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
I then go over into more detailed instruction, in which the students continue to follow along and learn more about
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this lecture, you will learn how to toggle panels and customize them as well as workspaces in Photoshop.
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.
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.
Photoshop's screen mode cycling is explained.
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.
Photoshop's more popular file types and a few file modes are explained.
Students learn how to crop and resize images. I also explain resolution and how it relates to file size, screen size, and printing size.
The basics of previewing, organizing, and searching for images within Adobe Bridge is covered and how it works with Photoshop.
You will learn an overview of layers and how they work in Photoshop.
In this lecture, I introduce layers and how to rearrange, group, and adjust them.
Students learn how to adjust layer blending modes to create various effects.
Students learn how to create adjustment layers to add various effects.
Students learn how to add layer styles to add effects like drop shadow, stroke, and so on.
You will learn an overview of selections in Photoshop and their uses.
In this lecture, I describe the more popular selection tools and their uses.
I explain how to modify and save selections once they are created.
You will learn an overview of masking and how it works in Photoshop.
I explain why it's better to mask than erase in Photoshop. Student learn how to mask with the brush tool.
Students create layer masks from selections.
Student create a clipping mask to make text made of photos.
Students use layering and masking to create an high dynamic range effect.
Students use layering and masking to selectively sharpen a portrait photo.
You will learn an overview of lighting and color adjustments in Photoshop.
In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively use Levels adjustments in Photoshop to adjust lighting and tonality.
You will learn how to use Curves in Photoshop for richer tonality.
You will learn how to adjust brightness, contrast, and exposure in Photoshop to correct and improve lighting.
You will learn how to make colors richer and selectively change colors in Photoshop using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.
You will learn an overview of the Photoshop Projects that you'll be working on.
In this lesson, I explain how to download the support files for these hands-on Photoshop projects.
In this lesson, you will learn how to create web banner advertisements using Photoshop and industry-standard web banner ad sizes.
In this lesson, you will learn how to design and produce YouTube channel art for yourself or for clients using Photoshop.
In this lesson, you will learn how to design a Facebook advertisement using specific Facebook ad sizes in Photoshop.
In this lesson, you will learn how to design a Facebook page cover image using Photoshop.
Thanks for enrolling in my Photoshop course!
I summarize what students have learned in this course.
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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 eight 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!
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About the instructor:
By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience in education, 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.
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 (Reed Advertising Design, now merged with Brand Madden), 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.