Photoshop Fundamentals
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Photoshop Fundamentals

Learn the critical skills you need to become a Photoshop master!
4.1 (12 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
  • Navigate the Photoshop User Interface effectively, as well as use Photoshop's in depth tool set to create stunning work with photographs or art work.
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  • You should have access to Photoshop CS5 or above to get the most from this course. However, most of the training will be applicable to any version of Photoshop.

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Getting the most from Photoshop requires an in depth understanding of the tool set. Whether you're learning Photoshop to create better photographs, web design, game creation, or digital painting you need to know how to navigate Photoshop quickly and accurately.

With over 11 hours of training, you'll get the most in depth introduction available to this industry leading software! We're so certain, we've made the first TWENTY SIX videos FREE TO PREVIEW!

We've been teaching 2D and 3D software skills online for 15 years, and have a reputation for our "fundamentals" courses exceeding much of the training you would get as an intermediate or even advanced user. You'll find this course is no different!

Structured to walk you through each of the tools in a method that builds from navigation to a complete understanding of the tool set, even the tools you can't see at top level! As you progress, you'll become comfortable diving into Photoshop without concern!

When you've completed this training, you'll have an in depth understanding of:

  • UI Navigation
  • Brushes and Painting
  • Layers and Channels
  • Blend Modes and Blending Options
  • Masks and Clipping Masks
  • Adjustments and Adjustment Layers
  • Mixers, Gradients, and Thresholds
  • Transforms and Puppet Warp
  • Content Aware Scaling
  • And much more!
This course will cover all of the functions, tools, and skills needed to become a Photoshop professional! All it needs is YOU.
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suited for complete novices with Photoshop, however even Photoshop pros can pick up a lot of great tips!
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Curriculum For This Course
97 Lectures
5 Lectures 52:16

This video introduces the Photoshop CS5 Fundamentals series, giving an overview of the topics that will be covered throughout by our instructor, Zak Parrish.

Preview 04:29

You'll start off by looking at the Photoshop CS5 interface, known as a workspace. Here, you'll get the basics of the default interface layout.

Preview 05:17

Photoshop CS5 has an extremely flexible user interface, and in this video you'll learn how the interface can be adapted to the way you work.

Preview 10:52

Creating documents is one of the basic tasks you'll perform almost every time you run Photoshop. In this video we cover the basics of it.

Preview 16:24
Navigation Tools
4 Lectures 29:36

Getting around your Photoshop document is fundamentally critical and in this video we look at several ways to do so.

Preview 13:22

Zooming into and out of your document is a great way to focus in on an area or to pull back and get a look at your entire work.

Preview 05:33

This video looks at the Navigator panel, which is a convenient way to navigate throughout your document.

Preview 04:28

In this video, we look at some of the preferences that affect navigation and show you how to turn off the ones you don't need.

Preview 06:13
Painting Tools
6 Lectures 01:22:48

Painting is one of those key tasks in Photoshop. Some folks only use Ps for that purpose alone. Here, we get you in touch with the basics.

Preview 19:40

You're not limited to the brushes that ship with Photoshop. In this video, we take a look at how you can install brushes from the Internet.

Preview 06:52

The Brush panel offers tremendous customizability for how your brushes will appear on the canvas.

Preview 17:20

History is a critical aspect of Photoshop and in this video we show you how it accrues over each and every operation you perform.

Preview 11:24

The History Brush in Photoshop allows you to paint the result of a moment in the history of your document. Here you'll master how it works.

Preview 09:03
Layers of happiness
6 Lectures 01:10:09

Many beginners in Photoshop have a difficult time with the concepts of layers and how they're different than channels. Not anymore!

Preview 09:26

This video begins an in-depth look at the nuances of working with layers and the things you really need to know to make the most out of them in your documents.

Preview 17:14

The background layer is the original layer in many of your documents and it comes with some special rules.

Preview 05:12

Grouping allows for multiple layers to be put underneath a single object for easy manipulation. This video covers the essentials for grouping.

Preview 15:34

Smart Objects are a great way to "embed" entire Photoshop documents or collections of layers into a single layer.

Preview 12:20
Blend Modes
5 Lectures 46:13

Blend modes are a great way to control how the pixels of a layer affect the pixels beneath them. This video covers the basics of how they work.

Preview 05:02

Here we look at the first several blend modes available and show how they can be used to create darkening effects on your image.

Preview 09:46

The lightening blend modes will make the pixels beneath your layer brighter in some way. In this video, we show how they work.

