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Learn the fundamentals of Photoshop CC
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Last updated 9/2013
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  • 13.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to use the Creative Cloud
  • Learn Levels, Adjustments, and Curves
  • Use layers and masks
  • Retouch photos
  • Work with Adobe Bridge
  • Using Photoshop to edit video
  • How to export your images for the web
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  • Mac OS X+ or Windows 7+
  • Working internet connection
  • Adobe Photoshop CC

This critically-acclaimed interactive training program from Adobe Press combines exceptional quality high-definition video and a printed reference to teach the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop CC.

Including more than 13 hours of video tutorials, the course comes complete with lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials. Experienced instructor Kelly McCathran presents a comprehensive introduction to Photoshop, including best practices as well as fundamental photography and image editing concepts. Beginning with an overview of the Photoshop interface, Kelly goes on to cover Photoshop’s powerful tools including features new to CC such as non-destructive editing using Adobe Camera Raw 8 within Photoshop, the new Smart Sharpen tool, rounded rectangle options, how to work in the Creative Cloud, and more.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Photoshop CC
  2. Photoshop Projects
  3. Customizing Photoshop
  4. Image Editing Concepts
  5. Layers and Masks
  6. Image Adjustments & Retouching
  7. Improving Images with Adobe Camera Raw
  8. Working with Type and Creating Mock-Ups
  9. Video Editing, 3D and Special Effects
  10. Outputting Your Images
Who is the target audience?
  • students
  • professionals
  • graphic designers
  • web developers
  • photographers
  • beginners
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Curriculum For This Course
105 Lectures
Introducing Adobe Photoshop CC
8 Lectures 57:35

This video is a welcome to Photoshop and a brief overview of what we will cover in Chapter 1.

Preview 02:01

Learn to identify the main parts of Photoshop's interface: tools, panels, options and menus.

Preview 05:08

Photoshop is the leading raster (pixel-based) editing application. Adobe Illustrator is the leading vector (point-based) artwork creation application. See the differences in each and why to choose one over the other. To illustrate the difference between raster & vector you will also see how to zoom to the maximum pixel level in Photoshop and the zoom difference in Illustrator (don't worry if you don't own Illustrator).

Preview 09:03

The Photoshop family consists of 3 different products: Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom (often referred to as just "Lightroom") and Photoshop Elements. Choosing which Photoshop program to purchase takes just a little up-front information. You're here learning Photoshop, so hopefully you've already made that decision :)

The Photoshop Family

Get a tour of the Photoshop interface, including the menu bar, toolbar (or tools panel), options bar, panels, and Workspace Switcher. I'll give you a peek at the handy Mini Bridge panel and you'll also see how to arrange and tile open images.

Touring the Interface and Managing Document Windows

Learn how to navigate around your Photoshop images using the Zoom and Hand tools. Along the way I'll show you some of my favorite zooming keyboard shortcuts.There is also an important newer setting on the Zoom tool called "scrubby zoom." I will show you what scrubby zoom does and why you may want it on, or off.

Zooming and Navigating

Time to get nerdy with me. This video is intended for power users or keyboard shortcut fanatics. See some of "Kelly's Favorite" shortcuts and learn advanced zooming and navigating techniques. Also learn how to change tools without touching your mouse.

Power User Zooming, Navigating and Shortcuts

Introducing creating, opening, editing and saving images. See Photoshop's most common file formats and learn how to choose the right one for your work.

Creating, Opening, Editing, and Saving
Photoshop Projects
14 Lectures 01:36:36

There are often one or two details in a photograph that you would like to remove. Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill makes this easier than ever. No cloning stamp required.

Removing Unwanted Objects with Content-Aware Fill

When editing an image in Photoshop, it's common – and very normal – to make mistakes. In this video you'll see how easy it is to undo steps (even more than one) and step back in time using Photoshop's History panel.

