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Learn Adobe Photoshop CC and CS6 Basics from Scratch

A beginners guide to mastering all of the most important tools and techniques in Adobe Photoshop CC and CS6.
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Created by Richard Sneyd
Last updated 4/2016
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Adobe Photoshop CC is the industry standard software program for bitmap editing in all fields of development and design, from game, web and app development to fashion design and beyond. This course will teach you everything you need to become comfortable and proficient in the use of all the key tools available in Photoshop CC and CS6. Progressing through a string of lesson reinforcing mini projects, you will learn the function of each tool, lesson by lesson, including a practical application that makes the benefit of learning the tool clear and instant.

This Photoshop CC and CS6 course includes extensive coverage of:

  1. The move tool
  2. All of the marquee selection tools
  3. All three lasso selection tools
  4. Magic wand and quick selection tools
  5. Crop tool, perspective crop tool, slice tool and select slice select tool
  6. Eye dropper tool, color sampler tool, Ruler tool and note tool
  7. Spot healing brush, healing brush, patch tool, content aware move tool and red eye tool
  8. Brush, pencil, color replacement and mixer brush tools
  9. Clone stamp and pattern stamp tool
  10. History brush and art history brush tools
  11. Eraser, background eraser and magic eraser tools
  12. Gradient and paint bucket tools
  13. Blur, sharpen and smudge tools
  14. Dodge, burn and sponge tools
  15. Pen, freeform pen, add anchor point, delete anchor point and convert point tools
  16. The various text tools
  17. Path selection and direct selection tools
  18. All of the vector tools
  19. Hand & Rotate view tools
  20. Zoom tool
  21. Color swatches
  22. Quick mask mode
  23. Standard and full screen mode toggles

You will also learn how to work with all of the most important panes, including:

  1. Layers
  2. Navigator
  3. Actions
  4. Adjustments
  5. Brush
  6. Brush presets
  7. Channels
  8. Character
  9. Character Styles
  10. Paths
  11. Color
  12. Swatches
  13. Styles

In just a few short hours of exciting and enjoyable instruction, you will have mastered the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop CC and/or CS6!  Here is what just 2 students had to say in his review: 

"I really enjoyed this course I learned a lot, Thank you. This course is
really a great course for those wishing to get a start using Photoshop.
Richard made this course easy to follow and understand as he shows you
the basics."

"Very easy to follow along. I'm very impressed. I'd recommend this course to anyone looking to learn photoshop CS6"

Zaldy Padilla

So what are you waiting for, it's time to learn Adobe Photoshop CC and CS6 Basics! Let's get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Hobbyists who want learn Photoshop for the first time
  • Students looking to master the Photoshop tool once and for all
  • Novice Photoshop users who want to round out their knowledge and skills with the software
  • Aspiring game developers, graphic designers and web designers who want to master a key industry software tool.
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What Will I Learn?
Use all of the Photoshop tools and windows
Enhance photographs using the healing tools
Remove red eye from photographs
Adjust hue, saturation, and brightness in an image
change color modes at will
Work with layers effectively
Use masks intelligently in projects
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  • Basic computer skills are helpful
  • A copy of Adobe Photoshop, anything from CS3 up will do fine. A free, 30 day trial is available from the Adobe website
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 54 Lectures Collapse All 54 Lectures 03:30:34
Course Introduction
2 Lectures 02:35

In this lesson , we'll get the free trial for Adobe Photoshop CC so we can continue on with the rest of the lessons.

Download Adobe Photoshop CC Trial
Selection Tools
6 Lectures 35:24

In this lecture, we will familiarise ourselves with the general layout of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 interface, to a point where we feel comfortable enough to navigate around it's various panes.

Preview 07:37

In this lesson, we will learn how to use the magic wand and transform tools in conjuction with each other to perform a whole host of common tasks.

Preview 07:02

By the end of this lesson, you will know exactly how to use the rectangular marquee tool in any Photoshop editing scenario.

Rectangular Marquee Tool

Let's learn how to use the elliptical marquee tool to make oval selections in our Photoshop documents.