Preview 06:03

Overlay and its associated blend modes are capable of lightening or darkening based on the particular situation. You'll master how that works and why here.

Preview 13:48

This video covers the remaining blend modes, which do more specialized tasks such as inverting or performing math operations on pixel values.

Preview 11:34
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4 Lectures 39:09

Masks are one of the most important aspects of knowing how to fully utilize the power of Photoshop. We teach you the basics of them here.

Intro To Masks

The Masks panel offers an amazing level of power over the shape and outline of your mask. In this video, we cover how to use it.

Masks Panel

Masks can also be applied to groups and in this video we show you the advantages of doing so.

Adding Masks To Groups

Clipping masks are another way to control the visibility of a layer on a pixel-by-pixel basis. In this video, we show how they work.

Clipping Masks
Layer Styles
22 Lectures 02:35:22

This video introduces the concepts of adjustments and adjustment layers, showing how pixels of an image can be edited destructively or non-destructively.

Adjustments and Adjustment Layers

In this video we introduce layer styles, which allow for a variety of special effects to be applied to a layer en masse or as defined by a layer mask.

Intro To Layer Styles

Presets allow you to create a specific combination of layer styles and settings to create a specific look. In this video, we show how they work.

Style Presets

Here we take a look at several of the ways you can remove layer styles from your layers or switch off their visibility.

Deleting Layer Styles

The Blending Options available within the Layer Styles window offer a vast amount of control for layer blending. We go over the first several options here.

Blending Options 1

In this video, we continue our look at the blending options, showing more settings to control how your layer affects or is affected by what is beneath it.

Blending Options 2

We now wrap up our discussion of the blending options in CS5, showing the final checkbox settings and how they work.

Blending Options 3

There are features of the Layer Styles window that are not readily visible and may go unnoticed. Learn about them here!

Layer Style - Secret Options

Many of the layer styles available make use of a contour curve to define some aspect of the effect. In this video, we cover contour curves.

Layer Style - Working with Contour

Drop shadows are a common effect for a variety of situations. In this video, we show how to work with Photoshop's drop shadow layer style.

Layer Style - Drop Shadow

Inner shadows create a punched-out effect on your layers. See how they work and how to best control their settings.

Layer Style - Inner Shadow

In this video, we take a look at the outer glow layer style, which causes a glow around the edge of your layer.

Layer Style - Outer Glow

An inner glow causes the inside of a layer to look like it's illuminated from within and in this video we take a look at the settings for the effect.

Layer Style - Inner Glow

In this first part, we look at the basic settings of bevel and emboss, how the primary settings work, and how to get it applied.

Layer Style - Bevel and Emboss 1

In this next part, we take a look at another portion of the bevel and emboss effect, the ability to adjust the contour of the emboss.

Layer Style - Bevel and Emboss 2

Finally, we look at how a pattern can be applied to a layer via Bevel and emboss to create a bump map type of effect.

Layer Style - Bevel and Emboss 3

The satin layer style simulates the effect that the surface of your layer is covered in a satiny or silky material with an anisotropic highlight.

Layer Style - Satin

In this video, we explore the color overlay layer style, which simplly covers all the available pixels of a layer with a blendable color.

Layer Style - Color Overlay

We now showcase the gradient overlay layer style, which applies a gradient across the pixels of a layer.

Layer Style - Gradient Overlay

In this video, we look at the pattern overlay layer style, which allows for a pattern to be placed across the entire layer.

Layer Style - Pattern Overlay

The stroke layer style creates a stroke or line that surrounds the visible edge of a layer. In this video, we show how to set up and control this effect.

Layer Style - Stroke

The histogram is a great way to get immediate feedback on the nature of your layer or image by giving you overall or channel based pixel values and statistics.

Adjustment Layers
23 Lectures 01:44:14

Over the next several videos, we'll be covering the various adjustments that are available in CS5. This video gives you an overall look at how they work.

Adjustment Layers Intro

The Brightness/Contrast adjustment gives you the power to alter both the brightness and contrast of your image, as well as whether to preserve luminosity.

Brightness and Contrast

In this video, we take a look at the levels adjustment, which allows the artist to adjust the tonal range of an image en masse or channel by channel.


Like the levels adjustment, curves allow you to adjust your tonal range. However, curves allow for a tremendous amount of control by mapping input/output relationships.


This video takes a look at the exposure adjustment, which can be used to simulate the effect of changing the exposure of an image.


Vibrance is a quick and easy way to make the colors of your image pop a bit more by boosting contrast without overblowing your colors.


