Smashing Photoshop CC/CS
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Smashing Photoshop CC/CS

The fundamentals done right.
4.4 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
437 students enrolled
Created by Euan Hay
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 52 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Demonstrate the core fundamentals of Adobe Photoshops features and capabilities.
  • Explain the functionality of each tool bar item.
  • Confidently demonstrate the use of text and fonts, selection tools, layers, healing tools, masks and colours.
  • Identify design best practices.
  • Understand the differences between common image types and identify key elements that make up each image.
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  • All course material is contained within each lecture. No course material is required prior to beginning.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 or above is a necessity. A full version of Adobe Photoshop is available for a 30 Day free trial direct from

Adobe Photoshop is synonymous with high quality, visual design either for web, print of digital deployment.

This course has been constructed with the end in mind. You'll be guided through the basics using video as the key delivery method. Learn the core elements in simple easy to follow lectures that are straight to the point.

Your journey will include:

  • Full tool bar overview with individual demonstrations
  • Specific challenges to test your new found knowledge
  • An in depth look at the most important elements of Adobe Photoshop such as Layers and Masks. Understanding these is more than half the battle.

So what are you waiting for?!sign up before you change your mind

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is best suited for individuals who have limited to no knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
  • A reasonable level of computer literacy is preferred.
  • Individuals with a reasonable understanding is basic design principles will gain most from the content of this course.
  • This course is NOT for learners who have intermediate to advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.
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Curriculum For This Course
76 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:14

Firstly I'd like to welcome you and thank you for spending your time and money on this course. In this section I'll outline an overview of the content you'll find in future chapters. In addition I'll give you all the help I can to help you get the most out of each and every lecture.

Preview 02:14
Photoshop Interface & Basic Actions
6 Lectures 15:01

It's always good to try before you buy. That's why I'll point you in the direction where you can get Photoshop for free for thirty days. There are no restrictions on this version, ideal for working your way through this course.

Preview 00:44

The Photoshop interface can be quite confusing to users new to the application. This lecture will talk you through each of the main features of the Photoshop layout, providing helpful hints and tips along the way.
Photoshop Interface & Basic Actions

Like every design program, being able to create new documents may seem like a given and it's no different with `Photoshop. Here we'll look at how we to create a new Photoshop document and the associated properties that are available. Don't worry, we'll keep it simple.

Creating a New Document

Being able to identify what file type Photoshop can open will save bags of time. This lecture walks you through the most common file types you'll encounter as well as how to actually open them.

Opening Files

You'll have heard it from the first day you turned on a computer, SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! Invaluable advice no doubt. We'll highlight the Save options available and what they mean to you.

Saving in Photoshop

Sound a tad basic right? To the complete novice it can be a bit of a head scratcher. Lets demystify this straightforward, fundamental step. 

Adding Elements to the Workspace
A Little bit of Theory
2 Lectures 09:20

Throughout this course we will be using a couple of different images types, namely JPEG and PNG. It's good to know the differences between the two and the reasons behind their popularity, not only in this course but throughout the design world.

Common Image Types

Understanding the make up of an image will help you get to grips with a number of the selection tools in later lectures. Zoom in to the basic building blocks of what makes and image an image.

What do we mean by Pixels?
Photoshop Text and Fonts
2 Lectures 06:38

Adding text and understanding the mechanics behind it is a fundamental building block of any graphic design program. This lecture will introduce how text and fonts are handled within Photoshop as well as outline the key properties associated.

Text and Font Basics

Challenge Time - As part of ongoing knowledge checks, this lecture will provide you with the opportunity to test yourself on what you have learned so far about fonts and text. Don't worry, I've provided a model answer if you get stuck.

Text and Fonts - CHALLENGE
Tool Bar - Move (around your image)
3 Lectures 08:07

Having a high quality image with awesome design is great but what if you want to reposition something to make it even better. Get to grips with the Move tool to do just that.

Move - Move Tool

Got an eye for detail? Zooming in on a section of an image is something you'll do every time you open Photoshop. You won't believe how simple it is (that includes zooming out too).

