January 2020 course updated: I added a quick video about Photoshop 2020 update on constrain proportions when resizing smart objects, photos, type layers, and shape layers.
Course updated: a fun new tutorial on Parallax Effect or 2.5D Animation Effect in Adobe Photoshop added in a new section for fun effects.
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
- Layering images
- Layer blending modes
- Adjustment layers
- Layer styles
- Making selections
- Masking layers
- Color and lighting corrections
The course includes follow-along exercises that 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. You will also learn by creating images for online advertising and social media in Photoshop.
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.
In this lecture, you can download and print this PDF of common Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. This will help improve your workflow and save time when you're using Photoshop.
Photoshop's screen mode cycling is explained.
I explain how to work with multiple documents, move content and layers from one document to another, and how to arrange and rearrange document windows.
Photoshop's more popular file types and a few file modes are explained.
Students learn how to crop and resize images. I also explain resolution and how it relates to file size, screen size, and printing size.
The basics of previewing, organizing, and searching for images within Adobe Bridge is covered and how it works with Photoshop.
- Students need a copy of Adobe Photoshop, preferably CC (Creative Cloud). The free trial would work as well.