Using Multiple Undos and the History Brush Tool

In this video you'll discover a powerful way to preview and open your images: Mini Bridge, a handy little panel built right into Photoshop. With Mini Bridge you can view slideshows of your images, carousel views (to accept or reject files) and attach star ratings to your photos.

Mini Bridge: Review & Preview in Photoshop

Photomerge (for seamless panoramics) has been built into Photoshop for many years now and I'm always surprised to see how many people haven't discovered it. From Adobe Bridge (or manually through Photoshop) you can automatically stitch together several images (taken without a tripod) into one seamless panoramic. Not only does Photoshop align, color correct and blend the photos, it leaves editable layers for you in case you'd like to make adjustments.

Creating Seamless Panoramic Images

Often when you create a seamless panoramic image with Photomerge the image requires some extra image area to really capture what you saw when taking the photo. After cropping your image and straightening a bit, Photoshop's Edit > Fill > Content Aware will make up new image area to fill in what the camera didn't capture. (I would have paid extra for this feature years ago). But wait, there's more. If there are distracting objects in the photo the Spot Healing brush tool will come to your rescue and paint away those offensive objects.

Creating Panoramic Images with More Scope

Bridge can improve your productivity by allowing you to batch rename files (and not just images, any files on your hard drive).

Adobe Bridge: Batch Renaming & Organizing

Bridge can not only help you organize, sort and preview your images, but it can also perform batch conversions of images to PSD, TIFF and JPEG (all at once, without knowing how to create an action, it's built right in).

Bridge and the Image Processor

To count yourself as a skilled Photoshop user, you must learn Photoshop's selection tools. One of my favorite is the newer Quick Selection tool. This tool allows you to "paint" in a selection". We will use the Quick Selection tool and the newer Refine Edge feature to remove a background.

Making Selections: Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge

If you ever have an object on a complex background that simply isn't in the right spot and wish you could just pick it up and move it – well, in most cases, now you can! Using Photoshop's Content-Aware Move tool you can select the object or person you'd like to move, pick them up and drag them to the desired spot. Once they are "magically" moved you can clean up areas of the image the Spot Healing Brush, which makes up new image area as you paint,blending it into virtually any background.

Content-Aware Move & Spot Healing Brush Tool

Photoshop offers a wide variety of Filters (technically known as plug-ins) which can create special effects. Let's try one of my favorite tricks, creating Lightening for a super eerie shot.

Plugins a.k.a. Filters | Create Lightning

In this video you'll learn how to use Photoshop's most basic (but very powerful) color-correction tools to automatically adjust the color and tone for much more dynamic images.

Automatic Color Correction

Cropping is an essential task in Photoshop. See what to look for when you crop, how to crop and straighten photos at the same time and other tips for the crop tool.

Cropping and Straightening an Image

Photoshop has a "magic" Patch tool that can remove crow's feet, wrinkles, bags under the eyes, blemishes, and even moles. The Patch tool can wipe the years away in seconds to quickly enhance the natural beauty of any portrait, see how in this video.

Flawless Faces: Women

In this video you'll learn how to use Photoshop's magical Content-Aware Scale to give your images exactly the right dimensions.

Content-Aware Scaling
Customizing Photoshop
9 Lectures 01:08:06

Preferences are Photoshop default settings and there are many that you can customize to make performance and interaction with you smoother. Some of the settings Kelly will show you are the "dark UI" (user interface) which is recommended, but you don't have to work in the dark, if you choose not to, zooming options, Channel display and interface font size.

Under the Hood: Customizing Photoshop's Settings

This video will give you onscreen examples of how resolution (ppi, pixels per inch) affects quality and file size. You will learn the best resolution for Press Quality, Office Quality and Web or Devices (tablets & smartphones).

Resolution, File Size, and Compression

RAM is one of those commonly misunderstood "things" inside your computer. Learn what the difference is between RAM (Memory) & Storage (Hard Drive), what is minimally acceptable and what is REALLY needed. Photoshop's Preferences can let you configure how much RAM is used and what to do when you run out of RAM. Also see the Image Size dialog and learn what resolution is ideal for: Press Quality, Print Quality, Web & Devices.

