In this Photoshop course, I introduce and explain the various tools in Photoshop. Every single tool is covered, with the exception of 3D tools. Advanced modes and options are also covered. By the time you've finished this course, you will be an expert at Photoshop's tools. However, some students may option not to complete the entire course and instead use this as a reference to learn about specific tools. If that's the case, jump around to which tool you have questions about, even though you might be missing some helpful content by not completing all the lectures. The lectures are ordered in the order they are located in the Tools panel.
Students can follow along in Photoshop and practice adjusting the various tools’ options and use them in conjunction with each other, whether it’s the Type Tools, the Pen Tools, or the Shape Tools, or digital darkroom tools like the Clone Stamp Tool, the Sponge Tool, and so on.
There are 11 lectures on the various selection tools. This could normally be a course by itself, but it is included as one section in this course. If you complete this course, you will be an expert at making selections in Photoshop!
I have years of experience using Photoshop, including doing web and advertising design at a newspaper, an advertising design firm, a library system, and freelance work for about two decades. I’ve also been managing editor at two international graphic design magazines, and I’m currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital media. I’ve taken classes on digital production and design during my undergraduate and graduate work.
So enroll today and let’s learn about Photoshop’s tools and their neat uses and effects.
In this lecture, you learn how to use Photoshop's tools panel, how to toggle the single/double mode, and practice with a couple tools and techniques.
In this lesson, you'll learn and practice various Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.
Downloadable and printable handout: common Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.
In this lesson, I show you how to download the support files so you can follow along and practice.
I explain the various uses of the Move tool.
Students learn about the Lasso Tool and the Polygonal Lasso Tool and their functions.
Students learn about and practice the Magnetic Lasso Tool and its uses.
In this lecture, I explain the Marquee Selection Tools and when they would be used.
I explain the Quick Selection Tool and its uses.
I describe when the Magic Wand Tool is used and how it can be adjusted.
In this lecture, I show how to use the color range selection.
I demonstrate how to use the Pen Tool to make a selection.
I show how to make a selection using quick mask mode.
I explain the grow and similar commands to adjust selections.
I show how to modify selections once they are made.
I show how to use the refine edge command to adjust the edges of selections.
I demonstrate how to use the Crop Tool and adjust its settings.
I show how to use the Perspective Crop Tool to change the perspective of a photo.
I show how to use the Slice Tool to create images and html files.
In this lecture, I explain the functions and applications of the Eyedropper tool and Color Sampler Tool.
I explain the practical uses of the Ruler Tool, Note Tool, and Count Tool.
Students learn how to use the Healing Brush Tool and Spot Healing Brush Tool and understand their differences.
I show how to use the Patch Tool and explain its uses.
In this lecture, I demonstrate how to use the Content-Aware Move Tool and explain its applications.
I show how to use the Red Eye Tool to fix this effect in photos.
I demonstrate how to use the Brush Tool and explain its options and uses.
I show how to use the Pencil Tool and explains its options.
I demonstrate how to use the Color Replacement Tool and explain its applications.
I show how to use the Mixer Brush Tool to mix and paint hues onto the canvas.
In this lecture, I demonstrate how to use the Clone Stamp Tool and adjust its options.
I show how to use the Pattern Stamp Tool.
In this lecture, I explain and demonstrate the History Brush Tools as well as how to use the history panel.
I show how to use the Eraser Tool, Magic Eraser Tool, and the Background Eraser Tool.
I explain and demonstrate the Gradient Tool.
I show how more options and modes to use in the Gradient Tool.
I demonstrate the Paint Bucket Tool and explain that while it's better to use Alt-Backspace/Option-Delete shortcuts to fill layers with pixels instead, there are some uses for the tool.
I show how to use the Blur Tool, Sharpen Tool, and Smudge Tool.
I demonstrate the Burn Tool and Dodge Tool and explain these digital darkroom techniques.
In this lecture, students learn how to use the Sponge Tool.
In this lecture, I demonstrate the Pen Tool and explain how to create specific angles or curved and straight lines and add to or remove points after drawing. Students learn how to use this often-confusing Pen Tool through demonstration.
In this lecture, I show students how to use the Type Tools and adjust its settings.
In this detailed lecture, I explain how to use the various Shape Tools, including the Custom Shape Tool. Students also learn how to add to, extra from, and overlap shapes as well as adjust their settings.
I show how to use the Hand Tool to navigate around the canvas and the Zoom Tool to zoom in and out. Various keyboard shortcuts are also included as well as tool modes.
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Welcome! I'm passionate about communication, writing, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital journalism at Southeastern University. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past ten years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. And now, you can learn from me as well!
Get started by enrolling in my courses, learning new skills and knowledge, and asking me questions in the discussion boards.
About the instructor:
By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience teaching these topics, I've been able to produce top-notch courses that maximize learning and enable students to become better graphic designers, logo designers, photo editors, and writers.
I've worked as Webmaster and Advertising Designer at a regional newspaper (The News Chief), Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm, Technology Librarian at a city library system, and Managing Editor at two international graphic design magazines at Kelby Media Group. I've also written for publications and designed web sites and other promotional work for clients on an on-going basis for the past 20 years.
Besides relevant marketplace experience, I also have a B.A. in Communication from Southeastern University, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the mythic branding of Apple's Macintosh/Mac in their primary commercial campaigns (1984, Think Different, Switch/Real People, and Get a Mac).
My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better graphic designers, photo editors, writers, and illustrators.
I'm the founder of Good Creative Academy, the premiere online school for learning and creating. If you're looking to learn more about graphic design, writing, and new media entrepreneurship, you have arrived at the right place!
Fun tech-related facts about me:
I taught myself QBasic when I was 13, and later used that programming language to write a program that simulated the DOS prompt, to fool my high school graphic design teacher into thinking the computers had been hacked.
I used web banner advertising on my web sites in high school and during my freshman year of college, which brought in about $750 a month in income.