other major genealogical conventions. He has also presented at the Utah Genealogical Association’s annual conferences. Tom presented at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Associations and at the 2005 FGS annual convention in Salt Lake City.
Tom is the author of thirteen books.
Tom has been quoted in a number of publications including the the Deseret News, Hartford Courant and the Dallas Morning News.
In 2007, Creative Continuum was nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Award.


Gwendolyn is a 760-page, 8.5"x11" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2007.



The Littlest Tree in the Forest is a 28-page, 7.75"x10" book with paperback binding published in 2005.



The Adventures of James: A Trip to the Cemetery is a 36-page, 5.5"x4.75" book with paperback binding published in 2005.



Gung Ho: A Hero Marines Story is a 243-page, 7.75"x10.75" book with library edition hardback with gloss printed cover binding published in 2004.



Photos Rescued from a Shoebox is a 204-page, 9"x6" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2009.



Gone Hunting is a 32-page, 6"x6" book with library edition hardback with a printed cover binding published in 2005.



My Life as I Remember It is a 716-page, 8.5"x11" book with library edition hardback with a printed cover binding published in 2008.



Princess Zowie and the Magic Key is a 40-page, 10"x12" book with library edition hardback binding published in 2009.



The Crucible of Trials & Tribulations is a 276-page, 7.5x10.5 book with paperback binding published in 2005.



The California Missions as Art is a 192-page, 10"x12" book with library edition hardback with a printed cover binding published in 2007.