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This Adobe Photoshop video training course with Steve Richards covers basic fundamentals, including image adjustments, layers, filters and effects, repair and restoration, and drawing and painting....
This Adobe Photoshop video training course with Steve Richards covers basic fundamentals, including image adjustments, layers, filters and effects, repair and restoration, and drawing and painting.

Related areas of expertise:
  • Graphic design

Recommended skills:
  • Photography basics

Recommended equipment:
  • Adobe Photoshop (CS 6 or CC preferred)
  • Collection uses Photoshop CC (2014)

Related certifications:
  • None

Related job functions:
  • Administrative support
  • IT help desk
  • Web designers
  • Photographers
  • Graphic designers
  • Anyone who works with images online

  • Adobe Photoshop is an image editing application produced by Adobe Systems, and is available within the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. This course is specifically designed for the beginner and focuses on fundamentals. It includes an introduction to Photoshop, managing workflow and workspace, image adjustments, image and color basics, working with layers, and color management. For users already familiar with Photoshop, it provides a great refresher.
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1. Introduction and Overview (13 min)
2. Workspace and Workflow (17 min)
3. Image and Color Basics (19 min)
4. Layers (20 min)
5. Selecting (15 min)
6. Image Adjustments (22 min)
7. Camera Raw (14 min)
8. Repair and Restoration (18 min)
9. Reshaping and Transforming (16 min)
10. Drawing and Painting (10 min)
11. Text (16 min)
12. Filters and Effects (9 min)
13. Color Management (12 min)
14. Video and Animation (20 min)
15. Saving and Printing (13 min)

Introduction and Overview


Hello everyone, this is Steve Richards. I want to welcome you to the CBT Nuggets course on Adobe Photoshop. This is the first Nugget in this course. So I thought it would be a good idea to start with an introduction and overview. So let's start with a simple question.


What is Photoshop? Well, according to Adobe.com, Photoshop allows you to, and I quote, "create incredible images using the world's best digital Imaging software." Pretty bold statement. World's best digital imaging software. But you know what? I have to agree.


Photoshop is the Kleenex or Coke of imaging software. You know Kleenex and Coke. They are actually company brands. But because of their dominance in the marketplace, they become the generic name for a particular item. Have you ever gone into Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, or KFC, and ordered a Coke?


And they say, is Pepsi OK? Pepsi, who owns all three companies, and, for obvious reasons, they prefer you drink their product and not Coke. I've noticed the same thing with Photoshop. I Googled, another great example, since I actually went to the Yahoo Answers website, and the answers were interesting.


One said it's an editing program like Paint, but on steroids. Another, it's an advanced, read, really, really good, image editing program. Costs money, and lots of it. And finally, there are many free alternatives available and, for most situations, just as good.


Well, my definition, Photoshop is a raster-based image editing program which offers more capabilities than the original authors ever dreamed of. And it is the best, and most economical, choice for what it does. Adobe offers a free 30 day trial and special monthly pricing for purchase within the Creative Cloud.


If you don't own a copy already, I would encourage you to go to Adobe.com and check it out. The current release, which is referred to as CC Creative Cloud 2014, this is a version we'll be using during this course. Well, the next question you might be asking is, why should I use Photoshop?


As I've already mentioned, it is a great program. But I'm guessing you're one of three types of people. First type, you want to use Photoshop for yourself. You take a lot of pictures, and, while I'm sure they're fantastic, you want to tweak the finished product.


Cropping, color adjustment, maybe even some retouching. You've heard of Photoshop, and you want to up your game a few notches. You've come to the right place. Second type, you want to use Photoshop with customers or clients. You're just beginning in the graphic design world.


And you want fundamental knowledge of Photoshop and how it works. You already have an eye for layout and composition. In other words, you know when something doesn't look right. And you want to know how to fix it. Well, Photoshop can be a great asset for manipulating an image and can produce exactly what you want.


Third type, someone else's decided that you need to know how to use Photoshop. You might work at a help desk and need the basics to help others. You already have great computer skills, and you want to know more about the mechanics of this program-- in other words, which icon does what.


Or maybe your boss has decided you are the new PowerPoint expert, and he or she wants you to make the images they provide look pretty. Rather than respond with garbage in, garbage out, you're searching for an image improvement program. And you heard Photoshop might be the answer.


This course has something for each of you. We're going to cover a lot of features in Photoshop. I took the user's manual, all 800-plus pages, and filtered through all the information searching for the basics. Each Nugget will discuss a specific area and show examples of how to use this knowledge.


For now, let me give you an overview of what's to come. In Workspace and Workflow, we'll become familiar with all the tools and menu items which are available and set up some personal preferences. Just like the workspace in all the Creative Suite applications, Photoshop shares the same basic appearance-- Application Bar, Tool Panel, Control Panel, and Document Window.


Image and color basics looks at the image, or images, that you want to start with, how to bring them into Photoshop and determine the image's current state, we'll call it, so you can decide what to do next. What is the image size? What is the canvas size?


Is the image an RGB or a CMYK mode? What is the image resolution, file format? All of these are going to be discussed in this Nugget. Next is Layers. The term is a literal description. Photoshop allows you to build your final art placing one image on top of another.


So we're going to talk about how to manage layers, how to add, how to subtract, how to duplicate. Working with layers is one of my favorite features. Selecting. How do you select something and what do you do once you have it selected? Selection uses the Lasso and Marquee tools, working with channels, moving, deleting, and copying selections.


