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Photoshop: Real World Hands-on Freelance Mastery

The most important Photoshop techniques for both web and print design
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Created by Rob Cubbon
Last updated 10/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Mastery of Photoshop for use in real world print and web design situations
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  • Photoshop (any version; Mac or PC)

In order to be competitive as a graphic designer, you need to know Photoshop.

Photoshop freelancers can command fees of $100 / hour and yet it is an intuitive, easy-to-learn application.

My name’s Rob Cubbon, and I’ve been using Photoshop for over 2 decades.

I want to share with you the best techniques I learned in that time as they’re what you’ll find most useful in real world, hands-on graphic and web design situations. And all the Photoshop documents (PSDs) used in the course are available for download.

I’ll show you:

  • techniques for improving landscape photography
  • how to create three dimensional graphics from 2 dimensional photos
  • how to extend images
  • how to make selections in images with channels to create interesting effects
  • how to improve portrait photography, how to cut out and create montages
  • how to smooth a model's skin
  • how to create effect with text and typography
  • how to create images specifically for social media
  • how to create images specifically for web
  • how to use guides, to align and distribute objects within an image
  • how to stylise images to maximise their impact
  • all about selections, layers, channels and paths
  • knowledge about file size, resolution and color mode

all this I’ll show you using features that are available in all recent versions of Photoshop (from early Creative Suite versions right up to today’s Creative Cloud).

I’ll show you the short cuts and keystrokes in Mac and PC while I perform these techniques so you can start working like a professional today

and I’ll also explain the technicalities behind file size, resolution and colour modes so you will always supply the correct finished product for all the Photoshop work you do in the future.

Photoshop is my favourite design tool and I want to show you how much fun it is to use.

Who is the target audience?
  • People wishing to use Photoshop for graphic and web design
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 29 Lectures Collapse All 29 Lectures 02:33:28
1 Lecture 01:05

Intro to the course. All PSDs (the Photoshop files) that are used in this course will be available for download.

Preview 01:05
Extending images and adding text
5 Lectures 33:34

Understanding Image Size and Canvas Size.

Introduction and the difference between Image Size and Canvas Size

  • Understanding selections of Layers using the Lasso Tool (L) and what Feather means (blurring the edges)
  • Learning how to create perspective using the Free Transform Tool (Cmd/Ctrl-T)
  • Copying and pasting various areas of layers
Selecting areas of the images with the Lasso and Featuring the selection

Further copying and pasting different layers and transforming their shape with the Free Transform Tool as well as using the Clone / Rubber Stamp Tool to extend the background around the image.

Copying and pasting areas of the image and using the Clone Stamp tool

Finishing the project by running a gradient from the top and adding text to the image.

Running a gradient from the top and adding text
Selecting areas of images
2 Lectures 14:43

Brightening different areas of image.

The PSD file is available for download with this lecture.

Brightening areas of images by selecting with the lasso tool

How to brighten up certain parts of an image by creating a selection of the image with the Lasso tool. The PSD is available as a downloadable material in the next lecture.

Brightening areas of images by using Layer Masks
Rotating, transforming and skewing layers and images
2 Lectures 10:02

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Preview 07:20

The images are available as Downloadable Materials with this lecture.

Rotating images by specific angles
Aligning, distributing, guides and snapping
2 Lectures 07:13

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Aligning & distributing / spacing out

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Guides & Snapping
Enhancing a model's image
3 Lectures 17:04

Selecting the distracting background behind the model.

Selecting the background

Filling the distracting areas with black

Filling the background

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Whitening the eyes, smoothing the skin and enhancing the image
Making a montage
2 Lectures 07:20

Using selections and layer masks to blend two images together

Using Selections and Layer Masks

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Improving the Layer Mask and blending the image
Enhancing and stylizing a model's face
6 Lectures 22:18

Getting rid of imperfections with the Clone Stamp Tool (S) and the Healing Brush

Cloning out imperfections

Smoothing the skin with the use of Filters

Smoothing the skin

Brightening the teeth by selecting and lightening the whites using Adjustments > Curves.

Brightening the teeth

Stylizing the lips by adding a dark shape layer

The lips

Adding more Shape Layers to the eyes

Stylize the eyes

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture called Stylized Face.psd. There is also another one called stylized-model-face.psd which is a different more blurred and softer version of the same image.

Finishing up
Creating selections from channels
2 Lectures 11:28

Copying a channel to create an Alpha Channel

Copying a channel to create an Alpha Channel

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Using the Alpha Channel as a Layer Mask and editing it
4 Lectures 28:41

The image (PSD) is available as a Downloadable Material with this lecture.

Creating social media images

The Files Size, Resolution And Color Mode Document used in this lecture is available as a Downloadable Material.

Image size, resolution and color mode for image in print and for web

The shortcut and keystroke document is available for download with this lecture.

Photoshop shortcuts & keystrokes

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About the Instructor
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Bestselling author, entrepreneur, web and graphic designer

I have over 15 years experience in graphic design, web design and marketing. I have run my own business since 2005.

I am an Amazon bestselling author of seven books, bestselling Udemy instructor and all-round good guy who wants success for you and your business.

Being your own boss is an incredibly liberating experience but it can be difficult as well. There never seems to be enough time for what we want to do.

I'm driven to help people experience the positive side of entrepreneurship, not the negative.

I also build brands, create websites and run marketing campaigns for my clients.

My mission statement: I want to help and inspire people to build sustainable online businesses, earn passive income and experience greater freedom and happiness in their lives.

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