Photoshop Foundation - Everything You Need to Get Started

Establish a basic foundation for using Photoshop to begin creating amazing images. Does not require any prior knowledge.
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Instructed by Joe Buchmann Design / Design Tools
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

This course is the absolute first step to beginning your Photoshop journey. I've designed this course to be easy for anyone that is just starting. Together, we will go in-depth into the basics of using this powerful software.

In this course we will master the basics by:

  • Becoming familiar with the Photoshop interface, menus, and toolbar.
  • Understanding how to use selection tools.
  • Understanding brushes and how to use them.
  • Learning about the paint bucket and gradient tools.
  • Using the clone stamp tool to remove objects from an image.
  • Learning what the Healing brush tool can do.
  • Talking about stock photography options.

After this course, you will have the foundation you need to expand your creativity into any of the many paths Photoshop has to offer.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need Photoshop. (A version of CC is preferred, but not absolutely necessary to understand the concepts.)
  • A desire to learn and be creative is a must!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Become familiar with the Photoshop interface, menus, and toolbar.
  • Understand how to use selection tools.
  • Understand brushes and how to use them.
  • Become familiar with the paint bucket tool.
  • Understand the basics of using the clone stamp tool.
  • Understand the basics of using the healing brush tool.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for anyone who is interested in beginning to use Photoshop, or would like to better understand the basics.

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: Introduction and Overview

Introducing myself, and why I'm here to teach you about Photoshop.


This is an introduction to the course. You will see what items will be covered in the upcoming lessons.

Section 2: Getting Familiar

In this lesson we will take a look at the Photoshop interface, and what each element does.

A simple visual breakdown of the Photoshop interface main elements is attached as a resource.


The menu lessons cover every menu item in Photoshop. They are intended to show you what is available, but does not cover each item in-depth. This is part 1 of 3.


The menu lessons cover every menu item in Photoshop. They are intended to show you what is available, but does not cover each item in-depth. This is part 2 of 3.


The menu lessons cover every menu item in Photoshop. They are intended to show you what is available, but does not cover each item in-depth. This is part 3 of 3.


In this lesson, we take a look at the toolbar and what each item is intended to be used for.


We talk about keyboard shortcuts, and how to use them.


A short lesson to cover some basic Photoshop terms to become familiar with.

Section 3: Selection Tools

In this lesson, we take a more in-depth look at the marquee selection tools.


To continue with selection tools, we cover the Lasso and Quick Selection tools.

Section 4: Photoshop Brushes

Getting to know the brush tools. Starting with the Brush and Pencil.


The Color Replacement and Mixer Brush tools are really cool, and very powerful. Here, we take a basic look at what they are, and how they can be used.


The Eraser tools sound basic, but are actually very essential, and powerful tools. In this lesson, we will cover the basic Eraser, Background Eraser, and Magic Eraser tools.


In this lesson, we'll see how the history brushes can be used to restore portions of an image to an earlier state.

Section 5: Other Powerful Tools

The paint bucket tools are used to fill large areas with solid colors, gradients, patterns, and more. We'll explore these tools in this lesson.


Clone Stamp and Pattern Stamp. Pretty cool tools. We'll see what they can do.


The healing tools are incredibly powerful, and really fun to use. These are some of the tools that will have people thinking you are a Photoshop magician!

Section 6: Additional Resources

Stock photography is something we all use. Here, I will give a few suggestions on some free and paid stock sites that I like.

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Instructor Biography

Joe Buchmann, Professional Designer and CX Manager

I have been in the world of design, digital media, and marketing for many years now. Throughout this time, I've honed my skills and become very passionate about what I do. I have taught many things over the years on an individual basis, or in small groups. Becoming an instructor online opens the door for me to be able to share my skills with a much larger group of people.

I believe in giving people the best experience possible. This applies not only to the businesses I have worked for, but also in teaching. To do that, I rely on feedback from you, the student. I love to hear what people think about the things I teach, and suggestions on how I can do it better. So feel free to leave comments, or reach out to me and let me know your thoughts or questions.

Here's some of the boring stuff about my history:

Starting at a young age, I dabbled in digital art and created very complex images with the Paintbrush program on Windows. Yes...pixel by pixel. This was well before I knew that Photoshop existed. Even at that time, though, Photoshop was in it's infancy. Over time, I discovered new and exciting ways to express digital creativity. This included 3D modelling and video production. When I was 22, I chose to pursue a college education and further expand my skills.

I obtained an AA in Multimedia, and BA in Video Game Design and Production. I did a bit of freelancing in various multimedia areas. This included producing 3D models and graphics for companies, designing video game characters, designing and building websites, designing logos and business identity, and various other opportunities.

In my career, I've been a Software Interface Designer, Sr. Web Designer, Marketing Manager, Website Supervisor, and most recently CX Manager. Not only have I expanded my creative knowledge, but I am a bit of a tech junkie as well. I love using new technology and digital tools to improve productivity and efficiency. That sounds nerdy, but hey...that's me!

A bit of personal stuff:

Originally from Washington state, I now live in Northern California with my wife and four kids. I've been here for over a decade, and am thinking of ways to migrate back towards home. Online teaching is my first step in making that happen. Feel free to ask me if there's anything you would like to know more about.

Thank you for your interest in my courses. Happy learning!

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