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Photoshop for beginners

Learn everything you need to know about Photoshop and how to use it with confidence
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Last updated 12/2015
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Description

December 2015: ANOTHER HOUR OF CONTENT ADDED! This covers the newest version of Photoshop - CC 2015.1

NEW! ONE HOUR OF CONTENT ADDED IN NOVEMBER 2015.

Photoshop for beginners is an absolute must-have for everybody who works with a computer. This course teaches you how to use Photoshop with confidence in all sorts of situations without having any previous knowledge of the program.

The content breaks down Photoshop into easy to understand sections and the difficulty is progressive: we start with the basics and work our way up. Everything you learn is based on real world cases with exercices, quizzes, and attachments included for every lecture.

Course features:

  • Learn by working on real world cases, no boring theory;
  • Massively improve your Photoshop skill level and speed;
  • Work along with me - all the required materials are attached to every lecture;
  • Excellent sound and video quality recorded at Full HD 1920x1080!
  • All future updates will be available for free!

At the end of this course you can expect to have a strong graps of Photoshop's tools, interface, selections options, lots of image manipulation and enhancement techniques, working with layer styles and much more!

The training material is based on the latest version of Photoshop, yet all the content is version independent. This means you can easily follow along even though you may have an older version of the program (the minimum is CS4).

Some of the covered topics:

  • How to get Photoshop and the differences between each version
  • Layers and the layers panel explained inside and out
  • Great, effective tips on how you can speed up your workflow
  • Moving around freely in Photoshop: zooming, switching through tabs, importing, exporting images, the works;
  • Working with text in all sorts of ways, from creative effects to serious typography
  • Image manipulation and enhancement: whiten teeth, remove blemishes, color correction, creative effects, lighten images, sharpen colors, adjust silhouettes, and much, much more
  • Selections: from simple cases all the way up to complex images that need to be cut out perfectly – all the selection tools will be covered: the marquee tool, the lassos, the quick selection tool, the magic wand, everything!
  • Working with shapes: master them to gain Illustrator-like freedom
  • Smart Objects – everything you need to know about them
  • Brushes: how to get them, how to use them and when not to use them
  • Cropping, masking, layer styles, resizing an image and much, much more.

I've succesfully taught more than 40,000 students so you have my guarantee that you'll love the content, the audio & video quality, the pace of the material, and you'll finally learn Photoshop by having fun!

Who is the target audience?
  • Everybody who wants to understand the fundamentals of Photoshop from no previous knowledge is welcomed!
  • Due to the course's progressive difficulty, intermediate users will find this course very useful
  • Those who are using an older version of Photoshop than CS4 should upgrade before starting this course.
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What Will I Learn?
Work in Photoshop with confidence, perform tasks fast without hesitation
Students will gain a firm grasp of Photoshop's tools, interface, customization options, and have a complete understanding of the program's fundamentals
Perform various image manipulation and enhancement techniques with ease
Create complex selections accurately and without headaches
Use layer styles to create awesome effects
Gain the ability of working with Photoshop like a seasoned professional
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Requirements
  • at least Photoshop CS4 (a trial version will work too)
Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to Photoshop
6 Lectures 17:59

A few words from Chris about this course

Preview 00:54

Learn what can and can't be done by using Photoshop.

What can you do in Photoshop?
03:06

A must-watch for anyone interested in this course. Find out what's covered, what's not, and what you'll be able to do at the end of it.

Preview 05:25

Find out what are the options of getting Photoshop for your computer.

How to get Photoshop
02:18

See if you're Photoshop version is good enough for your course and how it compares against other versions.

Preview 03:47

A few tips that will help you work more efficient

How to work efficiently
02:29
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UPDATE DEC 2015: New Photoshop version - CC 2015.1
9 Lectures 48:12

New user interface in CC 2015.1
05:28

8 small, yet big updates in CC 2015.1
08:14

How to customize your toolbar in CC 2015.1
05:41

Typography updates in CC 2015.1
05:11

Artboards in CC 2015.1
05:43

Libraries in CC 2015.1 - using the cloud
04:26

How to optimize images for the web
07:27

How to create a grid system in Photoshop CC
04:21
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UPDATE NOV 2015: What’s new and noteworthy in CC 2015
9 Lectures 51:37
The new version of Photoshop: CC 2015
01:42

Artboards explained
10:27

New ways to export your work
06:19

How to use Adobe Generator
06:39

How to use multiple layer styles
04:53

Haze, Libraries, Adobe Stock - all explained
05:18


How to create an action in Photoshop
03:48

How to cut out frizzy hair in Photoshop
06:39
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Basic Concepts
18 Lectures 01:28:58

This is an overview of this entire section and it presents what we're going to talk about in this part of the course.

About this section
01:48

Learn the importance of each panel in Photoshop and where you need to focus your attention.

Preview 05:42

Depending on how you use Photoshop, your workspace will be different. This lecture teaches you how to get the perfect fit for your needs.

How to customize your workspace
08:52

In this lecture you'll find out there's several ways to open an image and each method has its implications. A must watch even for an intermediate user!

How to open an image
05:22

Understand the good and bad of each program and what are the situations that suit them best.

Preview 06:39

Learn about the fundamentals of Photoshop with these essential components.

Layers and the Layers Panel explained
11:32

Find out how each layer type works and what can be done with them.

Photoshop's Layer Types explained
11:10

Exercise: Layer Types
00:09

Find out how to solve this exercise
00:07

Learn how you can freely move around Photoshop without any issues

How to get around in Photoshop
05:52

Find out how to be efficient and speed up mundane tasks

How to select and move Layers efficiently
09:10

Photoshop is built for precision work and this teaches you how to harness its tools and features.

