Smashing Photoshop CC/CS

The fundamentals done right.
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  • Lectures 76
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

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

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

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.

What you get with this course?

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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

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.

Section 2: Photoshop Interface & Basic Actions

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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

Section 3: A Little bit of Theory

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.


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.

Section 4: Photoshop Text and Fonts

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.


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.

Section 5: Tool Bar - Move (around your image)

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.


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).


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.

Section 6: Tool Bar - Marquee Tools

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.


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. 


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. 

Section 7: Tool Bar - Lasso Tools

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. 


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


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.


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.

Section 8: Tool Bar - Healing & Stamp Tools

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.


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.


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


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.

Section 9: Tool Bar - Selection Tools

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. 


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.


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. 


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

Section 10: Tool Bar - Drawing Tools

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.


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.


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.


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.

Section 11: Tool Bar - Pen Tools

There's a lot to cover when it comes to the Pen tool, so lets start with the how to draw basic shapes. The same outcome can be reached with a combination of other selection tools however, you might find you have more freedom with the Pen tool.


Pen Paths differ from the more basic Shapes that we looked at in the previous lecture. Paths are lines from one point to another that work independently to the pixels below them. This is unique for a Photoshop tool, so let see how we use it.


As mentioned before, the Pen tool works by creating a line from one point to another. Those interval points are called Anchor Points and are incredibly useful when drawing with the Pen. Take a look for yourself!


This lecture will challenge you to put into practice what you've gained from the previous three lectures. Don't worry, I've also included the solution.

Section 12: Filters

The Smudge tool can be looked at much the same way as finger painting when you were a kid. This tool is is used to smear the paint that's on the canvas.

You will be able to effectively utilise the Blur capabilities of Photoshop at the end of this lecture.

Photoshops filter gallery is an excellent tool to preview any effects you want to add to your image. This lecture guides you you the fundamentals of this tool.

Section 13: Fill Options

A basic Photoshop function but none the less important. Starting small, you'll learn how to select colours ready to fill basic shapes and your workspace.


Taking the fundamentals from the Paint Bucket lecture, this next stage will talk you through how to setup and apply gradients to your workspace.


Learn how to select part of an image and move it. Then watch as Photoshop automatically fills in the hole with matching elements from the existing background.


Challenge Time - Content Aware is a fantastic tool that was introduced over the last few years. Test yourself with this example to see how much you have learned so far.

Section 14: Layers

Layers can be one of the more confusing features of Photoshop....if you let it. This introductory lecture will strip back Layers to the absolute basics.


Part 1 of 3 - Here we put Layers into practice with this example. This three part lecture starts to build a banner designed for web highlighting the power of Layers as we go. Project resources attached.


Continuing from the previous lecture we look at how we can group out layer elements created so far as well as working towards finishing our banner image.


The final part of our web banner brings with it the power of merging layers.


A Layer Mask gives you precise control over the transparency of your layers. This lecture shows you the basic make up of a Layer Mask and how it can be utilised with relative ease.


Hopefully you're beginning to realise how powerful Layers can be. A natural progression in the Layers story is to utilise them to help us combine areas of multiple images together. That's exactly what we do here.


Not all images are nice and simple in design, many are extremely complex. This poses a specific problem when is comes to being accurate with a Layer Mask, so, lets look at how we apply Layer Masks to complex areas of an image. 


Learn how to use one layer to define and shape another layer with Clipping Masks. By using the power of transparency amazing things can happen!


You can only go so far with different coloured text. Take a step up by combining Clipping Masks and text for truely great results.


Test your knowledge of layer and Clipping Masks with this hands on challenge.

Section 15: Transform Options

This is a feature I use everyday! Free Transform allows you to do a number of things including quickly resizing images with either maintaining aspect ratios or not and rotating elements with pin point accuracy.


The Transofrm tool give you a huge amount of freedom to amend your image. Here we will look at two aspects of this - Skew and Distort.


Learn how to manipulate you image to give a completely new perspective. We'll also look at how to alter your image using the Wrap transform.


We have looked at how to transform an entire image, now lets take a look at how to apply the content of the previous two to three lectures to a specific area of an image.

Section 16: Time Saving Features

Visual aids can be a huge advantage when dealing with complex images. If you have an eye for detail, grids will be your new favourite thing,


Similar to Grids, Guides provide you with a visual marker to help you with positioning however, this time you can freely move them around your image for absolute perfection.


Photoshop Actions allow you to record what you are telling Photoshop to do to a particular image or element. Save these actions and apply them to other images at a later date saving you bags of time in the process.


Time is precious and you don't really want to be wasting it by repeating the same action over and over again. If you have to resize a bunch of images to the same dimension for example, let Batch Processing help complete the task lightning fast.

Section 17: Background Editing

The Crop tool allows you to focus on specific areas of an image without loosing important elements such as aspect ration etc. Lets have a look at how we use it.


Having the ability to remove unwanted backgrounds or background elements is extremely useful the more confident you become. Start with is handy tutorial on basic background removal.


So, we've just looked at how to remove simple backgrounds. It's not always that easy (unfortunately). This next video builds on the previous lecture by specifically looking at far more complex background like hair etc.

Section 18: Practical Tutorials

We've all had a good laugh at memes but how do you actually create one? The answer is easier than you think. Find out all you need here.


Today, it's pretty simple to create a beautiful panoramic image, most smartphones and digital cameras have the capability. What if you have have neither or have older photographs that you'd like to stitch together? Find the answers here.


Simple effects can sometimes be the most powerful. The quick lecture shows you how to apply black and white effects to your images with flexibility and precision.


Shadows add depth to images, text or any other elements. Let's look at the properties that can be changed to help create the right effect you want.


Not all images fit nicely or look great wth 90 degree corners. Learn how to smooth out those corners to give a really nice rounded effect.

Section 19: Resources

As part of this course, I like to share any free resources as and when I can. I provide you three sites that are dedicated to free Hi Resolution images with no license restriction. Enjoy!


This one is a biggie. Free PSD file galore. Graphics Fuel is a fantastic resource for PSD templates of all shapes and sizes. You'll be hard pushed to find something they don't have.

Section 20: BONUS - Video in Photoshop

We already looked at how to open image files into Photoshop. Importing video follows a similar process. In this lecture We'll show you how to import multiple clips with ease.


Video on their own can look good enough. Start adding overlays such as text and images and you'll soon be creating something very special.


Like most raw video footage, it's not perfect straight out of the camera. Some bits you may want to get rid of. Take a look at how to cut and slice your footage.


So you now have your new video project ready to save. Walk through the options and properties available to you before rendering and publishing.

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Instructor Biography

Euan Hay, 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.

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