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Photoshop 2020 Fundamentals Training Course

Course Description

This beginners course will teach you, step-by-step, how to create cutting-edge graphics and special effects with Adobe Photoshop. Trainees will complete a series of real world projects, where they will learn photo retouching, color adjustment, working with masks and layers, compositing images and much more.

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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 Mac and PC.

View our full range of Adobe Photoshop training courses, or see below for the detailed outline for Photoshop Fundamentals.

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Detailed course outline

  • Getting Around Photoshop

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

    • Computer Requirements
    • What’s new in the current version?
    • Raster vs Vector
    • Creating A New Document
    • Workspaces Overview
    • Opening an Image
    • Place Embed vs Place Linked
    • Interface Layout and Navigation
    • Navigational Keyboard Shortcuts
    • 2019 Properties Panel Update
  • Basic Image Retouching

In this lesson, you will perform common retouching tasks: eliminating red eye, erasing facial blemishes.

    • Fixing Blemishes using the Spot Healing Tool
    • Fixing Blemishes using the Healing Brush Tool
    • Removing and modifying elements using the Clone Stamp Tool
    • Using the Patch Tool group fixes
    • Removing Red Eye with the Red Eye Tool
  • Selecting with Magic Wand, Quick Selection Tool & Quick Mask Mode

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

    • Starting the Selection using Traditional Selection Tools
    • Using the Magic Wand
    • Using the Quick Select Tool
    • Redefining the Selection in Quick Mask Mode
  • Replacing Backgrounds & Tweaking Color

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

    • More Work with the Magic Wand Tool
    • Simple Image Compositing
    • Working with Brightness & Contrast
    • Working with Color Balance
  • Creating Text & Adding Effects

Learn to the basics of using text and commonly used effects like drop shadows, glows and more.

    • Creating Text
    • Adding Drop Shadows Manually
    • Working with Layer Styles
    • Adding a Drop Shadow
  • Image Tweaking & Effects

In this exercise, you will create a social media post and learn several new ways to modify, tweak and add effects to your images.

    • Using the Crop tool
    • Crop Awareness
    • Ratio vs Resolution
    • Straightening Crooked Photos
    • Image Size vs Canvas Size
    • Size Interpolation
    • Adding the Text Layer
    • Adjust the Opacity of the Layer
    • Feathering the Layer to Add More Subtlety
    • Using simple drop shadows and border effects
    • Cleaning Up the Background
  • Retro Movie Poster

In this lesson, you will make selections and learn some new tools and techniques to create this retro B-Movie poster.

    • Making a Selection using the Polygonal Lasso tool
    • Desaturate the Background to make the Foreground "Pop"
    • The Layers Panel
    • Adding Basic Type
    • Warping Text
  • The Basics of Preparing Digital Photos for Print

In this exercise, you will use 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

In this lesson, 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
    • Adding Metadata
    • Comparing GIF and PNG
    • Saving as GIF and PNG
    • Web Transparency
  • Non-Destructive Editing: Adjustment Layers and Masks

In this lesson, you will use the power of Adjustments and Masks to non-destructively alter color and manipulate images.

    • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
    • Using Layer Masks to Mask out Unwanted Adjustments
    • Using the Curves Tool
    • Using Hue/Saturation Tool
    • Tricks for Hue Shifting Black
    • Tricks for Hue Shifting White
  • Non-Destructive Editing: Working with Smart Objects & Other Amazing Tools

The non-destructive workflows of Photoshop are nothing short of amazing. In this exercise, you will use Smart Objects and other tools to create entirely non-destructive artwork.

    • Understanding Smart Objects
    • Creating a Smart Object
    • Smart Objects & Resolution
    • Smart Objects & Filters
    • Working with Layer Masks
    • Working with Textures and Layer Masks
    • Working with Clipping Masks
  • Type Mastery 01: Down The Rabbit Hole

In this exercise, you will go beyond fundamentals and harness the effects of Photoshop to create specialize titles and creative paragraphs.

    • Formatting Special Titles
    • The Character and Paragraph Panels
    • Lorem Ipsum, Ligatures and Glyphs
    • Formatting a Paragraph
    • Drop Caps
    • Getting creative with fonts
    • To rasterize text or not
  • The Pen Tool: Working Creatively with Paths

In this lesson, you will unlock the creative power of the Pen Tool to create amazing effects and art.