RAM, Storage, Preferences, and Performance

The majority of Photoshop's features and tools are organized in panels. In this video you'll learn how to manage and arrange them so that your work in Photoshop is as efficient as possible. Once you create a layout that works, you can save it as a workspace for future use.

Arranging Panels, Switching Screen Modes, and Saving a Custom Workspace

Adobe Bridge is such a core piece of Photoshop, that I can't run Photoshop without it. In order to get the best expierence you should see how the workspace can be customized and choose which configuration is best for your work.

Arranging your Bridge Workspace

One of the best ways that you can improve your efficiency in Photoshop is by using keyboard shortcuts. In this video you'll learn how to change any keyboard shortcut and even add a keyboard shortcut for a menu item that doesn't have one.

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

Photoshop gives you the ability to hide, show, and customize the color of any menu. Take this tour to see how to make the Photoshop menus work best for you.

Customizing Photoshop's Menus

To align objects, create mock-ups, or add borders, you will need rulers, guides, and grids. Check out this video to see how it's done. You'll also get one of Kelly's favorite tips for working with a center aligned grid.

Rulers, Guides, and Grids

Once you've downloaded all your images from your digital camera or smartphone it can be helpful to see a slideshow (viewing all images in a folder in full screen mode) in order to select which images are best, for a given project. Bridge will let you hit the numbers 1 - 5 on your keyboard to rate images as you view them, making an electronic "to use" list. You could review your images first, rename them, then take the highest rated images to your client for them to pick the best of the best.

Reviewing and Rating Images
Image Editing Concepts
14 Lectures 01:51:15

In this lesson you will learn the differences between the RGB (the color space of your digital camera and monitor) and CMYK (the color space of printers). Converting from one color space to another can often result in color shifts or loss of vibrance on your photos. Knowing what will happen to your colors once the image is printed can save you some heartache when you see the final printed result.


Most people today have a digital camera, or at a minimum a camera on their smartphone (or tablet). See how to directly import images from Adobe Bridge to any folder on your hard drive. While you import (often called downloading) you can give them useful (and meaningful) names. During this import process Kelly will also recommend recommend good work habits and file organization tips.

Importing Camera or Smartphone Images

Owners of high-end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras often fill up many camera cards of data at a shoot. Adobe Bridge will allow you to import, rename, review and sort those images. See how to import (download), name and review high-end shots in this lesson.

Importing High-End Camera Images

Photographers and hobbyist photographers will often find that your hard drive quickly gets littered with tons of random, and often, poorly named images. The more images you create or import, the more important organizing becomes. In this lesson you'll see how to easily rename, move and organize your files in Photoshop using Adobe Bridge as your image organizer.

Organizing, Filing, and Sorting Your Images with Adobe Bridge

Photoshop has 2 ways to edit images: Destructive and Non-Destructive. Non-destructive editing is typically accomplished by using Layers. The Layer protects the original image, so that no data is lost or destroyed. Using Layers to make non-destructive edits makes images forever editable and gives you a wide range of choices for delivering different versions of the same image (color, black and white, vivid, muted and much more). Non-destructive editing allows you unrivaled power and flexibility.

Non-destructive Editing Using Layers

The 2nd way to make non-destructive edits is with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). ACR can be used on JPEG, TIFF and Camera Raw formats, such as NEF, RAW, CRW, CR2 and DNG. By using File > Open in Camera RAW in Adobe Bridge, you get many adjustments all in one dialog and they are all non-destructive.

Non-destructive Editing Using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)

JPEG is one of the most common image formats today (also written as JPG). See how the "lossy" JPEG compression dramatically reduces file size, but will cause permanent quality loss in an image over time. Another key to resolution and file size is knowing where your image will be used – web, print or devices – and where your image was "born." While we looking at quality loss in an photo, see how to tile and zoom your open images to compare differences.

