Photoshop: Real World Hands-on Freelance Mastery

The most important Photoshop techniques for both web and print design
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Photoshop (any version; Mac or PC)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Mastery of Photoshop for use in real world print and web design situations

Who is the target audience?

  • People wishing to use Photoshop for graphic and web design

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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

Section 2: Extending images and adding text

Download the PSD that is used in this lecture


Understanding 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

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.


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

Section 3: Selecting areas of images

Brightening different areas of image.

The PSD file is available for download with this lecture.


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.

Section 4: Rotating, transforming and skewing layers and images

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


The images are available as Downloadable Materials with this lecture.

Section 5: Aligning, distributing, guides and snapping

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


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

Section 6: Enhancing a model's image

Selecting the distracting background behind the model.


Filling the distracting areas with black


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

Section 7: Making a montage

Using selections and layer masks to blend two images together


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

Section 8: Enhancing and stylizing a model's face

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


Smoothing the skin with the use of Filters


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


Stylizing the lips by adding a dark shape layer


Adding more Shape Layers to 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.

Section 9: Creating selections from channels

Copying a channel to create an Alpha Channel


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

Section 10: Conclusion

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


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


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


The document with all the coupon codes and links to the special offer discounted and free courses is available to download with this lecture.

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Instructor Biography

Rob Cubbon, 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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