Master Photoshop in 4 hours: A Complete Beginner's Guide
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Master Photoshop in 4 hours: A Complete Beginner's Guide

The Ultimate Photoshop CC 2017 beginner course that teaches you all the essentials. No prior experience required!
4.6 (137 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.
6,950 students enrolled
Created by Mr Marcus Gan
Last updated 5/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 44 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course is designed to teach you ALL THE ESSENTIALS of Photoshop in ONLY 4 hours!
  • You will be able to fully understand all the basics and fundamentals of Photoshop and capable of executing advance tasks
  • You will learn many shortcuts and tips to kickstart your Photoshop journey
  • You will learn tricks and ways to use Photoshop efficiently and cut down the time needed to complete your project
  • You will be able to manipulate photographs professionally and use all the filters (e.g. brightness, hue, vibrance, levels, blur etc.) available in Photoshop
  • You will be able to superimpose images realistically on top of one another using various methods, depending on your scenario
  • You will be able to create designs such as Posters, Flyers, Logos, Typography professionally from scratch
  • You will be comfortable in using Photoshop and capable of understanding all other tutorials freely available on the internet
  • And MOST importantly, you will not be bombarded with unnecessary content. You will learn all the important and common tools in Photoshop in the most succinct manner to get started FAST!
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Requirements
  • You should have a copy of Adobe Photoshop installed, preferably Photoshop CS6 or CC 2017 version, either trial or paid
  • No prior experience is required! This course assumes you are a complete beginner in Photoshop and get you started from scratch!
Description

MID-YEAR PROMOTION: This course will be FREE-OF-CHARGE from 08 JUNE 2017 to 18 JUNE 2359hrs (Singapore Time).

EDIT: Due to popular demand, this promotion will be extended for 5 MORE DAYS, until 23 June 2017 2300 hrs! (Singapore Time). Get this course for FREE during this period!

This course is designed to teach you the ALL the essentials of Photoshop in the LEAST amount of time!

6 years of experience using Photoshop condensed into a 4 hours course! This course teaches you all the necessary functions in Photoshop and does not waste time on unnecessary content. Delve into the topic and get started right away!

What This Course Entails:

  • The first 9 Sections consist of lectures to teach you everything you need to know in Photoshop
  • The last Section -Section 10- is a 1 hour long Case Study Section whereby I will show you examples of how people combine different knowledge of Photoshop to achieve their goals. You will have a good idea of everyday execution of Photoshop and capable of using this software on your own. 
  • Each Lecture gets straight to the point and does not waste time on unnecessary talking
  • Many shortcuts, tips, and tricks shared throughout the Course to increase your efficiency and productivity when using Photoshop
  • Become an Expert and get comfortable using this piece of software!

You can be:

  • Either using a Windows or Mac. Care will be taken to highlight the differences between the platforms whenever possible
  • Either using Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CC 2017. I will point out the differences between the user interface throughout the course
  • Of all ages, from all walks of life. As long as you understand basic command of English, and have an interest in learning Photoshop FAST, this course is for you!
  • Either a total beginner who have not touch Photoshop before, or just started using this piece of software. This course is designed to teach you from scratch!

What Makes This Course DIFFERENT from other courses:

  • This Course is designed to teach you FAST, and last ONLY 4 hours!
  • Even though the Course is short, it teaches you all the ESSENTIALS you need to know about Photoshop in a totally BEGINNER FRIENDLY way. This is possible by not bombarding you with unnecessary content (such as 3D), and delve right into the topic for every lectures.
  • A short Course gets you started right away without boring you through lengthy lectures! 
  • Updated for CC 2017 version

Who this Course is NOT for:

  • This Course does not teach you 3D, as well as animating in Photoshop
  • If you have been using Photoshop for years, and looking to learn more advanced topic, this course might not be for you as it is designed for beginners who wish to start and understand more about Photoshop


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Become a Photoshop Expert capable of manipulating and beautifying images in just 4 hours!

Music used in this course: Carefree Kevin MacLeod (incompetech) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Who is the target audience?
  • People from all walks of life who want to learn Photoshop FAST
  • People who have an interest in manipulating and beautifying photographs and images
  • People who want to use Photoshop to create posters, logos, flyers, and any graphical design works
  • People who want to understand Photoshop and see examples of how to execute this piece of software
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Curriculum For This Course
65 Lectures
03:55:12
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Introduction to Photoshop
7 Lectures 25:28

Welcome to Photoshop! This lecture introduces you to Photoshop, and what to expect for this course.

