The two courses that I have taken in Photoshop 6, like a great show, have only left me begging for more. Thank you for all of the exciting and fulfilling lessons and your ongoing support. I wish you all the best and hope that someday, you will have time to create more advanced classes for Photoshop.
I loved this course. Sherry is a great instructor and Beth is a great teaching assistant. They both gave me plenty of encouragement and great feedback whenever I posted anything in the Discussion Area. I have told my friends about this course and how great and useful it is.
Adjustment layers have really opened my eyes to nondestructive editing. I used to always do my changes on the image itself, now this makes it way easier to undo and add more!
Everything about this course was outstanding - the instructor, the teaching assistant, the material and the instructions.
Course Code: nc6
In this lesson, you'll create, view, and hide layers which are helpful because you can edit them nondestructively, so you don't have to start over if you make a mistake or need to change something. Then, you'll create, move, duplicate, lock, unlock, cut, and paste layers to alter images more quickly.
You'll discover how to crop and resize photos nondestructively using Smart Objects, and you'll love the way they let you make a protected package out of an image. Then, you'll see how you can make an individual layer in an image larger or smaller, rotate it, and use the amazing Warp command. And you can reverse all these changes anytime you want—if you make them on a Smart Object layer.
Learn to use an Adjustment layer which makes no permanent change to the image or hurts the image’s quality no matter how many times you edit the exposure. Then, you'll find out about layer masks, which allow you to keep every pixel of your original image while hiding the parts you no longer wish to see.
Practice using nondestructive editing to restore damaged images. Then, learn to transition from total opacity to total transparency as you work with grayscale and gradient masks. You'll also experiment with vignette edges and other edge effects, plus you'll create a Web page header.
Learn some new tricks as you explore some commands on the Masks section of the Properties panel that will allow you to change the background of an image which has a subject with wispy hair or fur. Then, learn how to put images inside of type using a clipping mask.
Create luminosity masks and use them to correct images and to develop false duotone images and wonderfully creative image composites. Finally, you'll create an image that has a different photo in each color channel. You'll use Content-Aware Scale to make unusual adjustments to your image size. You'll try a wonderful stained-glass framing technique. And you'll finish the course with a fun assignment that lets you put together everything you've learned.
Sherry London is a noted Photoshop and Illustrator expert, an artist, a writer, and a teacher. Her fiber art has been featured in magazines and exhibitions. Her published works include Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild, Photoshop Magic, Photoshop Effects Magic, Photoshop In Depth, Photoshop Textures Magic, and Illustrator f/x and Design. She wrote the Tips and Tricks column for Photoshop User magazine for many years and is a two-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. She has taught for the prestigious Thunder Lizard Photoshop Conference and the Professional Photographers of America seminars, as well as for Drexel University, Moore College of Art, and Gloucester County College. Sherry holds a Master's Degree in Information Systems and has taken doctoral-level courses in curriculum design.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course requires Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Windowsor Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Macintosh. It can be part of the Creative Suite 6 in Standard or Extended or Cloud editions or it can be a standalone version of either Standard or Extended. No features from the Extended version will be taught, however. You may also use the 30-day free trial software provided by Adobe, but if you do, you must wait until week 3 of the course to install it and actually begin to work through the course. Otherwise your trial will end before the last four lessons are released. This course can be taken on a PC or a Mac.
On the PC platform, any of the following are acceptable:
On the Mac platform, you will need Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7.
You need to have completed Introduction to Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS6. If you have not taken one of these courses, you need to have a good working knowledge of the basic tools in Photoshop and be able to make selections, use the Clone Stamp tool and Healing brushes, and do elementary color correction. In addition, you will need to have a program that extracts the example files from the Zip file provided with each lesson. You need to know how to create a new file folder and locate files on your hard drive. If you wish to share your work with the instructor, you will need an online album in which to display your work. I'll provide instructions for this in the first lesson.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
Keep in mind that 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.
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.