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Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer II

Adobe's Photoshop CC is the industry standard professional photo editing software for digital photographers and graphic artists, now available through the Creative Cloud. If you already know the basics of this powerful program, you're ready to expand your skills and put the power of Photoshop to work.

You'll learn advanced techniques with layering, working with multiple selections, applying type masks and special effects, and using filters to enhance images. You'll also take multiple images and combine them in to collages and panoramic photos, retouch portraits, and learn the tools and techniques for photo restoration. As you move through the class, you'll see how to take multiple images of the same subject and apply high definition range (HDR) for amazing color and contrast. In addition, you'll master a workflow for efficiently processing your images and have a chance to bring all your skills together in a final exercise. If you haven't fully unlocked the mysteries of Photoshop CC, you'll find all the answers you need in this course. By the time you complete these fun, easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on activities, you'll be a true Photoshop guru!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting June 17, 2020

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Photoshop CC for the Digital Photographer II

Details + Objectives

Course Code: pd2

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to use specific tools and correct distortion for portrait editing
  • Use the various tools available to restore and enhance old and damaged photos
  • Learn to incorporate the many special effects and filters that Photoshop offers for photographic projects
  • Add patterns to images, and integrate them with advanced layer techniques
  • Master filling and covering areas of an image using patching, cloning, and content-aware tools for photo-realistic results, as well as animating still images
  • Learn how to use High Dynamic Range processing to create incredible contrast and dynamic images
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain confidence in your ability to use Photoshop to enhance your digital photography
  • Learn through hands-on experience and feedback from an expert instructor as you practice the techniques taught in the course

Outline

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A Photographer's Workflow

Photoshop CC is an exciting release of Adobe's popular photo editing software. This is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images, and in this class, you'll move into the advanced features for photographers. In the first lesson, you'll dive into a workflow for digital editing. Photographers often wonder where to start when working with an image, and you'll get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow.

Portrait Perfection Tools

In this lesson, you'll look at tools to perfect portraits. Although you can use these tools to fine-tune any type of image, you'll find them especially helpful with the detail work associated with portraiture. You'll look at the Blur Gallery that gives you professional options for portrait work. You'll also see how to smooth away wrinkles, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown! If only it were so easy in real life. . . .

Distortion and Brush Tools

Distortion. You don't often strive toward distortion in photography, but with the options in Photoshop, you'll discover how it can work wonders! You'll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools, including Photoshop's Puppet Warp tool. You'll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you'll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Photoshop.

Restoring Old Prints

Photoshop gives you lots of options for editing images, and in this lesson, you'll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs. You'll see how to reverse the effects of time as well as how to add hints of color to black-and-white images.

Text Masks and Layer Styles

In this lesson, you'll explore advanced ways to use text, special effects, and layers. You'll master the art of creating text from images and building multilayer documents with sophisticated edging for both text and image components to draw your viewer's attention right where you want it. You'll also see how to professionally blend layers together by refining edges with Photoshop's Refine Edge technology.

Special Effects and Filters

Editing your images isn't all about painstaking details and procedures. It can be a lot of fun, too! Photoshop offers countless special effects and filters that you can use to show off your images. You'll have a chance to experiment with Photoshop CC's new Camera Shake filter and see how to sharpen and blur photos, as well as how to salvage an image with these miraculous fixes!

Layers and More Layers

Working with layers is one of Photoshop's most powerful capabilities. In this lesson, you'll see how layers work from beginning to end. You'll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You'll also see how to arrange, link, and lock your layers for just the look you want.

Advanced Layers With Patterns

As you continue to learn about layers, you'll see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Photoshop's tabbed windowing feature. Using layers in Photoshop is like supercharging a race car—and you'll be in the driver's seat!

Advanced Manipulation Tools

In this lesson, you'll explore the fun and fantastic features of advanced Photoshop editing. You'll see how to patch, clone, fill, and even work magical proportional adjustments with the high-end repair tools Photoshop provides. You'll work with Content-Aware Scale and Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill so that you'll know how easy it is to create sophisticated adjustments, even when you need to change the image significantly.

Panoramics and Projects

Panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots, and in this lesson, you'll see how Photoshop helps you blend these to provide seamless imagery. You'll also learn how to add colored borders to make your images just the size you want. With all these options under your belt, you'll see how to create customized photo cards with your own captions and add watermarks to protect your images.

HDR Photography

As you work through this lesson, you'll create dazzling images from ordinary ones using Photoshop's HDR Processing tools. You'll see how to combine several images to get the best exposure from each one, and then learn how to create the effects of multiple-image combinations from just one original. You'll work with both color and black-and-white imagery and will probably find the results are surprising. You'll also get some tips on how to shoot for HDR work, so your work will be easier when you're back at the computer.

Bringing It All Together!

In the last lesson, you'll have an opportunity to put Photoshop CC to work! The lesson will walk you through three separate approaches to improving an image with highly sophisticated editing tools. You'll see real-life applications for the tools and features that have been discussed in class and discover ways to put the class material to work on your own images. You'll also have a chance to analyze differences in workflow and see what works best for you.

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Instructors & Support

Beverly Richards Schulz

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

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?".

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • 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 will be provided in class. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using Photoshop CC software (not included in enrollment).

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64-bit), Windows 10 October 2018 update (64-bit) version 1809, or later.
  • Mac: macOS High Sierra 10.13 or later. 
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • You will need Adobe's Photoshop CC or later updates, such as Photoshop CC (2014), installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course (not included in enrollment).
  • Note: The latest versions of Photoshop CC are now referred to as "Photoshop (year)", such as "Photoshop 2020", rather than "Photoshop CC". Version specifics can be verified within Photoshop via Help > About Photoshop.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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