Course Code: pd2
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three things stand out for me content wise: 1. I liked discovering applications for the tools not covered in Photoshop I class. 2. I especially found the section on watermarking very useful. 3. I was happy to see the treatment on HDR. It was very helpful. This is an excellent extension of Photoshop."
Loved what I learned in this class! I'm already finding applications for using lessons on such activities as Photomerge and animating gifs."
I've taken several courses from Beverly and find her to be informative, interesting and easy to follow. I will be looking to take more classes."
This class was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I learned so much and there's more to learn. I feel like I'm on my way to learning beyond what was taught."
Very pleased, liked the way the course started off. It was less complex and built up toward the end. It did not discourage the student."