Elliptical Marquee Tool

The Polygonal & Lasso selection tools are key to becoming effective and efficient when using Photoshop, as they allow us to create selection of irregularly shaped areas in our images. After this lesson, you will know exactly how to use them both.

Polygonal & Lasso Marquee Tools

The quick selection tool can really speed up your workflow in a lot of scenarios when working with Photoshop, if you know how to use it write. Let's learn how now.

Quick Selection Tool

Selection Tools
1 question
Image Alteration & Enhancement Tools
10 Lectures 30:34

In this lesson we will learn how to remove unwanted margin areas from an image, isolating just the rectangular area that we wish to retain.

Preview 02:10

Here we'll learn how to use the eye dropper tool to select color value from the canvas, and set them as our foreground color.

Eye Dropper Tool

Ostensibly, the color sampler tool would seem to be quite similar, or even the same as the eye dropper tool in terms of it's funciton. This lesson explains the differences, and when to use it.

Color Sampler Tool

The ruler tool is a very useful analytical resource within Photoshop, let's explore its function here.

Ruler Tool

The notes tool is very useful when collaborating with one or more teammates on the same Photoshop document, we'll master the use of it in this lecture.

Notes Tool

The spot healing brush, as the name implies, can be used to aesthetically "heal" minor blemishes in your photographs, with relatively little effort required on your part. Let's learn how.

Spot Healing Brush

This lesson covers the correct use of the healing brush in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Healing Brush

The patch tool can be used to "heal" larger areas of your canvas than would be possible with the healing or spot healing brushes. Let's learn how to use it correctly.

Patch Tool

The content aware move tool, a relative newcomer to the gamut of Photoshop tools, makes moving objects in an image without destroying it much easier. It's also a lot of fun to play with, let's get familiar with it in this lesson.

Content Aware Move Tool

Removing red eye from your photographs is a breeze with Photoshop's red eye removal tool.

Red Eye Removal Tool

Photograph Enhancement
1 question
Artistic & Creative Tools
19 Lectures 01:31:33

If you ever want to use Adobe Photoshop for any creative applications, along artistic or design lines, then you'll have to get very familiar with the brush tool, as well as the brushes pane. This lesson covers the basics of the brush tool, the brushes pane is covered in detail in a later section of the course.

Preview 07:28

The pencil tool is the best way to create hard edged lines and shapes in Adobe Photoshop, let's learn how to work with it in this lesson.

Pencil Tool

The color replacement is extremely useful in very specific image editing contexts, let's learn how it can be used to greatly speed up our workflow in such situations.

Color Replacement Tool

If you have any aspirations of using Adobe Photoshop for artistic applications, then you will definitely want to get familiar with the mixer brush tool, which emulates the real-world painting experience as closely as possible. This lesson explains how to work with it.

Mixer Brush Tool

In this lesson we'll gain a mastery of the clone stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Clone Stamp Tool

Patterns can be very useful for a whole host of possible design tasks in Photoshop, this lesson will explain how they work, how to apply them to the canvas with the pattern stamp tool, and how to download and import pattern packs into Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Pattern Stamp Tool

The history brush can be quite powerful once you fully understand how it works. In this lesson we'll learn it's basic usage in this Adobe Photoshop CS6.

History Brush and History Pane

The art history brush is similar to the history brush in most respects, but with one pivotal difference; it stylizes the generated content. Let's learn how to use it correctly.

Art History Brush

You wouldn't get far with Photoshop unless you learned how to use the main features of the eraser tool, so let's get a firm grasp of how it works in this lesson.

Eraser Tool

Let's learn how to put the background eraser to good use when editing photographs and other types of images in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Background Eraser Tool

The magic eraser combines the functionality of two popular tool: the magic wand tool, and the eraser tool. Let's learn how to use it, including configuring the various options in the options bar.

