Photoshop | GIMP: Quick & Easy Image Hacks for Beginners
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- Save time, money, and sanity by no longer having to depend on others for simple image fixes and edits.
- Eliminate confusion about which images are OK to use, what copyrights mean, and why it's best to always be original or use royalty-free images.
- Have a deeper understanding of basic graphic design skills for creating and editing images that look professional and enhance your online presence.
- Know how to make the most commonly needed and essential edits using Adobe Photoshop on a PC or MAC. (30 day free trials are available from Adobe's website)
- Know how to also make the most commonly needed and essential edits using the free image editing program, GIMP.
- Learn the proper way to save your files for print and the web as well as protect all your hard work in the event of computer/harddrive failure.
- Harness the emotional power of composition, image choice, layout, color, and more for boosting engagement and increasing clicks and sales.
- Bring an open mind and either Photoshop or GIMP to get started. The techniques described in this course can also be used in ANY imaging software regardless of type or version.
Are you ready to take charge and learn simple, quick, and efficient methods for creating and editing powerful images for print and the web?
Whether you are an employee, business owner, content creator, teacher, author, or social media maven, over the last few years it has become CRUCIAL to know how to do a little bit of everything online. With this course as your guide, you'll learn how to confidentially and professionally manage your OWN unique, original images for your website, blog, eCourse, eBook, presentations, or social media pages.
Save time, money, and sanity by learning how to finally choose, edit, and enhance your own images without having to always pay someone else to do the most basic but essential tasks for you.
This course was created especially for complete beginners as well as people who fight with technology who want to gain new and valuable image editing skills that can be used every day.
The techniques discussed in this course are software independent, meaning I can show you how to make better, more professional images regardless of which software programs you are using. You'll learn essential imaging do's and don'ts, tips about which images are safe to use regarding copyrights, how to properly save your images (so you don't lose them in the abyss,) and my very favorite "art school" hacks that will help take your images from so-so to PRO in no time even if you don't yet have Photoshop or Gimp.
We'll then go through the most basic but important imaging skills you NEED to know from the very beginning using Adobe Photoshop. Free 30 day trials of Photoshop are available from Adobe's website. I also show you the same imaging techniques in the FREE software program GIMP.
You can watch and follow along with me as I show you how to make the most useful and essential image fixes in whichever program you have or feel most comfortable in. If you ever decide to switch, you'll have all the lessons available to you in BOTH Photoshop and GIMP as one go-to resource.
What Students Are Saying:
"Great course - the lessons were easy to follow and provided all sorts of useful tips for people like me with limited background in using graphics programs. Kristen's teaching style is comfortable and supportive. And trust me - once you've learned to put lipstick on a horse, you'll never forget the lesson behind it!" -Deborah Wojcicki
I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.
New bonus lectures and Photoshop | GIMP resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.
Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.
You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.
Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Take This Course" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your new digital imaging, software, and design skills today.
- This course is for beginners, novices, or anyone who suddenly finds themselves managing their own visual content online as a blogger, online instructor, or entrepreneur.
- This course will help so-called non-designers/technophobes who don't have time, money, or patience for fussing around with fancy image programs and advanced techniques.
- This course is a great starting point for aspiring designers and online content creators and managers who do plan to use Photoshop and other Adobe programs.
- Advanced designers should NOT take this course as it is intended for beginners and non-designers who want to become self-reliant.
Welcome to this essential imaging skills course! In this lesson I'll explain how this course will help anyone with an online presence become more credible and influential by learning how to create professional-looking images. I'll explain what is covered and what you need to get started.
Take a moment and learn the best way to use this course for maximum results.
Learn once and for all which images you are allowed to use on your blog, in your course, eBook, website, or anywhere else. No more excuses for not knowing! By following these simple rules you will be sure to have the best and most original content and also protect yourself from unnecessary legal troubles due to using other people's copyrighted material without their permission.
Now that you understand the importance of using your own original content or royalty-free content, please make sure not to fall into this potential trap when choosing which imagery to use. There are some exceptions to this rule but first we need to learn the rules before we can break them.
Learn how to make your life MUCH easier just by setting up your projects for print (larger files/higher quality) even if you only initially need images for the web or screen (lower quality/ lower file sizes). This lesson also covers important saving basics which will save you hours, days, or weeks of frustration if the unthinkable happens: you lose files due to file corruption or computer/device failure.
This lecture will give you a quick rundown and heads up on a very important concept and feature that you will find in almost all imaging programs: Layers. In a nutshell, they are like little transparent acetate sheets where you can draw and then stack over and/or under your main background layer. There are many benefits to using layers. Learn more in this lesson.
This is a quick crash course lesson that will introduce you to 8 simple rules that can have a HUGE effect on the quality, look, and feel of your images. I've tried to mimic a lesson I give my own University students at The American University of Rome here by using Photoshop to draw visual examples for you as if using the classroom white board.
