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Introduction Course

Welcome to this course in Adobe Photoshop CC. We will demonstrate the basic tools and techniques used to create great images and graphic design, whilst analysing the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, navigate the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects and perform other edits non-destructively. In the course we will show how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting colour imbalances and enhancing colour creatively, plus retouching and healing, and more.

Learners do not need to have any prior knowledge of using Adobe Photoshop. You should be comfortable using a computer for general use, such as basic keyboard and mouse skills, opening files and folders, and launching applications.

1. Introduction

  • Opening from the Windows desktop
  • Opening from the Macintosh Finder
  • Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
  • Opening an image from Mini Bridge
  • Opening through Camera Raw
  • Closing one image and closing all

2. Getting Around

  • Navigating your image
  • The dark vs. the light interface
  • Navigating tabs and windows
  • Panels and workspaces
  • Zooming incrementally
  • Zooming continuously
  • Entering a custom zoom value
  • Scrolling and panning images
  • Rotating and resetting the view
  • Cycling between screen modes
  • Using the Navigator panel
  • Using Retina and HiDPI displays
  • Adjusting a few screen preferences

3. Image Size and Resolution

  • Digital imaging fundamentals
  • Image size and resolution
  • The Image Size command
  • Common resolution standards
  • Upsampling vs. real pixels
  • Changing the print size
  • Downsampling for print
  • Downsampling for email
  • The interpolation settings
  • Downsampling advice
  • Upsampling advice

4. Using Layers

  • The layered composition
  • Introducing the Layers panel
  • Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
  • Dragging and dropping layers
  • Stack, reveal, and rename
  • Opacity, history, and blend mode
  • Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
  • Applying a clipping mask
  • Blending inside a clipping mask
  • Finishing off your artwork
  • Creating a new layer and background
  • Layering tips and tricks

5. Saving Your Progress

  • The art of the save
  • Four things to know about saving
  • Saving layers to PSD
  • Saving print images to TIFF
  • Saving an interactive image to PNG
  • Saving a flat photo to JPEG

6. Crop and Straighten

  • Honing in on your image
  • The new and improved Crop tool
  • Editing your last crop
  • Cropping to a specific ratio or size
  • Straightening a crooked image
  • Filling in missing details
  • Using the Perspective Crop tool

7. Adjusting Luminance

  • First, there is brightness
  • How luminance works
  • The three Auto commands
  • Automatic brightness and contrast
  • The Brightness/Contrast command
  • The dynamic adjustment layer
  • Editing adjustment layers
  • Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
  • Introducing the histogram
  • Measuring an adjustment
  • Using the Shadows/Highlights command

8. Adjusting Colors

  • Identifying a color cast
  • Correcting a color cast automatically
  • Changing the color balance
  • Compensating with Photo Filter
  • Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
  • Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
  • The Hue/Saturation command
  • Summoning colors where none exist
  • Making more color with Vibrance
  • Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone

9. Select and Edit

  • Making selective modifications
  • The geometric Marquee tools
  • Aligning one image element to another
  • The freeform Lasso tools
  • The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
  • Cropping one selection inside another
  • Creating rays of light
  • Quick Selection and Similar
  • Making it better with Refine Edge
  • Integrating image elements
  • Magic Wand and Grow
  • Refine, integrate, and complete

10. Retouch and Heal

  • Content-Aware Fill
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush
  • Content Aware with Healing Brush
  • Meet the Clone Source panel
  • Caps Lock and Fade
  • The Dodge and Burn tools
  • Adjusting color with the Brush tool
  • Smoothing skin textures
  • Brightening teeth and eyes

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Advanced Course

Discover more about Photoshop’s automated selection tools, the nondestructive editing capabilities of Smart Objects, Liquify’s slimming and trimming power, and techniques for drawing and designing with vector shapes. Discover how to improve a photo with poor composition by reconstructing it with Photoshop’s Content-Aware Scale tool, healing tools, and blend modes. We cover many of the features such as layer effects, Levels and Curves adjustments, lens corrections and perspective warping, black and white photography, and much more.

Learners should be comfortable using Adobe Photoshop for most of the topics covered in our Introduction course.

