Photoshop for Beginners - Complete Photoshop Mastery Course
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Photoshop for Beginners - Complete Photoshop Mastery Course

Learn Photoshop quickly & easily. Master Adobe Photoshop from beginner to advanced (PC or Mac, versions CS5, CS6, or CC)
4.5 (702 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
22,443 students enrolled
Created by Steve McDonald
Last updated 10/2019
English [Auto-generated]
Price: Free
This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • Beginners will learn how to use Photoshop from scratch.
  • This is a very easy to follow course that goes at just the right pace so you don't miss any steps.
  • Learn about the interface including where the tools are and how to customize your workspace.
  • Learn how to use the most important tools in Photoshop.
  • Learn how to edit photos, do touch-ups, whiten teeth, crop, and more.
  • No previous knowledge of Photoshop is required at all! We'll start from the very beginning.
  • You will need a working computer with Photoshop installed.
  • Photoshop CC is preferred, but you can learn with older Photoshop CS versions as well.

Welcome to The Complete Adobe Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners, where you'll learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop in a fun, hands-on way. This course is designed to teach you the most important elements of beginning Photoshop without the frustration or stress that often comes with learning new software.

If you are brand new to Photoshop or have tried to learn Photoshop and struggled with it, this course is for you. The course starts very slowly and easily at the very beginning with how to purchase Photoshop and how to get the most our of this course. It moves forward in an easy-to-follow, logical way, building your skills up until you feel confident using Photoshop for your photo editing. I promise you'll enjoy it and learn a ton. If not, you can get a full, 100% refund within 30 days.

The course is recorded using Photoshop CC on a PC, but it works fine if you have an older CS version of Photoshop, too. I also include tips for using a Mac, so that's no problem either.

Here's how the course is broken down:

First, we get familiar with the Photoshop program and interface. We learn to open and save images, and learn where the most frequently used tools are located.

Second, we start using the most important tools, like the move tool, the crop tool, the brush tool, and the healing brush tool. We also learn how to use layers so that we can work non-destructively on our photos. (In the course, I'll explain what that means and why it makes your life easier).

Finally, we do a bunch of hands-on projects in Photoshop.

  • We whiten a subjects teeth.

  • We crop an image bigger (did you know you could do that? It's pretty cool).

  • We create a square social media profile picture that would work on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook.

  • We brighten up dull, dark images.

  • We learn how to add or reduce redness in a subject's face (so they don't look like a ghost or a cherry).

  • We make an image black and white.

  • We switch out the sky in a mountain scene (we can choose clouds, blue sky, or even the northern lights).

  • Finally, we combine two images into one (we take a cappuccino mug and set it in a field of flowers, just for fun!).

When you are finished with this course, I promise you'll feel confident using the program and the many tools and options that it offers. You'll be able to do valuable work in Photoshop, and have fun while doing it.

Jump in and watch some lectures and see how easy it can be to learn.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner Photoshop student who has little or no experience using Photoshop.
  • This course is also perfect for anyone who might feel intimidated about learning Photoshop or someone who has tried in the past without success.
  • Experienced students will also find plenty to learn whether it's adjustment layers, shortcut keystrokes, or ways to navigate through Photoshop.
Course content
Expand all 40 lectures 05:45:47
+ Welcome to the Complete Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners
5 lectures 33:36

Welcome to the Complete Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners. I'm excited that you're here. I can't wait to teach you how to kick ass at Photoshop!

Intro to The Complete Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners

This is an optional lecture for anyone who does not already have Photoshop installed on their computer. It will walk you through how and where to purchase Photoshop CC.

How to Purchase Photoshop - Optional Lecture

This Photoshop course is designed to be hands-on. This lecture teaches you how to download the images from the course, so that you can use them and practice what you're learning. That's the fastest, most powerful way to learn and get good at Photoshop.