File Size, File Formats, and Compression

Selections allow you to control exactly where changes occur in an image, composite several images together, or manipulate parts of a photo. In this lesson you will learn how to make rectangular and elliptical selections to copy and paste parts of an image into a new document, remove objects and duplicate objects.

Selections: Rectangular and Elliptical

To make freeform or straight-edge selections, you will need to get comfortable with the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso tools. In this video you'll see how to make freeform selections to remove a tree from the corner of an image. We'll also make a selection of a building (with a lot of long edges) and copy, then paste, that building into a new document.

Selections: The Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools

The Magic Wand tool is one of the two most powerful and intelligent selection tools in Photoshop. In this lesson you will learn how select a large area of similar colors using the Magic Wand tool. Once you have your selection, see how to select a wider or smaller range by adjusting the Tolerance for the Magic Wand. To finish your selection, see how useful Grow and Simiar are and how they are tied into the Tolerence setting for the Magic Wand tool.

Selections: The Magic Wand Tool

The Quick Selection tool is, in my humble opinion, the fastest, most accuriate and easiest way to make selections. It can save you hours of selection time every month, once you learn how this tool works. This video will teach you techniques for making a selection of a person and applying some artistic effects, on new layers.

The Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge

To get the most accurate, and most usable selection I always finish my selections with Refine Edge. In this video we will load a selection of an object and use the Refine Edge dialog to smooth the edge and preserve good contrast. When you are finished, you will have the object on it's own layer and a new background color behind the object.

The Refine Edge for Objects

The Refine Edge feature is also immensely helpful for selecting people. The settings you choose in the dialog will change when you have a person (or pet) with hair (or fur). With Objects, you can use more smoothing, with people you want more Radius. Learn what each setting does and how to use them to your advantage.

The Refine Edge for People

If you're a "Power User" (like me), you don't want to touch the mouse, unless you are forced to do so. See all of "Kelly's tips" for making selections, editing selections, adding to and removing from selections. Newer users may want to skip this video and come back to it after they've had some practice with making selections and some time under your belt in Photoshop.

Selection Tricks for Power Users
Layers and Masks
10 Lectures 01:15:37

The first step on your path to mastering layers is learning how to remove a background. Dive into this lesson to see a super-secret one-click method for removing solid backgrounds. After the background is wiped out, we'll drop in a new one and even "ghost" it back so that the image is more subtle.

Removing Solid Backgrounds

In this video you will get an overview of the Layers panel. You will see how to create layers hide and show layers, change the stacking order of layers and adjust layer opacity (transparency). We will also drop in a new solid background color. As a bonus you will see how to apply an effect to layers, known as a layer style.

Overview of Layers

Combining several images into one final photo is a task every Photoshop user will undertake sooner or later. Images can be dragged and dropped on top of one another, copied and pasted, or selected and moved to a new layer. You'll see all these techniques in this video.

Adding New Layers

Creating a mask hides a portion of an image without ever erasing the image data. Layer masks are used for hundreds of tasks, and in this video you will see how to create a popular effect: converting the background to black-and-white while leaving one object in color. In this video you will see how to take 2 shots and blend them together into 1 piece using a Layer mask.

Layer Masks, the Key to Flawless Retouching

Some of the most useful image effects can be applied to the background of a photo by selecting the area, creating a layer mask, and running a filter (plug-in). In this video you will see how to create a high-end photography effect – depth of field – using a layer mask.

Artificial Depth of FIeld with a Layer Mask

There are many cool things you can do to an image using Smart Filters. In the past, these effects were un-editable, until Adobe came out with Smart Filters (Filter > Convert for Smart Filters). In Photoshop CC the VERY powerful Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) has been added to the filter menu. Allowing you all the high-end correction features of Camera Raw and forever editable adjustments.

Smart Filters for Editable Effects

One of the effects I'm often asked to create is leaving one object in color while making the rest of the image black and white. Learn how to convert an image into Black and White while leaving the eyes in color. As a bonus, see how to paint back some of the original cheek & lip colors for a muted color effect.

