Photoshop Professor Notes - Volumes 1 - 5

A Photoshop Master Class for Photographers, Graphic Designers, Multimedia Production Technicians and anyone else
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Photoshop Professor Notes - Volumes 1 - 5

A Photoshop Master Class for Photographers, Graphic Designers, Multimedia Production Technicians and anyone else

This is Volume1 through 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs. This course in Adobe Photoshop starts right at the very beginning assuming that the learner has no experience in using the application.

Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 1

Setting Photoshop up for Success - Mastering the Photoshop Document, the Workspace, Essential Settings and Much More ...

Lecture 1: Navigating the Document Window

Knowing how to effectively and efficiently navigate around your image files (the document window) will allow you to zoom in and zoom out and focus on specific areas of interest in your images.

Lecture 2: Setting Up Our Preferences

Setting Photoshop up for success allows us to fine tune how the application performs. Photoshop is factory set for very generic purposes and not set up for photography.

Lecture 3: Setting Up Photoshop’s Colour Settings

Changing these default factory settings will allow your images to look clearer, cleaner and more vibrant in ways your friends, family and coworker’s images won’t because they aren’t aware of these issues.

Lecture 4: Creating a New Document

There are a number of ways to create new documents and knowing these little secrets will allow you to create your masterpieces faster like creating a new image file with the same attributes as your currently open file.

Lecture 5: Arranging Panels and Groups

Learning how to arrange and then rearrange Photoshop’s Panels and Panel Groups allows you to work on your images with less clutter in the application’s interface.

Lecture 6: Creating a Custom Workspace

Learning to modify Photoshop’s workspace so that only the tools and panels that you use most frequently are showing can help you work more efficiently.

Lecture 7: Learn how to use the Colour Head’s Up Display (HUD)

The Colour Head’s Up Display is just a fancy name for a really cool way to select existing colours in your image. Why is this important you ask? Well, for one thing, if you ever want to type some text over your image and you want to use a colour that already is in your image, using the HUD is quick and easy to do.

Lecture 8: An Introduction to File Size and Resolution

File size and resolution can be one of the biggest hurdles to wrap your head around for the average person. Getting a handle on this topic can greatly assist you if you ever wanted to create a montage or collage of any kind where you bring one or more images together for a birthday or anniversary collage.

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Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 2

Creating Great Selections ...

This is Volume 2 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs.

First of all, why would you ever need to make a selection? Well, if you have ever wanted to make a change in your image on a specific part of the image, one of the easiest ways to do that is with a selection. You see, selections allow you to isolate areas that you want to make a change in and protect the other areas from that change. Learning how to use all of the selection tools properly will allow you to make these changes to your images so your viewers won’t know you did anything to your image.

Lecture 1: The Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tools

Knowing how to use these selection tools will assist you in making great selections. Have you ever wanted to make a selection of a square object in your image(s) but were not successful? Knowing how to modify the Rectangle Marquee selection in order to create a perfect square is just one thing you’ll learn in this volume. have you ever wanted to enhance or modify the moon (or any other circular object) in one of your images? Knowing how to modify the Elliptical Marquee selection tool will allow you to make these changes in an undetectable way to your viewers.

Lecture 2: The 3 Lasso Style Selection Tools

Probably one of the most often used selection tools is the Lasso Tool. The main Lasso Tool is what we call a “free hand style” drawing tool. Just click and drag around the area that you want to change. But what if you wanted to select an object that has straight lines and curved lines? Or what if your hands are not as steady as you would like but you still need to make a selection - try the magnetic lasso tool.

Lecture 3: The Selection Brush and the Magic Wand Tools

The Selection Brush is relatively new to Photoshop. Not everybody fully understands how to use this selection tool, but you will. the Magic Wand Tool is probably the absolute most used selection tool in Photoshop. In this lecture I will show you how to fully use it for amazing results.

Lecture 4: Adding to and subtracting from a Selection

What if your selections are not perfect on the first attempt and you need to add some more to the selection or take away some of it. This lecture will teach how to modify your selections by adding some more to your current selection or by taking away some of the stray areas that should not be part of the selection.

