Photoshop Made Easy: Learn Photoshop in 4 hrs
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Photoshop Made Easy: Learn Photoshop in 4 hrs

Learn Photoshop CC 2017 essentials in this beginner course. Use Photoshop in your daily life!
3.7 (263 ratings)
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Created by Marcus Gan
Last updated 5/2017
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 44 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Fully understand all the basics and fundamentals of Photoshop
  • Manipulate photographs and use all the filters (e.g. brightness, hue, vibrance, levels, blur etc.) available in Photoshop
  • Superimpose images realistically on top of one another
  • Create designs such as Posters, Flyers, Logos, Typography from scratch
  • Capable of understanding all other tutorials freely available on the internet
  • Acquire many shortcuts and tips along the way
  • You will learn all the important and common tools in Photoshop in the most succinct manner to get started FAST!
  • You should have a copy of Adobe Photoshop installed, preferably Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC 2017 version, either trial or paid
  • No prior experience is required! This course assumes you are a complete beginner in Photoshop and get you started from scratch!

Ever feel that Photoshop is too complicated to use? Give me 4 hours of your time and you'll never look at Photoshop the same way again!

This course is specially designed for students with little to no prior experience in Photoshop. Learn all the Photoshop CC essentials from scratch, and integrate Photoshop into your daily life!

Use Photoshop to edit your everyday photographs, beautify yourself, create design works such as posters and logos, and share them with your friends on social media - Instagram and Facebook etc!

Photoshop is a GIGANTIC software. This course focuses on tools that you are likely EVER going to use in your daily life! Do not waste time on lengthy courses that compromised on common everyday tools, and teach you stuff which you are never going to use!

What This Course Entails:

  • The first 9 Sections consist of lectures to teach you all the Photoshop Essentials.
  • The last Section is a 1 hour long Case Study Section whereby I will show you examples of how people combine different knowledge of Photoshop to achieve their goals. You will have a good idea of all the Photoshop essentials and capable of using this software on your own. 

You can be:

  • Either using a Windows or Mac OS. Care will be taken to highlight the platform differences.
  • Either using Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC 2017. I will point out the differences between the user interface throughout the course.
  • Of all ages, from all walks of life. As long as you have an interest in learning Photoshop essentials, this course is for you!
  • Either a total beginner who have not touch Photoshop before, or just started using this piece of software. This course assumes you have no prior knowledge!

What Makes This Course DIFFERENT from other courses:

  • This Course is designed to teach you Photoshop in a succinct manner, and last ONLY 4 hours!
  • Even though the Course lasts only 4 hours, it teaches you all the Photoshop ESSENTIALS in a totally BEGINNER FRIENDLY way. This is possible by carefully crafting the course content, and not bombard you with unnecessary topics and words.
  • A short Course gets you started right away without boring you through lengthy lectures! 
  • Updated for CC 2017 version!

Who this Course is NOT for:

  • This Course does not teach you 3D, as well as animating in Photoshop.
  • If you have been using Photoshop for years, and looking to learn more advanced topic, this course might not be for you as it is designed for beginners who wish to start and understand more about Photoshop.


Become a Photoshop Master capable of manipulating and beautifying images in just 4 hours!

Music used in this course: Carefree Kevin MacLeod (incompetech) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Update: As of 26 June 2017, English Subtitles are available for ALL videos in this course!

Who this course is for:
  • People from all walks of life who barely used Photoshop before, but want to learn Photoshop
  • People who wish to edit their everyday photographs in Photoshop
  • People who want to use Photoshop to create posters, logos, flyers, and any graphical design works
Course content
Expand all 65 lectures 03:55:12
+ Introduction to Photoshop
7 lectures 25:28

Welcome to Photoshop! This lecture introduces you to Photoshop, and what to expect for this course.

Preview 02:16

This lecture shows you the User Interface of Photoshop and teaches you how to navigate yourself in this seemingly complicated software.

Preview 03:59

This lecture shows you how to open an image / document in Photoshop, as well as saving them.

