Photoshop: Real World Learning

Put those tools to use and create amazing designs, photo compositions, and more!
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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

By now, you should be fairly familiar with the various tools that Photoshop offers. Now it's time to put it to use! This course teaches you how you can use those tools to create, retouch, and design!

This course doesn't follow a traditional structure. Instead, it's broken down into the categories that students are most interested in, and each video stands on its own. There's no need to watch them in order! Simply choose the video that contains what you want to learn, and enjoy!

While you'll likely be able to follow along using older versions of Photoshop, it's recommended that you're running the latest version of Photoshop CC, part of the Creative Cloud.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have Photoshop CS6 or higher to follow along affectively.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Design using the various tools that Photoshop offers.

Who is the target audience?

  • Students with a basic knowledge of Photoshop, who are looking for practical design training.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Minute Photoshop tips

Quickly stitch and blend your sequenced images together into a panorama using Photoshop and Lightroom (optional).


In just one minute, learn how to fix missing teeth in Photoshop! A more in-depth tutorial will be created at some point in the future.


In this quick Photoshop tutorial, learn how easy it is to carve your name on to to tombstone using a type layer, Layer Styles, and an optional filter!


Learn how to quickly remove wrinkles in Photoshop using the Spot Healing Brush Tool. Other tools can certainly be used to achieve this result, but in many cases, the Spot Healing Brush is all you'll need.


In this video, you'll learn how to quickly create a cinemagraph - freezing portions of your video, leaving the rest with motion!


In this video, you'll learn how to quickly turn a plain photo shoot into a fantastic one. This technique uses the Quick Selection Tool, Refine Edge, and Adjustment Layers.


Video editing in Photoshop! Learn how easy it is to add filters to your videos in Photoshop. Make sure to convert your videos to a Smart Objects first!


In 1 minute, learn how to change the color of your car in Photoshop using Color Range, an Adjustment Layer, and a Layer Mask.


In 1 minute, learn how to create a lightsaber in Photoshop using the Brush Tool, Layer Styles, and a Layer Mask!


In this video, learn how to fix the perspective of an object in Photoshop using the Perspective Crop Tool.


In 1 minute, learn how to create an Instagram filter in Photoshop using various Adjustment Layers and blending techniques. The new Photographic Toning gradients, which were introduced in Photoshop CS6, are great for effects like this! Try them out!


In 1 minute, learn how to extract your subject from its background in Photoshop using the Quick Selection Tool and Refine Edge.


In 1 minute, learn how to change eye color in Photoshop using a basic selection, masking, and Adjustment Layers.

Section 2: Photo Editing

Forget Instagram! Use Photoshop and Camera Raw to improve the images you take on your iPhone or other mobile device!


In this tutorial, I show you three ways to brighten up dark images in Photoshop, using Camera Raw, and Adjustments.


This video covers how to fix yellow/dark keep in both Lightroom and Photoshop, using various methods, such as the Adjustment Brush, and Adjustment Layers.

Section 3: Photo Effects

In this video, you'll learn how to carve a pumpkin in Photoshop, just in time for Halloween! This tutorial utilizes the Pen Tool, Layer Styles, Filters, and more!


Learn how to create an effect similar to the "Strain" poster in Photoshop, using stock images, Puppet Warp, Layer Styles, Filters, and more!


Learn how to create a double exposure effect in Photoshop, using two images, selection methods, layer masks, Adjustment Layers, and more!

Ring light effect

In this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to create raindrops using a custom brush, Layer Styles, and Filters! We'll also cover how to create a 'frosted' window with moisture that has been rubbed away.


In today's tutorial, learn how to easily blur the background behind your transparent elements in Photoshop. This is perfect when designing website mockups!


This tutorial will teach you how to create custom bokeh in Photoshop, using a custom brush, blending options, and filters! This effect can help bring focus to your subject by blurring out the background while adding neat looking bokeh spots. This technique can be accomplished on most versions of Photoshop, including Photoshop CC, CS6, and CS5.


In today's Photoshop tip, I show you how you can use Filters and blending options to turn your photos into sketches! This works for videos, too!


Today's tutorial looks at the Refine Edge feature in Photoshop, and how it can drastically improve your selections that contain hair and/or fur.


In today's Photoshop tutorial, learn how to give your models a 'porcelain doll' look, using Adjustment Layers, Layer Masks, and the Liquify Filter.


Don't throw out your images! Combining them with some stock images, you can transform your images to a whole new level! Let me show you how to use masking, Adjustment Layers, and a few other tricks to achieve some nice photo composition results in Adobe Photoshop!


Create an old fashioned 1950's pin up poster in Adobe Photoshop using Filters, Adjustment Layers, selection methods and textures.


