This introductory course to Photoshop covers the fundamental functions to get started editing and improving photos. The student learns how to customize workspaces and panels, navigate the canvas effectively, work with multiple images and file types, and use various methods of image enhancement, including layering, selecting, and masking. Support files are included for this course, so students can follow along in the hands-on lectures. If you're a beginner to Photoshop or simply want to learn more about various selections, layering, and masking techniques, this course is for you!
The course is structured in a way to maximize learning. I first go over how to do basic functions in Photoshop like
Adjusting settings of new documents
Navigating around the canvas
Cycling through screen modes
Working with multiple images
Cropping and resizing images
I then go over into more detailed instruction, in which the students continue to follow along and learn more about
Layer blending modes
The final three follow-along exercises involve using layering and masking to create a "text in photo" clipping mask effect, a high dynamic range landscape adjustment, and a selective sharpening portrait edit.
I have years of experience using Photoshop, including doing web and advertising design at a newspaper, an advertising design firm, a library system, and freelance work for about two decades. I've also been managing editor at two international graphic design magazines, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital media. I've taken classes on digital production and design during my undergraduate and graduate work.
So enroll today and let's learn about Photoshop and its amazing capabilities of photo editing and digital effects.
What are the requirements?
Students need a copy of Adobe Photoshop, preferably CC (Creative Cloud). The free trial would work as well.
What am I going to get from this course?
Over 24 lectures and 1 hour of content!
Customize workspaces and work with panels.
Create new documents with various settings and modes.
Navigate and zoom in and out of documents using a variety of methods.
Switch between screen modes.
Work with multiple documents and arrange them using various methods.
Describe various file types and modes.
Crop and resize images using various settings.
Use Bridge with Photoshop.
Rearrange, group, and adjust settings of layers.
Adjust layer blending modes.
Create and apply a variety of adjustment layers.
Create and apply various layer styles.
Describe the various selection tools and apply them in various ways.
Use the selection tools in conjunction with each other.
Add to and subtract from selections.
Modify and save selections.
Describe how masking is better than erasing.
Mask parts of layers using the brush tool.
Add layer masks using selection tools.
Apply a clipping mask to text.
Create an high dynamic range effect using masking in a landscape photo.
Use layer masking to create selective sharpening in a portrait photo.
What is the target audience?
This course is great for students who are new to, or beginners in, Photoshop.
Many intermediate students might also learn from this course as well, for example, they might learn new keyboard shortcuts or about specific layering and masking techniques.
Students who are considerd "experts" in Photoshop and know all shortcuts, layering techniques, and so on, will not benefit much from this course.
Dr. Chad Neuman , Professor of Graphic Design/Journalism and Writer+Designer
I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!
Do you want to learn become a better designer or communicator? Do you want write for magazines and make hundreds or even thousands a month? Do you want to learn new skills that are in demand in the new digital economy?
Welcome! I'm passionate about communication, writing, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital journalism at Southeastern University. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers.
And now, you can learn from me as well! Get started by enrolling in my courses, learning new skills and knowledge, and asking me questions in the discussion boards.
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