Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC

32 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This class will introduce the new user to the basics of working with Photoshop for retouching images and drawing. Students will be able to use various techniques for selecting in order to edit and retouch images. Students will be able to prepare images for including in a web site or for including in printed documents. Students will be able to edit images using the painting tools, clone stamp and drawing tools. Students will be able to create new images using the pen tool and the drawing and painting tools. Students will be able to create and edit images using layers. Students will need a copy of Photoshop. A 30-day trial version is available.

Students will:
  • get to know the Photoshop interface and do some basic photo corrections.
  • use the selection tools to select parts of an image and manage layers.
  • use Photoshop's correction tools to correct and enhance photographs.
  • create masks for hiding parts of a layer and add text
  • use the vector drawing tools to create paths.
  • layer features to create composite images.
  • prepare their images for print and for the web.
  • paint with the mixer brush.
  • explore 3D and video editing features of Photoshop
  • create a final project using what they learned in this course

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Getting Started

When people think of Photoshop they think about taking their digital images and getting the red-eye out, making everything the right color and improving the overall appearance of the image. While that is not ALL Photoshop will do, it is certainly very good at it!

In this lesson we are going to introduce you to the Photoshop environment and some of the basic skills you will need to be able to do anything you want to do with Photoshop. We will also explore a collection of tools that will get you started with your photo correction and editing. Although you will not use these tools on every picture, these will be the ones you turn to most often.

  • We will spend some time getting acquainted with the Photoshop screen and tools.
  • We will look at the tools that Photoshop has available for creating and editing images.
  • We will explore how the panels function in Photoshop.
  • Being aware of the final use of your image will help you make decisions about image size and resolution.
  • We will look at how to straighten and crop images.
  • Adjusting the color and tone of an image is a common step in editing images and can be accomplished with the curves and levels tools.
  • The Spot Healing Brush quickly corrects small blemishes in an image.
  • The Content-Aware Fill will fill a selected area with pixels that match the surrounding areas.
  • The Patch tool can be used remove objects from an image.
  • The Smart Sharpen tool can help improve the appearance of an image that has a soft focus.
Lesson 2: Selections and Layers

One of the most important skills you can have in Photoshop is the ability to use all the selection tools to select parts of your image you want to modify. In this lesson we will introduce you to the selection tools and in later lessons we will show you additional techniques you can use for selecting parts of your image for editing. This is a first look at the tool and the project is set up to "work right the first time". Don't despair if these do not work as cleanly on your images. We will learn more about refining selections in a later lesson.

After selections, Layers will be the next most important features of Photoshop you will learn. Layers allows you to break up your editing into parts to create the final image. In some cases you may put parts of an image or drawing onto a layers so that you can edit it separately. In other cases you may make changes to an image on a layer so you can go back and change your mind later. This latter feature is one I use quite a bit!

  • The Geometric selection tools let us select regular shapes.
  • The Freehand selection tools or Lasso tools allow us to select less regular shapes with an image.
  • The Magic wand is useful for selecting parts of an image that might be similar in color. The Quick Selection tool can separate a subject from the image background by detecting edges.
  • The Move Tool allows to move selected areas or entire layers within our project.
  • We can manipulate a selected part of an image using the Transform tool.
  • Layers allow us greater flexibility in creating and editing images.
  • Gradients allow us to add interest to our artwork in Photoshop.
  • Layer styles allow us to add drop shadows, embossing and other embellishments to layers.
  • Adjustment layers allow us to change the appearance of the image without directly modifying the original image.
Lesson 3: Correcting and Enhancing Digital Photographs

In this lesson we are going to explore ways we can improve our images in Photoshop. We'll start by looking at the Camera Raw features for improving the overall appearance of the image. We will also look at tools we can use in Photoshop for fixing highlights and shadows, removing red-eye, fixing distortion and combining images.

  • The Camera Raw feature allows us to process Camera Raw files as well as JPEG and TIFF formats.
  • While similar to the tools in Photoshop, the Camera Raw adjustments won't affect the original image.
  • The Camera Raw sharpening provides better control when you have to sharpen an entire image.
  • The Levels feature can be used to adjust the tone of an image and remove color casts.
  • We can adjust Hue, Saturation and Luminance (HSL) using the Camera Raw features.
  • The Dodge and Burn tools harken back to darkroom photography to make images lighter or darker. The Sponge tool, in Photoshop will saturate an area.
  • Curves allows you to adjust that amount of color or light in different regions of an image.
  • The Shadows/Highlights command can help bring out the details in the dark or light areas of an image.
  • The Red Eye tool will automatically fix red eye in images.
  • Noise are the little spots of random color in your image. We will look at how to reduce it in our images.
  • The Lens Correction can remove the distortion from images, like curvature, vignettes and color blurring along the edges.
  • We will use the Align and Blend tool to combine different images.
Lesson 4: Masks, Channels and Type

In this lesson we are going to first look at masks and channels. Masks allow us to hide parts of an image without affecting the image itself. This can be a handy way to crop an image or combine parts of several different images. I like this feature because it is non-destructive and I can always go back and adjust the masking if I need to.

