Basic Photoshop for people new to photography

Using downloadable exercise files you will learn how to take your good photographs and make them amazing!
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

I built this course for - amature photographers - the weekend warriors. For people who secretly don't know how their lovely camera really works.

But who want to take a few of their good shots of family and holidays and make them amazing.

We cover the essentials without getting technical. It's not a 17 hour marathon.It's short, clear, step by step without skipping any of the basics. With exercise files you can download and work along with me.

I also have printable notes so you can follow along and scribble your own personal notes. I'll be teaching how to open your camera's files in Photoshop - Adjust the contrast and color of your images.

You'll be able to easily retouch out spots and blemishes or completely remove objects if you need too. You'll learn how to make basic montage's. As well as how to get your files saved so you can take them down to your local copy shop to be printed.

Know that I'll be around to help - when you're ready you can send me your work and I'll see if they are any suggestions I can offer.

Feel free to have a look through the course description and I look forward to showing you how easy Photoshop really can be.

- Daniel Walter Scott (Adobe Photoshop Certified Instructor).

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have installed Photoshop CC 2015 or higher. Though 95% of the course will work fine with older versions of Photoshop CS5 & CS6.
  • There are downloadable files in this course you can use but It's advisable to have your own photographs to experiment with.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Open your photographs in Photoshop
  • Make color adjustments to enhance your photographs
  • Retouch out spots and blemishes from faces
  • Use your DSLR camera RAW files (if you choose to use them)
  • Resize your image so that you can print them for photo frames
  • Create montages with multiple images in one
  • Adjust the lights and darks of your photography
  • Create black and white images
  • Make a selection to adjust small parts of your image
  • Mask your images so that you can create a completely white background
  • Crop your images
  • Add text water marks to your photography
  • Remove unwanted objects from your photographs
  • Move objects and people around in your photographs
  • Save your images to take to the local copy shop

Who is the target audience?

  • This Photoshop course is aimed at newbie photographers.
  • No previous experience in Photoshop is necessary.
  • This course is aimed at those people who still aren’t quite sure how the cameras work.
  • This course is not for you if you have a basic understanding of Photoshop already.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Photoshop for people new to photography

In this video we'll look at the basics of how to use Photoshop. How to open, zoom and move your photographs.

In the downloadable materials of this video you'll find the course notes.


At the end of this section students will be able to open their camera RAW files in Photoshop. We'll look at how Adobe Camera Raw works and the main parts to use as a new photographer.


This video will look at the best practices you'll need to follow when you are working on your photography in Photoshop. These techniques here will allow you to make lots of changes and adjustments without destroying your original images. This techniques will also make it really easy to make similar adjustments in future images.


Image resolution and size is probably one of the most fundamental but also tricky things to understand for new photographers. This video will break it down and show you through examples how these 2 concepts work.


Adjustment layers are probably the key ingredient for any photographer. Adjustment layers allow you to modify your color, contrast and tonal ranges of your image. You'll being using a lot of adjustments in your work.


Adjustment layers are probably the key ingredient for any photographer. Adjustment layers allow you to modify your color, contrast and tonal ranges of your image. You'll being using a lot of adjustments in your work.


Selections are used to isolate parts of your images. From there you'll be able to adjust color and tone of just certain parts of your image. Selections are used also to make masks of your photographs so you can see through to layers below.


Masks allow us to hide parts of a photograph. Masks allow us to make images with transparent backgrounds, white backgrounds or montages of layers below them.


A blending mode is a way for 2 layers to interact. Different blend mode options offer different results. Blending modes have many uses. In this example we'll look at how blending modes can be use instead of masking.


This is the meat of the video series. Once you've got the basics under your belt. This video is what you'll be doing most of the time with your images. We'll look at curves, cropping and vibrancy.


You can use the Type Tool to add watermarks and captions to your work. When you create type, a new type layer is added to the Layers panel. After you create a type layer, you can edit the type and apply layer effects to it.


Retouching is probably one of Photoshops main strengths. This video will show you how easy it is to retouch like a professional in a matter of minutes. We'll look to use the Spot Healing Brush as well as the manual Healing Brush to remove spots, marks and blemishes from your photographs.


This video will show you how to move or remove objects in your photographs. Do you have a sign you won't to remove. Or a person you want to reposition. The main tool we'll learn is the content aware fill tool. Content aware fill is a technique that allows you to select someone in your photography and attempts to remove it by covering it with samples textures from other parts of the image.


When you've finished your Photoshop work you'll need to save your file for different applications. We'll look at the file formats that are best for sending to your home printer, copy centre or other Adobe programs.


This where you can get direct contact from Dan.

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Instructor Biography

Daniel Walter Scott, Media Designer, UX Designer, Adobe Certified Instructor

Sharing is who I am, and teaching is where I am at my best, because I've been on both sides of that equation, and getting to deliver useful training is my meaningful way to be a part of the creative community.

I've spent a long time watching others learn, and teach, to refine how I work with you to be efficient, useful and, most importantly, memorable. I want you to carry what I've shown you into a bright future.

I have a wife (a lovely Irish girl) and kids. I have lived and worked in many places (as Kiwis tend to do) – but most of my 14+ years of creating and teaching has had one overriding theme: bringing others along for the ride as we all try to change the world with our stories, our labours of love and our art.

I'm a certified Adobe instructor (ACI) in Ireland. I'm also an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) and have completed the Adobe Certified Associate training (ACA). And I don't just do Adobe. Remember, media is a very broad term – digital blew out the borders, so we are all constantly learning.

I've been teaching for 14+ years. I come from being a media designer and content creator – so I understand exactly where you're at now. I've been there. I love this stuff. Print, digital publishing, web and video. I can see how it all connects. And I can see how we can share those connections.

I built Bring Your Own Laptop in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia & online. I have a great team working with me to keep BYOL at the top of Adobe and digital media training. I understand business, I have one – so I know how important it is to get it right and make it work for you.

Now my focus is on Udemy. It's my mission to bring you the best training for digital media on Udemy.

Daniel Walter Scott

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