Photoshop CC: The Essentials of Photoshop In Just 2 hrs
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Photoshop CC: The Essentials of Photoshop In Just 2 hrs

Photoshop CC - Give me 2 hrs of your time and I'll arm you with the skills you need for success, no matter the project.
4.0 (186 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
16,690 students enrolled
Created by Adam Zollinger
Last updated 3/2015
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn your way around the Photoshop CC interface
  • Understand the essential tools of Photoshop CC
  • Master Photoshop Adjustments
  • Understand layers, masks and blending modes
  • Use filters effectively
  • Put your skills to use with real world practice projects, available for download
  • Download, explore and learn from professional projects provided with the course
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  • Basic computer skills

*Don't let the price fool you. This is a very valuable course. After you are done with this course you should feel comfortable joining any intermediate or advanced level Photoshop courses on Udemy.

*Voucher for $5 dollar Photoshop courses (intermediate and advanced) included with this course.

*30 day money back guarantee (no questions asked)

Why This Course?

Maybe you've been eyeing a sweet Udemy course about photo retouching, or perhaps digital painting, but your concerned because they are for intermediate skill level, and you know NOTHING about Phtoshop. Well, you've come to the right place! Whether you are hoping to eventually be able to enhance your family photos, or to become a graphic design master, it doesn't matter, we all need to know the basics first. That is why this course cuts through the crap, and focuses on Photoshop essentials, the stuff we all need to know regardless of the project.

Photoshop CC Quick Start is meant to introduce you to the software very quickly, and give you a foundation that you can build on. With these basic skills, and the ability to confidently navigate the UI and tool palettes, you will be able to expand your horizons into various different fields that use Photoshop.

From the instructor:

“I have spent much of my professional career learning new software packages. From this, I know that the best way to learn is by familiarizing yourself with the UI, and then diving into a real world project, answering real questions and solving real problems."

Different areas of expertise that you can specialize in after taking this course:

  1. Photo editing
  2. Photo retouching
  3. Matte Painting
  4. Fine art digital painting
  5. Texture artist for 3d (Film, video games, architecture, etc)
  6. Illustration
  7. Graphic Design
  8. UI Design (mobile apps, web pages, video games)
  9. And more...

Photoshop is a very powerful program, so the learning curve can be a bit steep. That is why this course cuts right to the essentials. In just two hours you will be ready to explore on your own with a good understanding of the core functionality of Photoshop CC.

*Voucher for $5 dollar Photoshop courses (intermediate and advanced) included with this course.

Project Files Included

Put your skills to the test with the provided files. Also, explore some real professional projects to learn by example. Here are the practice files I have so far:

  1. Enhance a basic portrait
  2. Practice the basics of digital coloring / painting on one of my illustrations
  3. More to come!

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Join today for lifetime access to the lectures and project files (including all future additions). You'll never regret learning Photoshop.

Who is the target audience?
  • Take this course if you are new to Photoshop
  • Take this course if you love to learn new software
  • Take this course if you want me to get you up and running fast with all the skills you need to take off on your own
  • DO NOT take this course if you are already very familiar with the ins and outs of Photoshop CC
  • DO NOT take this course if you are not ready to put in some effort on your own to explore and experiment with Photoshop's many features, with my guidance of course.
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
Course Intro and Overview
3 Lectures 09:28

Photoshop CC is an extremely versatile program that can be used in many different fields. This course will simply get you familiar with the program. It is an introduction. From here, you can take the software wherever you like. Photography, illustration, animation, digital painting, matte painting, 3d, tileable textures, UI design, web design, graphic design, etc. All these achievable with Photoshop CC, but you have to start with the basics.

Preview 02:26

In this course we will start very basic, for those of you who have no experience. If you know your way around a little bit, feel free to skip ahead.

We will go over each of the important elements of the Photoshop CC UI, and cover the essential tools. We will also learn important stuff like layers, masks, adjustment layers, filters, blending modes, etc.

Preview 03:16

Photoshop CC is so versatile, and once you feel comfortable (definitely by the end of this course), you will be able to start specializing in the various different applications of Photoshop. I will go over some of those here in this lecture.

