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Photoshop: Non-Destructive Creativity

Let your creative juices flow using these Photoshop techniques
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Created by Dave Cross
Last updated 12/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Free up your "creative juices" and create whatever you can imagine
Use non-destructive methods to be able to experiment and be more creative
Be able to re-purpose your work - and work faster
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  • Good understanding of fundamental Photohsop functions such as layers

In this course you will learn key Photoshop techniques that allow you to work non-destructively. Why? So you can let your creative juices flow, knowing you have multiple ways of changing your mind, repurposing your work – and so you can “reverse engineer” projects you did months ago and can’t remember how you got the result. You'll learn how to work faster, to be more accurate and to open up a whole new world of flexibility and creativity. Working nondestructively means a whole lot more than being able to change your mind: you'll also find that you will be able to work with more accuracy, and get more work done in less time.

This course is not a beginner's guide to Photoshop: it assumes a good understanding of key Photoshop functions such as layers, and the lessons are aimed at experienced users who want to take their knowledge up a notch. There are 14 lessons covering these topic areas:

Adjustment Layers, Layers and Masks, The Bend If Sliders, Grouping Layers and Clipping Masks,and Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

Also included are 4 Bonus Lessons that explore other functions that can speed up work work and give your creativity a boost such as using and creating your own keyboard shortcuts and making brushes.

A Photoshop Instructor since version 1.0, Dave Cross brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in sharing techniques that are practical and understandable. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame to recognize his work as a Photoshop Educator - and you get to benefit from his teaching experience.

By the end of the course you will have a much better understanding of the non-destructive workflow, how to structure your Photoshop documents for success, and the creative possibilities you can explore using the techniques that are taught in this class.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to take their Photoshop skills to the next level and to be more creative using Photoshop as one of their tools. This is not a course for people who are brand new to Photoshop
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 02:06:21
2 Lectures 09:23

An introduction to the course

Preview 05:55

Why relying on the History Panel can lead to problems.

Preview 03:28
Layers and Masks
4 Lectures 43:52

See why using Adjustment Layers is a much better choice than the commands under Image>Adjust.

Preview 11:11

Learn the power of using Layer Masks.

Layer Masks I

More techniques for creating and using masks.

Layer Masks II

This "hidden" feature offers some great possibilities when combining layers

Bonus: The Blend If Sliders
Grouping and Clipping
2 Lectures 17:15

See the benefits of putting multiple layers into a Group.

Grouping Layers

Clipping masks offer another way of masking

Clipping Masks
Smart Objects and Smart Filters
3 Lectures 37:47

Introduction to the many advantages of using Smart Objects

Smart Objects I

More examples of using Smart Objects

Smart Objects II

Take full advantage of creating editable filters with Smart Filters

Smart Filters
Wrapping Up
3 Lectures 18:04

Why you should use keyboard shortcuts, and how to make your own shortcuts

Bonus: Using & Creating Shortcuts

How to make brushes out of almost anything

Bonus: Making Brushes

About the Instructor
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Photoshop Educator Since 1990

Official Bio:

For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creatives get the most out of their Adobe software. Dave has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Photoshop World (25 times), the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, and has traveled across the country teaching for Kelby Training. He runs the Dave Cross Workshops in his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.


From Dave: Take advantage of my experience of teaching thousands of Photoshop users like you how to be more efficient and creative.

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