Adobe’s Photoshop CC is the industry standard professional photo editing software for digital photographers and graphic artists, now available through the Creative Cloud. If you already know the basics of this powerful program, you’re ready to expand your skills and put the power of Photoshop to work.
You’ll learn advanced techniques with layering, working with multiple selections, applying type masks and special effects, and using filters to enhance images. You’ll also take multiple images and combine them in to collages and panoramic photos, retouch portraits, and learn the tools and techniques for photo restoration. As we move through the class, you’ll see how to take multiple images of the same subject and apply high definition range (HDR) for amazing color and contrast. In addition, you’ll master a workflow for efficiently processing your images and have a chance to bring all your skills together in a final exercise. If you haven’t fully unlocked the mysteries of Photoshop CC, you’ll find all the answers you need in this course. By the time you complete these fu
In the first lesson, we’ll dive into a workflow for digital editing so you can get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow. Then, we’ll look at tools you can use to perfect portraits. You’ll learn to smooth away wrinkles with the Surface Blur filter, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown!
In this lesson, you’ll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools. You’ll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you’ll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Photoshop. Then, we’ll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs.
In this lesson, we’ll explore advanced ways to use text, special effects, and layers. You’ll master the art of creating text from images and building multilayer documents with sophisticated edging for both text and image components to draw your viewer’s attention right where you want it. Then, explore Photoshop’s countless special effects and filters that you can use to show off your images. You’ll also see how to sharpen and blur photos as well as how to salvage an image with miraculous fixes!
In this lesson, you’ll see how layers work from beginning to end. You’ll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You’ll also see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Photoshop’s tabbed windowing feature.
In this lesson, we’ll explore the fun and fantastic features of advanced Photoshop editing. You’ll see how to patch, clone, fill, and even work magical proportional adjustments with the high-end repair tools Photoshop provides. Then, panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots, and you’ll see how Photoshop helps you blend these to provide seamless imagery. You’ll also learn how to add colored borders to make your images just the size you want. With all these options under your belt, you’ll see how to create customized photo cards with your own captions and add watermarks to protect your images.
Learn how to create dazzling images from ordinary ones using Photoshop’s HDR Processing tools. You’ll see how to combine several images to get the best exposure from each one, and you’ll learn how to create the effects of multiple-image combinations from just one original. And finally, you’ll see real-life applications for the tools and features we’ve discussed in class, and you’ll discover ways to put the class material to work on your own images.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, scanner, or other device. Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, downloading and saving files from a web site will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to the student.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- This course is written using Windows, but Macintosh users will find the software nearly identical and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences (which are provided).
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Lion 10.7 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Students will need Adobe’s Photoshop CC installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course.
- 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.