Black & White Images with One Object in Color

Layer Styles in Photoshop offer many wonderful special effects: Bevel and Emboss, Drop Shadow, Pattern Fill and much more. In this video see how to use a Layer Style to make Type rise through an image. Before we start, you'll also see selecting individual areas that are distracting and using Edit > Fill > Content Aware to have Photoshop fill in those areas with data from the image.

Type Rising Through an Image with Layer Styles

Products offered in several colors in a catalog are commonly shot once, then that original shot is edited to create an image for each color available, saving time and money. In this lesson we will lift the curtain and show you exactly how this is done.

Changing Object Colors Using Layers

This lesson looks at blending modes and masks, both of which can be useful when combining images into a composite.

Using Blending Modes and Adding a Mask
Image Adjustments & Retouching
11 Lectures 01:38:51

Simply choosing Image > Mode > Grayscale does not make a compelling black-and-white photo. In this lesson you'll learn some high-end tricks for converting a color shot to a striking black-and-white image.

Converting to Black-and-White

The Red-Eye tool in Photoshop couldn't be simpler: One click on the offending area and the red is wiped out. You'll also see a more high-end way to remove red-eye, using the sponge tool to desaturate and the burn tool to darken the pupil.

Removing Red-Eye

This video looks at the differences between the Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, and Patch tools. These tools are perfect for removing distracting objects, and for skin retouching. You will also see how to use the History Brush to bring back original portions of the image.

Primary Retouching Tools for Perfect Images

Photoshop's Dodge tool lightens and the Burn tool darkens, with intelligence. You can use the Dodge and Burn tools to subtly increase the contrast in selected areas of a photo. With practice, the refined area you create will draw the viewer's eye and create a much more compelling image, as this lesson demonstrates.

Lightening and Darkening Image Areas with Dodge and Burn

High-end retouchers rarely make destructive edits to images. Instead, they use new layers to clone all the skin repairs. This way, the original shot is always preserved. If you want to retouch like a master, watch this video.

Compelling Eyes Using Layers

The performance of the Liquify command was radically improved in the last version of Photoshop and only gets better in CS7. Once you learn how to use Liquify, you won't be able to live without it.

Drop 10 Pounds Without Dieting Using the Liquify Tool

The clone stamp tool is used to paint (or clone) one part of an image over another. In the last few versions of Photoshop this tool has been quietly improving. See how to remove entire people or objects from a photo, or add back portions of an image to create balance.

The Clone Stamp Tool

Photoshop's crop tool has settings for getting exactly the size, ratio and resolution you want for any image, through crop presets. Adobe added many common ratios to their list of frequently used settings. This lesson explores these useful settings on the crop tool. Also, see the functional difference between a ratio of 4 x 6 and a fixed size of 4 x 6 with a specific resolution.

Cropping to Ratios, Fixed Sizes, and Resolution

The histogram gives you a visual representative of where the pixels (or data) lie in your images, while the Info panel gives you the exact color values of any area you mouse over in an image. In this video you'll see how to use both of these tools to keep an eye on your data as you correct color, tone, and contrast in your images.

Reading a Histogram and Using the Info Panel

HDR (high dynamic range) images can take the best highlight detail and the best shadow detail from several photos captured at different exposures and merge them into one rich, detailed image. Photoshop includes some powerful tools for creating HDR images. Also, if you own a newer iPhone, there is HDR functionality built into those cameras (I'll describe a bit of this process).

Merging High Dynamic Range Images

Puppet Warp does exactly what it implies: It allows you to take objects or people in your photos and manipulate them as if you were a puppet master. Check out this video to learn about one the coolest tools in Photoshop (but remember to use your powers for good).

Puppet Warp
Improving Images with Adobe Camera Raw
10 Lectures 01:26:43

In this video you will see why you should be using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) on every digital shot and learn about the easy, powerful, and robust tools available in ACR.

