Do you want to know more Photoshop techniques than just cropping and resizing? The key to getting the most out of Photoshop is understanding how to create and manipulate different types of layers. Learn how to composite pictures, make non-destructive adjustments and corrections, and blend images to create cool effects. All project files are included, and the course is in plain, jargon-free, understandable English.
I will take you step-by-step through exercises, introduce you to key concepts and give you many time-saving shortcuts. It is taught by an expert instructor and published author who has been teaching Photoshop since 1995. If you have questions about anything in the course, you can contact him on his web site. At an intermediate level, this course should take you one day to complete on either a PC or Macintosh.
Photoshop has many features and you can create a lot of cool effects, combine images, edit videos, change colors and more, but the key to all this is understanding how layers work.
In the introduction, we'll relate Photoshop's layers to layers in the real world. This sets the stage for the rest of the course: understanding how the Layers Panel works, how to select pixels and layers, how to change transparency and opacity, changing brightness, contrast and colors, using pictures from a digital camera, using special types of layers, and a lot more.
The Layers Panel looks simple, but it does a lot. We'll see how to make layers visible or invisible, how to see just one layer and hide all the others, and we will also look at stacking order: how to put one object in front of another one or behind another one. We will also see how to make thumbnails bigger or smaller.
When you have a lot of layers in a document, it isn't always obvious how to select the one you want, or even which is the layer you want. In this video, we'll see how Photoshop can tell you immediately which layer is the one you want, and it can even automatically select layers for you..... although you might not want to do that. To do all this, you'll get some handy shortcuts and a right-click menu.
Transparency and opacity are just two sides of the same coin: the more opaque something is, the less transparent it is, or the more transparent it is, the less opaque it is. To be consistent, Photoshop always talks about opacity.
In this lecture, we'll adjust the opacity of layers using a slider in the Layers panel, and also with a couple of cool shortcuts.
You can also lock layers, so you don't edit them by accident. So we will also see how to lock and unlock layers, how to use locking and unlocking to your advantage, and which attributes you can lock.
If you have an object (or an area of pixels) on a transparent background, there are several ways of selecting it. One of the main reasons you might have something on transparency is that you want to copy the pixels into another document. But things might not go the way you expect, so you'll see how to get what you want.
When you open a JPG or Camera Raw file, it will have only one layer, and that layer will be locked. And the lock icons are grayed out, so you can't unlock the layer. So there's a trick to unlocking these layers. Photoshop will also unlock these layers when you copy and paste.
Creating and modifying layers is great, but sometimes you just want to delete one. In this lecture, we'll see a few quick ways of deleting layers.
Test your knowledge of the basics of Photoshop layers.
You might want to draw on top of something or behind something, and do it without altering the original layer. Maybe it's for a temporary alteration, or you just want to try something out. This is another way that you can make non-destructive changes to your images.
Test your knowledge of creating layers in Photoshop
The Vibrance adjustment layer has two similar controls: Vibrance and Saturation. Both adjustments can make an image look more (or less) intense, but when it comes to reds, these controls work a little differently.
Whereas the Vibrance adjustment changes the intensity of all colors in an image, the Selective Color adjustment changes the intensity of the individual colors. And it does this for both CMYK and RGB images.
Test your knowledge of adjustment layers.
Type masks are one of the coolest features of Photoshop. You can fill text with an image, and both the text and image remain editable. This effect works best when you use a thick bold font, so the image shows through.
At the bottom of the Layers panel is a button that brings up an effects menu. In this lesson, we'll create some effects, and combine them to create a custom style.
Test your knowledge of other types of special layers
Test your knowledge of Blend modes
The Layer Comps panel lets you define sets of layer states (visible/hidden), so you can quickly show multiple design possibilities of a single document with just a mouse click.
Thank you very much for taking this course! I had a lot of fun presenting it to you, and I hope you had fun taking it and will find the material useful. I'm always learning new things about Photoshop, and the more you use it, the more you'll learn new things, too. So I invite you to read my blog at flisser.com, and follow me on Twitter @BobFlisser and on Google+ at google.com/+BobFlisser. I frequently post helpful info, and if you find something interesting, be sure to let me know!
Test your knowledge of how to manage layers
Bob Flisser has been a trainer and technical writer since the 1980s. He currently has over a dozen video courses released by several commercial publishers, and was the co-author of a series of books of tips and shortcuts for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Windows. He has also written magazine articles and training manuals, and created training centers for companies large and small.
Since 1995, Bob has been the vice president and the web and multimedia developer at Software School, Inc., a software training and graphic design company in New Jersey. He is also a board member of the Mediatech Foundation, which provides free technology access to his community.
Bob is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in financial economics and international business.