Course Introduction
02:16

This lecture shows you the User Interface of Photoshop and teaches you how to navigate yourself in this seemingly complicated software.

Navigating in Photoshop
03:59

This lecture shows you how to open an image / document, as well as saving them.

Opening and saving an image / document
03:28

Zooming in and out is one of the most important function you will need in Photoshop. This lecture teaches you 3 ways to do so, and recommend you the best way.

Zooming In and Out
03:25

This lecture teaches you the most fundamental concept in Photoshop - the Layers. You will learn how layer works and what you can do with layer.

Understanding Layers
04:23

In this lecture, you will learn more about what you can do with layers, and the common functions you will likely execute with layers.

More about Layers
03:59

You will learn how undo works in Photoshop, and how to change the number of states you can undo.

Undo in Photoshop
03:58
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Image Adjustments
7 Lectures 26:43

In this lecture, you will learn how to resize your image, and the various options to resize. You will also learn the differences between image size and canvas size.

Resizing your image
06:11

This lecture shows you how you can crop your image, and adjust properties to achieve different crops.

Crop your image
03:19

You will learn how the Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color works in Photoshop. You will see what these functions are capable of and how to use them.

Auto Tone / Auto Contrast / Auto Color
03:19

You will learn how to adjust the Brightness, Contrasts and Levels manually in this lecture. You will also learn how to read a histogram graph.

Brightness, Contrast, Levels, Curves
06:02

You will learn how to adjust the Exposure, Vibrance and Saturation of your photograph manually.

Exposure, Vibrance, Saturation
02:43

This lecture introduces you to color correction and how to adjust the color tone of your images manually. This lecture also touches on monochrome filter.

Hue and Color Balance
02:40

A summary of Section 2. You should be aware that all the adjustments in Photoshop are merely sliders for you to slide and adjust their settings. Do not be afraid to try them out, as you can always undo your filters, or close the picture without saving to restart again.

Summing Up Image Adjustments
02:29
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Selection techniques
6 Lectures 20:40

This lecture introduces Selection to you, as well as What is Selection, and Why is Selection important in Photoshop.

Introducing Selection
01:46

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Rectangular Marquee Tool, the Elliptical Marquee Tool, the Single Row and Single Column Marquee Tool.

You will also learn tips on how to add selection, subtract selection, and deselect a selection.

Selection using the Marquee Tools
04:15

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Lasso Tool, Polygonal Lasso Tool, and Magnetic Lasso Tool.

You will be able to differentiate the differences between the various selection tools, and which one to use in different situations.

Selection using the Lasso Tools
03:46

You will learn 2 different tools in this lecture - the Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool.

You will be taught of the different properties in each tool, and how to adjust them. You will also learn various shortcuts and tips on using each tool.

Quick Selection and Magic Wand Tool
05:19

You will learn how to use the Pen Tool to make a selection, as well as the various properties for the Pen Tool.

You will realise that Pen Tool is a powerful and flexible way to select curve edges, even though using it may require a little amount of practise at first.

Selection using the Pen Tool
04:07

After viewing all the different ways to Select in Photoshop, you should realise there is no right or wrong method to select an image. It depends on the nature of your Photo, as well as your preference on using the Selection tools. Ultimately, all the different selection tools exist to allow you to select areas easily for different scenario.

Summing Up Selection
01:27
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Common Tools in Photoshop
7 Lectures 24:42

This Section teaches you some of the most common tools you will likely need to use in Photoshop.

Overview of Section 4
00:31

You will learn how to use the Brush tool, as well as its various functions. You will understand how the various properties work, and also learn some useful shortcuts and tips.

Brush Tool
04:56

You will learn how to use the Paint Bucket Tool, and the Gradient Tool. You will have an understanding of their various properties, and be able to adjust them according to your needs.

Paint Bucket and Gradient Tool
04:15

In this lecture, you will learn an important concept - Raster and Vector. You will understand what is a Pixel, a Raster, and a Vector. You will also know their differences and their importance.

This knowledge will affect your execution of Shapes and Text, which you will learn in subsequent lectures.

Raster VS Vector
05:34

In this lecture, you will learn how to create various Shapes in Photoshop, and adjust their properties. 

You will also learn how to rasterise your shape, and the difference between a Vector Shape, and a Pixel Shape.

Shapes
03:32

You will learn how to select Color, and how to use the Eyedropper Tool. You will also learn some tips in using the Eyedropper Tool, and what it can be used for.

