Course Code: pcc
Your journey begins. Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you to your photographs to amazing places. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you will be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends.
Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you will discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop. You will find out how Photoshop "thinks" about color and how you can use the brushes inside Photoshop to make a simple landscape.
Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? In this lesson, you will find out how to navigate your image, so you can edit and paint more effectively. You will also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint.
Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part's in color? You will find out how to create that effect in this lesson. You will be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia.
Photoshop needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image. The Photoshop name for pointing is "selection". In this lesson, you will learn the critical skill of making selections. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you will get help from the Refine Edge command.
Photoshop has some great selection tools, but they may have trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. In this lesson, you will 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.
You can paint in Photoshop—even if the only thing you can do with paint in "real life" is spill it. Photoshop lets you create fabulous brushes from images and customize them in many ways. You can create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes.
Gradients are fountains of color. One of the current trends in photography is 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 will enjoy this lesson. You will try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path, and then you will practice with your own text.
In this lesson, you will learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web. You will 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.
This lesson introduces the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You will be amazed by what you can do—and you will understand why the phrase "pictures don't lie" is no longer true. You will also discover how to use the Clone Stamp panel and "preview" feature.
Are some of your images overexposed or underexposed? In this lesson, learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life. Photoshop can't work miracles all the time, but if you have an image that's a bit too dark or a bit too light, you can fix it up so it looks perfect.
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.
You must have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer, be able to save, and organize.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
I have completed all of the coursework and wanted to take a moment to thank you for offering this course and for your assistance along the way. I enjoyed the course and the many fun exercises we did."
Sherry is a wonderful teacher and I will definitely be taking the Intermediate class. The practice assignments and videos within the lessons were extremely helpful. I'm so glad we weren't left without directions for the main assignments – the step-by-step guidance was perfect! I really can't think of anything I'd change about the format of this course. I learned so much more in this introduction class than I expected (and I know there's a TON still to learn)."
I have really enjoyed this course. This is my first online course and I didn't know what to expect as far as quality of content. Sherry surpassed my expectations with her ability to introduce challenging material and present it in a way that I could use. Fantastic course and a great use of my time and money."