Photoshop Tutorials: Turn Family Photos Into Art

Easy Photoshop tutorials: Learn how to use Photoshop by turning family photos into Photoshop art your family will love.
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  • Lectures 60
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 5/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

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Photoshop Tutorials: Turn Family Photos Into Treasured Art will have you mastering all the Adobe Photoshop basics in as little as two days.

In these fun and easy Photoshop projects, you will be guided through the process of turning a child's photo into a fairy, transforming a photo of a boy into a comic book character, and turning an ordinary portrait into something spectacular. In only a couple of days you can create fun, unique Photoshop art of your loved ones to hang on the wall or give as gifts.

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These Adobe Photoshop tutorials for beginners will covers the primary Photoshop tools and Photoshop basics, including many of the most commonly used tools, layers and layer blending modes, and other PS skills that are the building blocks of becoming proficient in Photoshop.

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Five Star Review: "Great overview of a nice program. Thank you cat for this nice course. Learning on examples by following your steps is so helpful and you showed all basic tools someone needs to work with Photoshop for themself. Thank you. I am looking for your next project :-)" - Kathrin

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These fun and easy Photoshop tutorials will have you taking immediate action by applying the Photoshop techniques to your own family photos (or the ones provided.) The course files include:

  • 11 photos of people to practice on
  • 63 textures to use over and over in these and other projects
  • 41 backgrounds for your creative enjoyment
  • 32 sparkle and glitter images to add spectacular effects to all future projects
  • 8 pairs of fairy wings to use over and over

The 58 lectures that make up this 4-hour course will have you creating your own professional-quality, one-of-a-kind family portraits in no time - all the while learning highly marketable Photoshop skills that you can apply to other projects, and even make money with. Learn how to use Photoshop now. Your family will thank you.Start on your path the becoming a Photoshop pro now, the benefits are numerous. Here are just a few:

  • The ability to make amazing photo/digital art that your friends and family will love
  • Gain a highly marketable skill needed in numerous professions around the world
  • Hone a new artistic medium that can take your art to a new level

Purchase the course today and become one of the select few in the world who are experts in the best image editing program on the planet. Join over 1,500 students who have taken this course in the first month it launched (June 1st, 2015).

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What are the requirements?

  • Have access to Photoshop cs 5 or higher (this one was created on cs6 but they are pretty similar.)
  • Have digital photos that you wish to alter, although it is not required as there are photos provided.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • GAIN the skills to create one-of-a-kind family portraits that your family will treasure forever.
  • BECOME an intermediate Photoshop user in as little as two days.
  • ATTAIN the Photoshop skills to create other unique altered photography art.
  • DEVELOP highly marketable Photoshop skills while having fun.
  • ACQUIRE a collection of over 80 textures and image files for use in other Photoshop projects.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for the absolute beginner in Photoshop who wants to take their family photos to a new level of creativity.
  • For beginners who want to understand the basics of Photoshop while learning via hands-on, fun projects.
  • This course is not for you if you are an intermediate or advanced PS user.
  • If you are using a really old version of PS you will not be able to follow along with the new interface (PScs6)
  • This course is not suitable for learning on a smartphone.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction To Udemy And This Course Interface
Welcome And Some Sample Of Gifts I've Made For Family

We will briefly go over what is covered in the Fairy Project, what is included in the download file, and some of the things we will be learning.­­

1 page

Set your screenview.

A Bit About Comments And Messages - I Will Respond!
1 page
How To Get The Best Learning Experience From This Course
1 page
Section 2: PROJECT 1: Turn A Cute Girl Into A Pretty Fairy

Please download the files provided.


We will set up your Photoshop file and RGB mode.


This lecture explains zooming in and out, and how to adjust levels.


What layers are and the window pallet explained.

DPI (Size) Explained In More Detail
1 page

A short list of PS shortcuts we will be using in this course.

What Have We Learned About DPI?
2 questions

We start working on the image by “placing” the wings, smart objects, rasterizing an image, and deleting backgrounds.


We will choose, place and resize the fairy wings.


Using the lasso tool we'll seperate the wings onto their own layers.