Topics I cover include aspect ratios, composition, odd versus even numbers of elements, size changes, moving objects around on the picture plane, letting objects get cropped off the canvas, the triangle principle, and ways to create the illusion of depth on a 2D surface. It's Art School 101 in under 9 minutes! Ready? Let's go.
Everyone makes mistakes. I'm here to stop you from at least making some common amateur imaging mistakes. Chances are, you ALREADY know what works and what doesn't intuitively. Have a look at some typical image faux pas so you can approach your next design tasks with more and more confidence.
I'm all for exploring and having fun with the special effects and filters available in your imaging program. Go ahead! Get them out of your system. (I'll wait for you...) You're back? OK. So in this lesson I'll explain that while filters and special effects can be fun to play with, they are NOT always your friends when you are trying to make professional looking images.
There is a reason that I put this lesson first in the Photoshop section. No matter which imaging program you are using, always make sure to adjust your levels. In some programs it's called adjusting the tone, value, or gain. It's the values in your image and it's crucial for ensuring your images are as crisp and vibrant as possible. Images that don't have levels adjusted often look muddy, blah, and amateurish.
Learn some essential features you can use to create multiple variations of the same image. Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation control the lightness and darkness of your image, whether it's black and white or trumped-up technicolor, as well as some cool tinting effects.
In this lesson I'll show you how to scale, rotate, flip, and transform individual layers as well as your entire image if it only has one layer. Please note that actual full image resizes (dimensions, resolution, as well as file size) is covered in the NEXT lesson.
Being able to resize, reformat, crop, and adjust file sizes for your images is a MUST HAVE skill that will free you from waiting around for others to do it for you for a fee. Many websites require images that are under a certain physical size, dimension, or file size. Learn once and for all how to do it yourself quickly, easily, and painlessly.
In this lesson, I'll show you how to whiten a smile and how to apply lipstick, makeup, or other enhancing painting techniques you may wish to add. You can also use these same techniques to tint your background, some clothing, skin tones, etc.
You have the PERFECT image... except for that one annoying thing in the background (a hand, a person, a sign, a fly on the wall, whatever...) Let me show you some tools you can use to make your image the masterpiece it deserves to be.
In this lesson I wanted to let you know about my experience level with GIMP and why it's important to be open to change, especially since software versions and types are constantly in flux. Learn how you can get the most out of these programs so you can apply what you learn to other programs down the road.
Don't stop at editing images. Have a look at some of my favorite FREE and intuitive tools that will have you making social media graphics, web sites, animations, and more. Get a taste of what is possible in under 10 minutes and be up and running ASAP. [This lecture comes from my full course, Skyrocket Your Creativity: 7 Easy Ways.]
In this lesson I'll walk you through a handy online resource I came across over the summer when I wanted to edit some snapshots but was away from my computer and usual programs. This is a great and powerful free tool that will help you fix your images even when you are on the go.
In this lesson I will show you a super easy and quick way to take an existing logo and put it on a transparent background. I normally do this task in Photoshop or Gimp, but after creating this lesson, I'm just going to use the free online tool Lunapic instead. It's a time saver! :-)
This lesson comes from my course, Make Easy But Powerful Social Media Graphics: Canva |Stencil
Online Learning Podcast: Episode 121 With Kristen Palana
This interview with top Udemy instructor, John Colley is full of some of my very best secret color tricks for making an impact, getting your content noticed, and boosting engagement online.
The podcast is aimed at other Udemy instructors, but my color tips can be easily used by anyone with a website or someone who uses text and images online, in presentations at work, etc.
From the program notes, we discuss pretty much in this order:
- Introductions and a brief rundown of some of the courses I teach on Udemy and their descriptions.
- How imaging and color psychology can impact your business
- What color psychology can mean across borders
- How gender can affect color choices
- How to use color to affect the way people think about you
- How to use color to make your courses more effective
- How to use color in your lectures/websites/presentations to have a positive impact
- Where you should use color in your Udemy lectures or presentations
- Why you should avoid rainbow colors in your text
- Why you should NEVER (almost never) use pink in an online course or work presentation.
- Why red and orange can invigorate your audience in the right doses.
- The importance of hierarchy in your online text
- Why you need to avoid lack of contrast on your webpage
- Why its easier to read black text on a white background
- How to make course images stand out
- How to make your images stand out to get promoted by Udemy
Use these new custom brush tools in Photoshop to really get the textures and look you are are going for. This is a case study on how I use hundreds of brushes when animating in Photoshop, where I get them, how to change their settings, and how to get started using them. (*See blog post under the resources tab for easy brush installation instructions.)
In this Case Study lecture I'll show you how I make my cartoon series, "Out There Doodles" by keeping a sketchbook full of text snippets, scribbles, doodles, and other ideas that I then further develop later on the computer.