Course Code: pd1
Photoshop CC is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to online training, see how to download images to use in class, and take a tour of Photoshop CC. This class starts at the beginning, with the various tools for displaying images, and it's been designed to bring even the inexperienced user to a comfortable level of editing and enhancement.
In this lesson, you'll see the power of Photoshop with quick corrections and the ability to crop and rotate your images. You'll love the new Crop tool in Photoshop CC! The lesson will discuss the various file formats for digital images and how to use them to your best advantage. You'll learn how to make changes and save different versions of your images so that you'll have everything you need for future editing.
As you continue your study of Photoshop CC, you'll learn how to prepare your documents for printing. To get the best quality print, you want to be sure that each image is the right size and resolution. You'll learn technical terms, explore menus, and look at ways to be sure your prints will be just the right size. You'll see how to use the Crop tool with more control and feel confident about printing when you finish this lesson.
Whether you want to use your image on a website, in an email, or for a large print, you need to be sure the size is right. If it's for the Web, you'll want it to be small enough to load quickly, but still sharp and clear. If you need an enlarged print, you'll want to be sure it has all the quality of the original. This can be a stumbling block for some new Photoshop users, so you'll take your time and practice with several images to help you learn all the steps. The lesson will also go over how to use Photoshop's tools for artistic cropping so your images are both artistically and technically the best they can be.
One of the most powerful features in Photoshop is layers, and in this lesson, you'll have a chance to create a new file and copy another image into it, exploring the basics of layers as you go. You'll also see how to set color options for many of the Photoshop features and adjust color in your images.
As you continue to build your knowledge of layers in this lesson, you'll also see how to work with color. Photoshop has a huge palette of color options that you can use in your images, and the color tools are amazing! You'll see how to easily replace, brighten, and enhance color, and even remove it for stunning black-and-white work. These features are among the many sought-after highlights of Photoshop, but beware! You may find yourself tinkering with images even after the lesson is over.
Light is the essence of photography, but it isn't always cooperative. This lesson will discuss ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you've taken an image. You'll see how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images and then have a chance to work with Levels and Curves, two of Photoshop's best features for correcting lighting and color tones.
Even if you don't shoot in raw image format, Photoshop has a set of sophisticated editing tools for you to use! Camera Raw is Photoshop's editor for processing raw images, giving you the opportunity to adjust white balance and exposure in all kinds of file formats, and leaving your images with startling clarity and dynamic color. In this lesson, you'll see how to adjust your images quickly and easily, just like a pro. If you're not quite sure what raw files are or if they're something you'd like to use, the lesson will walk you through the process, and you can decide what's best for your type of work. Either way, you'll learn more about Photoshop and what it can do for you!
Mixing words and pictures is an important part of digital photography, and Photoshop gives you lots of ways to make your text as dazzling as your pictures. In this lesson, you'll explore Photoshop's text tools and find out how to add text to your images. You'll also begin your study of the powerful selection tools, with the Quick Selection tool, the color-based Magic Wand tool, and the flexible Lasso tool and work further with layering.
As you continue your study of selection tools, you'll learn how to create silhouettes and creative backgrounds to set them off. You'll see how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images. You'll practice using feathering to see the difference it makes, especially when you want to create a soft, blended background in your image. You'll also see how to use the Marquee tool to create borders and frames around your pictures. To wrap up your study of the selection tools, you'll also explore the many options in the Select menu.
In the last lesson on the selection tools, you'll work with a combination of tools for detailed and exacting work when you need it most. You'll also learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together. You'll work extensively with the Add to selection option and see some shortcuts for making selections easier. As a final addition to your knowledge in this area, you'll have a chance to explore and work with features on the Select menu.
In the last lesson, you'll learn how to put many new tools to work! The lesson will discuss the Retouching and Correcting tools, and you'll perfect your skills with the Red Eye tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both of the powerful Healing Brushes. It will also discuss when to use each tool for the best results. The power of Photoshop will come to life as you use these tools in your final assignments.
Beverly Richards Schulz is an award-winning photographer and graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. For the past 10 years, Schulz has taught at the University of San Francisco. With more than 15 years teaching experience, she has written over 30 digital photography and digital editing courses. She co-authored the book "Photoshop Elements 14—What's New?"
Eric Johnson is an experienced digital photographer and editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education (emphases on Computer Science) from Oregon State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Seattle University. Eric has worked for major software and computer corporations, freelance photography and editing services, and has been working with Beverly Schulz teaching ed2go photography courses since 2004. He is her co-author on "Photoshop Elements 14 - What's New?".
You should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints. Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, and downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to you.
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 expires.
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 took this course because the courses I have taken with Beverly Schulz before have been outstanding, above average. She has an effective, responsive, friendly assistant Eric Johnson as well. The material on Photoshop is equal or better than the textbooks on this subject matter and indeed would qualify someone to be proficient in Photoshop with practice."
I cannot say enough about this professional photographer's ability to share her talent and knowledge with people. You can tell she loves to teach. This includes her teaching assistant as well. I just love ed2go online and thank you for making this education available."
This online course is an excellent introduction to Photoshop CC. It addresses the basic features well, and is clear and precise in its presentation. I especially liked the part on Camera Raw, and found that to be very useful for my purposes. Thanks for a great course all around!"
Your instructions were thorough and easy to understand. I liked your ability to get down to a beginner level! I already knew just a tiny bit about Photoshop... and this course helped me to connect the dots, as well as to learn some new things. I look forward to part 2!"
Great course! I now feel that I can improve my photos with the software we used for this class!"
I thought the training content complimented my learning style. Photoshop is a very sophisticated tool and this approach really helped me understand the tip of the iceberg that enables me to go deeper with this foundation. I am currently taking the Lightroom class and look forward to the more advanced Photoshop class once that is over."
This course helped me to know how much more I need to learn about Photoshop and how much of a wonderful tool it can be for me as a visual artist (working in photography). The instructor and assistants were clear in their explanations and responsive to questions."
Excellent class! I really feel that I received all that I could from the class."
Absolutely enjoyed taking this class with Beverly. She made learning enjoyable with really great direction and examples to illustrate her icon moves."