1. Wording with colour range

  • Automated Selections
  • Introducing the Colour Range command
  • Localized Colour Clusters and Detect Faces
  • Selecting a real-world photographic object
  • Enhancing a layer mask with the Wand
  • Refining your mask to absolute perfection
  • Infusing the airplane with sky Colours
  • Adding a custom Motion Blur effect

2. Layer Masks and Refine Edge

  • Compositing like a pro
  • Static selection vs. dynamic layer mask
  • Perfecting mask edges with the Smudge tool
  • White reveals, black conceals
  • Real-world layer masking
  • Combining multiple passes of Colour Range
  • Painting away the gaps in your mask
  • Testing your mask with the Magic Wand
  • Using Feather and Density

3. Scale, Rotate, Skew, and Warp

  • Meet the transformations
  • Introducing the Free Transform command
  • Skewing and distorting a layer
  • Bending and otherwise warping a layer
  • Creating a cheerful bat-faced moon
  • Transforming and warping text
  • Filling text with a warped gradient

4. Smart Objects

  • Photoshop’s indestructible envelopes
  • Three ways to create a smart object
  • Applying nondestructive transformations
  • Applying nondestructive distortions
  • Masking smart objects
  • Editing the contents of a smart object
  • Applying editable smart adjustments
  • Applying and blending smart filters
  • Editing a filter mask
  • Applying Camera Raw as a smart filter UPDATED
  • Trouble-shooting Illustrator smart objects

5. Reconstructing an Image

  • Restoring missing details
  • “Uncropping” a photo by expanding the canvas
  • Using the Content-Aware Scale command
  • Restoring a photographic element
  • Auto-blending multiple depths of field
  • Auto-blending with more flexibility

6. Liquifying an Image

  • Perfecting the human form
  • Introducing the Liquify filter
  • Using the Pucker, Bloat, and Push tools
  • Working in the Advanced Mode
  • Using Liquify’s masking tools
  • Liquifying a person on a busy background
  • Slimming down hips and arms

7. Vector Shapes

  • Photoshop’s alternative to pixels
  • How vector-based shape layers work
  • Adjusting the roundness of a rectangle
  • Creating a dashed or dotted border
  • Creating your own custom shape
  • Converting text to a shape layer
  • Editing the shape of a character of type

8. Blend Modes

  • Blending layers like a pro
  • Normal and Dissolve
  • Using the Dissolve mode
  • Using the Multiply mode
  • Screen and the other lighten modes
  • Blend mode keyboard shortcuts
  • The Brush tool blend modes
  • The remarkable “Fill Opacity Eight”
  • Blend If: This Layer and Underlying Layer

9. Layer Effects

  • Depth, contour, and texture
  • Applying a drop shadow
  • Working with Fill Opacity
  • Applying an inner shadow
  • Working with Global Light
  • Creating blurry, spray paint–style type
  • Creating your own custom contour
  • Introducing Bevel & Emboss

10. Levels and Curves

  • Mastering the histogram
  • Correcting an image automatically
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Previewing clipped pixels
  • Understanding the gamma value
  • Making channel-by-channel adjustments
  • Cleaning up scanned line art
  • Cleaning up complex mechanicals
  • Making quicker layer masks

11. Advanced Camera Raw

  • Photoshop’s most powerful plugin returns
  • Automatic lens correction
  • Auto-correcting a JPEG image
  • Auto-correcting an undocumented photo
  • Auto-straighten and Upright
  • Using the Tone Curve graphs
  • Painting with the Adjustment brush
  • Using the Graduated Filter tool
  • Using the Radial Filter tool
  • Dehaze and Post Crop Vignetting

12. Black-and-White Photography

  • Shooting in Colour and converting to black and white
  • Three ways to convert to grayscale
  • Introducing the Channel Mixer
  • Mixing a custom black-and-white image
  • Creating an infrared/snow effect
  • Introducing the Black & White adjustment

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Animated GIFs Course

This course will enable you to learn how to create animated gif advertising banners using just adobe Photoshop. You will learn the step by step process to creating your own custom fully bespoke moving gif advertising banners using Adobes most popular application.

Learners should be comfortable using Adobe Illustrator for most of the topics covered in our Introduction course.

1. Creating a Simple Animated GIF

  • Creating a frame animation
  • Adding frames
  • Setting frame duration using the frame delay option
  • Testing the animation
  • Saving as an animated GIF

2. Intro to Tweening

  • Animating position to create movement
  • Animating opacity to fade elements in/out.

3. Keeping GIF File Size Down

  • Tweening multiple parameters
  • Tips & tricks for reducing file size
  • Reworking the animation to reduce the file size

4. Creating a Complex Animation

  • Using clipping masks to create custom animations
  • Manually animating an object
  • Using Unify Layer options
  • Making edits that apply to all frames

5. Using Video in Animated GIFs

  • Specifying a range from a video to import
  • Converting video into a frame animation

6. Creating a Video Timeline

  • Using Keyframes to animated the Position property
  • Animating the foods into & out of the box
  • Moving the outermost foods along a curve instead of a line
  • Moving, editing & offsetting keyframes in the Timeline.
  • Copy/pasting keyframe values.

7. Seamless Video Looping & Animating a Layer’s Transform

  • Adding a video background as a Smart Object
  • Making the video background loop seamlessly
  • Animating a layer’s rotation using the Transform property.

8. Embedding Animations in Smart Objects

  • Embedding an animation within a Smart Object
  • Adding a filter to an embedded animation
  • Copying Smart Objects
  • Final positioning & blending modes

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