What is Adobe Camera Raw and What Files Can It Correct?

Not only is Adobe Camera Raw easy to use, it is efficient. If you have the same subject in the same environment, you can correct one image, then copy and paste those corrections to a series of images. This video shows you how.

Improving Color on Many Images at Once

See how to use the Image Processer, in Adobe Bridge, to select many images and convert them to 3 different file types (at once). After your first conversion, make new ACR corrections on the series of images, giving them a really different look and feel, then Batch Rename the files and run the image processor again. This will give you several versions of the same image to pass on to the client (or decide to print and share yourself). When you convert the file format in the image processor you can also adjust the dimensions to make small, emailable images.

Adjusting Images Several Times and Converting to New Formats

Using Adobe Camera Raw to crop your images gives you more control over framing, composition and can draw the viewers eye to the compelling spot in a photo. While you're cropping you can also apply a beautiful darkened corner effect called "post-crop vignetting", often referred to as burning the corners. See how the crop tool in ACR can give your photos more life, better composition and ultimately a better image.

Cropping & Post Crop Vignette in Adobe Camera Raw

Sometimes a shot simply doesn't capture the richness of a given object or has the wrong color altogether. If you have a blue that is a bit dull or a red that isn't quite rich enough, Adobe Camera Raw can boost it and change it. This lesson shows you how.See how easy it is to boost the hue, saturation and luminance of selected colors to get the exact shade you desire or the shade you saw on the day you took the shot.

HSL -- Boosting Color With Adobe Camera Raw

Sometimes when you correct an entire photo you lose detail or tone in a certain spot. In this lesson you'll learn how Adobe Camera Raw lets you use the Adjustment Brush to bring back any detail, color, and tone that you desire.

Painting in Corrections with the Adjustment Brush

Adobe Camera Raw is now a Filter in Photoshop CC and can be use on Editable Smart Object Layers. Making selective painting of Adjustments more powerful, and forever editable. See how to paint an adjustment into eyes in a photo, as a Camera Raw filter.

Painting in Corrections with the Adjustment Brush as a Filter

Clarity in ACR is typically used to add mid-tone contrast, but it can also be used to create an angelic glow on photos. Great for baby, bridal, portraits or anything you'd like to look ethereal. In this lesson we will add a clarity glow effect to a portrait, move it into a new scene and apply more clarity to the background. To finish off we will use a white layer with lighter opacity to create a soft light frame for the scene.

Creating Ethereal Images Using ACR Clarity

In this lesson we'll use Adobe Camera Raw to create several different versions of the same image (with radically different corrections) by using presets. ACR gives you great control over, color, contrast lighting and much more. See how far you can go with the power of Adobe Camera Raw and saved presets.

Using ACR for Unique Effects on the Same Image

Metadata is extra data stored in a file that tells you about that file. In this video you will see how to read metadata, apply it, and create templates.

Reading and Applying Metadata
Working with Type and Creating Mock-Ups
10 Lectures 01:14:29

In the past, Photoshop and typography were words that didn't go together. Today, they are becoming a standard pair, especially for people doing web/device wireframing or mock-ups. See how to create text, size it, choose a font, apply a color and test anti-aliasing options.

Typography in Photoshop

In this lesson you will get an overview of the options in the Character panel. We will cover setting ALL CAPS, adjusting horizonal and vertical scale for type and getting better letter spacing (which makes your text easier to read). The character panel also allows you do to superscript, subscript, underline, strikethrough and other languages. Once you change your language, you will see how spell check suggests proper spelling for the selected language.

The Character Panel

Character styles are immensely useful in Photoshop when creating web/mobile mock-ups. Character styles apply to an individual letter, word or to a highlighted text. If an art director asks you to change a font, size or color for all of your navigation text, that could take a while (and more time with every change). By building a Character style when you format the text, you only need to edit the style and all text using that style is updated. Cutting edits from minutes, to seconds. In this lesson we will create a new Character Style and apply it to 4 pieces of text. Once the styles are applied, you will see how quickly they can be edited to globally change the font, style, color and more.