Lecture 5: Modifying your Selections

More on modifying your selections. Creating that transitional edge between the part that is selected and the part that you want to protect from your changes is critical to making believable enhancements. What if your selection is the right shape but it is too large or too small. You will learn how to manage these situations with your selections in this lecture.

Lecture 6: The Refine Edge Feature

Years ago we had this great feature in Photoshop called the Extract Tool which would allow us to extract say a person from an image so we place that person in another image easily. Well, that tool has been replaced by the Refine Edge Tool and it is really amazing to use. As it’s name indicates, it allows you great flexibility in refining the edges of your selections.

Lecture 7: Making Selections Based on Colour

A quick and easy way to make selections in your images can be to base that selection on colour. In this lecture you will learn how to say, select a blouse or pair of slacks in order to change their colour or brightness making that selected object either darker or lighter.

Lecture 8: Select and Fill in Just One Click

The paint bucket tool has had a bit of a facelift in recent versions of Photoshop and understanding how and when to properly use this selection tool in what you will learn in this lecture.

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Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 3

Understanding Layers ...

This is Volume 3 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs.

As a fundamental concept of Photoshop since version 3 (not CS3 but version 3), Layers are probably one of the most flexible ways to work in Photoshop as far as editing our images is concerned.

Lecture 1: Let’s look at some Layers - An Overview of Layers

If you don’t already know what Layers are in Photoshop, this lecture will enlighten you to the fact that Layers are an integral part of any photoshop image and are used extensively in creating collages, montages and in scrapbooking projects. For example, if you wanted to type some text in your image, such as “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations”, you would do this on a separate layer from the image itself.

Lecture 2: An In-depth look at Layers

In this lecture we explain what the different kinds of layer there are in Photoshop. As mentioned in Lecture 1, there are Type Layers as well as Adjustment Layers. Along with Adjustment Layers come Layer Masks. Layer masks help you hide portions of a layer.

Lecture 3: Creating New Layers

As with anything in Photoshop, there are approximately half a dozen ways to do something as this goes for getting new Layers into your image. Depending on what you are working on, you’ll want to choose one of the many ways there are to get that new layer into your image file.

Lecture 4: Drag ’n Drop and Copy ‘n Paste Layer Contents

These are two methods used to bring parts of other images into your main image. They both have their pros and cons and understanding which method to use with the task at hand is really important. You’ll learn all of the ins and outs here.

Lecture 5: Layer Groups

When you are working on a project that includes many layers in your image file, things can get a bit messy and disorganized but with Layer Groups we can keep a handle on this.

Lecture 6: Adjustment Layers

Since you already kind of understand what Layers in Photoshop are, then moving on to adjustable layers should be a smooth transition. If you performed an adjustment to a normal layer and for example say you made a change to lighten the image using Levels, then these adjustments would be permanent because you made the adjustment to the actual pixels in that layer. If you used Adjustment Layers, which are basically mathematical calculations floating above your image, then you could go back and make more changes for as many times as you wish. Nothing is permanent with Adjustment Layers.

Lecture 7: layer Styles

Layer Styles are the cool effects that you can apply to aspects of your image. say for example you did create that text I mentioned earlier, “Happy Birthday”. Well with Layer Styles you could add a drop shadow and a stroke to that text. There are others that can be applied as well and ... just like so many other things in Photoshop, these layer Styles are completely editable forever and a day.

Lecture 8: Layer Masks

Layer Masks are very very cool. They offer a way to hide and show portions of a layer or for that matter a complete layer. All adjustment layers come with white layer masks by default. You paint with black on that Layer Mask to hide portions. Unlike using the Eraser tool which permanently removes the pixels, painting with black on layer masks only temporarily hides those pixels because you can just as easily paint back over that area with white to reveal those pixels again.

Lecture 9: Layer Opacity and Fill Settings

Learning the differences between these two settings will make a large difference in your approach to designing your layouts in Photoshop. When I ask students if they know the difference between the two or to explain the differences, they go blank. It’s not difficult and once explained, it makes perfect sense. This is one of those topics that is better explained visually than with words.

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Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 4

Colour Corrections and Dynamic Range ...

This is Volume 4 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs.

Lecture 1: Understanding Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Colour

This lecture introduces the basic “Auto” image correction features available in Photoshop and compares and contrasts them with an explanation of what each are doing.

