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

Become a Photoshop hero by learning the essentials of Adobe Photoshop to produce beautiful images in Adobe Photoshop.
4.3 (2,754 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
131,949 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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.
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  • Students need a copy of Adobe Photoshop, preferably CC (Creative Cloud). The free trial would work as well.

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 is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Getting Started in Photoshop
11 Lectures 35:30

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

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
2 pages

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
5 Lectures 16:28

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

Introduction to Layers Section

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
3 Lectures 06:28

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

Introduction to Selections Section

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

Common Selection Tools and Uses

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

Modifying and Saving Selections

Selections Quiz
5 questions
6 Lectures 13:22

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

Introduction to Masking Section

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.

Introduction to Lighting and Color Section

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: Real-World Photoshop Designs for your Portfolio
6 Lectures 41:12

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

Introduction to Photoshop Projects Section

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 create web banner advertisements using Photoshop and industry-standard web banner ad sizes.

Photoshop Project 1: Create Web Banner Ads

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

Photoshop Project 2: 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 3: Design a Facebook Advertisement

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

Photoshop Project 4: Design a Facebook Page Cover
Photoshop Course Conclusion
4 Lectures 01:20

Thanks for enrolling in my Photoshop course!


I summarize what students have learned in this course.


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About the Instructor
Chad Neuman, Ph.D.
4.4 Average rating
7,428 Reviews
210,109 Students
11 Courses
Professor / Designer / Developer / Photographer 20+ yrs exp.

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, photos, productions, and careers!

Do you want to learn become a better designer or communicator? Do you want to learn industry-standard editing and effects in Photoshop? Do you want to create logos for your brand or for clients? Do you want to learn new skills that are in demand in the new digital economy?

Welcome! I'm passionate about communication, writing, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital journalism at Southeastern University. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past ten years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. And now, you can learn from me as well!

Get started by enrolling in my courses, learning new skills and knowledge, and asking me questions in the discussion boards.

About the instructor:

By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience teaching these topics, I've been able to produce top-notch courses that maximize learning and enable students to become better graphic designers, logo designers, photo editors, and writers.

Professional Experience:

I've worked as Webmaster and Advertising Designer at a regional newspaper (The News Chief), Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm, Technology Librarian at a city library system, and Managing Editor at two international graphic design magazines at Kelby Media Group. I've also written for publications and designed web sites and other promotional work for clients on an on-going basis for the past 20 years.


Besides relevant marketplace experience, I also have a B.A. in Communication from Southeastern University, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the mythic branding of Apple's Macintosh/Mac in their primary commercial campaigns (1984, Think Different, Switch/Real People, and Get a Mac).


My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better graphic designers, photo editors, writers, and illustrators.

I'm the founder of Good Creative Academy, the premiere online school for learning and creating. If you're looking to learn more about graphic design, writing, and new media entrepreneurship, you have arrived at the right place!

Fun tech-related facts about me:

I taught myself QBasic when I was 13, and later used that programming language to write a program that simulated the DOS prompt, to fool my high school graphic design teacher into thinking the computers had been hacked.

I used web banner advertising on my web sites in high school and during my freshman year of college, which brought in about $750 a month in income.