Opening and saving an image / document

Zooming in and out is one of the most important function you will need in Photoshop. This lecture teaches you 3 ways to do so, and recommend you the best way.

Zooming In and Out in Photoshop

This lecture teaches you the most fundamental concept in Photoshop - the Layers. You will learn how layer works and what you can do with layer.

Understanding Layers

In this lecture, you will learn more about what you can do with layers, and the common functions you will likely execute with layers in Photoshop.

More about Layers

You will learn how undo works in Photoshop, and how to change the number of states you can undo.

Undo in Photoshop
+ Photoshop Image Adjustments
7 lectures 26:43

In this lecture, you will learn how to resize your image in Photoshop, and the various options to resize. You will also learn the differences between image size and canvas size.

Resizing your image

This lecture shows you how you can crop your image in Photoshop, and adjust the properties to achieve different crops.

Crop your image in Photoshop

You will learn how the Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color works in Photoshop. You will see what these functions are capable of and how to use them.

Auto Tone / Auto Contrast / Auto Color

You will learn how to adjust the Brightness, Contrasts and Levels manually in this lecture. You will also learn how to read a histogram graph.

Brightness, Contrast, Levels, Curves

You will learn how to adjust the Exposure, Vibrance and Saturation of your photograph manually in Photoshop.

Exposure, Vibrance, Saturation

This lecture introduces you to color correction and how to adjust the color tone of your images manually in Photoshop. This lecture also touches on monochrome filter.

Hue and Color Balance

A summary of Section 2. You should be aware that all the adjustments in Photoshop are merely sliders for you to slide and adjust their settings. Do not be afraid to try them out, as you can always undo your filters, or close the picture without saving to restart again.

Summing Up Photoshop Image Adjustments
+ Selection techniques using Photoshop
6 lectures 20:40

This lecture introduces Selection to you, as well as What is Selection, and Why is Selection important in Photoshop.

Introducing Photoshop Selection

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Rectangular Marquee Tool, the Elliptical Marquee Tool, the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tool found in Photoshop.

You will also learn tips on how to add selection, subtract selection, and deselect a selection.

Photoshop Selection using the Marquee Tools

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Lasso Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, and Magnetic Lasso Tool in Photoshop.

You will be able to differentiate the differences between the various selection tools, and which one to use in different situations.

Photoshop Selection using the Lasso Tools

You will learn 2 different tools in this lecture - the Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool.

You will be taught of the different properties in each tool, and how to adjust them. You will also learn various shortcuts and tips on using each tool.

Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool

You will learn how to use the Pen Tool to make a selection, as well as the various properties for the Pen Tool.

You will realise that Pen Tool is a powerful and flexible way to select curve edges, even though using it may require a little amount of practise at first.

Photoshop Selection using the Pen Tool

After viewing all the different ways to Select in Photoshop, you should realise there is no right or wrong method to select an image. It depends on the nature of your Photo, as well as your preference on using the Selection tools. Ultimately, all the different selection tools exist to allow you to select areas easily for different scenario.

Summing Up Selection Techniques
+ Common Tools in Photoshop
7 lectures 24:42

This Section teaches you some of the most common tools you will likely need to use in Photoshop.

Overview of Section 4

You will learn how to use the Brush tool, as well as its various functions. You will understand how the various properties work, and also learn some useful shortcuts and tips when using Photoshop.

Photoshop Brush Tool

You will learn how to use the built-in Paint Bucket Tool, and the Gradient Tool in Photoshop. You will have an understanding of their various properties, and be able to adjust them according to your needs.

Paint Bucket and Gradient Tool

In this lecture, you will learn an important concept - Raster and Vector. You will understand what is a Pixel, a Raster, and a Vector. You will also know their differences and their importance.

This knowledge will affect your execution of Shapes and Text, which you will learn in subsequent lectures.

Raster VS Vector

In this lecture, you will learn how to create various Shapes in Photoshop, and adjust their properties. 

You will also learn how to rasterise your shape, and the difference between a Vector Shape, and a Pixel Shape.

