Photoshop is the world’s most popular photo-editing program. Artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on Adobe Photoshop for image creation and editing. In this course, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop with skill and confidence, even if you’re a beginner.
The course provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for using Photoshop that you’ll have no trouble following—even if you’ve never used a computer graphics program before! By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you’ll be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed!
Begin your journey by learning to open, edit, and save files. You’ll also find out how to download images, and simple commands that make an image “pop.” Then, discover how fun it can be to paint in Photoshop and use the brushes to make a simple landscape. You’ll even learn to blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors.
Learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint with techniques that are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you’re altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch. Then, transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia as well as tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment and quickly undo whatever steps you don’t like.
You’ll learn the critical skill of making selections and see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image so that you can add a filter or change the colors. Then, you’ll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools to make the exact selections you want as you practice putting two images together.
Learn to create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes in Photoshop. Then, learn to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself!
Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop’s Layer Styles, you’ll enjoy this lesson. Then, learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web and find out how to scan an image so it’s large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.
Focus on the three R’s of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging and learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want. Finally, you’ll learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life.
Prerequisites / Requirements
You must have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CS5 that includes the Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software.
- 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.