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.
Course Code: pd1
In this first lesson, you will see how to download images for use in class and start a tour of Photoshop CC. You will start with various tools for displaying images, and learn about editing and enhancement. Then you will examine the power of Photoshop with quick corrections and the ability to crop and rotate your images with the new Crop tool in the Photoshop CC. You will discover various file formats for digital images and how to use them to your best advantage. You will also learn how to make changes and save different versions of your images so you will have them for future editing.
Learn how to prepare your documents for printing by making sure each image is the right size and resolution. You will define terms, explore menus, and look at ways to be sure your prints will be just the right size. You will see how to use the Crop tool with more control and feel confident about printing. Then you will practice sizing your images to download them quickly whether you use them on a Website or in an email. You will also learn how to use Photoshop’s tools for artistic cropping.
In this lesson you, will have a chance to create a new file and copy another image into it, exploring the basics of Photoshop layers as you go. You will discover how to set color options for many of the Photoshop features and adjust color in your images. Then you will see how to work with color. Photoshop has a huge palette of color options and color tools that you can use in your images. You will see how to easily replace, brighten, and enhance color, and even remove it for stunning black-and-white work.
Discover ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you have taken an image. You will learn how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images and work with Levels and Curves to correct lighting and color tones. Then you will learn about the Camera Raw, which is Photoshop’s editor for processing raw images. You will learn how to adjust white balance and exposure in all kinds of file formats giving your images clarity and dynamic color.
This lesson will explore Photoshop’s text tools. You will discover how to add text to your images and learn about the powerful selection tools, with the Quick Selection tool, the color-based Magic Wand tool, and the flexible Lasso tool and work with further layering. Then you will learn how to create silhouettes and creative backgrounds to set them off. You will learn how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images. You will practice using feathering to see the difference it makes. You will also explore the many options in the Select menu.
In your last lesson, you will work with a combination of tools for detailed and exacting work. You will learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together. You will work with the Add to selection option and discover some shortcuts for making selections easier. Then you will look at the Retouching and Correcting tools and perfect the Red Eye tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both of the powerful Healing Brushes. You will discover when to use each tool for the best results.
Beverly Richards Schulz is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and an award-winning photographer. She has been teaching photography for more than 15 years. Since her first class with ed2go in 2000, she has written more than 30 online classes in digital photography and digital editing, and she's had the privilege of working with more than 70,000 students. She has a BA in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and a master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education. She and Eric Johnson are authors of the book Photoshop Elements 14—What's New? An avid digital film photographer, she was an early adopter of digital technology and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world. For the last 10 years, she has enjoyed being an adjunct faculty member with the University of San Francisco, teaching history and visual arts, as well as displaying and selling her work through galleries, and she has continued to expand her experience in travel photography and cross-cultural studies. In addition to teaching and photographic work, Beverly and her staff provide consulting services for digital photographers and clients.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course is written with Windows software, but Macintosh users will find the software is quite similar and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences which your instructor will provide in class. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CC software. Students 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 students. In addition to Internet access for classroom participation, students will need Adobe's Photoshop CC or later updates such as Photoshop CC (2014) installed and functioningto take full advantage of the course.
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.