Photoshop Essentials: Designing FaceBook Graphics
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Photoshop Essentials: Designing FaceBook Graphics

Learn Photoshop Skills by Creating a Facebook Profile and Cover Image. No Experience Required. Beginner Friendly.
4.8 (4 ratings)
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616 students enrolled
Created by Aaron Ward
Last updated 7/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Design FaceBook Profile Images & Covers
  • Use Common Photoshop Tools Effectively
  • Understand Smart Objects & Why They're Non-Destructive Editing
  • Learn important design industry knowledge such as PPI, Color Profiles & Saving for Web
  • Take Your New Skills To Client Work & Make a Freelance Income Designing FaceBook Profile & Cover Images Online
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  • A Copy of Photoshop CC (Free Trails are available on
  • *No prior Photoshop or design experience required.

The Photoshop Essentials, Industry Tips and Live Examples of Tools whilst Learning Photoshop!

  • All Project Files included
  • Create Beautiful Graphics for Facebook Profile & Cover Images
  • Essential Skill Set Developed With Practical Hands-on Learning
  • Shortcuts, Workflow & Professional Design Tips
  • Taught from 10+ Years of Experience & Background of Working for Redbull, Spotify and more.

Beginner Friendly: Designed to make you comfortable and understand the tools being used.

  • You will be learning employable skills every professional Photoshop artists uses daily as well as developing good habits + industry expert tips.
  • You will understand why we are using tools and how in the future you can use them for other projects.

Project files + Live real-life example of creating FaceBook Graphics in Photoshop.

  • Access to all assets included. You get the background image, typeface and icons.
  • I discuss the process behind making a Facebook Profile Image and Cover photo as if you were designing it for a client.

The Instructor: 10+ Years of experience. Worked for Red Bull and more...

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 get a hands on, real learning experience for practical use.
  • The skills you learn can be applied to your freelance and design career
  • All files are supplied
  • You get industry professional tips to apply to your work.
  • Everything is clear and simple, making your learning experience enjoyable and memorable (no fuzzy-brain guarantee)
  • Each skill taught is demonstrated in the most efficient way to enforce good design habits

Take this course today and become a smart Photoshop designer.

Who is the target audience?
  • Photoshop Beginners who want a hands on experience learning in a practical environment.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 01:25

A hello from myself Aaron, a quick look at what you will be creating and all the material downloads + source files required for this course.

Preview 01:25
Facebook Profile Photo
4 Lectures 30:37

Learn how to create a Photoshop document which is the correct size and high enough resolution for a maximum quality Facebook Profile Picture.

Industry tip: You will also learn how to ensure the color profile is correct for screen use.

Preview 05:57

Learn how to use the shape layer tool to create a perfect and equal square.

Design Reason: this creates a nice focal point to draw the eye in to the design and creates a bit of depth.

Shortcuts used:

Shape Tool > Shift + Click = Opens the shape panel options.

Making a Perfect Square with the Shape Tool

Learn how to use the text tool to create a solid letter. You will also be learning how to align the text layer and areas you can run in to which cause issues.

Adding Text + Changing Type Settings

Learn how to create a mask and 'cut out' the inside of the letter we made.

Design Reason: creating a mask instead of deleting pixel data means you are working in a non destructive way. If you want to go back, you could delete the mask returning the original letter look without restarting from scratch.

Creating Your First Mask To Hide a Layer Areas
Facebook Profile Photo [Bonus Shadow]
5 Lectures 20:13

Learn how to use create a new shape and change the opacity to mimic a hard flat shadow.

Design Reason: this creates more depth to our design and takes it to the next level in a simplistic way.

Creating a Shape + Changing Opacity

Learn how to use the free transform tool to rotate and re-size the shadow shape layer.

Shortcuts used:

Ctrl + T = Free Transform Tool

*Holding shift whilst rotating only lets you rotate in increments of 15 degrees.

*Holding alt whilst re-sizing will mirror the effect on the opposite side

*Holding shift whilst re-sizing will re-size the layer whilst constraining its original proportions

*Holding alt and shift whilst re-sizing will re-size the layer whilst constraining its original proportions equally

Using the Free Transform Tool

Learn how to use a selection tool to create an area you can apply a mask to.

Creating a New Mask Using a Selection Tool

Using your masking skills, we will add another selection using a shape layer to get a perfect 45 degree angle.

Shadow Extra Masking

Learn how to ensure you are not missing easily fixable areas and clean up the document.

Also you will learn how to save the image for web use.

Cleaning the Document + Saving For Web

Facebook Cover Photo Shadow Basic Quiz
3 questions
Facebook Cover Image
7 Lectures 40:20

Learn how to create the document for a Facebook Cover Photo with the correct settings + making a preset to save time in the future.

PS - You can use the Facebook Cover Template in the materials folder.

Creating Document Size For Down-scaling + FaceBook Cover Template

Learn what smart objects are and why they can save you a lot of time. 

PS - Don't worry I will be explaining this in the next lecture and how you can use it for our design.

How Smart Objects Work

Learn how to import an image in to Photoshop, make it a smart layer then apply a blur filter to the layer.

In addition, we will be going over blending layers: get creative with them!

You will also learn how to change the background color easily with your Solid Color adjustment layer.

Embedding an Image into Photoshop as a Smart Object

Learn how to use the pen tool and create a custom shape.

Remember: hold down shift to get straight lines and angles when creating points.

Create a Custom Shape with the Pen Tool

Learn how to use the Type Tool and make a sleek layout using multiple text layers.

Adding Text + Designing a Sleek Layout

Learn how to import Icons, re-size them and add layer styles to create a stroke outline.

Importing Star Icons and Adding Layer Styles

As final finishing touches, you will be using the skills you have learn to add some more icons and text to finish off the design.

Design reason: we have the main headline but need to include links for our audience (who would be looking at the cover photo) to go to. It also balances out the design. Think of layout and grids.

Preview 08:12
Course Wrap up
2 Lectures 01:50
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Aaron Ward
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Hey I'm Aaron, a popular social media instructor on Udemy teaching over 21,155+ 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.

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