Image adjustments. Wouldn't it be nice if every photograph was perfect? But if that was the case, you wouldn't need Photoshop. In today's digital world, image adjustments improve the final product on about every photo. We're going to find out how. How to sharpen, how to blur-- these are just two of the adjustments in this Nugget.


Camera Raw. Raw is a common format from any digital camera. We'll look at the original file and see what adjustments can be made. Repair and Restoration. We all have examples of conventional photos that faded with age. Well, with Photoshop, it's no problem.


We'll learn how to repair and restore an example back to perhaps even better than the original. Reshaping and Transforming, cropping, rotating, adjusting the original image, all to generate better results. Drawing and Painting. Photoshop doesn't need an original photo to be a powerful program.


Just think of a blank canvas. All the available drawing and painting tools are here to create a new piece of art. Text. Photoshop is not my program a choice for page layout. InDesign works great with lots of text. A note-- see the InDesign Nugget course for more information.


But you can add text and format it just like a pro. In raster format, text has the same flexibility as any other image. Video and Animation. The power of Photoshop's image editing capabilities moves at 30 frames per second. We're going to take a look at the range of animation and video editing features that are available right here in Photoshop.


Filters and Effects. Photoshop has a great arsenal of filters and effects-- artistic filters, blur filters, brush stroke filters, distort filters, noise filters, lots more. We're going to see the effects of them all. Saving and Exporting. Now that you're done with your file, how do you save it?


What kind of format works best? What about exporting to use in another program? We're going to check out all kinds of options. Printing? Simple enough? Well, maybe. The choices are plenty. We'll print to a desktop printer, save to a PDF, and even prepare an image for spot color printing.


Automation. Do once and repeat many. With batch processing, you can really streamline the steps and automate-- which, of course, saves time and effort-- all your repetitive tasks. Web Graphics. What's the best picture format for the web? How do we deal with color tables?


This Nugget is focused on images that are going to be used on the web. 3D and Technical Imaging. We'll just touch the surface working on basic 3D examples. But hopefully, it will give you some ideas for creative projects with a perspective. Color Management.


Managing color for both print and the web. What are the differences, and how do they affect your output? And finally, a Personal Perspective-- a closing summary Nugget which gives me an opportunity to share the ways I've used Photoshop over the years.


As you can see, there's a lot. But not to worry. We'll take each Nugget in this course are nice and slow. So what do you say let's get started? We've had a little time going through an introduction and overview. Now let's drill down to the heart of how Photoshop works.


One word-- pixel. Photoshop is a raster-based program which is used to edit images. It's all based on pixels. So what is a pixel? A pixel, which is short for picture element, is a physical point in a raster image. It's the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen.


The address of a pixel corresponds to its physical coordinates. Remember x and y-coordinates from geometry class? Each pixel has a specific location on an x, y graph. This concept allows Photoshop to look at the color value of each pixel and make adjustments based on your input.


The number of distinct colors that could be represented by a pixel depends on the number of bits per pixel, or bits. A one bit image uses one bit per each pixel. So each pixel can either be turned on or off. Each additional bit doubles the number of colors available.


A two bit image can have four colors. Three bit image can have 8 colors. 8-bit image, 256 colors, 16-bit image, 65,536 colors. And finally, a 24-bit image can use up to 16 million, 770,000-plus colors. Your computer screen is divided up into thousands, or even millions, of pixels.


Normally, you can't see the individual pixels because they're so small. This is a good thing because most people prefer to look at a smooth, clear, image, rather than a blocky, pixelated one. Each pixel can be only one color at a time. However, since they're so small, pixels often blend together to form various shades in the blends of colors.


The number of colors each pixel can be is determined by the number of bits used to represent it. For example, 8-bit color allows for 2 to the 8th, or 256 colors to be displayed. At this color depth, you may be able to see graininess or spotted colors when one color blends to another.


However, at 16, 24, and 32-bit color depths the color blending is smooth. And you should not see any graininess. While pixels are the smallest complete element of an image, they're comprised of even smaller elements. In a standard RGB monitor, for example, each pixel has three dots within it-- a red, blue, and a green dot.


The measure of the total pixels in an image is referred to as its resolution. The higher the resolution in a small area, the more difficult it is to distinguish between individual units. When it comes to image editing, individual pixels play an important role in how the picture will look.


Photoshop looks at the information in each pixel and can adjust all of them, some of them, or even each individual pixel. This gives you, the user, a tremendous amount of capability. Pixels are basically the micro view of how Photoshop works. The program looks at the color information stored within each pixel and allows you to adjust it-- make it lighter, darker, more red, less red, more green, less green-- you get the idea.


Most of the time, when you're editing images in Photoshop, you're really only concerned with the overall result-- how colors and shapes interact with one another to make the final image. That said, know that you can work on the entire picture all at once or zoom into the individual pixel.


And I can't say it enough. The pixel is the power of Photoshop. Well, we've discussed what is Photoshop? A raster-based image editing program. From my point of view, the best on the market. We've talked about why you want to use it, the three types of users, from a person who wants to improve their own digital images to someone just starting out in a graphic design field, or looking for a refresher course in Photoshop.


And then type three-- because your boss says so. I can hear him now-- Smithers, get in here. I have to me with the board this afternoon, and the photos in my presentation look like crap. Whichever person you are, this course has something for you. And I'm really looking forward to the time we can spend together.


I hope this has been an informative Nugget for you, and I want to thank you for viewing.

Workspace and Workflow

Image and Color Basics



Image Adjustments

Camera Raw

Repair and Restoration

Reshaping and Transforming

Drawing and Painting


Filters and Effects

Color Management

Video and Animation

Saving and Printing

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