How To Create Room Makeover Photos With Photoshop (Presto Change-o Class)

Hi, and happy Monday!

Kevin and I put the finishing touches on our Room Makeover class this past weekend, so if you’re interested in learning how I create my “presto change-o” inspiration room makeover photos, this is the class for you!

Room Makeover short banner

Like all the other Shoot Fly Shoot classes, Kevin and I taught our Room Makeover class through a series of videos that are hosted on Vimeo, so as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be good to go!

The Room Makeover class is all about creating inspiration photos on top of your existing room photos so that you can play around with colors and patterns and furniture styles before you actually start spending time or money making over a room.

Room Makeover class using Photoshop by Shoot Fly Shoot and The Lettered Cottage

The Room Makeover class is made up of 20 separate videos that range between 5 and 20 minutes in length, and because they’re hosted on Vimeo, you can watch them at your own pace. You can pause, fast forward, or rewind them as much as you want- and once you purchase the class, you’ll have access to it forever!

You don’t have to know how to use Photoshop to take the class (I’ll teach you that in the class), but you do have to HAVE Photoshop. If you don’t have it, there’s information about where to purchase or rent it ($20/month) over at

Photoshop Room Makeover Class by Shoot Fly Shoot and The Lettered Cottage

Recording this class with my hubby was really fun and we made sure to explain our steps numerous times so that even someone who has never used Photoshop would understand exactly how to create an inspiration photo like the ones above.

Move your cursor on and off of the photos below to see some more examples of how I used Photoshop to (virtually) makeover more rooms!

Ree’s Long Room

Jen’s Off-Center Fireplace

Julie’s Off-Center Fireplace

Shaunna’s Dining Room

Heidi’s Basement Family Room

Beverly’s Galley Kitchen

(I made them move using the code I blogged about in this post: “Mouseover How To“)

The Room MakeoverΒ class is priced at $57.

I’ve had so much fun creating my presto change-o photos over the years, and I hope anyone who takes this class will enjoy doing them as much as I have! It’s been such a great way to map out my makeovers before I break out my brushes or my billfold! πŸ˜€

PS- We used Photoshop CS5 in our class, but any version Photoshop will do. The layouts (especially in Elements) will differ slightly, but the tools will all work the same.

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    • Layla says

      Hi! I used Photoshop CS5 to create the class, so the layout is going to look a little different, but as far as I know the tools are all the same! :-)

    • Merlyn Corcoran says

      Would you share how long it would take to create a “standard” room makeover photo once one is proficient with the technique you demonstrate in your video? For example, your kitchen – did it take two hours or more?

      • Layla says

        Sure, Merlyn! I usually spend anywhere between 1 and 2 hours playing around with different colors, textures, patterns and furniture before I feel like I’m happy with the initial makeover. The possibilities are endless though, so sometimes I keep playing for days! πŸ˜€

  1. says

    Holy smokes those were amazing! Especially since I have a big brick fireplace with a log mantel that I’ve been wanting to change since we moved in 7 years ago. I see some sheetrock and moulding in my future….

  2. says

    Totally inspired by this concept! I’m just starting to get my feet wet with photoshop, and I’d LOVE to learn how to make all these modifications to a space. So cool! Definitely considering signing up for the course!

  3. says

    This is a great idea. I’m always afraid to take the plunge with some of my projects, and I like being able to have some sort of idea what it will be like beforehand. Good luck!

  4. Sarah K says

    I’ve been waiting for this tutorial and am anxious to get started! Where do you find the photos that you use bita and peices of?
    Thanks so much!

    • Layla says

      Hi again Sarah! πŸ˜€
      I find them on Google Images, Pinterest, and by visiting websites that are selling the kinds of things I’d like to pop into my inspiration photos. :-)

      • Sarah K says

        Another stupid question – Is there a way I can download the videos so I can go over them when I don’t have an internet connection?

