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Photoshop Fundamentals

In this two-day course you'll learn basic photo correction, image selection techniques, working with layers, and introduction to processing files in Camera Raw. We'll introduce masking and the use of channels to make selections and masks, and typographic design within Photoshop.

Upcoming Classes

Saint Paul, MN

  • Mar 02 - Mar 038:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Apr 09 - Apr 108:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • May 04 - May 058:30am - 4:30pm$995Register
  • Jun 11 - Jun 308:30am - 4:30pm$995Register

This course is also offered as a Private Training. Please contact us to customize and schedule your individual or group event.

Course Outline

Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Starting to work in Adobe Photoshop
  • Using the tools
  • Setting tool properties
  • Undoing actions in Photoshop
  • Panels and panel locations
  • Customizing the workspace
  • Finding resources for using Photoshop

Basic Photo Corrections

  • Strategy for retouching
  • Resolution and image size
  • Straightening and cropping the image in Photoshop
  • Adjusting the color and tone
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
  • Using content-aware fill
  • Repairing areas with the Clone Stamp tool
  • Applying a content-aware patch
  • Sharpening the image

Working with Selections

  • About selecting and selection tools
  • Using the Quick Selection tool
  • Moving a selected area
  • Manipulating selections
  • Using the Magic Wand tool
  • Selecting with the lasso tools
  • Rotating a selection
  • Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
  • Selecting from a center point
  • Resizing and copying a selection
  • Cropping an image

Layer Basics

  • Using the Layers panel
  • Rearranging layers
  • Applying a gradient to a layer
  • Applying a layer style
  • Adding an adjustment layer
  • Updating layer effects
  • Adding a border
  • Flattening and saving files

Quick fixes

  • Improving a snapshot
  • Adjusting facial features with Liquify
  • Blurring the background
  • Creating a Panorama
  • Filling empty areas when cropping
  • Correcting image distortion
  • Extending depth of field
  • Removing objects using Content-Aware Fill
  • Adjusting perspective in an image

Working with Camera RAW

  • About camera raw files
  • Processing files in Camera Raw
  • Applying advanced color correction

Masks and Channels

  • Working with masks and channels
  • Using Select and Mask and Select Subject
  • Creating a Quick Mask
  • Manipulating an image with Puppet Warp
  • Using an alpha-channel to create a shadow

Typographic Design

  • Creating a clipping mask from type
  • Creating type on a path
  • Warping point type
  • Designing paragraphs of type
  • Adding a rounded rectangle
  • Adding vertical text