This course requires Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Windowsor Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Mactintosh. 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: Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3; Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. On the Mac platform, you will need Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7.
You will need Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).
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.