        • Layla says

          Hi again! πŸ˜€ The class videos are hosted on, so you’ll need an internet connection to watch them. :-)

    • Layla says

      Hi Sarah!
      If you click over to ShootFlyShoot’s site, you’ll find the link to the Adobe Photoshop website. You just pay them monthly with a debit card from what I understand.

  5. Michele says

    For some reason I cannot see the photos on my computer? Do you have any idea why this is? The first four in the post are there but the rest are not. So sad.

    • Layla says

      Hmmm, I’m not sure why they wouldn’t display on your computer, Michele. What browser are you using? I know some things display wonky when folks use Internet Explorer, so maybe that’s it?

      • Michele says

        Well I have a Mac and have tried both Safari and Google Chrome. Maybe it is something with my settings, I don’t know but I would REALLY love to see all the lovely pictures you post. I truly love your blog!

  6. Karen says

    Hi Layla and Kevin,
    When this winter comes and I am sitting in my rental on long winter days, I will be taking those classes, believe you me! I can’t wait to learn how to use the computer to the utmost for home remodeling since we hope to find a home by spring or sooner. Anyway, thanks for putting these classes together. They look great. I have a question, though. I tried to submit a picture for Pick my Presto and it keeps bouncing back. Is this feature no longer available? Another question. The little tiny bungalow where I am living is so tiny, tiny, I cannot get one shot of this itty bitty 4 sided kitchen in one photo. I tried to send a panorama shot and it didnt’ go through either. I tried to send 2 separate emails with one pic each and it didn’t go through either. Help! Thanks again. LOVE your blog. It has helped me find the true cottager in me.

  7. Shelene says


    This may seem like a stupid question but here goes: Is this class in person or online? I would love to take it but I live in Denver! :)


    • Layla says

      Hi Shelene!

      The Room Makeover class is something you take at your own pace, online. It is made up of 20 videos that you watch (in order), and they are hosted on, so as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be good to go! πŸ˜€

  8. Becky says

    Kevin & Layla, I finished the class late last night and it was AWSOME!
    So easy and I loved the fact that you repeated the steps it really stuck in my head, then moved on to the short cuts. PERFECT! I have taken a lot of your classes and they have all been GREAT! Can’t wait to see what class you come up with next! (hint hint)

  9. Debbie says

    We have CS4, and my daughter is telling me that we don’t have the “depth” feature as on CS5. Really want to do this class, but need to confirm that I can get the same results as your examples with our version of Photoshop. Thanks!

    • Layla says

      Hi Debbie!

      I’m not sure what the “depth feature” is. Can you ask your daughter which tool or adjustment she is referring to? I used to use CS3 to create my presto change-o makeover photos, so I think you should be good to go with CS4. I’ll check with Kevin just to make sure! :-)

    • Layla says

      Hi again!
      Talked with Kev- the class will definitely work using CS4. Photoshop Elements, too! πŸ˜€

      • Donna says

        Again I like to know that photoshop elements can be used to do everything in this class. I’ve tried to “mask” before painting using photoshop elements and haven’t figured out how to. I’ve seen the pen tool used to mask but photoshop element does not have this tool. I would kind to take your classes but I want to be sure I can use photoshop elements when taking the class. Thanks

        • Layla says

          Hi Donna!

          Yes, you can learn the same techniques in Photoshop Elements. Kevin offers a 100% money back guarantee too, so if you’re not satisfied with the class, just let him know and he’ll send you a refund, lickety split! πŸ˜€

  10. Jessie Brown says

    I was wondering if the techniques learned in this class could be used to transform other photos as well. My husband owns a landscaping company and lots of our customers want to see what things could look like before they commit to new shrubs/beds etc. I’m thinking this could work great but I’m not sure. If you have never used photoshop before would this class give you a basic understanding as well?

    • Layla says

      Hi Jessie!
      This class will definitely give you a basic understanding of Photoshop, and I think it would work great for landscaping photos! :-) Thanks for asking about it and please let me know if you have any other questions about it!

  11. Maira says

    Hi Layla!

    Do you think I’ll be able to use the tools you teach on this class to design my backyard?