Preview 03:46
Let's Get Started - First Time In Photoshop
7 Lectures 25:51

Download a free trial of Photoshop CC, or just get the subscription plan. I explain the differences so you can decide on the right one.

Preview 03:15

File menus, tool Palettes, workspaces...I'll sort through the UI with you and give you the essential knowledge for getting around in Photoshop cc.

Finding Your Way Around The UI - What Is All This Stuff?

Photoshop has a lot of menus. I'll show you the important ones.

File Menus Rundown

Here we'll learn how to choose the right image size and canvas size for our work in Photoshop CC. Also, we will setup our canvas so that we can start experimenting.

Preview 04:04

Make sure you have easy access to the most essential Photoshop tool palettes for your workflow.

Essential Tool Palettes

There are many ways to navigate around the Photoshop window, but I will teach you the best ways. Don't develop bad (slow) habits. Learn the fastest, best way to get around the first time. Pan & Zoom like a champ!

You Must Master This Lecture!

Learn here how to customize your UI for your personal style. Make sure all your necessary tools are readily available, then get rid of the rest of the clutter. A clean, efficient interface can save you tons of time in the long run.

The Key To An Optimized Workflow
Tools: A Quick Intro To All The Ones You Actually Need
5 Lectures 25:12

The Most Used Drawing Tool

Selection Tools

More Selection Help

Editing Tools
Layers, Layers, Layers! Here's What You Need To Know
4 Lectures 14:49

More Layers and Masking

Masking, Blending Modes, Layer Styles

Take some time to put your skills to the test. Grab the resources and have a look inside my Photoshop file. I set it up so that you can practice coloring in an illustration yourself, and then you can also explore my work to get some ideas. Have fun.

Practice Project: Coloring a Sketch
Adjustment Layers
3 Lectures 14:20

Photoshop CC has the ability to adjust images in a non-destructive way, meaning you can always go back. Learn how with adjustment layers, one of Photoshop's most powerful and most used features.

Adjustment Layers Explained

Continuing here to learn adjustment layers. These are very important to your Photoshop CC workflow.

More Adjustment Layer Mastery

What, you thought you could get away with not doing any homework?

Don't worry, this is fun. Follow the link to download a few of my basic landscape photos and start experimenting with adjusting them. One photo is of Antelope Island in the middle of The Great Salt Lake (Utah, USA). The other is a long exposure of the Pacific taken near La Jolla Cove (California, USA). If you make something cool post it in the discussion board.

Practice Project: Use Adjustment Layers To Enhance A Landscape
Let's Get Wild With Some Photoshop Filters
2 Lectures 09:23
Overview of Some Handy Filters

Previewing All The Filters
Example Projects - Apply Your Skills
5 Lectures 36:54

An excerpt from my Photoshop Painting class. This is a quick demonstration of a few painting techniques. To get the full effect, you will need to take the course and download the custom brushes. $5 voucher at the end of this course, if you're interested.

Painting a Portrait With Photoshop CC

A Basic Photo Edit / Enhance

An excerpt from Photoshop for 3d Architectural Visualization course. Even if you are not working with 3d renderings, this video is really good for showing you how to use adjustment layers.

Post-Processing A 3d Rendering (or a photo)

Turn A Photo / Rendering Into A Watercolor Painting
Where To Go Next
2 Lectures 02:36
About the Instructor
Adam Zollinger
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Digital Artist & Instructor - 3ds Max / V-Ray / Photoshop

Digital Artist - 3ds Max & Photoshop

Adam has been working as a professional (and award winning) 3d artist for over 10 years, but his expertise does not stop there. He has also authored / illustrated a children's book, and created graphics for numerous mobile games. He has expert knowledge in the following programs:

  • 3ds Max
  • Mudbox
  • Photoshop
  • V-Ray
  • After Effects
  • Various other software programs and plugins

Most importantly, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, and he loves to teach others as well.

From the artist:

"I mostly work in the Architectural Visualization industry. This a career which I almost entirely taught myself, and have perfected over several years. In order to save you the trouble of learning the hard way, like I did, I wan't to offer my expertise to you."

Join one of Adam's courses today to benefit from his years of experience creating high-end, professional graphics.

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