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Photoshop is a lot of fun and it dominates the image editing software market since image editing is a thing.
I have initially put this course together as part of my teaching at Prva gimnazija in Maribor for last year students aged between 17 and 18. I modified it so it can be taken by anyone with no per-knowledge of Photoshop. All you need is a computer with Photoshop and some very basic computer skills.
You will learn why it is important to have a banner and how we will make one. We will have a look at some existing websites with a poorly made banner to prove the importance of a good banner.
You will learn the layout in Photoshop so you will know how to use it for anything. Navigating will no longer be a worry. We will open an existing photo that is located on a computer/online. You will learn how to use Bucket Tool and create a new Layer. I will explain you everything you need to know about Layers and why they are so awesome. You will also learn how to resize using the Move Tool. I'll show you a trick how to add more background material to a layer without re-sizing it. I will teach you the Eye Dropping and Gradient Tool so you will know how to blend two colors from two layers and pick and use any color you see.
I will show you how to work with text. You will learn how to add text and make it beautiful by using the Blending Options. I will also teach you hot to use Brushes and what they are for. We will learn about Brush Presets, use some funky ones and even add some from the internet. At the end you will see how much you have learn by completing a Quiz and friends' admiration of your new banner.
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|Section 1: Getting Started|
Instructor welcomes students and introduces himself. Explains benefits of course, lists its major components and describes for whom it is intended.
Website or a blog without a banner is boring.
Show some websites with poorly made banners.
Explain the importance of a banner to the website/blog since it's normally the first thing a visitor will see.
|Quiz 1||1 question|
Check if students understand the importance of a banner to the website.
|Section 2: Layout, Colouring, Resizing and Layers|
Show the Toolbar working area for Layers, Colours palette and the Menus.
Demonstrate how to switch between views.
Open a photo that is on the computer.
Create new document in Photoshop.
Open a photos directly from a browser.
We will first create a new document, colour it using Bucket Tool.
Explain how to select specific colour.
Explain the importance of Layers, what they are and when to use them. We create a new layer and see how we name it, delete it.
We find a logo online and add it our document. We resize it using Move Tool.We have a look at scaling and resizing.
|Quiz 2||1 question|
Recap of the video lecture on Paint Bucket Tool, Layers and resizing with Move Tool
We will learn a trick how to add more background material to a layer without re-sizing it.
We will use the Eye Dropping Tool and learn how to grab any color in the image and use it to work with it.
We will use the Gradient Tool to smoothen the line between the two layers and blend the both colours.
Eye Drop Tool an Gradient
|Section 3: Adding Text and Brushes|
Students will learn how to use Horizontal Type tool and all its features.
We will add effects to it by using any use Blending Options.
|Quiz 4||1 question|
Test the knowledge of using text in Photoshop.
We will create a new layer and Test it with Brush Tool.
We will load different Brush Presents and see the difference and its usability.
We will again see how useful Layers are in spirit of non-destructive editing.
We will go to the internet find a website with free brushes, download them, load them to Photosop and test them.
|Quiz 5||1 question|
Test knowledge of Brushes after watching the video.
Students will know the difference between basic image formats and use them appropriately.
We will be deciding between JPEG, PNG and GIF.
|Quiz 6||11 questions|
In this quiz I test the knowledge obtained through the whole course and check if students have achieved the learning objectives.
I love it when technology and creativity come together
I live in Bournemouth UK, as a Xerox employee I have access to very cool new technologies and work with new software on a daily basis.
Currently in the process of finishing my studies for a teacher of Computer Science and English with Literature at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Maribor. For practical part of my Computer Science dissertation I decided to turn a class I taught in a face-to-face classroom to an online e-course.
About the course How to make a Banner in Photoshop I have received amazing feedback form my students and I decided to to offer it for everyone free of charge.