I have been using numerous versions of PhotoShop for many years, since CS2, and several versions of PhotoShop Elements…I can honestly say, as a former teacher myself, that your approach to instructing PhotoShop is by far the most effective of any I have seen. Your ability to break each difficult technique into simple steps, with clear though intricate, easy to follow exercises, followed by assignments that give students enough guidance that they can experience success at each stage of discovery --while encouraging guided experimentation with each process -- is an example of true teaching mastery. It is obvious, as you note, that you have been teaching PhotoShop for a long time, with a passion for helping others share in your passion.
This was a well done course. I was very pleased with how much we covered. I had taken a Photoshop course in the past. It has been years and I wanted to refresh my skills...and I'm very glad I did. This course covered everything I learned in the past and significantly more.
I really enjoyed this course! As a primarily self-taught Adobe user working in the graphic design and marketing field, many of the tools and techniques taught will be huge time savers for me. Thank you for a great class. I look forward to taking more!
This is my first online course and its quality exceeded my expectations. The teacher truly is a Photoshop guru with highly creative, tried-and-true recipes/exercises that are useful and fun...I felt a sense of achievement when I completed the course and I am inspired to take more photography and Adobe courses with ed2go, a very cool concept...I am grateful to Sherry London for sharing her talents in this online course that gave me focus and energy for the last six weeks...Many thanks to Sherry London!
I have to admit I was nervous to take an online course on a subject as visual as Photoshop. I thought for sure I would have difficulty following along with the text and direction. But Sherry London surprised me and really made everything in this course comprehensible and straight forward. I'll be practicing from her lessons to get the hang of it. Thanks so much!
This was an amazing experience. This course was rich in content and I love the online format. I can come back as many times as i want to review the content and when I do --depending on my own time constrains-- I always find it worth doing. So many thanks.
Several years ago I took my first Photoshop course. I now realize that that course was not up to the standards of this course and this instructor. This is the introductory course that I wish I had taken years ago. Althoug,h some of the material is more in-depth, it is worth the extra time that it takes to get through.
The instructor and assistant, Beth, are responsive, intelligent, patient, and friendly. They created a relaxed, no stress opportunity to learn a rather large software program because of their enjoyable, dedicated teaching style.
I wanted to say that I have been completely and totally excited about the entire course. I've been taking hit-and-miss Photoshop classes for about two years, signed up for the monthly subscription at Lynda.com and wasted a LOT of money (don't tell my husband) taking some of their courses. I much prefer your teaching style and have learned more in this course than I learned in all of the other classes--and you make it fun. Thanks very much! Will be taking your intermediate class for sure.
I wanted to let you know that this course completely exceeded my expectations and my decision to enroll was possibly the best one I made all summer. I enrolled to brush up on my skills and become more familiar with CS5. I taught Photoshop at the high school level 3 years ago on CS 3, and will be doing so again starting in the spring. I have never felt my depth of knowledge was strong enough--probably never will, it's an immense piece of software--because I am self-taught. Taking a formal class has helped me understand the reasoning behind many of the techniques, and broadened my knowledge base considerably. I loved your approach and the course in its entirety. I'm looking forward to taking the next level later in the year or next summer. THANK YOU!
Course Code: ic5
Begin your journey by learning to open, edit, and save files. You'll also find out how to download images, and simple commands that make an image "pop." Then, discover how fun it can be to paint in Photoshop and use the brushes to make a simple landscape. You'll even learn to blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors.
Learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint with techniques that are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you're altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch. Then, transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia as well as tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment and quickly undo whatever steps you don't like.
You'll learn the critical skill of making selections and see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image so that you can add a filter or change the colors. Then, you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools to make the exact selections you want as you practice putting two images together.
Learn to create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes in Photoshop. Then, learn to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself!
Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop's Layer Styles, you'll enjoy this lesson. Then, learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web and find out how to scan an image so it's large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.
Focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging and learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want. Finally, you’ll learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life.
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.
Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CS5 that includes the Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software (for either Windows or Mac)
Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista; Mac OS X.
You must be able to download files in Zip format from the Internet and have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer.
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.