Shapes in Photoshop

You will learn how to select Color, and how to use the Eyedropper Tool. You will also learn some tips in using the Eyedropper Tool, and what it can be used for.

Managing Color and Eyedropper Tool

You may not realise the importance of tools such as Brush or Shapes, but as we get more comfortable and advance in Photoshop, these will be the most commonly used tools for everyday execution of Photoshop.

Summing Up Section 4
+ Deleting Pixels in Photoshop
5 lectures 11:23

In this lecture, we looked at the common reasons to why people erase in Photoshop.

Importance of Erasing

In this lecture, you will learn how to use Photoshop's Eraser, and Background Eraser Tool to erase your image, as well as understanding how the tools work.

Eraser and Background Eraser Tool

In this lecture, we will look at what is the Cover Up Method, and why it is not recommended for erasing.

The Cover Up Method

Layer Mask is the best approach to erasing an image. In this lecture, we will look at what is Layer Mask, and why it is the best way to erase your image in Photoshop.

Layer Mask

Even though there is no right or wrong method to erase, using Layer Mask is likely the better option for most scenario in Photoshop.

Concluding the different methods to erase
+ Filters in Photoshop
6 lectures 13:55

In this Section, we will learn how to add filters such as Blur, Sharpen and more to your photos, in addition to those you have learnt in Section 2 such as Brightness and Contrast.

Introducing Photoshop's Filters

In this lecture, we will be looking at one of the most commonly used filters for photo adjustments - blur.

We will also go through the important concept of isolating your filter in a layer.

Blur and Gaussian Blur

You may wish to sharpen your image if your image resolution is too low, or you are blowing up an image and it becomes a little pixelated. 

Take note not to sharpen too many times as it will make your photo look fake.

Sharpening your photo

The Filter Gallery provides you many filters for your photo. Adjust the sliders and properties to find your ideal spot.

Filter Gallery

In this lecture, we will look at a very important properties, and that is Layer Style.

You can achieve many effects in Layer Style, and amongst them, some are more commonly used than others. You will learn some tips on using the Layer Style in Photoshop as well.

Layer Style Effects

There are many options you can do with the Filter Menu in Photoshop. Do not be afraid to try them out, as they are merely sliders and settings to adjust the degree of effects being applied to your photos. Remember you can always undo, or exit without saving to restart again.

Concluding Photoshop's Filters
+ Creating Text
6 lectures 12:18

Adding Text is likely one of the most common function you will use in Photoshop. In this Section, you will learn how to add text, and adjust your text quickly and beautifully.

Overview of Section 7

In this lecture, we will be looking at how to create Text in Photoshop. We will also learn the way to change the Text opacity, color, size, font, as well as other properties. 

We will revisit on the theory of Raster vs Vector, and realised that Text is a Vector. Hence, certain decisions cannot be made until you rasterize your text.

Preview 04:09

The Character Panel is a convenient panel to edit many common properties for text. Keep this panel open if you are working with text often.

The Character Panel

We will look at more ways to transform our text, and how to trace a text over a shape outline.

More Transformation for Text

We will revisit on the Layer Style panel again and realised that many properties are suitable for Text. Attributes such as Stroke, Drop Shadow, and Outer Glow works well with Text.

Layer Style for Text

Adding Text and positioning them is easy in Photoshop. This Section taught you all the Essentials you need to start working with Text. It is now up to you to choose your Text font, color, opacity, and position them carefully to achieve a beautiful output.

Summing Up Section 7
+ Cloning
5 lectures 18:38

This Section teaches you the powerful Clone Tool and Healing Brush Tool. Tips are also given for each tools to increase your efficiency in working with them.

Preview 01:05

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to remove away unwanted objects realistically, or to duplicate objects in your image. You will understand how this tool works, as well as learning tips on using this tool.

The Clone Tool

We will continue to look at the Clone Tool and some of its shortcoming. We will also look at how to overcome the shortcoming to use this tool more efficiently.

More on Clone Tool

You will learn how to use the Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush Tool in this lecture, as well as understanding the difference between them.

You will also understand the differences between the Healing Brush, and the Clone Tool, and which one to use in different situations.

Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush Tool

Care should be taken when using the Clone Tool or Healing Brush Tool to ensure a clean edit. You should, on your own, spend more time to touch up your Clones to achieve a realistic and clean edit.

Summing Up Section 8
+ More about Photoshop
9 lectures 35:48

This Section shows you more options you can do in Photoshop to make the most out of this software. It builds on existing knowledge that you have already know and show you what else you can do with Photoshop.

Overview of Section 9

In this lecture, we will look at how to load external .otf or .ttf fonts into Photoshop and use them for Text. We will also look at how to search for fonts.

Adding External Fonts

Brushes are a quick and convenient way to get a particular design in Photoshop. In this lecture, we will look at how to search and load external brushes in Photoshop.

Adding External Brushes

External Shapes provide a quick and easy way to add design elements to your project. In this lecture, we will look at how to search and load external shapes in photoshop.

Adding External Shapes

There are many different extensions for image file. In this lecture, we will look at the 3 very popular extensions - JPG, PNG, and GIF.

We will learn the main differences between the 3 different extensions, as well as the recommended one to save under different scenario.


In this lecture, we will look at the different Jpeg and Png properties to choose from when saving an image.

Optimising your Save Options

In this lecture, we will look at what exactly is Pixels Per Inch (PPI), and why does it matter.

You will have a clear understanding of PPI at the end of this lecture, as well as tips on the recommended PPI to use for your project.

Pixels Per Inch (PPI)

Layer Panel can soon get messy as your project becomes larger.

In this lecture, we will look at how to Group your Layers, as well as Color Tagging your layers to stay more organised. 

Grouping and Color Tagging Layers

Now that we have reached the end of the first 9 Sections, you are fully capable of executing this piece of software. By now, you should have a good and firm understanding of the essential functions in Photoshop.

The next Section will be a Case Study Section, dedicated to show you how a normal people use photoshop from start to finish.

Summing Up Section 9
+ Case Studies
7 lectures 45:37

This Section shows you 5 Case Studies of how to combine different knowledge of Photoshop for your Project.

The goal of this Section is to let you have a better understanding of how others execute this piece of software, and to bring up your level of confidence in using Photoshop. At the end of this Section, you should be capable of executing this software on your own and explore more options in Photoshop.

Overview of Section 10

In this Lecture, I will show you how to Collage your photos into 1 single image. You will realise the advantages of using Photoshop to create Collage instead using mobile apps. 

You will see from the start, how to open images, superimpose them into 1 image, adjust their size and reposition them, as well as adding effect to the image, to the end where you save and complete your project.

Case Study: Photo Collage & Adding Effects

In this lecture, I will be showing you how to beautify your items and prepare them for E-Commerce website. Making your items look professional and beautiful entice potential customer to purchase your items more readily.

You will see from the start, how to open an image, clean up the background, add effects and reflection, as well as adding shadow and beautify the overall image.

Case Study: E-Commerce Clean Up

In this Lecture, I will be showing you how to create Quotes Images that you often see on the Internet.

You will also see through various examples, how to get started and beautify your Quotes images. You will also learn some tricks to help you with your workflow.

Case Study: Creating Typography / Quotes Images

In this Lecture, we will look at how to create Design Works from scratch using Photoshop.

You can create beautiful Posters / Logos or any design works using Photoshop easily. The goal of this Lecture is to show you how to utilize different tools in Photoshop to achieve your design work, and not to show you how to come up with a good design, as that is out of the scope of this course.

Case Study: Creating Poster / Flyer / Design Works

In this Lecture, we will look at how to superimpose images on top of one another. Superimposing images is likely one of the main reason why people use Photoshop.

You will see from start, how to open, edit, cut using layer mask, and blending in the superimposed image for it to look realistic. You should have a better understanding of how to execute photoshop from start to completing your Project.

Preview 08:17

We have finally reached the end of this course! This lecture sums up the Course, as well as giving you tips on where to go from here, and how to make full use of free online tutorials for your project.

Course Conclusion