Managing Color and Eyedropper Tool
04:55

You may not realise the importance of tools such as Brush or Shapes, but as we get more comfortable and advance in Photoshop, these will be the most commonly used tools for everyday execution of Photoshop.

Summing Up Section 4
00:59
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Erasing Pixels
5 Lectures 11:23

In this lecture, we looked at the common reasons to why people erase in Photoshop.

Importance of Erasing
01:15

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Eraser, and Background Eraser Tool to erase your image, as well as understanding how the tools work.

Eraser and Background Eraser Tool
03:13

In this lecture, we will look at what is the Cover Up Method, and why it is not recommended for erasing.

The Cover Up Method
01:29

Layer Mask is the best approach to erasing an image. In this lecture, we will look at what is Layer Mask, and why it is the best way to erase your image.

Layer Mask
03:45

Even though there is no right or wrong method to erase, using Layer Mask is likely the better option for most scenario. 

Concluding the different methods to erase
01:41
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Filters
6 Lectures 13:55

In this Section, we will learn how to add filters such as Blur, Sharpen and more to your photos, in addition to those you have learnt in Section 2 such as Brightness and Contrast.

Introducing Filters
00:35

In this lecture, we will be looking at one of the most commonly used filters for photo adjustments - blur.

We will also go through the important concept of isolating your filter in a layer.

Blur and Gaussian Blur
05:25

You may wish to sharpen your image if your image resolution is too low, or you are blowing up an image and it becomes a little pixelated. 

Take note not to sharpen too many times as it will make your photo look fake.

Sharpen
01:07

The Filter Gallery provides you many filters for your photo. Adjust the sliders and properties to find you ideal spot.

Filter Gallery
01:26

In this lecture, we will look at a very important properties, and that is Layer Style.

You can achieve many effects in Layer Style, and amongst them some are more commonly used than others. You will learn some tips on using the Layer Style as well.

Layer Style Effects
03:46

There are many options you can do with the Filter Menu in Photoshop. Do not be afraid to try them out, as they are merely sliders and settings to adjust the degree of effects being applied to your photos. Remember you can always undo, or exit without saving to restart again.

Concluding Filters
01:36
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Creating Text
6 Lectures 12:18

Adding Text is likely one of the most common function you will use in Photoshop. In this Section, you will learn how to add text, and adjust your text quickly and beautifully.

Overview of Section 7
00:41

In this lecture, we will be looking at how to create Text in Photoshop. We will also learn the way to change the Text opacity, color, size, font, as well as other properties. 

We will revisit on the theory of Raster vs Vector, and realised that Text is a Vector. Hence, certain decisions cannot be made until you rasterize your text.

Horizontal and Vertical Type Tool
04:09

The Character Panel is a convenient panel to edit many common properties for text. Keep this panel open if you are working with text often.

The Character Panel
02:43

We will look at more ways to transform our text, and how to trace a text over a shape outline.

More Transformation for Text
01:54

We will revisit on the Layer Style panel again and realised that many properties are suitable for Text. Attributes such as Stroke, Drop Shadow, and Outer Glow works well with Text.

Layer Style for Text
01:42

Adding Text and positioning them is easy in Photoshop. This Section taught you all the Essentials you need to start working with Text. It is now up to you to choose your Text font, color, opacity, and position them carefully to achieve a beautiful output.

Summing Up Section 7
01:09
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Cloning
5 Lectures 18:38

This Section teaches you the powerful Clone Tool and Healing Brush Tool. Tips are also given for each tools to increase your efficiency in working with them.

Overview of Section 8
01:05

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to remove away unwanted objects realistically, or to duplicate objects in your image. You will understand how this tool works, as well as learning tips on using this tool.

The Clone Tool
08:36

We will continue to look at the Clone Tool and some of its shortcoming. We will also look at how to overcome the shortcoming to use this tool more efficiently.

More on Clone Tool
03:13

You will learn how to use the Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush Tool in this lecture, as well as understanding the difference between them.

You will also understand the differences between the Healing Brush, and the Clone Tool, and which one to use in different situations.

Spot Healing Brush and Healing Brush Tool
04:55

Care should be taken when using the Clone Tool or Healing Brush Tool to ensure a clean edit. You should, on your own, spend more time to touch up your Clones to achieve a realistic and clean edit.

Summing Up Section 8
00:49
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More about Photoshop
9 Lectures 35:48

This Section shows you more options you can do in Photoshop to make the most out of this software. It builds on existing knowledge that you have already know and show you what else you can do with Photoshop.