Creating Character Styles

Take a tour of the settings in the Paragraph panel: alignment, left indent, right indent and hyphenation. You'll also see how to justify type and use space after, a little-known feature, essential for formatting paragraph type and globally controlling spacing (without adding a bunch of extra lines or new layers to space text). Also shown in this lesson is how area type can allow text to wrap in a pre-defined area (by dragging to create a width and height for your text).

The Paragraph Panel

The ability to create character and paragraph styles is relatively new to Photoshop, but has gotten more powerful with each update & upgrade. Learn how to create several Paragraph styles that can be reused in other Photoshop documents.

Creating Paragraph Styles

Learn why designing on a grid can be helpful in building layouts in Photoshop (especially mock-ups). Photoshop has a Grid preference that will create gridlines by percentages of the image (or page). We will create an 8 column grid with lighter sub-divisions to align elements of our nav bar. In addition we will use File > Place to import an Illustrator file (.ai) and Photoshop will make it a Smart Object, embedding (storing) the editable Vector object in the Photoshop file. That allows you to edit the Illustrator shape later, to change it's color, size, shape and much more.

Using Guides and Layer Groups to Perfect the Layout

Device (mobile & tablet) layout is the next big challenge for the design industry. Fortunately Photoshop makes creating buttons for devices easier than ever with vector layers and built-in shapes. In this lesson you'll learn how to create shapes to use for App icons (or buttons) and mock-ups. Anyone doing mock-ups will attest to the fact that they can create a rediculous number of layers. Using Layer colors and Layer Groups (folders) can make editing your files far less painful (and is a kind thing to do for others who have to edit your work). Photoshop CC added some new layer filtering options, in the Layers panel. That way you can see all Pixel-based layers, Type layers, Vector layers and so on.

Creating Button Icons and Organizing with Layer Groups

When building shapes, often you want to "tweak" the appearance, the new Min/Max filter will move towards squareness or roundness on a selected path or shape. Adobe also added a Rounded Rectangle Properties panel with new controls to edit the corners, after you've created the shape.

Creating Shapes with New Rounded Rectangle Options

Watch this video to see "Kelly's Favorite" keyboard shortcuts for type. These shortcuts also work in InDesign and Illustrator, and the shortcuts to increase or decrease type size also work in Microsoft Office. At the end I will also show you how to clear out the Fixed Size setting on the Rectangle Vector Shape tool, to continue drawing elements of your mock-up.

The Coolest Keyboard Shortcuts for Formatting Text

During an update to Adobe Creative Cloud members, Photoshop added the ability to export your Paragraph styles to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This is a HUGE addition and very necessary to anyone doing web/device mock-ups.

Exporting Styles to CSS
Video Editing, 3D, and Special Effects
13 Lectures 01:43:06

Video editing has gotten easier and easier with every update to Photoshop. In this lesson you'll learn how to use File > Open to make edits to your videos. Once you play the clip, you can decied where you want to make edits. The first edit we will make is cutting a portion of the video out. Then we will add a transition between the areas we cut. When finished we will save the editable Photoshop file. While doing these steps you will see how to watch the timeline indicator (time code) and scrub the timeline using a playhead go get to just the right spot.

Video Editing in Photoshop Intro

When you start pulling in several movies to make 1 final video, it becomes important to give your Video Layers (clips) useful names. As we add new videos to our file, you will see how to drag and drop to apply a fade transition, making your movie look smooth & professional.

Naming Video Layers and Adding Video Transitions

The tools for color correction have always been fairly limited in most hard-core video editing applications. Your knowledge of Photoshop adjustment layers (for video) may just save the day. Thoughtful use of adjustment layers can give you lots of editing power. Resulting in a finished product with the look & feel you were aiming for.

