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Photoshop Bootcamp Training Course

Course Description

This is our most comprehensive Photoshop course, taking you from Photoshop beginner to master in 5 days. Our trainer will take you step-by-step through a series of Real World projects and show you how professionals use Photoshop on a range of different photo editing jobs. Each project is designed to teach you all the essential tools and techniques needed to master Photoshop.

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This course is ideal for designers, marketers and anyone who is pursuing a career in graphic design. No prior experience of Photoshop is needed. Training available on both Mac and PC.

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Detailed course outline

  • Getting Started

In this exercise, you will learn the basics of viewing/navigating around images and use some basic Photoshop tools.

    • The Tools Panels Expanded
    • Keyboard Shortcut
    • Navigating an Image: Zooming & Scrolling
    • Using the Brush Tool
    • Basic Selections and Copy/Paste
    • Using the Clone Stamp Tool

  • Photo Retouching

In this exercise, you will perform common retouching tasks: eliminating red eye, erasing facial blemishes, and removing any undesired background element.

    • Fixing Blemishes using the Healing Brush Tool
    • Removing Elements using the Clone Stamp Tool
    • Removing Red Eye using the Red Eye Tool

  • Replacing Backgrounds

In this exercise, you will combine two separate photos. The first image features a man against a boring background, you will 'cut him out' and place him in front of a more interesting background.

    • Using the Magic Wand Tool
    • Image Compositing

  • Annual Report Cover

In this exercise, you will make selections, feather selections, copy from file to file, add type, and use layer opacity.

    • Making a Selection using the Polygonal Lasso tool
    • Desaturate the Background to make the Foreground "Pop"
    • Add a Soft Oval Frame and Feathering the Edge
    • The Layers Panel
    • Creating a new Adjustment Layer
    • Adding Type

  • Selecting with Quick Masks

Selecting parts of an image can often be tricky with conventional selection tools. Quick Mask Mode allows you to make or refine selections with greater precision.

    • Starting the Selection using Traditional Selection Tools
    • Using the Magic Wand
    • Redefining the Selection in Quick Mask Mode

  • Creating Shadows and Layers

This exercise shows you the basics of using layers and how to create drop shadows.

    • Silhouetting the Object
    • Layer Panel Effects
    • Adding a Drop Shadow

  • 3D Type Shadow

Regular drop shadows are only 2D, but in this exercise, you will learn to make them look 3D.

    • Adding 2D Drop Shadow to Text
    • The Layers Panel
    • Use Transform to Create a 3D Effect

  • Ghosting Part of an Image

When text is placed over a photo or pattern, it can be difficult to read. This technique solves this problem.

    • Adding the Text Layer
    • Adjust the Opacity of the Layer
    • Feathering the Layer to Add More Subtlety

  • Fill Opacity and Effects

The opacity of a layer's contents and effects can be controlled separately to create dynamic results. In this exercise we'll create a graphic for Saturday Night Live (SNL).

    • Setting Up the Type Layer
    • Adding a Outer Glow Special Effect
    • Adjusting the Opacity of the Layer
    • Fill Opacity

  • Using Adobe Bridge

We have a collection of files from a photo shoot that needs to be shared with a client. Adobe Bridge is a program that comes with Photoshop and will help us with this task.

    • Navigating to a Folder
    • Organizing the Images
    • Renaming the Images
    • Using Batch Commands
    • Rotating the Files
    • Deleting the Worst Images

  • Creating Tiling Patterns

In this exercise, you will create patterns in Photoshop. Repeating patterns can be useful for creating a wallpapered or textured look in an image.

    • Working with Basic Patterns
    • Offsetting to Create Complex Patterns
    • Deleting & Resetting Patterns

  • Cropping, Resizing, and Blending

In this exercise, you will review selections and patterns, before applying fills with special blending options such as "Multiply" using the Gradient tool.