    • Working with the Pen Tool
    • Stroke & Fill Effects across a Path
    • Accent Lines & Florals
    • Erasing across a path
    • Sharpening Hi-Res Photos for Print
    • Removing Motion Blur
  • Type Mastery 02: Text & Effects

In this lesson, you will continue to explore the more advanced text features like text on a path and more.

    • Text in a Path
    • Text on a Path
    • Closed Paths vs Open
    • Controlling The Position of your Text
    • Concentric Rings of Text
    • Flow text across objects
  • Working with Presets

In this exercise, you will learn how to create, save and manage presets.

    • What are Presets?
    • Preset Management
    • Create Custom Shapes
    • Create Patterns
    • Creating Swatches
    • Creating Brushes
  • Stranger Things: Bringing It All Together

In this project, you will use all your skills (and learn more) to create composites in the art and style of Stranger Things.

    • Creating assets in the Upside Down
    • Manipulating Images
    • Working with Vector Art
    • Modifying Type
    • Adding non-destructive lighting
    • Working with glow effects
    • Giving you project a film treatment
  • Project Essentials: Film/TV & Social Media

In this exercise, you will create and format graphics for a video workflow.

    • Size Matters: Designing for Various Screen Sizes (SD, FHD, UHD, DCI)
    • Title/Action Safe-Center-cut
    • Photoshop does Video?
    • Designing & Creating Lower 3rds
    • Designing & Creating
    • Texturizing your title
    • Testing your title with against video
    • Exporting your title to Editorial
    • Bugs/Watermarks/IDs
    • Export Graphics for Broadcast
    • Export for Social Media
    • Export for Another Application
  • Project Essentials: Working for Print

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the deeper Photoshop color and formatting features to create and deliver print art.

    • Setting up Photoshop for print art
    • RGB vs CMYK vs Other
    • Resolution and Pixel Density
    • Important Preferences affecting print
    • Setting up bleed
    • Formatting guides
    • Process vs Spot Colors
    • Delivery essentials
    • Working with TIFF, PDF, and more
  • Working with Illustrator

In this exercise, you will create a feature film title for the big screen using Adobe Illustrator dynamically with Photoshop.

    • Sending media and paths to Illustrator
    • How much should a Photoshop user need to know about Illustrator?
    • Creating simple text elements in Illustrator
    • Cleaning and Saving Elements in a Vector Format
    • Transferring Vector to Photoshop (The Best)
    • Made for TV or the Big Screen: Photoshop has it all
    • Setting up your project in Photoshop
    • Setting up a quick project in Illustrator
  • Useful Effects 01: Filter Highlights

In this lesson, you will use some of Photoshop’s most popular filter effects affect images and artwork.

    • What are Smart Filters?
    • Blurring the Background
    • Motion & Radial Blurs
    • Adding Spinning Blur to the Wheels
    • Layers
    • Working with Distortion Effects
    • Lens flares and lighting Effects
    • Sketch and Cartoon Conversions
  • Useful Effects 02: Special & Legacy Effects

In this exercise, you will use some of Photoshop’s lesser know filter effects to create surreal artwork.

    • Working with Paths to Define Effects
    • Using Fibers for Texture
    • Generated Effects: Flame,Trees and Picture Frame
  • Social Media Design & Delivery

In this lesson, you will design and learn how to publish highly creative content to your socials right out of Photoshop 2018!

    • Designing Dimensions (IG,TW,FB,etc)
    • Text Overlays
    • Video & Animated GIFs
    • 3rd Party Plugin Mentions
    • Create Artwork for Instagram & Twitter
    • Create An Animated GIF for Facebook
    • Photoshop’s New Sharing Functions
    • Tips on designing Interactively for Youtube End Cards, etc.
  • The Haunted Mansion: Beyond the Pixels

In this exercise, you will turn a lovely happy mansion into a dark and creepy nightmare using techniques learned in the class.

    • Building Selections
    • Organic Selections
    • Replacing backgrounds
    • Re-lighting elements
    • Working with damage
    • Color grading artwork
    • Re-formatting for web and social media

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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