Overview of Section 9
00:27

In this lecture, we will look at how to load external .otf or .ttf fonts into Photoshop and use them for Text. We will also look at how to search for fonts.

Adding External Fonts
04:03

Brushes are a quick and convenient way to get a particular design in Photoshop. In this lecture, we will look at how to search and load external brushes in Photoshop.

Adding External Brushes
04:55

External Shapes provide a quick and easy way to add design elements to your project. In this lecture, we will look at how to search and load external shapes in photoshop.

Adding External Shapes
03:06

There are many different extensions for image file. In this lecture, we will look at the 3 very popular extensions - JPG, PNG, and GIF.

We will learn the main differences between the 3 different extensions, as well as the recommended one to save under different scenario.

JPG vs PNG vs GIF
06:45

In this lecture, we will look at the different Jpeg and Png properties to choose from when saving an image.

Optimising your Save Options
06:24

In this lecture, we will look at what exactly is Pixels Per Inch (PPI), and why does it matter.

You will have a clear understanding of PPI at the end of this lecture, as well as tips on the recommended PPI to use for your project.

Pixels Per Inch (PPI)
05:14

Layer Panel can soon get messy as your project becomes larger.

In this lecture, we will look at how to Group your Layers, as well as Color Tagging your layers to stay more organised. 

Grouping and Color Tagging Layers
02:44

Now that we have reached the end of the first 9 Sections, you are fully capable of executing this piece of software. By now, you should have a good and firm understanding of the essential functions in Photoshop.

The next Section will be a Case Study Section, dedicated to show you how a normal people use photoshop from start to finish.

Summing Up Section 9
02:10
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Case Studies
7 Lectures 45:37

This Section shows you 5 Case Studies of how to combine different knowledge of Photoshop for your Project.

The goal of this Section is to let you have a better understanding of how others execute this piece of software, and to bring up your level of confidence in using Photoshop. At the end of this Section, you should be capable of executing this software on your own and explore more options in Photoshop.

Overview of Section 10
01:09

In this Lecture, I will show you how to Collage your photos into 1 single image. You will realise the advantages of using Photoshop to create Collage instead using mobile apps. 

You will see from the start, how to open images, superimpose them into 1 image, adjust their size and reposition them, as well as adding effect to the image, to the end where you save and complete your project.

Case Study: Photo Collage & Adding Effects
08:47

In this lecture, I will be showing you how to beautify your items and prepare them for E-Commerce website. Making your items look professional and beautiful entice potential customer to purchase your items more readily.

You will see from the start, how to open an image, clean up the background, add effects and reflection, as well as adding shadow and beautify the overall image.

Case Study: E-Commerce Clean Up
08:56

In this Lecture, I will be showing you how to create Quotes Images that you often see on the Internet.

You will also see through various examples, how to get started and beautify your Quotes images. You will also learn some tricks to help you with your workflow.

Case Study: Creating Typography / Quotes Images
06:42

In this Lecture, we will look at how to create Design Works from scratch using Photoshop.

You can create beautiful Posters / Logos or any design works using Photoshop easily. The goal of this Lecture is to show you how to utilize different tools in Photoshop to achieve your design work, and not to show you how to come up with a good design, as that is out of the scope of this course.

Case Study: Creating Poster / Flyer / Design Works
09:06

In this Lecture, we will look at how to superimpose images on top of one another. Superimposing images is likely one of the main reason why people use Photoshop.

You will see from start, how to open, edit, cut using layer mask, and blending in the superimposed image for it to look realistic. You should have a better understanding of how to execute photoshop from start to completing your Project.

Case Study: Superimpose Images Realistically
08:17

We have finally reached the end of this course! This lecture sums up the Course, as well as giving you tips on where to go from here, and how to make full use of free online tutorials for your project.

Course Conclusion
02:40
About the Instructor
Mr Marcus Gan
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Professional Graphic Designer

I have been in the design field for more than a decade, and have been using Photoshop for the past 6 years. My expertise include graphic design, creating digital artwork as well as traditional painting.

I started working freelance and has been serving numerous clients on freelance websites. It is my pleasure to share with you tips on design topics as well as teaching you Photoshop in the easiest and most comprehensive way!

Here on Udemy, I published Photoshop course for beginners to share with you all the tips and tricks I have learnt while using Photoshop for the past 6 years. Be sure to check out the course!