Introduction to Photoshop CC

Introduction to Photoshop CC

Whether you are a photographer, digital illustrator, graphic designer, or someone who wants to alter old family photos, learning Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC) is a must. The Introduction to Photoshop CC course is filled with easy-to-follow, detailed step-by-step instructions that teach you how to edit and manipulate images and create basic compositions using Photoshop in the Creative Cloud. Discover how to improve photographs by editing out flaws, correcting poor exposure, or creating a composite image using the newest techniques Photoshop has to offer. You will even learn how much fun you can have digitally painting and exploring filters and effects to create unique images. Best of all, you need no prior artistic ability or Photoshop experience to take this course.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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Photoshop is the world's most popular photo editing program. Artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on Adobe Photoshop for image creation and editing. The Introduction to Photoshop CC course provides meticulous instructions that will teach you how to use Photoshop Creative Cloud with confidence.

Photoshop Creative Cloud has many impressive new features, and you will encounter many throughout this Photoshop course. You will be editing your own photographs to get rid of dust and scratches, fix the color, and correct image exposure. As you explore the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop, you will learn how to colorize parts of an image and create simple digital paintings. You will master techniques for switching the backgrounds on images and removing wrinkles and blemishes from photos, just like they do in magazines.

You will also learn about the content-aware Move tools that let you simultaneously move things, like selected content or layers on an image, and intelligently replace the "hole" left behind. By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented Photoshop introduction course, you will be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed.


Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can do a lot for your images! In this lesson, you'll get acquainted with Photoshop's interface, from the Start screen to the basic tools, panels, and workspaces. Along the way, you'll learn how to customize your preferences, create a new document and open an existing one, and save your work.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to open and close multiple files, as well as view and navigate an image. Then you'll explore a variety of ways you can crop and fill an image—getting to experiment with Adobe's impressive artificial intelligence (AI) tool, Generative Expand! You'll also discover the crucial difference between Save and Save As and choose just the right file format in which to save your work. Finally, you'll learn how to safely exit Photoshop.

Do you know the difference between resolution and size and how they relate with pixel dimensions? By the end of this lesson, you definitely will! You'll learn all about resolution, resizing, and resampling. You'll discover the difference between screen resolution and print resolution and how the purpose of your graphics plays a role in which one you choose. And you'll be able to change the canvas size for your images.

In this lesson, you'll explore the wonders of working with layers. You'll find out what makes them so incredibly useful, discover the many types of layers you can work with, and get to know the Layers panel. You'll see how to add, delete, and duplicate layers, as well as change their opacity and blending modes. And crucially, you'll learn how to organize your layers by reordering, linking, merging, flattening, and grouping them.

How do you achieve good image composition? Find out in this lesson, where you'll discover six vital principles that you'll then put to work as you create a flyer. You'll learn how to bring images into a composition—including other file types like vector images—link objects, and see what Smart Objects can do. You'll also discover how to set and use guides to help place and align your objects.

In this lesson, you'll continue working with layers but take them to the next level! You'll work with multilayer documents and practice different methods of image placement. Then, to better fit these objects into the scene, you'll learn about aligning, scaling, rotating, distorting, warping, and more.

Want to make the color of your images pop? Then you need to know about image adjustments. Before you go wild, though, you also need to understand the crucial difference between destructive and nondestructive editing. In this lesson, you'll learn how to adjust brightness and contrast, levels and exposure, and which methods of making these adjustments are nondestructive and destructive. The adjustment effects are kind of like what image filters do on a smartphone—but with much more control.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to do more advanced color adjustments with Vibrance, Hue, and Saturation. You'll also see how to convert images from color to black and white. Then, you'll explore how to use blending modes to make your layers blend elegantly together, and you'll get to experiment with some surrealistic effects! Finally, you'll get to practice with the creative filters in Photoshop's Filter Gallery, as well as utilize the very important Smart Filter. Get ready for a fun lesson!

Need to clear up a few blemishes on a headshot? Or remove unwanted telephone wires from a landscape? This lesson introduces you to the tools used in photo retouching. You'll explore how to sharpen an image as well as blur some areas. Blurring lets you create a depth of field or add a warm vignette to an image. You'll also learn how to easily retouch imperfections and blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush, Healing Brush, and Clone Stamp tools.

Time is not kind to old photographs. But thankfully, Photoshop is known for its power to enhance damaged photos as well as color-correct timeworn, faded images. If being able to digitize and restore your old family photos is essential to passing down your heritage, this lesson is for you! You'll learn how to remove things like dust and scratches, crop out borders or old photo album corner mounts, restore color, remove unwanted elements, and much more. This lesson is all about restoring some kindness to those old photos.

One of the most basic skills you need in Photoshop is the ability to select areas of an image, sometimes right down to the pixel, to adjust or fine-tune it. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use Photoshop's various selection tools to create convincing image composites. You'll explore the different ways to make selections, as well as determine how to choose the right tool for the job. Next, you'll see some ways to achieve a convincing composite. Then the action begins as you get to practice with tools for making shaped-based selections and pixel-based selections. You'll be impressed with all you can do!

Want to create an invitation or promote an event? This lesson shows you how to apply typography with images to create effective designs. You'll start off by getting down the basics of typography and looking at Photoshop's tools for formatting text. Next, you'll see how to apply guides and layer styles to set up the postcard you'll create in this lesson. Then you'll discover how to set and style text, add type to a plain text box or wrap it to a custom shape, and create stylized text by typing on a path or warping it. This lesson will introduce you to a world of limitless type effects!



You must have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer, be able to save, and organize.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.14 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud, or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CC that includes the Adobe Photoshop CC or Photoshop only (not included in enrollment). Previous non-subscription versions of Photoshop are not appropriate for the course.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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


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?"


I have completed all of the coursework and wanted to take a moment to thank you for offering this course and for your assistance along the way. I enjoyed the course and the many fun exercises we did.

Sherry, is a wonderful teacher and I will definitely be taking the Intermediate class. The practice assignments and videos within the lessons were extremely helpful. I’m so glad we weren’t left without directions for the main assignments – the step-by-step guidance was perfect! I really can’t think of anything I’d change about the format of this course. I learned so much more in this introduction class than I expected (and I know there's a TON still to learn).

I have really enjoyed this course. This is my first online course and I didn't know what to expect as far as quality of content. Sherry surpassed my expectations with her ability to introduce challenging material and present it in a way that I could use. Fantastic course and a great use of my time and money.

Self-Guided Course Code: T9198
Instructor-Moderated Course Code: pcc