Practical Photoshop CS5 Level 1

Practical Photoshop skills for photographers and marketing professionals.
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  • Lectures 78
  • Length 17 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2012 English

Course Description

" Learn Photoshop CS5: Photoshop CS5 Tutorials for Beginners- Level 1" is geared toward photographers who need to professionally re-touch their images and marketing professionals who need to create quality images for company marketing materials, both print and electronic. However, anyone looking to learn Photoshop will highly benefit from the course.

This Photoshop CS5tutorials for beginners course is comprised of 14 Lessons and runs 16.5 hours in length.

The " Learn Photoshop CS5 : Photoshop CS5 Tutorials for Beginners " video course was created by Steve Markos, an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CS5, as well as a professional photographer and graphic designer.  He has been teaching Photoshop for six years in business and photography professionals and has designed his courses, both classroom and video, based on what students need to know to get their jobs done.  Steve is not here to "WOW" you with cool but useless information, but to teach you practical Photoshop skills needed for the business and photography world. If you are looking to create surreal artwork or turn people into lizards, look elsewhere. But if you are looking to create professional graphics for your company newsletters, brochures, web sites, videos, and electronic presentations, or if you are a photographer looking to professionally re-touch your images, then Practical Photoshop CS5 Level 1 video course is the perfect starting point to achieve your goals.

Take this course now and learn Photoshop CS5 for Beginners.


What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand resolution
  • Navigate the Photoshop interface
  • Understand color spaces and create appropriate colors for the job
  • Modify the original canvas
  • Correct exposure and color
  • Understand the basics of layers
  • Use the touch-up tools correctly
  • Create compositions of multiple images
  • Understand different file formats

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This lesson on the Patch Tool has been placed here for promotional purposes.  This lesson also appears in Lesson 10: Image Manipulation and Touch-up. Please watch it in that lesson, its proper place in the course flow.


This introduction to the course discusses how the course works and how you can get the most out of the course by working along with the instructor.

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Download this ZIP file to get all the course files.  This file is approximately 600MB in size. You will need WinZip or software that will open WinZip files, as well as the knowledge of how to use it.  The Zip file includes all of the images used in this course, which you will need to work along with the instructor.  Within the Zip file will be a main folder called "Photoshop CS5 Level 1 Course Files," and within this folder you will find all the individual lesson folders, as well as a document entitled, "Photoshop CS5.pdf."

Section 1: Lesson 1: The Photoshop Workspace

Quick overview of the different sections of the Photoshop workpace.


Customize panels, panel locations, and save your custom settings.


Open files with Mini Bridge.


Pan and zoom in and out on images using the latest OpenGL drawing features in Photoshop CS5.


View your images in the Photoshop interface or in full screen mode with or without menus, tools, and panels.


Use rulers and ruler guides to assist with layout of compositions.


Set Photoshop Preferences to control the way Photoshop works for you.

Section 2: Lesson 2: Image Resolution

Exactly what is resolution and how does it apply to both print and screen graphics.


Before enlarging or reducing image size, first analyze the native resolution of the image to see if you can get a print size you need without resampling.


How to resize images for print purposes.


Rize images for screen and other electronic device purposes.

Section 3: Lesson 3: History

Set up the number of "undos" you get with Photoshop (the default is a disturbingly low 20) and set the way history works--linear or non-linear.


Create snapshots of work-in-progress using the History Panel.


Selectively erase area of work to reveal the orginal image by using the History Brush.

Section 4: Lesson 4: Creating Colors

Definition of the RGB and CMYK color spaces.


Create solid colors with the Color Panel or the Color Picker.


Using, creating, and editing gradients.

Section 5: Lesson 5: Modifying an Image Canvas

Rotate images into their proper orientation and flip images vertically or horizontally.


Use the Crop Tool to crop the image canvas.


Trim excess border area and straighten images that were photographed crookedly.


Enlarge or reduce the canvas size, create a caption area, and create a uniform, decorative border around your images by using the Canvas Size command.

Section 6: Lesson 6: Creating a Blank Canvas

Create a blank canvas on which to start you own, original artwork.


Fill your blank canvas with a solid color or a pattern by using the Fill Command.


Create a blank canvas that matches dimensions and resolution of any open image.

Section 7: Lesson 7: Layer Basics

Understanding the Layers Panel functions and options.


Create compositions (collages) from mulitple images.


Align multiple layers into columns and rows, and link related layers so that they move and resize as one item.


When and how to merge layers and how to save your layered documents as .PSD and .JPEG.

Section 8: Lesson 8: Correcting Exposure

How and why to use Adjustment Layers instead of commands under the Image--Adjustments menu.