Lecture 2: The Colour Balance Feature and Hue/Saturation

There are many ways, methods and features in photoshop that allow you to change colours in your image. In this lecture we discuss two of the most commonly used approaches and in using them as adjustment layers, we can always go back and make any changes we feel are necessary.

Lecture 3: Using Photo Filters

This approach to changing colours is one of the forgotten methods. Using actual Photo Filters over a camera’s lens was one of the only ways film photographers could change colours in their images with out getting into the colour darkroom. Not many went into a colour darkroom and left that task to the darkroom technicians.

Also, using these filters over a lens affected the entire image whereas in Photoshop with the use of Adjustment layers, we can affect certain ares of our image and leave the rest unchanged.

Lecture 4: Using Levels, Colour Balance and Hue/Saturation

In this lecture we use a variety of approaches on images to make colour changes to our images in order to enhance them so the look more like what our mind’s eye saw when we first thought about taking the image in the first place.

Lecture 5: Using Levels to Adjust Mid-Tones

This lecture adds to all of the previous methods and techniques discussed. Adjusting the mid-tones to either lighten or darken the individual red, green or blue channels or components of an image can make some amazing results.

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Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 5

Retouching and Repairing Your Images ...

This is Volume 5 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs.

Lecture 1: Clone Stamp, Patch, Healing & Spot Healing Brush & Red Eye Removal Tool

Knowing how to properly use Photoshop’s retouching tools is essential to making your images look realistic when you are done. When viewers look at you images you want them to ask the question; “Was Photoshop used on this image?” as opposed to making the statement; “Photoshop was used to make this image!”. If you have ever had a great image of a family photo where everyone in the picture was smiling and had their eyes open except for that one person and you wished you knew how to fix that in Photoshop, then this lecture is for you.

Lecture 2: Modifying Your Brushes

When using most of the retouching tools in Photoshop you will notice that they are brush based. that means that the tool is a brush and the effect you wish to apply is done so in a painting manner. For example in the previous lecture description I mention about possibly replacing some’s closed eye for an open one. Using the Clone Stamp Tool, which is a brush, you can sample form one image and paint into another image. Learning how to modify your brushes will allow you to paint in a more organic fashion which will leave you with a more realistic end result.

Lecture 3: Understanding the Dust & Scratches Filter

Understanding how this filter works can save you lots and lots of time when trying to clean up old images that may have been scanned in and given to you to work on. We all have these old images. Some are colour and some would be black & white and if they have been sitting in a shoe box for the past 20 years or so, chance they will have dust embedded into them and the easiest way to clean them up is using this filter.

Lecture 4: Using the History Brush and the History Panel for Creative Work

So moving forward and building upon the last lecture, we can further enhance our image using the History Brush and the History Panel. You can do some pretty amazing things with this technique and I encourage you to do so.

Lecture 5: Using the Straighten Tool and Content-Aware to Fix Images

Using the Straighten tool is very straight forward but until you are shown that it exists and how to use it, you may be spending too much time using other methods to get that horizon to line up properly. The Content-Aware feature is just plain magic. This tool, when used properly, will assist you in ridding your images of unwanted objects with three clicks of a mouse button. Okay, maybe four.

Lecture 6: Understanding the Vanishing Point Filter

This is truly one Photoshop’s under used and misunderstood Filters. It’s not really a filter in the traditional sense - it’s more like a tool and it is very useful. It allows you to clone in perspective. What does that mean? You know how when you use the Clone Tool to clone say along the side of a building to clean something up. If you start from the front and work your way backwards, the clone job doesn’t look very real because the size of the clone brush stays the same from front to back but in reality it should get smaller as it travels towards the back - this filter will allow you to clone in perspective.

Lecture 7: Bonus Lecture - Finalizing the Panorama ...

In this final lecture we go over many of the previously discussed tools and techniques and add in more techniques in order to bring it all together. If the light has not already gone on, I am hoping that this will do the trick.

What are the requirements?

  • CS4, CS5, CS6

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will be able to ....
  • Set up Photoshop’s Colour Settings and Preferences to you liking.
  • Make and Refine great Selections in order to enhance local areas in your images
  • Create and Manage Layers, Adjustment Layers, Layer Groups, Layer Styles and Layer Masks
  • Colour Correct your images with confidence
  • Retouch and Repair your images quickly and easily

What is the target audience?