Magic Eraser Tool

In Photoshop, the paint bucket tool is used to fill select areas of the canvas with solid color values, according to opacity and tolerance settings. Let's learn how to use the paint bucket tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Paint Bucket Fill Tool

The gradient tool is used to fill select areas of the canvas with a color gradient, which may be defined by two or more color points. Let's learn how to use the gradient tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Gradient Tool

The blur tool is very useful whenever we find ourselves in a situation where we need to soften some element of an image in Photoshop. It is particularly useful when editing photographs. Let's learn how to use the blur tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6

Blur Tool

The sharpen tool is excellent when we need to create more contrast between adjacent pixel data in an image in Photoshop. Let's learn how to use the sharpen tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Sharpen Tool

The smudge tool is very useful for photograph enhancement, as well as for many other image editing tasks. In this lesson, we will learn how to use the smudge tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Smudge Tool

The dodge tool is the best way of improving the lighting in the pixel data for select areas of an image in Photoshop. In this lesson, we will learn how to use it effectively in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Dodge Tool

Complementing the function of the dodge tool, the burn tool is used to darken pixels in the tools area of influence. Let's learn how to use the burn tool effectively in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Burn Tool

The sponge tool allows us to alter the degree of color saturation for the pixel data in any Photoshop Document, in this lesson we will learn how to use it to great effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Sponge Tool

Artistic & Creative
1 question
Vector Editing & Creation Tools
17 Lectures 50:28

Vector graphics are very popular in various areas of design industry due to their simple aesthetic appeal, and infinite scalability. In this lesson, we'll begin learning to work with vector graphics in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Preview 12:05

The freeform pen tool allows us to draw vector shapes and paths in a more intuitive, organic way. Learn how to use the freeform pen tool in this Photoshop skill snack.

Freeform Pen Tool

We can add additional anchor points to an existing vector path, hence further defining the shape. Learn how to use the add anchor point tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Add Anchor Point Tool

Learn how to remove unwanted, extraneous anchor points from your vector paths in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Delete Anchor Point Tool

The convert tool can be used to manipulate the shape of vector paths in Photoshop by adjusting the handles and bezier curves. Let's learn how to use the convert tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Convert Tool

The horizontal type tool is the primary method we use to add text to our Photoshop documents. Let's learn how to use it in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Horizontal Type Tool

The vertical type tool allows use to create text in Photoshop which runs vertically, from top to bottom, rather than horizontally, from left to right. Let's learn how to use the vertical type tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Vertical Type Tool

The horizontal type mask tool allows us to make text based selections of our canvas, which can be useful for all kinds of art and design scenarios in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Horizontal Type Mask Tool

Learn how to use the vertical type mask tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Vertical Type Mask Tool

Path Selection Tool

Learn to use the direct selection tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Direct Selection Tool

Learn how to use the rectangle tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Rectangle Tool

Learn how to use the rounded rectangle tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Rounded Rectangle Tool

Learn how to use the elliptical tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Ellipse Tool

Learn how to use the polygon tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Polygon Tool

learn to use the line tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Line Tool

The custom shape tool is perhaps the most powerful of all the vector creation tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6, let's learn how to use it correctly in this lesson.

Custom Shape Tool

Vectors & Text
1 question
About the Instructor
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Game Design Lecturer, Founder & CEO of CyberMyth Games

Richard Sneyd (1st Class B.A Hons.) is founder and CEO of CyberMyth Games, and administrator of CMG Academy, the no. 1 source of professional quality online training for digital art, development and design courses. In the performance of his duties within the company, he must wear many hats, including that of a programmer, designer, digital 2D & 3D artist, sound designer, scriptwriter, texture artist, leader, marketer and business man.

He is also a fully registered, qualified, and highly experienced lecturer. His speciality subjects include 3D Modelling & Animation, Computer Game Programming, 2D Image Processing, Game Design, Desktop Audio, Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Human Resources & Business Management.

Richard is enthusiastic about his work, with students and colleagues noting that he is a highly dedicated and accomplished teacher. All of his courses are characterized by a steady, incremental flow of information, and a lucid teaching style which is easy to understand and follow for all.

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