Photoshop Course Outline

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Lesson 1 - Getting to Know the Work Area

  • Starting to Work in Adobe Photoshop
  • Using the Tools
  • Using the Options Bar and Panels
  • Undoing Actions in Photoshop
  • Customizing the Workspace
  • Finding Resources for Using Photoshop

Lesson 2 - Working with Selections

  • Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Moving the Selected Area
  • Manipulating Selections
  • Using the Magic Wand Tool
  • Selecting with the Lasso Tools
  • Rotating a Selection
  • Cropping an Image
  • Refining the Edge of a Selection

Lesson 3 - Layer Basics

  • Using the Layers Panel
  • Rearranging Layers
  • Applying a Gradient to a Layer
  • UApplying a Layer Style
  • Selecting with the Lasso Tools
  • Flattening and Saving Files

Lesson 4 - Basic Photo Corrections

  • Strategy for Retouching
  • Resolution and Image Size
  • Straightening and Cropping an Image
  • Making Automatic Adjustments
  • Removing a Color Cast
  • Manually Adjusting the Tonal Range
  • Replacing Colors in an Image
  • Adjusting Lightness with the Dodge Tool
  • Adjusting Saturation with the Sponge Tool
  • Repairing Areas with the Clone Stamp Tool
  • Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Applying the Unsharp Mask Filter

Lesson 5 - Masks and Channels

  • Creating a Quick Mask
  • Editing a Mask
  • Viewing Channels
  • Adjusting Individual Channels
  • Loading a Mask as a Selection
  • Applying Filters as a Mask
  • Applying Effects Using a Gradient Mask
  • Resizing the Canvas
  • Removing the Background from an Image
  • Moving Layers Between Documents
  • Colorizing with and Adjustment Layer
  • Grouping and Clipping Layers
  • Inverting a Mask
  • Using Type as a Mask

Lesson 6 - Correcting Digital Photographs

  • About Camera Raw
  • Processing Files in Camera Raw
  • Editing Images with Vanishing-Point
  • Correcting Image Distortion
  • Adding Depth of Field
  • Creating a PDF Image Gallery

Lesson 7 - Typographic Design

  • Creating a Clipping Mask from Type
  • Creating a Design Element from Type
  • Using Interactive Formatting Controls
  • Warping Point Type
  • Designing a Paragraph of Type
  • Warping a Layer

Lesson 8 - Advanced Layering

  • Clipping a Layer to a Shape
  • Setting Up a Vanishing Point Grid
  • Creating Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Placing Imported Artwork
  • Adding a Layer Style
  • Adding an Adjustment Layer
  • Working with Layer Comps

Lesson 9 - Advanced Compositing

  • Assembling a Montage of Images
  • Applying Filters
  • Hand-Coloring Selections on a Layer
  • Applying Smart Filters
  • Adding Drop Shadows and a Border
  • Matching Color Schemes Across Images
  • Automating a Multistep Task
  • Stitching a Panorama

Lesson 10 - Preparing Files for the Web

  • Selecting a Web Design Workspace
  • Creating Slices
  • Adding Animation
  • Animating a Layer Style
  • Exporting HTML and Images
  • Using the Zoomify Feature
  • Creating a Web Gallery

Lesson 11 - Producing and Printing Consistent Color

  • About Color Management
  • Specifying Color-Management Settings
  • Proofing an Image
  • Identifying Out-of-Gamut Colors
  • Adjusting an Image and Printing a Proof
  • Saving the Image as a CMYK EPS File
  • Printing from Photoshop

Lesson 12 - Tools and Palette Review

  • Preparing Your Workspace
  • Basic Editing Tools
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Selection Review
  • Basic Selection Tools
  • Quick Mask Mode
  • Layers Review
  • Working with Layers and Selections

Lesson 13 - Production Essentials

  • Optimizing Grayscale
  • Working with Levels
  • This Histogram
  • Setting Up Images for Final Output
  • A Quick Levels Recap
  • Postadjustment Analysis

Lesson 14 – Understanding Curves

  • The Power of Curves
  • Input and Output Numbers
  • The Histogram Palette
  • Shadow / Highlight
  • Color Management
  • How Color Works
  • Implement Color Management

Lesson 15 - Color Correction

  • Use Gray to Fix Color?
  • Professional Color Correction
  • Working with the Color Wheel
  • Replacing Color
  • Variations and Color Balance
  • Selective Color and Match Color
  • The Red Eye Tool
  • Color Replacement Tool
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map

Lesson 16 - Using Camera Raw

  • The Camera Raw Dialog Box
  • Adjusting Multiple Images
  • Finishing Touches
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Photo Filter Adjustments
  • Blending Modes
  • Adjusting Isolated Areas
  • Limiting the Brightness Range
  • Limiting Layers Affected
  • Limitations of Adjustment Layers

Lesson 17 - Sharpening and Enhancement

  • Removing Film Grain and Scanner Noise
  • How Sharpening Works
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • The Battalion of Blending Modes
  • Advanced Masking
  • The Background Eraser
  • The Extract Filter
  • The Blending Sliders
  • Channels
  • The Pen Tool
  • Advanced Layer Masks

Lesson 18 - Four Techniques for Collage

  • Clipping Masks
  • Blending Sliders
  • Layer Masks
  • Creating a Panoramic Image with
  • Photomerge
  • Vector Masks
  • Smart Objects
  • Warping
  • Creating Complex Collages

Lesson 19 - Retouching

  • Patch Tool
  • Healing Brush Tool
  • Spot Healing Brush Tool
  • Clone Stamp Tool
  • Vanishing Point
  • The Dodge and Burn Tools
  • The Sponge Tool
  • The Blur and Sharpen Tools
  • Lens Correction Filter
  • The Liquify Filter
  • Retouching and Restoring Real-World
  • Photos

Lesson 20 - Workflow

  • Image Capture
  • Initial Rough Crop and Straighten
  • Spotting
  • Color Correction
  • Global Tonal Adjustments
  • Global Color Adjustment
  • Reduce or Remove Noise/Grain
  • Local Tonal Adjustments
  • Fine-Tune Localized Adjustments
  • Interpret Colors
  • Double and Triple Check Masks
  • Retouching
  • Creative Effects
  • Save Master File
  • Create Output-Specific Files

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