  • Those that have little or no experience using Adobe Photoshop
  • Those that are self-taught and don't know what they don't know
  • Anyone who is thinking of writing the Adobe Certified Expert Exam

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Curriculum

Section 1: An Introduction to the Photoshop Document and Workspace
04:16

This is the introductory video for this module explaining the topics that will be covered.

There is an accompanying PDF that has the step by step instructions demonstrated in the video. I have also included the image file(s) used in the PDF and video so you may follow along.

Both are "zip" files so you will need to unpack them in order to use them. Should be easy enough to do, just double-click the file icon if they do not unpack automatically.

11:16
This first lecture discusses the basics of navigating through the document window and the various ways to go about zooming in, out and around your Photoshop files including some very useful keyboard short cuts.

07:43
In this lecture we will discuss what Preferences should be altered based on specific workflows. Once you understand how to change the default Preferences to how you want Photoshop to behave, you'll enjoy the application even more.
09:50
Creating a new document in Photoshop is fairly straight forward but some items in the New Document dialog box need explaining. I also discuss how to create your own new Document Presets.
14:03
Photoshop's Colour Settings need to be changed based on the kind of work you are doing. For example, if you are a photographer, you'll want to have Photoshop set up in a different colour space than if you are a web developer or graphic designer. This lecture explains the who, what, when, where and why of colour settings.
10:58
Learning the ins and outs of arranging the many panels in Photoshop can be of great benefit especially if you are new to the program. Here I show you how group, ungroup and create your own new groups of panels.
14:18
Creating your own workspaces can be fun and easy to do. In this lecture I discuss how to create your own personal workspace layout.
11:24
Learning how to identify a pixels colour values can be very useful especially when adjusting colours and brightness values. I also show you how to use the somewhat new HUD color picker and I explain that colour circle that shows up when picking colours in your Photoshop document. 
15:43
File size and resolution can be one of the more difficult concepts to get a handle on when dealing with digital images. In this lecture, I demonstrate what happens when copying and pasting images of different resolutions as well as explain the Image Size dialog box so it makes sense to you.
03:46
Closing thoughts on Module 1
Section 2: Making Selections - Isolating Objects in Photoshop
02:57
This is a short intro movie describing what will be covered in this next section on Selections.

There is an accompanying PDF that has the step by step instructions demonstrated in the video. I have also included the image file(s) used in the PDF and video so you may follow along.

Both are "zip" files so you will need to unpack them in order to use them. Should be easy enough to do, just double-click the file icon if they do not unpack automatically.

14:29
This lecture discusses how to use the rectangular and elliptical marquee tools as well as how to modify a selection once if has been made by either adding to it or subtracting from it. 
14:33
In this lecture I discuss the differences between the three lasso tools and how and when to use them.
05:25
Here I discuss the the quick selection brush and how to use this favorite tool .
05:36
Understanding how to add to and subtract from the selections you make is key to enhancing those selections.
07:41
In this lecture I talk about various ways to use the selection tools to end up with the selection you are after.
10:20
This is an in depth discussion on the refine edge feature. This feature allows us to modify our selection visually - really cool.
06:03
Now I will show you how to make selections based on colour.
06:32
The Paint Bucket tool is explained in this lecture. Not a lot of people really understand how this tool works.
02:24
Conclusion and final thoughts on making selections
Section 3: Understanding Layers - A Fundamental Concept of Photoshop
02:20
This introductory video explains the various topics that will be discussed in this section on Layers.

There is an accompanying PDF that has the step by step instructions demonstrated in the video. I have also included the image file(s) used in the PDF and video so you may follow along.

Both are "zip" files so you will need to unpack them in order to use them. Should be easy enough to do, just double-click the file icon if they do not unpack automatically.

