Photoshop Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in Photoshop
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Photoshop Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in Photoshop

Learn Photoshop quickly and easily with essentials of Adobe Photoshop to produce beautiful images in Adobe Photoshop.
4.3 (5,676 ratings)
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215,693 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Customize workspaces and work with panels.
  • Create new documents with various settings and modes.
  • Navigate and zoom in and out of documents using a variety of methods.
  • Switch between screen modes.
  • Work with multiple documents and arrange them using various methods.
  • Describe various file types and modes.
  • Crop and resize images using various settings.
  • Use Bridge with Photoshop.
  • Rearrange, group, and adjust settings of layers.
  • Adjust layer blending modes.
  • Create and apply a variety of adjustment layers.
  • Create and apply various layer styles.
  • Describe the various selection tools and apply them in various ways.
  • Use the selection tools in conjunction with each other.
  • Add to and subtract from selections.
  • Modify and save selections.
  • Describe how masking is better than erasing.
  • Mask parts of layers using the brush tool.
  • Add layer masks using selection tools.
  • Apply a clipping mask to text.
  • Create an high dynamic range effect using masking in a landscape photo.
  • Use layer masking to create selective sharpening in a portrait photo.
  • Students need a copy of Adobe Photoshop, preferably CC (Creative Cloud). The free trial would work as well.

January 2020 course updated: I added a quick video about Photoshop 2020 update on constrain proportions when resizing smart objects, photos, type layers, and shape layers.

Course updated: a fun new tutorial on Parallax Effect or 2.5D Animation Effect in Adobe Photoshop added in a new section for fun effects. 

This introductory course to Photoshop covers the fundamental functions to get started editing and improving photos. The student learns how to customize workspaces and panels, navigate the canvas effectively, work with multiple images and file types, and use various methods of image enhancement, including layering, selecting, and masking. Support files are included for this course, so students can follow along in the hands-on lectures. If you're a beginner to Photoshop or simply want to learn more about various selections, layering, and masking techniques, this course is for you!

  The course is structured in a way to maximize learning. I first go over how to do basic functions in Photoshop like   

  • Adjusting settings of new documents

  • Navigating around the canvas

  • Cycling through screen modes

  • Working with multiple images

  • Cropping and resizing images

  I then go over into more detailed instruction, in which the students continue to follow along and learn more about 

  • Layering images

  • Layer blending modes

  • Adjustment layers

  • Layer styles

  • Making selections

  • Masking layers

  • Color and lighting corrections

  The course includes follow-along exercises that involve using layering and masking to create a “text in photo" clipping mask effect, a high dynamic range landscape adjustment, and a selective sharpening portrait edit. You will also learn by creating images for online advertising and social media in Photoshop.

  I have years of experience using Photoshop, including doing web and advertising design at a newspaper, an advertising design firm, a library system, and freelance work for about two decades. I've also been managing editor at two international graphic design magazines, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital media. I've taken classes on digital production and design during my undergraduate and graduate work. 

  So enroll today and let's learn about Photoshop and its amazing capabilities of photo editing and digital effects. 

Who this course is for:
  • This course is great for students who are new to, or beginners in, Photoshop.
  • Many intermediate students might also learn from this course as well, for example, they might learn new keyboard shortcuts or about specific layering and masking techniques.
  • Students who are considerd "experts" in Photoshop and know all shortcuts, layering techniques, and so on, will not benefit much from this course.
Course content
Expand all 46 lectures 03:03:57
+ Getting Started in Photoshop
14 lectures 42:17

In this lecture, I describe Photoshop, the world's industry-standard photo-editing software, and explain my background, education, and qualifications to teach this course. For example, I've worked as managing editor at two graphic design magazines (one dealing with Photoshop), worked at various media (newspapers, an advertising agency, etc.) working in editorial design, and I have a BA in Communication, an MA in Journalism and Media Studies, and a PhD in Communication. I've also designed web sites and used Photoshop in various projects for clients for about 20 years.

Preview 01:31

I explain how to get Adobe Photoshop.

How to Get Adobe Photoshop

In this lecture, you can download the support files to use in the follow-along Photoshop tutorials to get started learning Photoshop. Learn by doing by using the same files that I use in this introductory Photoshop online class.

Download Support Files for Follow-Along Lectures

In this lecture, you can download and print this PDF of common Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. This will help improve your workflow and save time when you're using Photoshop.

Common Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Printable Handout
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In this short video, I explain about Creative Cloud versions and some primary differences between the Mac and PC.

Versions of Creative Cloud and Mac vs. PC

In this lecture, you will learn how to toggle panels and customize them as well as workspaces in Photoshop.

Panels and Workspaces

In this lecture, you will learn the various types of sizes and document options for new files in Photoshop. You will learn best practices when it comes to creating new documents in Photoshop.