Single out a specific color in your images, leaving the rest black and white in Photoshop CS6. This method also works in previous versions of Photoshop! This tutorial covers selection methods, Adjustment Layers, and Layer masks, all of which will help you in your day-to-day photo editing.


Take a 'boring' black and white photo, and give it some color in Photoshop! This tutorial covers selection methods, Adjustment Layers, and Layer Masks, all of which will help you in your photo editing.

Section 4: New in Photoshop CC

Here's a look at Photoshop's new Flame Filter, which can help you create flaming text or even people!


New in Adobe Photoshop CC, the Content-Aware tools you know and love just got better with color adaptation! Turning this option on tells Photoshop to better deal with gradients and color variation when healing a photo.


New in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, Focus Area will allow you to automatically turn the in-focus areas of your photos into a selection! This is perfect if you're looking to replace the background of an image.


Adobe has done it again! Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC 14.2 allows you to change the perspective of objects in your images without much stretching or distortion.


Generator, part of Photoshop CC 14.1, allows you to automatically export your layers to images, and keep them up to date as you make changes. The process is quick, seamless, and very customizable.


The new Shake Reduction feature in Adobe Photoshop CC will help reduce the camera shake of your images, and sharpen them up. ENHANCE!

Section 5: Basic Tips and Tricks

In this quick Photoshop tip, I show you how to save Layer Styles for future use, even when the original document is not open, or has since been deleted.


In today's tutorial, I show you how to remove black and white backgrounds from your photos using the Blend If controls within your Layer Styles dialogue box.


I was surprised to find out that many Photoshop users don't take advantage of the Swatches panel. Today's video explains how it's used, and how you can now import colors from CSS/HTML documents.


Learn how easy it is to edit multiple type layers in Photoshop, and how you can edit individual words in a single type layer.


To better organize your layers in Photoshop, you may find it helpful to assign colors to them! This will help you prioritize changes for you or your clients.


Curious as to the difference between the Magic Wand Tool and the Quick Selection Tool? They may seem very similar, but there are a few key differences that can help you out in your projects!


Did you know that you can add Layer Styles to a group of layers? As of Photoshop CS6, you can! This can certainly be beneficial for a variety of reasons, which I discuss in this Thursday's tip!


If you've ever touched the Eraser Tool in Photoshop, you're doing it wrong! With the many non-destructive tools that are available in Photoshop, every edit you make should easily be reversible, including erasing. This video will discuss Layer Masking, and how it can replace your eraser!

Section 6: Text effects

This tutorial will teach you how to create a Disney's Frozen text effect, using Layer Styles, and a texture. As the Frozen font used by Disney is probably custom created, I'm not able to reproduce the font, itself.


In this tutorial, we're going to create a fireworks text effect in Photoshop. You're going to learn how to create your own custom brushes, use Photoshop's Brush panel to customize the brush, then apply it to a text path. You're then going to learn how to use Layer Styles to make the fireworks glow.


Create your own Iron Man text effect in Adobe Photoshop using many of the Layer Styles that are available to you, including Gradient Overlay and Bevel and Emboss!


Use the magic of "Blend If" to create great looking graffiti in Photoshop! The same blending features can be used for many of your other projects.


Create hairy or furry text in Photoshop using text, a texture, and the magic of custom brushes.


You asked for a Battlefield 3 text effect tutorial, so here it is! Use this as a base to creating your own designs. This effect can be done in many versions of Photoshop.

Section 7: Designing

Today's tutorial will cover some tips and tricks to help you as you're creating icons for iOS 7, or any other mobile platform. Smart Objects will help your workflow quite a bit!


Using Adobe Photoshop, learn how to create a stained, old paper texture, similar to a pirate's treasure map, using Layer Styles and Filters!


In this tutorial I'm going to show you how you can utilize Adjustment Layers to quickly edit game skins, such as the one used to change the appearance of your Minecraft characters. I know a lot of my viewers are Minecraft players, so hopefully you can use this tip to quickly edit your character.

Section 8: Video Editing and Animation

Learn how to improve the quality of your videos in Photoshop using Camera Raw!


Learn how to create an iPhone wireframe animation using various shape tools, and the animation features within Photoshop!


In this Photoshop tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create a cinematic video composition using a few video clips, blending modes, and Adjustment Layers!

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Instructor Biography

Howard Pinsky, Photoshop Educator

Howard Pinsky is a US based Photoshop & Lightroom instructor, focusing on online education. To date, Howard's training has been viewed over 80 million times across the world, and can be found on various training websites, including Adobe's official portals. Through his 8 years of training, he has become one of the go-to educators in the field.

Training material ranges from the very basics of Photoshop, to advanced techniques to help a user success in the real world. Areas of focus include photo editing, composition, text effects, and video editing within Photoshop.

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