12:14
In this lecture we discuss the various aspects of layers and the Layers Panel.
14:43
This lecture explains the concepts of Layers in depth using two different image files, each containing numerous layers which assist me in this explanation.
08:36
This lecture covers all of the many and various ways to create new layers.
20:29
Drag-n-Drop is probably one of the fastest methods of getting your images form one file to another. Here I show some of the secrets of doing this efficiently and precisely.
20:37
Layer Management is covered in this lecture. Taking control of your layers panel can take the headache out the dozens of layers you may end up with.
05:48
Adjustment Layers are another non-destructive feature in Photoshop allowing you to re-edit your adjustments forever and a day.
05:57
Layer Styles can "save the day" as they say and add creativity to your projects. They allow you to choose how effects on one layer combine with another.
04:30
Layer masks are a non-destructive way of concealing parts of a layer - very cool!
06:25
Understanding the difference between layer Opacity and Layer Fill is often over looked by many. In this lecture I explain how they work.
01:14
Conclusion and final thoughts on Layers ...
Section 4: Understanding Colour Corrections and Dynamic Range
03:00
This is the introduction to this section on Colour Corrections.

There is an accompanying PDF that has the step by step instructions demonstrated in the video. I have also included the image file(s) used in the PDF and video so you may follow along.

Both are "zip" files so you will need to unpack them in order to use them. Should be easy enough to do, just double-click the file icon if they do not unpack automatically.

10:43

This lecture introduces the basic Auto features available in Photoshop and compares them with an explanation of what they are doing.

16:31

The color balance feature is discussed in detail as well as the Hue / Saturation dialog box.

16:29

The Photo Filters option is often over looked or not completely understood but in this lecture this feature will be explained.

04:42

In this lecture I show how I would fix a family portrait that is too dark, has a colour problem and is over saturated in a specific area.

15:58

This lecture introduces the concept of tone matching images and prepares the image for the next section on retouching and repairing images.

05:15
Closing thoughts and wrap up on Colour Corrections
Section 5: Retouching and Repairing Images
02:00

This lecture introduces the retouching tools available in Photoshop and how to best use them.

There is an accompanying PDF that has the step by step instructions demonstrated in the video. I have also included the image file(s) used in the PDF and video so you may follow along.

Both are "zip" files so you will need to unpack them in order to use them. Should be easy enough to do, just double-click the file icon if they do not unpack automatically.

17:54

This lecture introduces the retouching tools available in Photoshop and how to best use them.

13:34

Modifying your brushes and saving these altered versions allows you to paint/retouch in a more effective manner.

05:10

This lecture demonstrates the proper use of this misunderstood filter - the Dust & Scratches Filter.

04:59

This lecture discusses the History Brush and History Panel which will open up many more options for editing your photos.

Using the Straighten Tool and Content-Aware to fix images
03:46
Understanding the Vanishing Point Filter
14:12
Bonus Video - Finalizing the Panorama ...
16:37
05:32
Closing Thoughts on Section 5 and a big Thank You for taking this course.
Understanding the Photoshop Interface and Preferences
13 questions
Understanding Selections
11 questions
Working with Layers
10 questions
Editing Your Images
6 questions

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Instructor Biography

John Warren, Professional Photographer and Adobe Certified Instructor

John's background is in photography. He was first introduced to photography way back in highschool and has been developing film and making prints ever since. He has had a variety of jobs in the photographic industry ranging from motion picture lab technician to portraits & weddings to commercial studio work to medical photography lab technician to newspaper photographer and most recently shooting virtual tours and panoramic images. 

John first started teaching, actually the unofficial teaching assistant, at the School of Modern Photography in Montreal back in the early 70's when he himself was still a student. The lead instructor recognized John's ability to explain photographic principals and lighting techniques to other students and asked him to participate as the unofficial teaching assistant. The same thing more or less happened when he studied at Dawson College years later. 

When John moved to Toronto in the early 80's, he found employment with a portrait studio company and when he completed his training and probation period he became the new West Toronto Photography Trainer. He also helped develop the corporate training policies & procedures for that company's North American operation. 

After working for the Metroland Group of Community Newspapers as a photographer for over 8 years, John began teaching at Humber College and in 2003 he recieved the Digital Imaging Training Centre's "Teacher of the Year" award. In 2005, John was the first ever recipient of the Dean Collins Photoshop Educator Scholarship Award presented by Scott Kelby, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), at the PhotoshopWorld Convention in Boston September 2005. 

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