We will use the erasure and lasso tool to cut the girl from the background image.


We'll use the clone tool to erase unwanted parts.


Get rid of the background by using the paint bucket, and make a new bottom layer.

Section 3: Layers And Textures For Background And Atmosphere

In this video we'll pick the new background and place it into the project. We'll also rotate the image using transform.


We'll cover blending modes (which I have mistakenly called "filters" for the last 20 years) in the layer pallet.


We'll use some of the textures to create a new atmosphere for the photo, and apply feathering and opacity.

2 pages

Download a PDF of my favorite websites that offer free textures.


In this lecture we will use the move tool to adjust the wings, and we will add another texture and use the linear burn blending mode to get an aged feel to the image.

Remember To Work Smarter Not Harder
3 questions
Section 4: Photoshop Brushes - The Magic Is Endless
We'll learn how to import some new brushes and load them.
1 page

Download the PDF to access the link for the brushes.


We will use our new Fairy Wing brushes to create sparkly effects.

In this video we will use the Glittering Swirls brushes to create a swirly atmosphere.
Adjust color to a layer using the Color Balance.

In this lecture we will learn how to add text to our image, choose a font and size, and change color using the eye dropper tool.


We will add some glowing effects to the photo using Gaussian Blur.


We will add more glowing effects to the fairy wings using the brush tool, as well as adding a glow effect to the text using Outer Glow.

Section 5: Wrap Up: Saving Your Files For Maximum Use
Now that we are done we will save the image in different formats and sizes.
Wrap up and conclusion.
You Are Awesome!!!
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Section 6: PROJECT 2: Turn A Cute Boy Into Comic Book Character

A brief description of what this project is.

1 page

How to download the image folders (there is 1):

- Click on the download icon in right column at the top.

- That will download the image files for use in this course.

- Double click on the zipped file to unzip them.

- Put them in a place where you will have easy access to them


Preparing the file for use and a bit about what we will cover in this project. We will learn how to use the quick selection tool to select the background area.


Now we'll learn about Masks and using them to hide the background and why it's a better way to hide the background then deleting.


We'll use the quick selection tool with the masking tool to finish getting rid of the background.


How to get a nice clean cutout from the background using the brush tool and the magic wand.


We will create a poster edge effect in the filters area and apply that to a layer copy of the boy.


We will make a layer copy of the boy and apply a dry brush filter to it, then we'll increase the vibrancy of the photo.


In this lesson, we'll create a half-tone color effect to create a comic book appearance.


We will add highlights to the eyes and adjust the levels on the shirt to bring out more color.


I will show you two different ways to make a frame using rulers, and the stroke tool.


We will create a text bubble and add words using the text tool.


Now that we're done, we will save a TIFF and a JPEG file.

Congratulations! You Are Now One Of The Few...
1 page
Want To See The Teacher's Artwork?
1 page
Section 7: PROJECT 3: Create Pretty Portrait For Grandma
Download Grandma Project Files
1 page

Set up PS files and get ready to begin the third course.


Learn a simple way to adjust the tone and hue of colors without destroying image quality.


How to add content to a background from an existing image.


Cloning and other methods for creating a new background.


How to tie up lose ends after masking.


Using masking and layered effects.


Using black/white to touch up areas on a mask layer.


Use textures to create a pretty oval frame.

You Are A Superstar!
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Instructor Biography

Cat Whipple, Photoshop expert teaching Photoshop to artists: 4 courses

I LOVE Adobe Photoshop! I think it's the best invention on the planet and I want everyone to try it at least once, because it can transform lives. Really!

So who is this Photoshop junkie? I am a artist, photographer and graphic designer. I have used Photoshop for over 20 years in my personal artwork and professional career as a graphic designer and photographer.

Being a Photoshop expert has helped me land a job at a big daily newspaper (The St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota); helped me become a graphic designer; given me the skills to work as a freelance photo re-toucher; and given me the confidence to sell my artwork online (you can see my work on FineArtAmerica).

I have taught numerous real-life classes in Photoshop, photography, and art journaling. And now I am enjoy teaching Photoshop online where I can teach even more people.

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