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Photoshop 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 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

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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