Move - Zoom In/Out

Not all elements of your image will fit nicely into a 90 degree space, it's inevitable. The rotation options are simple, effective and quick to do. Lets get rotating.

Move - Hand and Rotate Tool
Tool Bar - Marquee Tools
3 Lectures 10:57

More than likely the first selection tool you'll ever use in Photoshop. I make this assumption as it's easily the most commonly used method of selecting images and specific areas of images.

Marquee - Rectangle

Maybe not quite as well used as its rectangular brother, the elliptical marquee shares all of the features of the marquee family but this time, concentrating on oval and circular selections. 

Marquee - Elliptical

Having the ability to select single rows and columns might not sound like that big a deal. Take a look at some practical applications that might just change your mind. 

Marquee - Rows and Columns
Tool Bar - Lasso Tools
4 Lectures 10:44

An intricate part of the selection portfolio, the freehand lasso tool is great for selecting large areas that don't require a huge amount of accuracy. If you are working with a digital sketch pad or tablet, this tool becomes even more powerful. 

Lasso - Freehand

The Polygonal Lasso tool is useful for drawing straight-edged segments of a selection border. More accurate that the freehand lasso tool.

Lasso - Polygonal

For me, the magnetic lasso option is the most accurate and provides better results. Learn how to use it and make up your own mind.

Lasso - Magnetic

Lets look at how to utilise the lasso tool as part of a wider project. In this instance, we'll be changing the eye colour of a person.

Lasso - Changing Eye Color
Tool Bar - Healing & Stamp Tools
4 Lectures 16:35

Do you have an image that is close to perfect except for that one blemish? Me too! The spot healing tool is great for fixing imperfections. Learn how to best use it with this practical example.

Preview 04:08

With literally millions of colours to choose from, it can be difficult selecting the right one. The eyedropper tool allows you to pick out colours from an image or any other surface in Photoshop.

Colour - Eyedropper Tool

A fantastic option for blending elements together or hiding things you no longer want visible. Fun and practical at the click of your mouse.

Stamp - Clone Stamp Tool

Learn how to utilise the Pattern Stamp tool to the best of your ability with this lecture. We'll also show you how to create your own patterns for use now or in the future.

Stamp - Pattern Stamp Tool
Tool Bar - Selection Tools
4 Lectures 19:02

The Magic Wand tool is one of the more popular selection tools. It takes into account the colours for the pixels beneath making it so simple to use. In many cases all that's required is a simple click. 

Magic Wand Tool

You had the theory behind the Magic Wand, lets now look at it in practice. Feel free to work along with us using the images attached to this lecture.

Magic Wand EXAMPLE

Without a doubt thee most used of all the selection tools. Understand how the Quick selection tool differs from other selection options. It's key to knowing when and when not to use. 

Quick Selection Tool

I hope you had your ears open because its Challenge Time. Test your new found knowledge with this practical challenge.

Selection - CHALLENGE
Tool Bar - Drawing Tools
4 Lectures 13:32

Ideal for drawing freehand shapes and lines, the Pencil tool is Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Perfect for lines with hard edges and those with a drawing tablet.

Drawing - Pencil

A standard feature of all graphic design tools worth their salt. The Brush tool is great for serious artists and fun seekers alike. This lecture gives you all the basics in a simple, straighforward manner.

Drawing - Brush

The Mixer Brush tool is great for simulating painting techniques on your canvas. Replicate mixing colours on your brush and canvas along with the ability to amend brush stroke properties.

Drawing - Mixer Brush

Replacing colours while still maintaining texture and reflections can be extremely useful especially if you do not have the opportunity to retake a particular shot. Here we will talk you through how to do just that with a straightforward demonstration.

Drawing - Colour Replacement
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About the Instructor
Euan Hay
4.4 Average rating
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437 Students
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Learning & Development Professional

With almost ten years experience in the digital learning space with a large corporate bank in the UK, I feel i have both the experience and knowledge when it comes to producing high quality content that learners enjoy.

May day to day role as a Digital Innovation Specialist includes, elearning creation, graphic design, video production and much much more, all of which I think to benefit Udemy students.

As CIPD qualified, I understand the needs of learners and how best certain people learn.