Hue/Saturation gives you a tremendous amount of color correction control and in this video we show you how to use it.

Hue and Saturation

With the color balance adjustment, you can make a variety of changes to the overall color of your layer.

Color Balance

The black and white adjustment is by far the most powerful way to create a black and white image and here we show you how it works.

Black and White

The photo filter adjustment provides you with a way to apply a layer of color over the top of your layer and control its density.

Photo Filter

With the channel mixer, you can influence how much each color in your image is fed back into each color channel, allowing for a variety of effects.

Channel Mixer

With the invert adjustment, the colors of your image become reversed in a single easy step.


With posterize, you can control how many levels of intensity exist within each individual channel.


The gradient map adjustment allows you to map the intensity values of your image across a customized gradient for a variety of effects.

Gradient Map

With the threshold adjustment, your image is split into pure black and white at the point of intensity specified. Here we give an example.


With the selective color adjustment, you have a tremendous amount of control over how much each color is presented in your image.

Selective Color

In this video, we take a look at the Shadows/Highlights adjustment, which allows you to make tonal changes to the dark and light areas of your image.

Shadows Highlights

The HDR Toning adjustment allows you to recreate the surreal lighting effects typically found on HDR imagery, but to do so with a standard dynamic range image.

HDR Toning

With the Variations adjustment, you can create global color casts using the primary colors and their analogous hues. In this video, you see how this works.


The Desaturate adjustment is one of the simplest operations you can perform on an object, simply removing the saturation information and making the image black and white.


The Match Color adjustment provides you with the ability to place a particular color into an existing image, or bring an image into a current color space.

Match Color

With Replace Color, you can choose an existing color within an image or selection and swap it out for another color of your choosing.

Replace Color

The Equalize adjustment give you the ability to quickly even out the overall color and tonal range of an image, creating a smoother histogram.

10 Lectures 01:12:40

In this video, we take a look at the most basic of selection types, the Marquee Selection. See how to create and control the selection of pixels with this tool.

Marquee Selections

Lasso selections allow you the ability to draw out a selection manually, rather than having to rely on an existing shape such as a rectangle or ellipse.

Lasso Selections

Quick Select and Magic Wand offer very fast ways to make certain selections. In this video, we show the difference between the two and how to use them.

Quick Select and Magic Wand

To help speed up your selection workflow in Photoshop, we've put together this video which covers a variety of convenient selection-based hotkeys.

Quick Mask Mode

Quick Mask Mode gives you a way to paint down your selections as you would paint pixels on a Photoshop canvas. In this video, we show you how this works.

Selection Hotkeys

The Color Range selection command allows you to make a selection within an image based on a specific range of colors, along with a degree of variation.

Color Range

Grow and Similar are two quick commands that give you the ability to create a new selection based on a current one, both by analyzing neighboring pixels.

Grow And Similar

Modifying selections gives you the ability to make simple changes to the overall shape of your currents selection such as expanding and contracting.

Modify Selections

One of the more powerful tools in creating the perfect selection is the ability to adjust the size and shape of that selection as you go.

Transform Selection

In this video, we take a look at how alpha channels can be used to both save and load selections inside of Photoshop.

Saving and Loading Selections
12 Lectures 45:15

This video gives an overview of the various transform operations we'll be looking at over the next several videos.

Transform Overview

While transforming objects, the options bar at the top of the interface shows a variety of special options, which we overview here.

Transform Options Bar

This video looks specifically at the various ways in which one can scale an object during transformations.

Transform Scale

Rotation can be handled in a few different ways and in this video we show the options for controlling rotations.

Transform Rotate

Skewing is a special form of transformation that allows you to adjust the sides of a selection to reshape it diagonally.

Transform Skew

Through distortion, you can move the four corners of the selection independently, allowing you to reshape it as you see fit.

Transform Distort

By adjusting perspective, you can make an object appear to be receding into the distance and give a feeling of depth.

Transform Perspective

Warping an object allows you to reshape it using a grid of bezier curves instead of just corner handles.

Transform Warp

In this video, we cover three separate transform commands, including incremental rotations, flipping, and repeating the last transformation.

Transform Rotate, Flip, and Again

Free transform allows you to combine several different transformations into one, and is one of the most common transformation modes.

Free Transform

Puppet work gives you an easy way to reshape a selection by dropping points down which can be used as rotation points like rigging a puppet.

Puppet Warp

Through content aware scaling, you can resize an image while maintaining the integrity of important areas.

Content Aware Scaling
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