    • Cleaning Up the Background
    • Using the Crop tool
    • Selecting with the Magic Wand
    • Quick Mask Mode
    • Using the Brush Tool
    • Using the Eyedropper Tool
    • Gradient Tool to Make Areas Fade Out
    • Filling an Object with a Patterns

  • Preparing Digital Photos for Print

In this exercise, you will take an image taken with a digital camera ( RGB image) and convert it an image ready for print (CMYK image) with a resolution of 300 ppi (pixel per inch)

    • Image Size
    • Resampling
    • Saving as PSD
    • Saving as TIFF
    • Document Size
    • Preparing for Print

  • Saving Photos for the Web as JPEG

Many times the same content is used for print and web. In this exercise you will prepare images for the web, converting them to RGB, reducing the resolution to 72 ppi, and reducing the file size to ensure fast download times.

    • Resizing an Image for the Web
    • Saving Images as JPEGs
    • Reducing the Image File Size
    • Resampling

  • Saving Photos for the Web as GIF or PNG

Photos and Images with many colors optimize better as JPEGs, but images with fewer colors or more flat color optimize better with PNG or GIF compression.

    • Comparing GIF and PNG
    • Saving as GIF and PNG
    • Web Transparency
  • Color Correction Using Color Balance

There are many ways to improve a photograph with Photoshop's powerful color correction tools, some of which are easier to understand than others. This exercise will introduce you to a couple of the more intuitive techniques like Color Balance and Brightness/Contrast.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Adjusting Color Balance
    • Adjusting Brightness/Contrast

  • Color Correction using Levels

Levels offer greater control than Brightness/Contrast and Color Balance. In this exercise you will fix a photo's color and contrast using Levels.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Levels
    • Setting White, Black, and Gray Points

  • Color Correction Using Curves

Using Curves to adjust an image may be less intuitive, but it is probably the most powerful color correction tool Photoshop offers.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • The Curves Tool Explained
    • Setting White, Black, and Gray Points
    • Setting Midpoints

  • Adjustment Layers and Masks

In this exercise, you are going to repair a washed out image. For maximum flexibility we will use an adjustment layer to make our color adjustments.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Adjusting Overall Colors and the Blue Channel
    • Using Layer Masks to Mask out Unwanted Adjustments
    • Using the Curves Tool
    • Using Hue/Saturation Tool

  • Working with Shadows and Highlights

Photos are often too dark. In this exercise we will use Shadows/Highlights adjustments to balance an image. You will also learn about Smart Objects.

    • Creating a Smart Object
    • The Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
    • Layer Masks
    • Removing Adjustments no Longer Needed

  • Sharpening Photos

In this exercise, you will use the sharpen tools to focus a blurry image.

    • The Sharp Sharpen Filter
    • Sharpening Hi-Res Photos for Print

  • Special Effects with Type and Clipping Masks

In this exercise, you are going to use text to mask a photo, so the image can only been seen within the type. You will then enhance the design with some nifty special effects.

    • Masking a Photo with Type
    • Clipping Masks
    • Adding an Outer-glow Special Effect

  • Paths and Pen

This exercise gives you an overview of the Pen tool. You will draw some curves known as Bezier Curves.

    • Using the Pen Tool
    • Paths
    • Bezier Curve Drawing Tips

  • Using Clipping Paths for Silhouettes

In this exercise, you will remove the background from an image using a Clipping Path

    • Creating a Path Around an Object with the Pen Tool
    • Turning the Work Path into a Clipping Path
    • Saving and Importing the Image into InDesign

  • Using Layer Masks for Silhouettes

In this exercise, you will use a Layer Mask to remove a background. Layer Masks offer more editing flexibility over Clipping Paths as they are non-destructive.

    • Layer Masks
    • Selection Techniques
    • Using the Magnetic Lasso
    • Refine the Edges of the Selection
    • Color Fill

  • Using Filters for Special Effects

In this exercise, you will using some special effects to give a motor vehicle the appearance of motion.

