This is Volume 1 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs. These courses in Adobe Photoshop (Volumes 1 through 5), start right at the very beginning assuming that the learner has no experience in using the application.
Lecture 1: Navigating the Document Window
Knowing how to effectively and efficiently navigate around your image files (the document window) will allow you to zoom in and zoom out and focus on specific areas of interest in your images.
Lecture 2: Setting Up Our Preferences
Setting Photoshop up for success allows us to fine tune how the application performs. Photoshop is factory set for very generic purposes and not set up for photography.
Lecture 3: Setting Up Photoshop’s Colour Settings
Changing these default factory settings will allow your images to look clearer, cleaner and more vibrant in ways your friends, family and coworker’s images won’t because they aren’t aware of these issues.
Lecture 4: Creating a New Document
There are a number of ways to create new documents and knowing these little secrets will allow you to create your masterpieces faster like creating a new image file with the same attributes as your currently open file.
Lecture 5: Arranging Panels and Groups
Learning how to arrange and then rearrange Photoshop’s Panels and Panel Groups allows you to work on your images with less clutter in the application’s interface.
Lecture 6: Creating a Custom Workspace
Learning to modify Photoshop’s workspace so that only the tools and panels that you use most frequently are showing can help you work more efficiently.
Lecture 7: Learn how to use the Colour Head’s Up Display (HUD)
The Colour Head’s Up Display is just a fancy name for a really cool way to select existing colours in your image. Why is this important you ask? Well, for one thing, if you ever want to type some text over your image and you want to use a colour that already is in your image, using the HUD is quick and easy to do.
Lecture 8: An Introduction to File Size and Resolution
File size and resolution can be one of the biggest hurdles to wrap your head around for the average person. Getting a handle on this topic can greatly assist you if you ever wanted to create a montage or collage of any kind where you bring one or more images together for a birthday or anniversary collage.
This first lecture discusses the basics of navigating through the document window and the various ways to go about zooming in, out and around your Photoshop files including some very useful keyboard short cuts.
In this lecture we will discuss what Preferences should be altered based on specific workflows. Once you understand how to change the default Preferences to how you want Photoshop to behave, you'll enjoy the application even more.
Photoshop's Colour Settings need to be changed based on the kind of work you are doing. For example, if you are a photographer, you'll want to have Photoshop set up in a different colour space than if you are a web developer or graphic designer. This lecture explains the who, what, when, where and why of colour settings.
Creating a new document in Photoshop is fairly straight forward but some items in the New Document dialog box need explaining. I also discuss how to create your own new Document Presets.
Learning the ins and outs of arranging the many panels in Photoshop can be of great benefit especially if you are new to the program. Here I show you how group, ungroup and create your own new groups of panels.
Learning how to identify a pixels colour values can be very useful especially when adjusting colours and brightness values. I also show you how to use the somewhat new HUD color picker and I explain that colour circle that shows up when picking colours in your Photoshop document.
File size and resolution can be one of the more difficult concepts to get a handle on when dealing with digital images. In this lecture, I demonstrate what happens when copying and pasting images of different resolutions as well as explain the Image Size dialog box so it makes sense to you.
These questions are generated from the material covered in this course and will give a good indication of how much information you have retained.
John's background is in photography. He was first introduced to photography way back in highschool and has been developing film and making prints ever since. He has had a variety of jobs in the photographic industry ranging from motion picture lab technician to portraits & weddings to commercial studio work to medical photography lab technician to newspaper photographer and most recently shooting virtual tours and panoramic images.
John first started teaching, actually the unofficial teaching assistant, at the School of Modern Photography in Montreal back in the early 70's when he himself was still a student. The lead instructor recognized John's ability to explain photographic principals and lighting techniques to other students and asked him to participate as the unofficial teaching assistant. The same thing more or less happened when he studied at Dawson College years later.
When John moved to Toronto in the early 80's, he found employment with a portrait studio company and when he completed his training and probation period he became the new West Toronto Photography Trainer. He also helped develop the corporate training policies & procedures for that company's North American operation.
After working for the Metroland Group of Community Newspapers as a photographer for over 8 years, John began teaching at Humber College and in 2003 he recieved the Digital Imaging Training Centre's "Teacher of the Year" award. In 2005, John was the first ever recipient of the Dean Collins Photoshop Educator Scholarship Award presented by Scott Kelby, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), at the PhotoshopWorld Convention in Boston September 2005.</p>