Photoshop is the world’s most popular photo-editing program. It’s a fun and creative way to alter photographs and prepare them for print or the Web. If you’re already familiar with Photoshop, this course will help you explore the program’s more advanced features.
Whether you want to use Photoshop to edit photos, design scrapbook pages, or do original artwork, this class will give you the building blocks you need. You’ll take a giant leap forward in creativity and productivity—and you’ll also have a lot of fun!
In this lesson, you’ll create, view, and hide layers which are helpful because you can edit them nondestructively, so you don’t have to start over if you make a mistake or need to change something. Then, you’ll create, move, duplicate, lock, unlock, cut, and paste layers to alter images more quickly.
You’ll discover how to crop and resize photos nondestructively using Smart Objects, and you’ll love the way they let you make a protected package out of an image. Then, you’ll see how you can make an individual layer in an image larger or smaller, rotate it, and use the amazing Warp command. And you can reverse all these changes anytime you want—if you make them on a Smart Object layer.
Learn to use an Adjustment layer which makes no permanent change to the image or hurts the image’s quality no matter how many times you edit the exposure. Then, you’ll find out about layer masks, which allow you to keep every pixel of your original image while hiding the parts you no longer wish to see.
Practice using nondestructive editing to restore damaged images. Then, learn to transition from total opacity to total transparency as you work with grayscale and gradient masks. You’ll also experiment with vignette edges and other edge effects, plus you’ll create a Web page header.
Learn some new tricks as you explore some commands on the Masks section of the Properties panel that will allow you to change the background of an image which has a subject with wispy hair or fur. Then, learn how to put images inside of type using a clipping mask.
Create luminosity masks and use them to correct images and to develop false duotone images and wonderfully creative image composites. Finally, you’ll create an image that has a different photo in each color channel. You’ll use Content-Aware Scale to make unusual adjustments to your image size. You’ll try a wonderful stained-glass framing technique. And you’ll finish the course with a fun assignment that lets you put together everything you’ve learned.
Prerequisites / Requirements
You need to have completed Introduction to Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS6. If you have not taken one of these courses, you need to have a good working knowledge of the basic tools in Photoshop and be able to make selections, use the Clone Stamp tool and Healing brushes, and do elementary color correction. You need to know how to create a new file folder and locate files on your hard drive.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Photoshop CS6. It can be part of the Creative Suite 6 in Standard or Extended or Cloud editions or it can be a standalone version of either Standard or Extended. No features from the Extended version will be taught, however. You may also use the 30-day free trial software provided by Adobe, but if you do, you must wait until week 3 of the course to install it and actually begin to work through the course. Otherwise your trial will end before the last four lessons are released.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.