    • Blurring the Background
    • Motion & Radial Blur
    • Adding Spinning Blur to the Wheels
    • Layers
    • Loading Selections

  • Brochure Part 1

In this exercise, will will start putting together a brochure. You will make a background, add a border and the header text. You will add some decoration to enhance the look.

    • Making a Textured Background
    • Using Guides
    • Creating a Border and Adding the Header
    • Adjustment Layers
    • Layer Styles
    • Adding some Decoration
    • Blending Modes
  • Brochure Part 2

In this exercise, we will add a photo into a decorative banner. For maximum flexibility we will place the image into a Smart Object.

    • Smart Objects
    • Layer Masks
    • Using the Transform Tools
    • Group Layers
    • Using the Curves Tools
    • Using Bevel and Emboss Tools

  • Brochure Part 3

In this exercise, you will add the main text and add the finishing touches to the brochure.

    • Adding the Main Text
    • Smart Objects
    • Layer Masks
    • Layer Groups
    • Layer Styles
    • Applying a Gradient
    • Setting the Fill Opacity
    • Adding a Stamp using the Custom Shape Tool
  • Fashion Shot - Cloning vs. Healing

In this exercise, you will retouch some headshots by removing facial blemishes and "repairing" chipped teeth.

    • Using the Clone Stamp Tool
    • Using the Healing Brush Tool
    • Removing Stray Hairs

  • Fashion Shot - Dodging and Burning Blemishes

In this exercise, you will take retouching to the next level by using the Dodge and Burn tools.

    • Using the Dodge/Burn Tools to Touch Up Blemishes
    • Using Channels

  • Fashion Shot - Liquifying Retouching

In this exercise, you will straighten a model's smile and make her eyes the same size.

    • Using the Liquify Filter: Bloat, Pucker, Forward Warp Tools
    • Artistic Retouching of Facial Features

  • Correction Techniques on a Normal Images

In this exercise, you will use the Curves Tools to add contrast and vivid color to an image

    • Overall Color Correction using Curves
    • Customizing Curves Options for Fast Correction

  • Correction Techniques on an Extreme Images

In this exercise, you will take an old photo, which is badly damanged, yellowed, and faded and in a few steps we correct it to bring out its true colors.

    • Overall Color Correction using Curves
    • Setting Custom White and Black Points
    • Sampling a Current Color from the Image
    • Correcting that Color's Saturation and Brightness
    • Changing the Image using your New Color

  • Understanding Blending Modes

Blending Modes are another powerful tool that Photoshop has to offer. In this exercise, we will explore a few common blending modes and see how they work.

    • Using the Histogram Panel
    • Experimenting with different Blend Modes (Screen, Multiply, Overlay)
    • Using the Color Blending Mode to Tint an Image

  • Layer Masking and Compositing

In this exercise, you will use Layer Masks to non-destructively swap out the sky in an image

    • Adding the First Sky
    • Adding the Layer Mask
    • Viewing or Disabling Your Layer Mask
    • Trying Another Sky

  • Matching Tones in Composite Images

In the exercise, you will use an Adjustment Layer and a Clipping Mask to adjust the color tone of the sky in our composite so that it matches the other image making up the composite.

    • Matching Color
    • Curves Color Channels
    • Desaturating Color
    • Clipping Masks

  • Lifestyle Shot: Selecting the Skin

Making Selections is at the heart of retouching. In this exercise, you will use the Alpha Channel to select a person's skin.

    • Selecting the Skin using the Alpha Channel
    • Checking the Mask

  • Lifestyle Shot: Testing Selections

Testing your selections is a good way to temporarily boost the contrast of an image, so you can see what you did and didn't select.

    • Using Curves to Test Selections
    • Updating the Skin Channel

  • Lifestyle Shot: Balancing Skin Tones

In this exercise, you will balance out the model's skin tones so the image is more color balanced.

    • Quick Mask
    • Intersecting Selections
    • Curves

  • Lifestyle Shot: Adjusting Contrast

In this exercise, you will learn any easy trick for adjusting contrast without shifting color. This technique is useful for when the colors have been signed off on but you still need to adjust contrast.

