Photoshop CC For Beginners: Photo Editing made Easy
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Learn the essentials and become an instant expert even if you know nothing about graphic design!
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will be able to create and edit professional images, backgrounds and text.
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  • Basic computer skills will be helpful
  • Photoshop CC (if you do not have it yet you can download a 30 day trial version from the Adobe hompepage)

Photoshop might be overwhelming at first, but once things are explained in these easy to follow, step by step videos, you will find that it is actually quite simple to use. You do not need design skills to use this program.

In this in-depth course you will learn how to use all the relevant tools and get useful tricks from a professional Photoshop designer. Once you get familiar with the fundamentals, you will become extremely proficient the more you use it.

This course is designed for beginners. It will introduce Photoshop and show you clear and effective ways to work with graphics.

You start this training as a beginner but end feeling like an expert.

The course includes:

  • Getting started and finding your way around the workspace and tool panels
  • How to edit images
  • What are layers and how to work with them
  • How to work with text
  • How to create Photoshop files and decide for the right format
  • How to work with tools such as brush tools, clone stamp, lasso tool etc.
  • How to work with filters such as distortion, noise etc.

And as an extra bonus:

  • An additional workshop that includes:
    • How to create 3D Text
    • How To Design Backgrounds
    • How To Create Color Silhouettes
    • How To Replace Colors
    • How To Restore Old Photographs
    • How To Remove The Background of an Image

All the photos we used are included for you. Also included is the complete course in pdf format for you to download.

The knowledge of Adobe Photoshop has helped so many people to make money and to have pride in their works. There are a lot of reasons why you should learn Photoshop.

Enroll today and join us!

Who is the target audience?
  • This is course is designed for beginners who have no or very little experience with Photoshop yet
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Curriculum For This Course
45 Lectures
Getting started with Photoshop
2 Lectures 11:05

In this lesson you are going to learn about the toolbar and the options that are available in Adobe Photoshop CC:

  • Discovering the tool panel
  • Accessing tools
  • Tool options

The Tool Panel contains all of the most commonly used tools in Photoshop.

Preview 04:25

In addition to the toolbar there are number of different workspaces available:

  • Choose workspaces by default
  • Create your own workspace

The Workspace is where you build your project.

Organize the workspace
Creating Files
5 Lectures 19:24

Create a new document in Photoshop:

  • Change width and height
  • Choose background content like white, color or transparent.
Preview 02:44

You can open files using the Open command and Open Recent command. You can also open more than one file at a time.

Opening an existing document

Working with tabbed windows and combining images by copying and draggin. Also find out about how to resize images.

Preview 06:11

Effectivly save your document and use the perfect format for your document. The graphic supported file formats in Photoshop are:

  • Photoshop PSD
  • Large Document Format PSB
  • BMP
  • Cineon
  • CompuServe GIF
  • Photoshop DCS 1.0
  • Photoshop DCS 2.0
  • Photoshop EPS
  • IFF format
  • JPEG
  • JPEG2000
  • OpenEXR
  • PCX
  • Photoshop PDF
  • Pixar
  • PNG
  • Portable Bit Map
  • Photoshop Raw
  • Scitex CT
  • Targa
  • TIFF
  • Wireless Bitmap
  • Photoshop 2.0 (Mac only)
  • PICT (read only)
  • PICT Resource (Mac only, can open only)
  • Radiance
Choosing a file format and saving files

Learn about different additional file saving options that you have in Photoshop if you want to say files especially for the web. The Save For Web option tool is a simple and easy way to prepare your files for the web, helping with the trade-off between file size and image quality.

Saving files specificially for web use
Edit Images
7 Lectures 01:19:05

Let's have a look at the Transform Tools that are available in Photoshop:

  • Content Aware Scale
  • Puppet Warp
  • Perspective Warp
  • Free Transform
  • Transform
  • Auto Align Layers
  • Auto Blend Layers
Transform Tools

Photoshop gives us the ability to change the Color Mode. Those are your choices:

  • Bitmap
  • Grayscale
  • Duotone
  • Indexed color
  • RGB color
  • CMYK color
  • Lab color
  • Multichannel
Color Modes

Photoshop has some colorful Adjustment Tools. They are divided in five groups. They include:

  1. Brightness/Contrast
  2. Vibrance
  3. Invert
  4. Shadows/Highlights
  5. Desaturate

In this lecture we are looking at the first group Brightness/Contrast which consists tools to modify different types of exposure in an image.

