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Photoshop Quick Start

Course Description

This 1-day beginner class is designed to get you up and running quickly in Photoshop. You will learn basic photo retouching, color correction, selections, replacing backgrounds, adding type, and preparing your images for print and web.

Live face-to-face instructor. No minimum class size - all classes guaranteed to run!

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.

This 6-hour class is meant to get you started fast. If you want to learn Photoshop in greater depth, check out our 18-hour Photoshop Fundamentals class or view our full range of Adobe Photoshop training courses.

1 Days | $495.00

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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

  • Design a Movie Poster

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
  • 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

  • Working with Basic Effects and Shadows

Adding effects to your digital creations in Photoshop has the ability to enhance visibility and the overall creative aesthetic. This exercise will teach you how to add different types of effects and shadows and how to manipulate them to make them more effective in your projects.

    • Work destructively and non-destructively to add shadows for better visibility
    • Work with effects to add depth and texture
    • Refine Effects to interact with background elements

  • 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

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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