This course is for absolute beginners who want to get started using Adobe Photoshop to edit and improve photos, and to create their own designs.
The course follows an optimized 2-part structure:
In part 1 - called "Learn" - you’re going to learn all about the most used Photoshop tools and features. We will focus on most of the tools in the Tools Panel and learn about each one individually. We’ll also tackle other important Photoshop features that will help us produce beautiful graphics.
In part 2 - called "Create" - you will start creating your own visuals. You’ll be able to follow along, download the assets I’m using, and create your own personalized artwork. I will teach you how to achieve different visual outcomes by using and combining a variety of interesting Photoshop features. We’re going to work with color adjustments, effects, typography, photography and layout, all in order to visualize our creative ideas.
This is not a course that you take, watch and then throw away, because I will be updating it constantly. So from time to time, I will add more valuable content to this course. If there is a new tool or feature for example, I will add it to part 1, talk about it and teach you how to use it properly. Also, I will create additional projects, add them to part 2, and teach you how to create them from scratch.
My name is Dayj and I am a professional graphic designer and the creator of 2-Minute Design, where I teach people design skills in 2-minute videos. I have years of experience using Photoshop to create countless projects in advertising, corporate identity, shopper marketing, web design and digital production.
Go ahead and enroll in this course, "Learn Photoshop From Scratch", and then unleash your creativity!
We will discover how Photoshop is structured, what Panels are and how they can be manipulated.
We will work with the New Document dialog box and learn how to customize a variety of parameters like dimensions, color modes, orientation, background contents, etc...
In this bonus 2-minute video, we will define RGB and CMYK color models and explain the difference between them.
We will discover what layers are, what they are used for, and how we can work with them in Photoshop.
We will learn how to move layers, resize them and make them more transparent.
We will learn about different ways and shortcuts we can use to pan, zoom in and zoom out.
We will learn about the Rectangular Marquee tool and the Elliptical marquee tool, and how we can use them to create layer selections.
We will learn how to use the Lasso tool to create free-form layer selections.
We will learn how to use the Magic Wand tool to create color-based selections.
We will understand the power of one of my favorite Photoshop selection tools that I use all the time: the Quick Selection tool.
The Pen tool is Photoshop's greatest, most accurate tool. In this bonus video, we will learn how to create a path using the Pen tool, which will allow us to hide the background and keep the traced object.
Along the way, we will learn about anchor points, direction lines, straight and curved lines, as well as some awesome tips and tricks.
We will learn how to work with paths and edit their anchor points.
We will learn how to crop our image, and how to revert it back to its original state.
We will learn about one of Photoshop's most powerful tools: the Brush tool. We will understand how the brush works, how to adjust its size and its hardness, and how we can use different brush tips to achieve different effects.
Photoshop's Clone Stamp tool is used to copy information from one part of a picture to another part of it.
In this bonus video, we will learn how to use it to connect two edges. Along the way, we will learn some tips and tricks on how to best put this tool to use.
We will lean how we can use the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove skin blemishes from a photo.
We will learn how to use the Healing Brush tool to remove scratches from a photo. We will also learn what is the difference between this tool and the Clone Stamp tool.
We will learn how to use the Content-Aware Move tool to easily move and scale a helicopter.
We will understand how to work with the Foreground and Background colors, and how to use Photoshop's Color Picker to set the color we want.
We will learn how to use the Gradient tool to create a gradual blend between two or multiple colors.
We will learn how to add text with the Type tool, and how to set its typeface, adjust its size, tracking, leading, color, etc...
Photoshop's Shape tools provide an awesome way to create, well, any kind of shapes. You can draw a shape and then adjust its appearance, fill color, stroke color, and many other parameters in seconds.
In this bonus video, we will learn the basics of the Shape tools in Photoshop.
We will learn how to use the Eyedropper tool to sample a specific color from our image.
Layer masks are one of the most powerful features of Photoshop. What are they? And how to use them properly? The answers are discussed in this bonus video.
Smart Objects are powerful enough to be called "smart"! What are they and why you should use them?
In this bonus video, we define Smart Objects and understand how we can use them to avoid losing image quality.
We will learn how to use Layer Styles to create amazing effects in a non-destructive way.
We will learn how to add Filters to create blurring or artistic effects.
We will understand what Adjustment Layers are used for, and how they can affect other layers.
In this bonus video, we're going to learn about the technicalities of an image's dimensions.
We will understand the meaning of some technical words like "Pixel Dimensions", "Pixel Density", "Resolution", and "Image Size". We will see the difference between them and learn how they affect each other.
We will learn how to combine a photo with a number of rectangular shapes to create a beautiful "Rectangling" effect.
We will learn how to create a beautiful background from scratch, mask a photo to circular and triangular shapes, and play with their opacity.
We will create an amazing typographic poster based on a photograph.
We will use adjustment layers to adjust the colors of our photo, add some text, create and use a displacement map so that the text follows the folds, select and mask a photo of a guy (me) and place it in our composition.
We will create a typographic poster based on a crumbled paper background, and then learn how to edit and manipulate the letters to achieve an amazing visual style.
We will create a background from scratch, create a photo frame, put a photo inside it, create a nail, 2 strings, and then add some shadows and effects to finalize our visual.
We will create a disintegration effect using Photoshop's brushes, masks, Liquify tool, and Motion Blur filter.
We will create a cool effect of a face emerging from a city, between the buildings. We will be using a variety of Photoshop features, including masks, adjustment layers, smart objects, and layer styles to achieve a great outcome.
Dayj is a professional graphic designer and the creator of 2-Minute Design, where he teaches people graphic design skills, technicalities and Photoshop tips and tricks through engaging and informative 2-minute videos. His videos have helped thousands of people boost their graphic design and Photoshop skills.
He has years of experience using Photoshop to create countless projects in advertising, corporate identity, shopper marketing, web design and digital production.