How to Use the Course Downloads

Let's use the clone tool to fix some blemishes. This is one of the easiest and most magical fixes in Photoshop. Once you get the hang of this tool it can do hours worth of tedious brush work in just minutes!

Assignment #1 - How to Quickly Repair Blemishes

If you follow the advice in this lecture, you'll not only learn more from the course, you'll learn faster. My most important piece of advice is to commit 20 hours to learning Photoshop. This includes time watching lectures AND time practice on assignments. Write down your hours and keep track. If you do this, you'll be amazed at how much you learn about Photoshop after those 20 hours!

How to Get the Most Out of This Course
+ Getting to Know Photoshop
4 lectures 28:15

This lecture will help you to understand where everything is in the Photoshop interface and what the different parts are called.

Intro to the Photoshop Interface

You can even tweak the interface to make it exactly how you want it. This lecture shows you how to customize it.

How to Customize the Photoshop Interface

At the end of this lecture, you'll know the most important Photoshop shortcut keystrokes for both Mac and PC.

Keyboard Shortcuts for PC and Mac

Now it's time to get some hands-on practice with important keyboard shortcuts.

Assignment #2 - Open, Save, and Rename an Image
+ Intro to Important Photoshop Tools
8 lectures 01:44:09

Let's take a look at the 5 most important, or highly used tools in Photoshop.

  1. Move

  2. Select

  3. Crop

  4. Brush

  5. Zoom

The 5 Most Important Tools in Photoshop

The brush tool is sooo versatile! Not only can you use it for brushing artistically, you can use it to add to or take a way from layer masks, you can use it to create highlights and shadows or you can add texture and color to parts of an image.

How to Use the Brush Tool

In this assignment, we can begin to do real photo editing work in Photoshop. We're going to use all of the skills we've learned so far to cut out a coffee cup and place it into another image.

Assignment #3 - Cut Out a Mug and Place it in a Landscape

In this lecture, we'll keep our momentum going. We'll learn to use the crop tool to create a social media profile image.

Assignment #4 - Crop a Social Media Profile Image

You've already learned how to crop an image smaller. Now, it's time to learn how to crop an image bigger using the content aware tool. This awesome tool with actually add to your image and fill in the blank spaces. It doesn't always do this perfectly, so you have to stay on your toes. But, it is often surprisingly good add doing this!

Cropping an Image Bigger Using Content Aware

This lecture will teach you a bunch of tips and tricks and more keyboard shortcuts. We'll practice opening and cropping an image of a rose. Then we'll brush a little vignette around it.

Assignment #5 - Crop and Brush a Rose, Plus Tips, Tricks, and Keyboard Practice

Using text allows you to create lots of different things in Photoshop such as Business Cards, Greeting Cards, Posters, Ads, Memes, and more. This lecture will show you the basics of using text in Photoshop.

Using Text in Your Images

The gradient tool is useful for creating more interesting distributions of color for backgrounds. This can be helpful for business cards, posters, ads, etc. Gradients go really well behind text to make if more interesting. In this lecture, I'll show you how to use it.

Using the Gradient Tool for Better Backgrounds
+ Intro to Layers in Photoshop
10 lectures 01:16:56

Layers are very important in Photoshop for two main reasons. First, they allow you to work non-destructively, which means you don't have to damage your original photo with your edits. Second, they allow you to much more easily remove edits and do your own previews of various edits.

Introduction to Layers

What can layers do? There are so many answers to this question. They can help you work non-destructively. They can allow you to composite different images or effects into one image. They can allow you to quickly and easily compare one effect versus another effect.

What Can Layers Do? Harness the Power of PS Layers

Adjustment layers are just cool. They allow you to make significant changes to the color, brightness, etc. of your image without affecting the original image.

Using Adjustment Layers

Here we'll learn how to add a black and white adjustment layer to an image. Not only can you turn your image black and white, you can use the colors in the underlying image to change lightness and contrast in specific areas of your image.

