Course Code: ic6
Your journey begins. Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you places you've never dreamed of. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you'll be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends. You'll also find out how to download images, and you'll learn simple commands that make an image "pop."
Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you'll discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop—where you don't need to clean up after yourself, and there's no odor of turpentine. You'll find out how Photoshop "thinks" about color and how you can use the brushes inside Photoshop to make a simple landscape. You'll even blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors. This is a fun lesson!
Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: Do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? You will! In this lesson, you'll find out how to navigate your image so that you can edit and paint more effectively—and give your eyes a rest too. You'll also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint. These techniques are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you're altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch.
Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part's in color? In this lesson, you'll find out how to create that effect. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia. You'll also discover some tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment while you're creating a hand-tinted image and quickly undo whatever steps you don't like.
If you wanted a friend to hand you an orange from a fruit bowl, you'd probably just point to the one you want or describe its location. Photoshop also needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image or point it out in some way. The Photoshop name for "pointing" is selections. In this lesson, you'll learn the critical skill of making selections. You'll see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image so that you can add a filter or change the colors. You'll also create vignettes, which are photos with an opaque center that falls off to a very soft edge. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you'll get help from the Refine Edge command.
Photoshop has some great selection tools, but until now, all of them have had trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. You can see the flower, so why can't Photoshop? In this lesson, you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools to make the 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 modify the new bristle-tip brushes to help you turn photos into art or to 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! Even portraits can be much more exciting with a gradient added to them.
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. You'll try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path. Then you'll see what you can do to text on your own.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to size your images for printing or for the web. You'll find out how to scan an image so that 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.
In this lesson, you'll focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You'll be amazed by what you can do—and you'll understand why the phrase "pictures can't lie" is no longer true! You'll also discover how to use the amazing Clone Stamp panel and the "preview" feature on the Clone Stamp brush cursor. Plus you'll learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want.
Are some of your images overexposed, underexposed, or tinged an ugly yellow? 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 that 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.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I have learned a great deal from your beginner course and I am really looking forward to the intermediate one! Thanks for turning on some of the lights for me with this complex software interface. Thank you also for being MAC friendly in this instructional process."
ed2go asked me to rate my experience. I rated ed2go, as well as my instructor, Ms, London with A++ rating. The process, lesson plans, meaningful materials, challenging exams, and resources...was outstanding. Thank you! I think that you did a good job in designing a lesson plan the worked for someone like me who had never used Photoshop. I started your course with ZERO experience."
The instruction have truly made this a different and less daunting experience. The drawings are easier and the anxiety about tackling this extremely diverse program has been allayed. I am looking forward to the lessons and taking a ton of notes."
Thank you for your help. It's a testimony to your teaching skills that I had already tried your suggestions. I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot! For Christmas, I got a Wacom Intuos 5 Touch Tablet. I'm really excited to apply what I've learned using that! I haven't even used it yet, since I've spent the past couple of days just watching tutorial videos on the Intuos and how it enhances the tools in Photoshop. You've done a wonderful job and I can't wait for the intermediate class! I'm looking forward to what you will share with us there!"
This has been a wonderful class and I have learned so much. I do intend to take the intermediate course but I'm going to take a break for a bit and practice what I learned in this course first. Thanks for providing clear instructions and great inspiration for playing with this wonderful program."
I am really enjoying this class. I have learned more in two lessons than I figured out on my own for weeks."
I want to say this is a really dynamite class. I've tried taking a few PS classes and not a one of them compare to this. It is exactly the kind of in depth class I've been wanting."
Enjoyed the class! I have been "playing" in Photoshop for years, however, I have not really gotten into all the great things it can do. This class has answered a lot of those "wonder what that will do" questions! I really enjoyed the lesson on Type. I would go to Illustrator or InDesign for type needs, but now I am more confident in using Photoshop and will explore the "type" possibilities there! I am going to continue to build my knowledge of Photoshop and take the next class, if not this Spring, then in the Fall--warm weather is calling--got to get outside!!!! Thank you all for this excellent class!"