Image Adjustments Part 1

The second group of tools, Vibrance, can be used to adjust the colors often image

Image Adjustments Part 2

The third tool, Invert, affects how the colors are handled with in an image.

Image Adjustments Part 3

The fourth adjustment tool, Shadows/Highlights affect aspects of shadow and highlight. And finally Desaturate can be used to shift and equalize color.

Image Adjustments Part 4

Photoshop provides us with a number of tools which allow us to adjust the image itself. Here you will find the following options:

  • Image size
  • Canvas size
  • Image rotation
  • Crop
  • Trim
  • Reveal all
Document Editing
Working with tools
13 Lectures 02:22:22

The Marquee Tool is used to select areas of an image, which can then be copied, cut or cropped. Parts of a graphic can be selected to apply a filter or effect to a particular area. There are the following options within the tool available:

  • Rectangular marquee
  • Elliptical marquee
  • Single row marquee
  • Single column marquee
Working with Marquee Tools

The Magic Wand Tool selects pixels based on tone and color. You have two options:

  • Quick selection tool
  • Magic wand tool
Working with Magic Wand and Quick Selection

The Lasso Tools are useful for drawing freeform segments of a selection border.

The different options are:

  • Regular Lasso Tool
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool
  • Magnetic Lasso Tool
Using Lasso Tools

When using the Lasso and the Marquee Tools from your selection there are a number of tools available under the Select Menu under Modify you will find the following:

  • Border
  • Smooth
  • Expand
  • Contract
  • Feather
Add and Subtract From Selections

Cropping means removing parts of an image. You can easily trim an image using the Crop Tool.

Cropping an Image

The Healing Tools allow you to fix image imperfections such as scratches, blemishes, etc. It will match the texture,lighting, and shades of the sampled area to the source area. The result of the repair makes the whole image blend together.

Here you have to following options:

  • Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Healing Brush Tool
  • Patch Tool
  • Content Aware Tool

The Clone Stamp Tool allows you to duplicate part of an image. It will also help clear out scars or blemishes on a photo.

Clone Stamp And Healing Tools

Photoshop offers four tools for painting and editing image color:

  • Brush Tool
  • Pencil Tool
  • Color Replacement Tool
  • Mixer Brush Tool

The Brush Tool and the Pencil Tool work like a traditional drawing tools applying color with brush strokes.

The brush types are different in:

  • Thickness
  • Weight
  • Texture
  • Oil Brush
  • Water Brush
  • Shape
  • Leaves
  • Stars
Working with Brush Tools Part 1

The Color Replacement Tool lets you paint roughly over an area of an image. The Mixer Brush tool allows you to paint more realistically in Photoshop.

Working with Brush Tools Part 2

The Dodge Tool and the Burn Tool lighten or darken parts of an image.

You can use these tools to improve your images in different ways:

  • To improve the exposure of your photo and bring out detail
  • To direct attention through creative use of highlights and shadows
  • To create impact by adding dramatic highlights and shadows

The Dodge Tool will lighten colors in your photo. For example:

  • The more you use this tool in one area, the more it will become white.
  • Make teeth whiter.

The Burn Tool will darken colors in your photo. For example:

  • The more you use this tool in one area, the closer it will get to black.
Dodge and Burn

Gradients are a great way to add something special to a background or image. According to Adobe, “The Gradient tool creates a gradual blend between multiple colors.” Choose from preset gradient fills or create your own fills.

You have the following options:

  • Gradient Tool
  • Paintbucket Tool
  • 3D Material Drop Tool
Using The Gradiant Tool

Here are three different tools available:

  • Blur Tool
  • Sharpen Tool
  • Smudge Tool

The Blur Tool will allow you to blur parts of your photo. The Sharpen Tool allows you to make the edges of a selected area of your photo stand out. The Smudge Tool is helpful when you want to remove dust and scratches on old photos. This can also be used to make a photo appear as a painting when used across the entire image

Blur and Sharpen

You can draw shapes and designs freehand. The Path Tools remain editable, and these edits don’t affect the resolution at all, which is a huge benefit.

The family of the Path Tools contain the following:

  • Pen Tool
  • Freeform Pen Tool
  • Add Anchor Point Tool
  • Delete Anchor Point Tool
  • Convert Point Tool
Working with Paths Part 1

The Pen Tool in particular is that it gives you the ability to isolate an area of a photographand do so in a very, very precise way. The tool also has a magnetic option that gives it the ability to detect edges.

Working with Paths Part 2
Working With Layers
4 Lectures 48:34

A Layer is the term used to describe the different levels at which you can place an object or image file. In Photoshop you can stack, merge or define layers when creating an image.

