Adobe Photoshop CC (also known as Photoshop Creative Cloud) is a powerful subscription software solution providing support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. In this course you will master techniques to edit and enhance your digital images and add a professional polish to your work. The course offers simple, step-by-step instructions for basics like cropping, rotation, and sizing images. You will experiment with Photoshop’s tools for correcting exposure, adjusting color and colorcasts, and work with Adobe’s powerful layer andfromection tools. You will learn how to add text, retouch, and even clone away unwanted elements from your images. You will discover how to work with raw images and prepare images for print or online use.
In this course, you will be guided through detailed explanations and instructions for using the tools that make this software so popular and unique in the world of digital editing. Whether you are a novice
In this first lesson, you will see how to download images for use in class and start a tour of Photoshop CC. You will start with various tools for displaying images, and learn about editing and enhancement. Then you will examine the power of Photoshop with quick corrections and the ability to crop and rotate your images with the new Crop tool in the Photoshop CC. You will discover various file formats for digital images and how to use them to your best advantage. You will also learn how to make changes and save different versions of your images so you will have them for future editing.
Learn how to prepare your documents for printing by making sure each image is the right size and resolution. You will define terms, explore menus, and look at ways to be sure your prints will be just the right size. You will see how to use the Crop tool with more control and feel confident about printing. Then you will practice sizing your images to download them quickly whether you use them on a Website or in an email. You will also learn how to use Photoshop’s tools for artistic cropping.
In this lesson you, will have a chance to create a new file and copy another image into it, exploring the basics of Photoshop layers as you go. You will discover how to set color options for many of the Photoshop features and adjust color in your images. Then you will see how to work with color. Photoshop has a huge palette of color options and color tools that you can use in your images. You will see how to easily replace, brighten, and enhance color, and even remove it for stunning black-and-white work.
Discover ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you have taken an image. You will learn how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images and work with Levels and Curves to correct lighting and color tones. Then you will learn about the Camera Raw, which is Photoshop’s editor for processing raw images. You will learn how to adjust white balance and exposure in all kinds of file formats giving your images clarity and dynamic color.
This lesson will explore Photoshop’s text tools. You will discover how to add text to your images and learn about the powerful selection tools, with the Quick Selection tool, the color-based Magic Wand tool, and the flexible Lasso tool and work with further layering. Then you will learn how to create silhouettes and creative backgrounds to set them off. You will learn how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images. You will practice using feathering to see the difference it makes. You will also explore the many options in the Select menu.
In your last lesson, you will work with a combination of tools for detailed and exacting work. You will learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together. You will work with the Add to selection option and discover some shortcuts for making selections easier. Then you will look at the Retouching and Correcting tools and perfect the Red Eye tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both of the powerful Healing Brushes. You will discover when to use each tool for the best results.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints. Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, and downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to students.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- This course is written with Windows software, but Macintosh users will find the software is quite similar and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences which your instructor will provide in class. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CC software.
- 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).
- Students will need Adobe’s Photoshop CC or later updates such as Photoshop CC (2014) 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.