    • Curve Adjustments and Blending Modes
    • Preventing Contrast Adjustments from Changing Saturation

  • Lifestyle Shot: Selecting the Shirt

In this exercise, you will select the models shirt. As the shirt shares a lot of edges with the skin you selected earlier, you can reuse that work to speed up your new selection.

    • Loading Selections
    • Roughing Out a Selection
    • Using the Lasso Tool
    • Redefining the Selection
    • Channels
    • Using Hue/Saturation to Colorize Shirt
  • Dealing with Color Profiles

In this lesson, you will learn about color management and color profiles, and how professionals ensure the correct colors are always displayed across different devices.

    • Color Management Preferences
    • Assigning Color Profiles
    • Dealing with Common Color Issues
  • Color Settings and CMYK Conversions

Choosing the correct profile for your conversion to CMYK is a often neglected but very important step. In this lesson, we will compare some profiles to see how different they look.

    • Converting to CMYK
    • Loading Color Profiles
    • Comparing Different CMYK Conversions
  • Prepping an Image for the Web

Preparing an image for the web is a slightly different process to preparing it for print. This exercise will walk you through a typical web preparation workflow.

    • Resizing and Resampling
    • Soft Proofing
    • Image Compression (JPEG)

  • Using Channels to Make Selections

In this exercise, we will use Alpha Channels to easily select the areas before doing the color change.

    • Using Channels for Selections
    • Using Levels to Refine Selections
    • Hue/Saturation to Change Color Of Clothing
    • Updating Channel Selections

  • Smoothing Skin with Blend Modes

In this exercise, you will smooth out the texture of a women's skin. When applied properly, you can achieve beautiful natural-looking results.

    • Smoothing the Skin using Blending Modes and Filters
    • Blurring Highlights and Shadows Independently
    • Adding Texture for a Natural Look

  • Smoothing the Skin with Luminosity

Experienced photographers know that the red channel often produces the smooth skin texture. We can take advantge of this in Photoshop by using the Channel Mixer set to luminosity to blend in a smoother tone.

    • Channel Mixer
    • Using Channels to Smooth Skin Tones
    • Luminosity Blending Mode

  • Modifying Light and Shadows

In this exercise, you will use a Curves adjustment layer set to the Color blending modeto add some warmth back to a photo.

    • Adding Warmth to a Photograph
    • Selecting Highlight Areas of an Image
    • Channels Selections

  • Sharpening Techniques

In this exercise, you will learn some new techniques to fine tune the sharpening of an image.

    • Comparing Smart Sharpen to Unsharpen Mask
    • Using Blend Modes to Improve Sharpening
    • Selectively Adding Sharpening with a Layer Mask
    • Using Smart Objects

  • Sharpening with High Pass

In this exercise, we use two different sharpening techniques - the Smart Sharpen tool followed by the High Pass filter, that can yield very natural results very similar to the original.

    • Using the High Pass Filter for Sharpening
    • Using Hard Light Blending Mode
    • Comparison to Smart Sharpen

  • Camera Raw Fundamentals

High-end digital cameras can save images in the RAW format, which contains extra data obtained for the camera's sensor. Adobe Camera Raw helps you process these higher quality RAW images.

    • Opening & Editing Raw Files
    • Camera Raw Workflow Options

  • Noise Reduction and the Camera Raw Filter

In this exercise, you will use the Camera Raw filter to reduce noise often found in digital photos.

    • Reducing Digital Camera Noise
    • Using the Camera Raw Filter

  • Real World Project: Product Shot (Optional)

This Real Word project recaps several of the techniques already learnt, including selection methods and color corrections.

    • Selections using Paths
    • Selections using Channels
    • Paths
    • Matching Colors using Curves
    • Easy Selections with Channels
    • Intersecting Selections
    • Commercial-Style Color Correction
    • Loading Selections
    • Color Range Selections
    • Using Channels to Refine Color Range Selections

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.



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