Black and White Adjustment Layers

Hue and saturation is a very useful adjustment layer. You can make your image warmer or cooler. You can also increase or reduce the effect of just one individual color.

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers

This lecture will teach you how to move layers around, group them, show and hide many layers at once, make them more visible, and more.

Navigating in the Layers Panel

Navigating successfully in the layers panel is so important that we have two lectures on the subject.

More Tips for Navigating in the Layers Panel (part 2)

Once you add an adjustment layer, you can take your adjustment one step further by changing the blending modes. You can also use the layers panel menu to sort through different layers by layer time or layer name.

Working in the Layers Panel Menu

This is just a fun little quiz where you have to decide, based on what you've learned so far, which adjustment layer should you use to change this photo to look like the example provided. I hope you figure out the answer. If not, I'll show you how to do it in the next lecture.

Assignment #6 - Choose the Right Adjustment Layer

Here is the solution to Assignment #6.

Assignment #6 - Solution
+ Making Selections in Photoshop
6 lectures 01:02:39

Selections allow you to isolate a part of your image so that you can make an adjustment just to that part. In this lecture we'll look at the lasso and marquee tools for making selections.

Selections - Lasso and Marquee Tools

Selections allow you to isolate a part of your image so that you can make an adjustment just to that part. In this lecture we'll look at the crown jewel of selection tools, the quick selection tool.

Selections - Quick Selection Tool

This is a super fun project where we use the selection tool to cut the background out of a mountain scene. Then we open several new background images and change out the sky in our image for very different effects.

Assignment #7 - Select and Change the Background on a Mountain Scene

Some subjects are more difficult to select than others. In this assignment, we'll work on refining our selection of some coffee beans so that our adjustment still looks natural.

Assignment #8 - Refining Your Selection: Change the Color of Coffee Beans

This first project is a simple teeth whitening on a subject. But it involves a few of the different skills that we have learned. Put together, these skills allow you to lighten and remove the yellow from just the teeth of your subject. Very cool!

Assignment #9 - Teeth Whitening

Some selections can be difficult and time consuming. There is nothing worse than spending a ton of time on a selection and then losing it for some reason and not being able to get it back. For this, and other reasons, it's great to be able to save your selection for later use. In this video I'll show you how to save a selection and how to load saved selections into your Photoshop document.

How to Save a Selection for Later Use
+ Layer Masks
5 lectures 38:12

In this video you'll learn what layer masks are, why they are useful, and some quick tips and keyboard shortcuts for working with them more efficiently.

Introduction to Layer Masks

Before you can use a layer mask, you first have to create one. In this lecture I'll show you three quick ways to create a layer mask;

  1. Create a layer mask with an adjustment layer (which you've already learned).

  2. Create a layer mask from a selection.

  3. Create a layer mask from scratch and then add to it using the gradient or brush tools.

How to Create a Layer Mask

Figuring out the difference between foreground/background colors vs. hide/show with layer masks can get really confusing. This lecture breaks it down and demystifies so you can get right to using layer masks.

How to Show or Hide Parts of an Image Using Layer Masks

In this project you'll take a soccer ball image, create a layer mask on it, then put an image of a face behind it so the face shows through. This is a fun, simple way to practice layer masks and see what they can do.

Assignment #10 - Put a Face in a Soccer Ball Using Layer Masks

In this lecture you'll create two layer masks. One will create a blur just in the background. The other will create a black and white background, leaving only the mountain biker in color in the foreground.

Assignment #11 - Mountain Bike Scene - Add Blurr and Black/White
+ Conclusion and Thank You
2 lectures 02:06

Thank you so much for learning with me! I hope you enjoyed the course. Please leave a review if you can spare a minute. It means the world to me whenever I get a nice review. Also, check out the big discounts on my other courses in the next lecture. Thanks again!

Conclusion and Thank You

As my way of saying thanks for taking my course, here are some discounts to my other courses here on Udemy. See you in the next course!

Learn More - Other Courses by Steve McDonald (bonus lecture)