Adding Adjustment Layers to Video

Once you have an edited video it would be nice to see how to create opening and closing text. In this video we will show you how to add your own title text, tranisition it and finish the movie with "the end."

Adding a Video Title

To make text, or objects, that you create in Photoshop move in a video you'll need to use Keyframes. See how to have an object grow or shrink by using Keyframes. In this lesson we will make "the end" text shrink as the movie ends.

Using Keyframes to Make Text Grow or Shrink

Once you have made all the desired edits to a movie you are creating you will need to Render that movie for publishing or sharing somewhere. Photoshop offers a wide-variety of publish settings and you can choose the best size & quality for your specific needs.

Exporting Final Video

The 3D features of Photoshop keeps 3D text editable along with: paths, masks and selections. In this lesson you'll see how easy it is to create 3D type and control its appearance using the Properties panel.

Creating 3D Text

3D objects are very eye-catching and Photoshop has many presets that can add a third dimension to your two-dimensional work. In this video you will see exactly how.

Creating a 3D Object

The Mixer Brush allows you to create hand-painted works of art, either from scratch or by using a photograph as your source image. When painting with the Mixer Brush, you can select from a variety of Natural Bristle Tips and different media brushes, such as wet paint, fan tip, charcoal, airbrush and more.

Creating Hand-Painted Artwork from a Photo with the Mixer Brush

Actions in Photoshop are pre-saved steps that produce a given effect or result on an image (or series of images). In this video we will take a look at some of the built-in Actions that install with Photoshop and the new (very robust) Conditional actions. Many actions that seem simple at first may prove impossible without a way to specify or test conditions. Photoshop CC now allows you to set parameters for actions so that they only run if certain conditions are true.

Using Actions

Iris Blur, Tilt Shift Blur, and Field Blur are always mind-blowingly cool filters (if used with intent). Photoshop CC has improved them yet again by allowing them to be run as a smart filter. If you've never used these filters before, check out this video to see how to create radial depth of field for an interesting focal point in an image.

Using Blur to Call Focus or Create a Special Effect

Photoshop added new pattern scripts in the last version for more varied, realistic looking patterns. See how to use these patterns to create interesting web or device backgrounds that are virtually seamless.

Creating and Applying Patterns

Vanishing Point is an excellent tool for placing images on signs in a photo, creating packaging mock-ups, or merging images with perspective. You'll see how it works in this video.

Vanishing Point
Outputting Your Images
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Preparing images for the web can be a confusing task until you get the hang of Photoshop's "Save for Web" feature. In this lesson you'll learn how to use Save for Web to test different file formats (GIF, JPG, PNG). You'' test compression settings and see what color options you have for each format. When finished you should be able to deliver an ideal web image.

Saving Images for the Web

Images can be delivered to two primary types of devices: screens or printers. Color management affects the display and output of your photos on the intended device. In this video you will see how the select the proper color settings for high-end print and what color settings Photoshop has as the default.

Color Settings

Images that will be printed on a printing press, will need to be converted from RGB color to CMYK color (the high-end print color space). In addition, you will need to know how to determine the ideal resolution and dimension for an image, with press-quality printing in mind. The Image Size dialog now has a new preview window showing you how your changes are affecting your image and letting you experiment, before you click ok to commit to those changes. Once you learn how to use the Image Size dialog (Image > Image Size), you'll be well on your way to resizing images like a pro.

Preparing Press-Quality Images

Sharpening an image will improve detail, if done properly. Just a little experimentation with sharpening will show you the limits. When you go too far (which is easy to do) you can add noise to the image or create too much contrast, (causing huge pores or introducing grain). Photoshop CC added an all-new Smart Sharpen feature with a higher degree of sharpening, without the harsh results. The new algorithms used by Smart Sharpen produce incredible results—it’s the most advanced sharpening technology available.

Sharpening to Add Detail Before You Print

Printing Images

In this lesson we'll look at contact sheets, which allow you to step and repeat your images on one page to print a proof sheet.

Creating a Contact Sheet
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