How to perfectly arrange Layers
07:14

Exercise: Arranging Layers
00:08

Find out how to solve this exercise
00:07

Find out how to prepare your files for both cases: for working later on and for uploading them on the web.

How to save your work
05:53

Find out how to quickly set up a document

How to set up a document and quickly resize your canvas
04:34

In this lecture we discuss the History panel and how it relates to your work

How to go back in time
03:34

We conclude this entire section and we talk about what we've just learned.

Wrapping up this section
01:05

Test your knowledge about the section you just watched!

Basic Concepts Quiz
6 questions
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Photoshop's Tools
16 Lectures 01:04:56

This is a brief overview of this section

About this section
00:53

We talk about one of the most used tools in Photoshop and we prepare for the upcoming exercise

Move tool explained
02:17

Exercise: Move tool
00:08

Find out how to solve this exercise
00:06

Find out the multiple uses of the crop tool

Crop tool explained
03:15

Get several tips on how to work with the eye dropper tool faster

Eye Dropper explained
06:26

We discuss how you can use these brushes to clean up skin imperfections quickly

Spot healing brush and healing brush explained
03:21

Learn about brushes and how they'll most likely be used in Photoshop

Brush and Eraser tools explained
07:23

Learn how to use these tools and what are the best alternatives for them

Paint Bucket, Gradient tool and Blending Mode explained
06:12

Find out how these tools can be used to add detail to your images

Dodge, Burn, Sponge tool explained
05:28

Learn everything you need to know about the pen tool and all its options

Preview 06:12

Learn how to work with text fast and without headaches by understanding the workflow described in this lecture

Type tool explained
10:36

Learn about how you can create and edit vector shapes with these tools

Direction Selection tool and Shape Layers explained
11:34

Exercise: Shapes
00:09

Find out how to solve this exercise
00:06

We conclude this section by reviewing what we've learned so far.

Wrapping up this section
00:49

Test your knowledge about Photoshop's tools

Photoshop's Tools Quiz
6 questions
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Selections in Photoshop
8 Lectures 26:11
About this section
01:06

Rectangular Marquee tool explained
06:42

Elliptical Marquee tool explained
02:37


Quick Selection tool and Magic Wand explained
03:46

Pen tool for selections explained
03:09

Refine Edge and Masking explained
04:20

Wrapping up this section
00:37

Test your selection knowledge in Photoshop

Selections Quiz
6 questions
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Image Manipulation and Enhancement
12 Lectures 29:52
About this section
01:11

This teaches you how to improve your smile in Photoshop in just a couple of steps

Preview 02:59

Naturally enhance your lips with this easy technique

How to enhance lips naturally
02:36

Get a glimpse into the world of how magazine covers are made

How to reshape your body
02:46

Learn how to improve an image in just a couple of steps

How to add detail to your image
02:24

Make an area stand out with a few easy steps that will bring focus to a particular region of your image

How to add focus to an area with light
03:02

This popular technique can improve your images within a few minutes

How to add focus to an area with blur
03:01

Learn how to achieve this popular effect by focusing on one particular color from an image

How to make a color stand out
02:17

Find out how you can add makeup in Photoshop

How to add digital makeup
03:07

See how this adjustment layer can be used in other ways than it's intended purpose

How to work with the Black and White adjustment layer
02:29

In this lecture you'll see 3 options to change the color of a region

How to change the color of an area
03:15

Wrapping up this section
00:45

Test your knowledge from this section

Image Manipulation Quiz
5 questions
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Working with Layer Styles
10 Lectures 56:30
About this section
01:19

Find out how to get lots of resources and goodies from the web that can help you work faster in Photoshop

How to get layer styles and other resources from the web
08:26

Learn how to create this very popular type of image for your social media profiles

How to create a motivational image
07:04

Find out how to showcase your vacation photos in a different way

How to create a vacation collage
08:49

Create an awesome candy like text based only on layer styles alone

How to create a yummy text style
08:08

Find out how you can realistically imprint your text into any material or surface

Preview 04:14

Learn how you can make any text look like it's made from gold

How to create gold text
05:13

This shows you a quick technique that you can use to set text on fire and still keep it editable

How to create fire text
06:01

Find out how to create a realistic neon glow based on layer styles alone

How to create neon text
03:30

Master the pen tool by creating a lovely glowing line effect

How to create glowing lines
03:46

Test your layer styles knowledge!

Layer Styles Quiz
5 questions
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How to Solve the Course's Exercices
5 Lectures 21:48
How to solve the layer types exercise
05:24

How to solve the arranging layers precisely exercise
02:36

How to solve the move tool exercise
04:41

How to solve the shapes exercise
07:23

Final words
01:44
About the Instructor
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Made over $50,000 by working in Photoshop part time!

Chris Barin is a professional web and app designer with nearly 10 years of Photoshop experience. By being self-taught, he managed to gain the trust of over 60.000 students from all over the world through his Photoshop courses. A staple of his materials is a hand-on, down-to-Earth approach that focuses on getting maximum results with minimal effort.

Chris started out as a freelance web designer and built a loyal client base, earning over $50,000 by designing sites part time. Today, he runs his own Android design studio, 20+ strong, creating fantastic looking apps for clients; his apps have over 100 million downloads to date.

Passionate about teaching, Chris teaches on Udemy because he has been disappointed in the quality of training materials available for people who want to learn design. In his courses, he holds nothing back; he documents and shares his entire experience on how he managed to stand out from the competition and do the work that he loves full-time.

Chris’s courses are some of the highest rated ones in the design category, as well as some of the bestselling ones on the entire platform. Students rave about his fast response time, clear explanations, and overall teaching style. Feel free to send him a message if you have any questions or suggestions for how he can create a better learning experience for you. 

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