A quick layer summary:

  • You are working on top of or on copies of that photo.
  • You can use blending modes to change the way layers interact.
  • You can change the opacity of any effects.
  • You can add layer masks so that you can work selectively on your photo with any adjustment you make.
Understanding Backgrounds and Layers

A Layer Group act as folders for layers you choose. You can add, remove or shuffle around the layers within a group. Use layer groups to organize layers and make duplicating multiple layers easier.

Organizing Layers

Adjustment Layers don’t change anything actually below them. You can apply an adjustment on a transparency layer and it will become an adjustment layer.

To adjust layers Photoshop offers numerours options:

  • Solid Color
  • Gradient
  • Pattern
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Color Balance
  • Brightness/Contrast
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Selective Color
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map
  • Invert
  • Threshold
  • Posterize
Adjust Layers Part 1

The Type Mask Tool enables you to cut type out of solid color or image layers.

This tool does not create a new layer. Instead, it creates a selection on the active layer. This is the tool of your choice for filling text with an image or cutting text out of an image so that the background shows through.

Adjust Layers Part 2
Working with Text
2 Lectures 14:38

Photoshop offers some pretty amazing options for creating and utilizing text in your images.

There are four different options within the Type Tool menu:

  • Horizontal Type Tool
  • Vertical Type Tool
  • Horizontal Type Mask Tool
  • Vertical Type Mask Tool
Working with Photoshop Text

Photoshop gives you the ability to Warp the type.

The Style Options are:

  • Arc
  • Arc Lower
  • Arc Upper
  • Arch
  • Bulge
  • Shell Lower Shell Upper
  • Flag
  • Wave
  • Fish
  • Rise
  • Fisheye
  • Inflate
  • Squeeze
  • Twist
Using the Warp Text Option
Working with Filters
4 Lectures 46:49

You can use filters to clean up or retouch your photos, apply special effects that give your image the appearance of a sketch or impressionistic painting, or create unique transformations using distortions and lighting effects.

Under the Filter Menu you will find the following options:

  • Filter Gallery
  • Adaptive Wide Angle
  • Camera Raw Filter
  • Lens Correction
  • Liquify
  • Oil Paint
  • Vanishing Point

The Filter Gallery has the follwoing sections:

  • Artistic
  • BrushStrokes
  • Distort
  • Sketch
  • Stylize
  • Texture

How to use the Filter Gallery

The Oil Paint Filter makes your photograph look like an oil painting.

You can adjust the following options:

  • Stylization
  • Cleanliness
  • Scale
  • Bristle Detail
  • Angular Direction
  • Shine
Oil Paint Filter

The Blur Filter softens a selection or an complete image, and is useful for retouching.

The Distort Filter distorts an image, creates 3D or other reshaping effects.

The Pixalete Filter defines a selection by bundle pixels of similar color values in cells.

Blur, Distort and Pixelate

The Render Filter does not affect a photograph. It actually generates new textures based on what you choose.

The Sharpen Filter simply sharpens your image. Note that the Sharpen and Sharpen More options are subtle and they have no controls. Smart Sharpen and Unsharp Mask gives you control over the result.

The Stylize submenu contains a number of options as well:

  • Diffuse
  • Emboss 27
  • Extrude
  • Find Edges
  • Solarize
  • Tiles
  • Trace Contour
  • Wind
Render, Sharpen and Stylize
7 Lectures 01:01:03

In this lecture you are going to learn how to change a color of an object in the photograph and make it look real.

How To Replace Colors

In this quick and easy workshop, you’ll discover a handy process for generating eye-catching 3D Type with Photoshop.

Preview 04:44

In this special workshop lecture you are going to learn how to use Photoshop’s filters to create stunning backgrounds.

How To Quickly Design Backgrounds By Using Filters

In this lecture you are going to learn how to isolate an object and keep it in color while changing everything else in the image to black and white or a solid color.

How To Create Color Silhouettes

In this workshp lecture you are going to learn how to retouch an old picture and heal damaged areas.

How To Restore Old Photographs

In this lecture you are going to learn how to quickly and easily silhouette an image from its white background. If you are doing any kind of product photography, you’ll find this lesson extremely helpful.

How To Remove the Background of an Image Part 1

In this part of the lecture you are going to learn how to effectively silhouette an image from its detailed background.

How To Remove the Background of an Image Part 2
Work Material To Download
1 Lecture 00:00

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Pictures to work with during the course
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