Creating a New Document

You will learn how to navigate within documents, and zoom in and out of documents, in Photoshop effectively. You can use specific tools to move and zoom, but there are also many helpful shortcuts and methods to use in order to save time and improve workflow when navigating and zooming in Photoshop.

Navigating and Zooming

Photoshop's screen mode cycling is explained.

Screen Modes

I explain how to work with multiple documents, move content and layers from one document to another, and how to arrange and rearrange document windows.

Working with Multiple Images

Photoshop's more popular file types and a few file modes are explained.

File Types and Modes

Students learn how to crop and resize images. I also explain resolution and how it relates to file size, screen size, and printing size.

Cropping, Resizing, and Resolution

The basics of previewing, organizing, and searching for images within Adobe Bridge is covered and how it works with Photoshop.

Using Bridge
Getting Started in Photoshop Quiz
5 questions
+ Layers
6 lectures 20:18

You will learn an overview of layers and how they work in Photoshop.

Preview 03:08

Learn in this quick note how Adobe updated Photoshop so that we don't have to press Shift anymore to maintain the original width-to-height ratio of images, text, shapes, and other elements.

A Quick Note on Constrain Proportions Update

In this lecture, I introduce layers and how to rearrange, group, and adjust them.

Preview 05:41

Students learn how to adjust layer blending modes to create various effects.

Layer Blending Modes

Students learn how to create adjustment layers to add various effects.

Preview 03:00

Students learn how to add layer styles to add effects like drop shadow, stroke, and so on.

Layer Styles
Layers Quiz
5 questions
+ Selections
5 lectures 29:48

You will learn an overview of selections in Photoshop and their uses.

Preview 01:31

In this lecture, I describe the more popular selection tools and their uses.

Common Selection Tools and Uses

I explain how to select hair effectively with the Select and Mask technique, which replaced the Refine Edge technique in a Creative Cloud update.

Select and Mask Technique for Selecting Hair and More - Part 1

I explain how to select hair effectively with the Select and Mask technique, which replaced the Refine Edge technique in a Creative Cloud update.

Select and Mask Technique for Selecting Hair and More - Part 2

I explain how to modify and save selections once they are created.

Modifying and Saving Selections
Selections Quiz
5 questions
+ Masking
6 lectures 13:22

You will learn an overview of masking and how it works in Photoshop.

Preview 01:59

I explain why it's better to mask than erase in Photoshop. Student learn how to mask with the brush tool.

Layer Masks vs. Erasing

Students create layer masks from selections.

Layer Masks from Selections

Student create a clipping mask to make text made of photos.

Preview 02:28

Students use layering and masking to create an high dynamic range effect.

Exercise: Masking in Landscape: HDR Effect

Students use layering and masking to selectively sharpen a portrait photo.

Preview 02:33
Masking Quiz
5 questions
+ Adjusting and Correcting Lighting and Color
5 lectures 29:18

You will learn an overview of lighting and color adjustments in Photoshop.

Preview 00:44

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively use Levels adjustments in Photoshop to adjust lighting and tonality.

Using Levels Effectively in Photoshop

You will learn how to use Curves in Photoshop for richer tonality.

Using Curves in Photoshop for Better Lighting and Colors

You will learn how to adjust brightness, contrast, and exposure in Photoshop to correct and improve lighting.

Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, and Exposure to Improve Lighting

You will learn how to make colors richer and selectively change colors in Photoshop using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

Make Photos Pop and Change Colors with Hue/Saturation Adjustments
+ Photoshop Projects: Social Media Photoshop Design Projects
5 lectures 29:34

You will learn an overview of the Photoshop Projects that you'll be working on.

Preview 00:17

In this lesson, I explain how to download the support files for these hands-on Photoshop projects.

Download Support Files for Photoshop Projects

In this lesson, you will learn how to design and produce YouTube channel art for yourself or for clients using Photoshop.

Photoshop Project 1: Design YouTube Channel Art

In this lesson, you will learn how to design a Facebook advertisement using specific Facebook ad sizes in Photoshop.

Photoshop Project 2: Design a Facebook Advertisement

In this lesson, you will learn how to design a Facebook page cover image using Photoshop.

Photoshop Project 3: Design a Facebook Page Cover
+ Fun Photoshop Projects
1 lecture 14:39

Besides applying selections, layering, and masking learned in earlier sections, you will learn how to apply smart object conversion, transformations, and keyframe animation in order to product a 2.5D effect or parallax effect in Adobe Photoshop.

Preview 14:39
+ Photoshop Course Conclusion
4 lectures 02:40

Thanks for enrolling in my Photoshop course!


I summarize what students have learned in this course.


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