The 15 Essential Principles of Instant Design

Transform your images in Photoshop or GIMP. Stop paying others for simple image fixes and save time, effort, and sanity.

Course Summary

Are you ready to take charge and learn simple, quick, and efficient methods for creating and editing powerful images for print and the web?

Whether you are an employee, business owner, content creator, teacher, author, or social media maven, over the last few years it has become CRUCIAL to know how to do a little bit of everything online. With this course as your guide, you'll learn how to confidentially and professionally manage your OWN unique, original images for your website, blog, eCourse, eBook, presentations, or social media pages.

Save time, money, and sanity by learning how to finally choose, edit, and enhance your own images without having to always pay someone else
to do the most basic but essential tasks for you.

This course was created especially for complete beginners as well as people who fight with technology who want to gain new and valuable image editing and design skills that can be used every day.

The techniques discussed in this course are software independent, meaning I can show you how to make better, more professional images regardless of which software programs you are using. You'll learn essential imaging do's and don'ts, tips about which images are safe to use regarding copyrights, how to properly save your images (so you don't lose them in the abyss,) and my very favorite "art school" hacks that will help take your images from so-so to PRO in no time even if you don't yet have Photoshop or Gimp.

We'll then go through the most basic but important imaging skills you NEED to know from the very beginning using Adobe Photoshop. Free 30 day trials of Photoshop are available from Adobe's website. I also show you the same imaging techniques in the FREE software program GIMP.

You can watch and follow along with me as I show you how to make the most useful and essential image fixes in whichever program you have or feel most comfortable in. If you ever decide to switch, you'll have all the lessons available to you in BOTH Photoshop and GIMP as one go-to resource.

What Students Are Saying:

"Great course - the lessons were easy to follow and provided all sorts of useful tips for people like me with limited background in using graphics programs. Kristen's teaching style is comfortable and supportive. And trust me - once you've learned to put lipstick on a horse, you'll never forget the lesson behind it!"
-Deborah Wojcicki

"If You are a newbie into graphic design, this course is a must take. Ms Palana explains all the basic concepts of design and photoshop / gimp. She also has a sweet voice, a good sense of humor and extremely good communication skills!"
-Yazin Azad


Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and Photoshop | GIMP resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Let's get started building your new digital imaging, software, and design skills today.

Course Curriculum

Kristen Palana

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Since 2000 I have been teaching graduate and undergraduate university students and adult learners in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I live and work in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and am an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar.

I also lead dynamic workshops and master classes locally and internationally. Recent clients include The UN's World Food Programme (Myanmar), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Mango Group (Myanmar), and The American University of Rome (Italy).

I'm an American/Portuguese multimedia artist and educator and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media (2006-2016) at The American University of Rome where I also co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program.

Besides teaching tens of thousands of online students since 2014, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I received my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I love taking complex topics and making them simple.

What can I help you with today?

John Smith


Highly Recommended Course. Easy to Understand, Informative, Very Well Organized. The Course is Full of Practical and Valuable for Anyone who wants to Enhance their Skills. Really Enjoyed it. Thank you!!

Course Pricing

  • One time payment
  • $105 USD

    One time payment with life time access