Next, we will explore channels. Channels are like layers in that different pieces of information are stored in each channel, but they contain the color information for the overall image. We will use channels to create a selection in order to create a shadow.

Finally, we will be working with text. We'll add point, path and paragraph text to our project and look at how to format the text and use it for special effects.

  • Masks allow us to hide parts of an image instead of copying part of an image or removing the background.
  • When the object we want to mask includes whispy hair or other elements that may be hard to select, we can use the Refine Mask tool to make the mask more accurate.
  • The Puppet Warp allows us to move or warp part of an image.
  • Channels store information about an image, like selections and colors and can be used to modify images.
  • The Quick Mask tool allows you to use the paint tools to make or refine a selection.
  • We can add text to our Photoshop Projects.
  • One of the special effects we can do with type is to add it to a path that we create.
  • Warping text can make it more interesting, with or without a path.
  • We will define collections of formats that we can apply to text automatically using styles.
Lesson 5: Vector Drawing

Up until now we have focused on the Photoshop bitmap tools, the selection tools, paint brushes, and editing tools all work with individual bits of an image. This lesson explores the vector side of Photoshop.

The Pen Tool is not the only vector creation tool in Photoshop. Any of the shape tools can also create vector shapes. The vector shapes can be used to create selections, masks or paths. Even text can be converted to a vector shape.

Keep in mind that although you may create a shape using a vector tool, the shape will become a bitmap when you are finished. Ultimately Photoshop is a bitmap editing tool. For vector editing you will need to use something like Adobe Illustrator.

While the web uses mostly bitmap graphics, there is still a need for vector graphics in design work. We will take a look at the differences between the two formats and why you might choose one format over the other.

The pen tool is used to create paths and can be used to create selections or shapes. It may take some practice to get comfortable with it, but it's well worth the time investment.

  • We will first look at creating paths with straight lines.
  • Curved paths can be a bit trickier than paths made up of straight lines, but you will create curved paths more often.
  • We will look at how to create paths that combine straight and curved parts.
  • We can create an approximate path and then go back and adjust it later to make it look just like we need.
  • Another use for the pen tools is to create shapes and shape layers.
  • Photoshop does come with many useful shapes that we can use instead of drawing our own.
  • Smart Objects can be edited but allow all the edits to be changed or undone.
Lesson 6: Layering and Compositing

In this lesson we are going to explore working layers. We will work with Adjustment layers, filters and building images from multiple pieces. We will explore the Photomerge tool for combining multiple images into a panorama.

  • Smart Filters allow us to modify a Smart Object so that we can go back later and make a change to the edits. We will try this out with the Liquify filter.
  • Blend modes allow us to combine information from two different layers to create some interesting effects.
  • Actions allow us to repeat similar steps on several different images.
  • We can combine layers from multiple files into one file.
  • The brush tool can be used to paint but also works with many other features.
  • We will use the Photomerge tool to create a panorama image from several images.
  • We will use the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter to fix perspective issues in our images.
Lesson 7: Producing Output

In this lesson we explore getting our images out of Photoshop to be used for their ultimate purpose. We will first look at slicing our Photoshop images and saving them to be used as a web page. We will see also how to save a simple image to be included in a web page or emailed to a friend. Next. we will look at creating printed output. We will look at how we may need to adjust the image to CMYK format and what issues we may encounter. We will also look at the Print command and options.

  • When we work on the computer we work in the RGB (Red Green Blue) color space.
  • When we print we use the CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow and blacK) color space.
  • We can graphically design web sites in Photoshop then slice and export the image to be used by tools like Dreamweaver.
  • Once you slice your image, you can export the sliced image to a HTML file and image files. Each slice will be a separate image.
  • Images on a web page may not be large enough for users to see the details they want. We will use the Zoomify features to make images so users can scale and pan to see the details they want to see.
  • Color management ensures that the colors in your images will be reproduced correctly.
  • We will look at options for printing our images from Photoshop.
Lesson 8: Painting with the Mixer Brush

In this lesson we take a look at Photoshop as a painting tool. We will look at the mixer brush for creating paintings in Photoshop and look at how we can turn a photograph into a painting.

  • The mixer brush allows us to paint in Photoshop more like we would with real paint. We will explore the settings to see how they work.
  • We will play around with Mixer brush to see how paint mixes.
  • If painting on a blank canvas scares you, don't despair. Painting over photographs is a way to creating a painting without having to start from a blank canvas.
Lesson 9: Advanced Topics

In this lesson we will look at two very unique features of Photoshop - video editing and 3D.

  • Photoshop has the ability to edit video and to create video using images and SmartObjects.
  • Photoshop has the ability to add 3D object to your images.
Lesson 10: Putting it All Together

You made it! You have now had a chance to work with most of the tools Photoshop offers. Now it will be up to you to practice what you have learned and apply it to the work you plan to do with Photoshop, whether it is photo retouching or creating original works of art.

This lesson will allow you to use the tools you have learned in this class to create a project of your own. You can fix a photo or create art of any kind.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **