Photoshop CC: Learn by Making Designs

Make beginner designs in Photoshop CC to become confident with the interface and understand the software's workflow.
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  • Lectures 28
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 5/2016 English Closed captions available

Course Description

*Updated: 2016*

Learn the Photoshop Essentials for a beginners level, whilst developing good habits for your future design career and work.

Grow your knowledge on the most powerful graphic editing program in the world in an easy to follow online course. 

You will be learning employable skills every professional Photoshop artists uses daily as well as developing good habits + industry expert tips.

Project files + Live real-life examples of how to use tools in Photoshop.

You will get access to the images I use in this course as well as demonstrations of how you can be using Photoshop tools for real life projects, graphic design work, photo editing and other digital design needs.

The Instructor... Who is he?

My name is Aaron Ward and I have over 10 years+ experience in Photoshop creating a mass range of graphics. Oh...and I have a diploma in Graphic design. 

I will be teaching you the level of quality expected to work for clients such as Red Bull, Spotify, Carlsberg and more whom I have had the pleasure to work for.

Finally, you get my full attention on feedback. You are welcomed and encouraged to post your final result in the student discussion section where I will provide feedback to you.

What makes this course different Aaron?

  • You will be able to take the skills taught in this course and apply them to future design projects knowing what tools will help you.
  • All files are supplied and done for you
  • You get professional industry tips to stand out from the sea of average Photoshop users
  • Everything is clear and simple, making your learning experience enjoyable and memorable
  • Each skill taught is demonstrated in the most efficient way to enforce good design habits and work effiency
  • These skills are used everyday by professionals and will allow you to kick-start your design career rapidly to earn money money or offline

Take this course today and kick start your design career in Photoshop!

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a copy of Photoshop.
  • *All materials/images provided
  • *No design background required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use the Photoshop Program and create designs
  • Create a magazine front cover design
  • Be comfortable and understand the Photoshop Tools, Adjustments, Filters, Masks & Interface
  • Use Industry standard settings to set their work and professionalism apart from the sea of designers
  • Have lots of tips and workflow tricks to have an efficiency design workflow

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to kick-start their digital design career with good habits and confidence
  • Photoshop users who are completely lost and need a restart in the right direction
  • Design students who are stuck and don't understand Photoshop
  • Small Business owners who want to create their own graphics saving costs
  • Anyone who wants to learn Photoshop from an experienced designer

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome To This Course!

Welcome to the inside of the course.

Please feel free to ask questions at any point. This course was designed to teach you Photoshop as cleaning and simply as possible to reduce confusion. However lets be honest, its a confusing program when you first start :)


Get the material files for the course. Follow along and actively learn.

Section 2: Photoshop Basics

In this lecture you will learn and practice creating a new canvas/document in Photoshop to start your design!


Learn how to change the Photoshop interface to suit your needs.

Remember: Don't worry if you can't think of an efficient layout. After using Photoshop for a while you will learn what you're using the most and what suits your needs.


Learn your first most important tool skill used every time you open Photoshop. The Pan and Zoom tool.


If you've made your document but want to re-size it, this lecture shows you exactly how to do that.


Learn how to save a Photoshop PSD file and other formats for web or background transparency. 

Section 3: Photoshop Tools

In this lecture you will learn and practice using the different Selection tools available in Photoshop.

Shortcuts used:

  • Shift = Add to selection
  • Alt = Remove from selection

In this lecture you will learn and practice using the brush and eraser tools. 


In this lecture you will learn and practice using the paint bucket or gradient tool to fill layers with color.


In this lecture you will learn and practice using the Shape Tool. You can create anything from a perfect square to a triangle.

Shortcuts used:

  • Shift = Scale proportionately (all sides are equal)
  • Alt = Scale from Center
  • Shift + Alt Scale proportionately from the center

In this lecture you will learn and practice using the type tool and the settings you can adjust to achieving great typography layout.


In this lecture you will learn and practice using the healing brush and clone stamp tool for times when you need to remove blemishes or clone parts of an image.


In this lecture you will learn and practice using the Dodge and Burn tool to increase contrast in your images by making highlights brighter and shadows darker.


In this lecture you will learn and practice using the Blur, Sharpen and Smudge Tool.


In this lecture you will learn and practice using the Pen Tool. This tool allows you to create custom shapes and make selections out of them.

Shortcuts used:

  • Hold Shift = Ensures a straight line is made with the pen tool

In this lecture you will learn and practice using the Free Transform Tool. This tool allows you to resize elements in Photoshop as well as rotating them.

Shortcuts used:

  • Shift = Constrain Proportions
  • Alt - Scale from center
  • Shift + Alt = Constrain Proportions and Scale from Center
Basic Tools Quiz
3 questions
Section 4: Photoshop: Layers

Learn how layers work. 

Think of Photoshop as a graphical design building tool that is like a cake, it takes layers on top of each other to build up to the final design.


Take a look at what layer blending modes are and how they can quickly change the visual appearance of a layer.

Section 5: Photoshop: Masks

In this lecture you will learn and practice using masks to apply on to your layers.


  • White reveals the layer
  • Black hides parts of the layer
  • *make sure you have clicked on the layer mask before trying to hide or reveal

In this example you will learn how to remove a background from an image of a person.

Lesson Reminders: Refine edge allows your to make your selection clean. Also ensure to use masking to make sure you are working in a non-destructive. This is covered in the lecture.

>> "Refine edge" is called "Select and Mask" in the latest version of Photoshop (at least in the OSX version)

Section 6: Layer Styles

In this lecture you will be learning what layer styles are and the different ones available at your fingertips.

Layers Quiz
3 questions
Section 7: Photoshop: Adjustments

In this lecture you will be familiarized with Adjustment layers and what they do to help your designs.

Remember: there are many intermediate lessons that could be made for adjustment layers. Experiment with them as it will build up your memory of what they do if you see it in person.


Just like in the previous lecture, learn how to copy and paste your mask on to an adjustment layer so it only effects a specific part of your design.

Section 8: Photoshop: Filter

Learn what filters are and how to apply them on to your design.

Remember: there are many intermediate lessons that could be made for filters. Experiment with them as it will build up your memory of what they do if you see it in person.

Section 9: Photoshop: Live Demonstration of Work Flow

Combine all of your new skills and make a simple yet stylish magazine front cover. 

Remember: you don't have to copy me exactly, get creative...that's what Photoshop is all about!

Section 10: Course Wrap Up

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Instructor Biography

Aaron Ward, Instagram Marketing Specialist | Top Rated Udemy Instructor

Hey I'm Aaron, a popular social media instructor on Udemy teaching over 12,707+ students.

I have years of experience with social media marketing and brand development along with a qualified background in advertising. 

I've had the pleasure to work with big name clients such as Red Bull, Carlsberg, Spotify and many more.

To make your learning experience the best, I take a new and youthful approach to my courses: I avoid having the same content as other instructors or what is already available on the web, so that you get new ideas and innovative thinking: making you the best of the best.

If you want to learn more, have a look at my courses and then click take this course to get started.

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