Introduction to Photoshop CS5

Introduction to Photoshop CS5

Learn to use Adobe Photoshop CS5, the world's best graphics program, to edit and process photos and create original images. This course provides detailed, step-by-step instructions that will teach you how to use Photoshop CS5 with confidence.
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. In this course, you'll learn how to use Photoshop with skill and confidence, even if you're a beginner.

The course provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for using Photoshop that you'll have no trouble following—even if you've never used a computer graphics program before! By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you'll be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed!

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6 Weeks Access Course Code: ic5
Start Dates*Dec 15 | Jan 12
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$115.00 USD


Your journey begins. Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you places you've never dreamed of. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you'll be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends. You'll also find out how to download images, and you'll learn simple commands that make an image "pop".

Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you'll discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop—where you don't need to clean up after yourself, and there's no odor of turpentine. You'll find out how Photoshop "thinks" about color and how you can use the brushes in Photoshop to make a simple landscape. You'll even blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors. This is a fun lesson!

Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: Do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? You will! In this lesson, you'll find out how to navigate your image so that you can edit and paint more effectively—and give your eyes a rest, too. You'll also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint. These techniques are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you're altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch.

Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part's in color? In this lesson, you'll find out how to create that effect. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia. You'll also learn some tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment while you're creating a hand-tinted image and quickly undo whatever steps you don't like.

If you wanted a friend to hand you an orange from a fruit bowl, you'd probably just point to the one you want or describe its location. Photoshop also needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image or point it out in some way. The Photoshop name for "pointing" is selections. In this lesson, you'll learn the critical skill of making selections. You'll see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image, so you can add a filter or change the colors. You'll also create vignettes, which are photos with an opaque center that falls off to a very soft edge. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you'll get help from the Refine Edge command.

Photoshop has some great selection tools, but until now, all of them have had trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. You can see the flower, so why can't Photoshop? In this lesson, you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools as you practice putting two images together.

You can paint in Photoshop—even if the only thing you can do with paint in "real life" is spill it! Photoshop lets you create fabulous brushes from images and customize them in many ways. You can modify the new bristle brushes to help you turn photos into art, or to create your own work of art just by using brush strokes.

Gradients are fountains of color. One of the current trends in photography is to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself! Even portraits can be much more exciting with a gradient added to them.

Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop's Layer Styles, you'll enjoy this lesson. You'll try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path. Then you'll see what you can do to text on your own.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to size your images for printing or for the web. You'll find out how to scan an image so that it's large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.

In this lesson, you'll focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You'll be amazed by what you can do—and you'll understand why the phrase "pictures can't lie" is no longer true! You'll also discover how to use the amazing Clone Stamp panel and the "preview" feature on the Clone Stamp brush cursor. Plus, you'll learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want.

Are some of your images overexposed, underexposed, or tinged an ugly yellow? In this lesson, you'll learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life. Photoshop can't work miracles all the time, but if you have an image that's a bit too dark or a bit too light, you can fix it up so that it looks perfect.



Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CS5 that includes the Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended software (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


You must have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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


Doug Sahlin is an experienced author, photographer, and website designer who has written several bestselling books about photography and applications such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Doug is President of Superb Images Inc. and a photography instructor for Wyzant. He uses his extensive Photoshop experience to edit images he has created for clients and his fine art images. He also uses Photoshop and Illustrator when designing websites for clients.


I have been using numerous versions of PhotoShop for many years, since CS2, and several versions of PhotoShop Elements…I can honestly say, as a former teacher myself, that your approach to instructing PhotoShop is by far the most effective of any I have seen. Your ability to break each difficult technique into simple steps, with clear though intricate, easy to follow exercises, followed by assignments that give students enough guidance that they can experience success at each stage of discovery --while encouraging guided experimentation with each process -- is an example of true teaching mastery. It is obvious, as you note, that you have been teaching PhotoShop for a long time, with a passion for helping others share in your passion.

This was a well done course. I was very pleased with how much we covered. I had taken a Photoshop course in the past. It has been years and I wanted to refresh my skills...and I'm very glad I did. This course covered everything I learned in the past and significantly more.

I really enjoyed this course! As a primarily self-taught Adobe user working in the graphic design and marketing field, many of the tools and techniques taught will be huge time savers for me. Thank you for a great class. I look forward to taking more!

This is my first online course and its quality exceeded my expectations. The teacher truly is a Photoshop guru with highly creative, tried-and-true recipes/exercises that are useful and fun...I felt a sense of achievement when I completed the course and I am inspired to take more photography and Adobe courses with ed2go, a very cool concept...I am grateful to Sherry London for sharing her talents in this online course that gave me focus and energy for the last six weeks...Many thanks to Sherry London!

I have to admit I was nervous to take an online course on a subject as visual as Photoshop. I thought for sure I would have difficulty following along with the text and direction. But Sherry London surprised me and really made everything in this course comprehensible and straight forward. I'll be practicing from her lessons to get the hang of it. Thanks so much!

This was an amazing experience. This course was rich in content and I love the online format. I can come back as many times as i want to review the content and when I do --depending on my own time constrains-- I always find it worth doing. So many thanks.

Several years ago I took my first Photoshop course. I now realize that that course was not up to the standards of this course and this instructor. This is the introductory course that I wish I had taken years ago. Althoug,h some of the material is more in-depth, it is worth the extra time that it takes to get through.

The instructor and assistant, Beth, are responsive, intelligent, patient, and friendly. They created a relaxed, no stress opportunity to learn a rather large software program because of their enjoyable, dedicated teaching style.

I wanted to say that I have been completely and totally excited about the entire course. I've been taking hit-and-miss Photoshop classes for about two years, signed up for the monthly subscription at and wasted a LOT of money (don't tell my husband) taking some of their courses. I much prefer your teaching style and have learned more in this course than I learned in all of the other classes--and you make it fun. Thanks very much! Will be taking your intermediate class for sure.

I wanted to let you know that this course completely exceeded my expectations and my decision to enroll was possibly the best one I made all summer. I enrolled to brush up on my skills and become more familiar with CS5. I taught Photoshop at the high school level 3 years ago on CS 3, and will be doing so again starting in the spring. I have never felt my depth of knowledge was strong enough--probably never will, it's an immense piece of software--because I am self-taught. Taking a formal class has helped me understand the reasoning behind many of the techniques, and broadened my knowledge base considerably. I loved your approach and the course in its entirety. I'm looking forward to taking the next level later in the year or next summer. THANK YOU!