Correcting exposure with the Levels Command (Part 1)


Correcting exposure using the Levels command (Part 2)


Work through a variety of real life situations correcting exposure with the Levels command.


Clip an Adjustment Layer to the layer below it so that it adjusts only that layer and not all layers underneath it.


Lighten or darken shadow areas independently from lightening and darkening highlight areas.  It's Curves for dummies.

Section 9: Lesson 9: Correcting and Altering Color

Remove incorrect color tints from an image using the Levels command.


Change colors using the Hue/Saturation command


Colorize an image using the Hue/Saturation command.


Enhance existing colors with the Hue/Saturation command or the preferred Vibrance command.

Section 10: Chapter 10: Image Manipulation and Retouching

Before starting to retouch an image, understand the effects that brush hardness and size have on image manipulation tools.


Selectively lighten, darken, saturate or desaturate parts of an image using the Burn, Dodge, and Sponge Tools


Remove blemishes and scratches from images using the Healing Brush.


Retouch large areas with the Patch Tool.


Retouch blemishes and scratches even easier than using the Healing Brush with the Spot Healing Brush, and remove red-eye with no effort at all with the Red Eye Tool.


Practice your touch-up tool skills.


Learn the basics of using the Clone Stamp to change areas of an image.

Take a look at the options for the Clone Stamp and modify the clone with the Clone Source Panel.
Cloning considerations when shadows in the image are involved.
Practice your Clone Stamp skills and learn a valuable Photoshop life lesson.
Work with CS5's new Content Aware Fill, the Clone Stamp for dummies--somewhat.

Blur, sharpen, and smudge selected areas of an image with the Blur, Sharpen, and Smudge Tools.

Section 11: Lesson 11: Selection Basics

Learn the basics of making selections and then adding or deleting from the selections, all vital to selecting areas of an image for altering or to add to a composition of mulitple photos.


Select areas of uniform color with the Magic Wand Tool.


Quickly select an area of an image based on contrast by using the Quick Selection Tool.


Custom draw your own selections with the Lasso, Polyogonal Lasso, and Magnetic Lasso Tools.


Edit your selections by adding or deleting from the original selection.

Section 12: Lesson 12: Creating Compositions

Make your compositions as believable as possible by contracting and feathering your editied selections.  This little known technique makes all the difference in the world.


Save selections as Alpha Channels for later use or for use in other programs such as Premiere Pro or InDesign.  And once you've saved them, find out how to reload them.


Create believable compositions from multiple images and/or parts of mulitple images.


Use your new skills to create a composition by cutting a person out of a photo and realistically placing him into another image.

Section 13: Lesson 13: Saving Files and Converting Color Spaces

Everything you wanted to know about JPEGs but were afraid to ask.


As you guessed, everything you ever wanted to know about GIFs, and probably even more.


Save layers and alpha channels with .PSDs and .TIFs.


Save your images in the PNG format.


Converting your images to CMYK and Greyscale for process printing.


Converting RGB images to sRGB for the Internet and other electronic purposes.

Section 14: Lesson 14: Camera Raw

Exactly what is Raw and when should you shoot your images using it.


Set up preferences for Camera Raw processing.


Correcting exposure, color tint, and color saturation in Camera Raw.


How to open Raw files in Photoshop for further work, how to save Raw file settings, and how to output Raw files as JPEGs, PSDs, and TIFFs.


Learn to crop and straighten Raw images non-destructively.


Learn about other types of image corrections using Photoshop's Camera Raw processor.


Remove blemishes with the Spot Removal tool and red eye with the Red Eye tool.


Lighten, darken, or alter colors over large areas using the Adjustment Brush.


Blend exposure and color correcting across an image using the Graduated Filter.


Learn how to edit multiple images at one time, plus use presets and save valuable time.

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Instructor Biography

Steve Markos, Adobe Certified Instructor and Expert

Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Markos only teaches software products he uses on a regular basis, which allows him to provide students with real world instruction and advice. Steve began using Photoshop in 1994 as a tool to touch-up photos of models for the fashion industry.  He became an Adobe Certified Instructor and Expert in Photoshop in 2005 and began teaching corporate training classes under his own company name, Art=Visual, as well as for various software training centers around the country, such as  Media Technology Associates (Atlanta, GA), Sterling Ledet and Associates (Atlanta, GA), Future Media Concepts (Orlando, FL), Roundpeg (San Francisco, CA), IT Training & Solutions (Greensboro, SC), and Echo-Eleven (Atlanta, GA).  Steve also holds a CompTia CTT+ certificate (Certified Technical Trainer) and is an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor in InDesign and Premiere Pro as well. He was the co-author of Adobe's InDesign CS3 Certification Exam.

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