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Adobe Photoshop Level I

for designers & art directors

Photoshop Level I introduces Adobe's premier image editing software to both beginning and existing users. Beginners will get a solid introduction to the program and make their start knowing best practices for professional design work. Existing users will get a more thorough grounding in Photoshop than they may have started with and be able to fill in any gaps in their knowledge. Efficient, non-destructive working methods are stressed, along with understanding the underlying principles of the tools being addressed.

Beyond developing familiarity with the program interface, topics will include analyzing images by eye and by numeric data, making color corrections, repairing image defects, creating photo-compositions, making efficient selections, applying masks, and more.

This is a fast paced class that begins with basic principles but moves quickly through to an intermediate level by the end of the 2nd day. Students needing a slower pace are encouraged to take our Photoshop for the Non-Designer class.

Introduction to Photoshop and its Workspace

Bitmap Images vs Vector Art

overview of the menus panels and tools

using a workspace preset to match your working style

using the help system and other support functions

zooming, panning and navigating

beginning to learn keyboard shortcuts

Selecting Image Areas for Isolated Enhancement

overview of the selection tools and their strengths and weaknesses

refining selections

tips and tricks for better selections

saving selections for future use

Transforming Image Elements

overview of Photoshop's transform features

applying warps and distortions, re-sizing and rotation to pixels

learning keyboard shortcuts and free transform

setting a reference point for transformations

The Heart of Photoshop: Understanding Layers

introduction to the layers panel

professional practices and non-destructive editing

introduction to the use of adjustment layers

using the adjustment panel vs the adjustment menu

non-destructive editing with layer masks

improving editiability with layers

keeping organized

maintaining  and preserving the original digital information

applying shadows, glows and embossing via layer effects

Repairing Damaged Images

introduction to the cloning and healing brushes

best practices for non-destructive cloning and repair

using the clone source panel

Colorizing Black and White Photographs

applying learned selection techniques

learning more about adjustment layers: solid fills, and hue and saturation

working with the color picker and Pantone colors

introduction to blending modes

More About the Layers Panel

overview of the blending modes in the layers panel

isolating color changes with clipping masks

Applying Transparency and Effects

using Photoshop transparency and blends in other programs

Making Color Corrections

using Photoshop's tools to analyze color and tone problems

introduction to the histogram and info panels

making adjustments to brightness and contrast with levels

fixing color casts with levels

introduction to curves

identifying subtle color casts

deeper look at the  hue and saturation controls

converting to black and white photos from color originals

creating the "Pleasantville" effect

removing red eye

Photo Compositing and Photo Montage

putting two or more photos together

how to get one photo into another

applying learned non-destructive techniques

creating seamless blends with masks

enhancing realism with color edits

Working with Text

overview of text options in Photoshop

review of inherent problems and solutions

creating eye-catching text effects

putting images inside of letters and words

best practices

Preparing Images for Web and Print

save photos for use in print design

save photos for use in web design and screen presentations

understanding different file formats (.jpg, .psd, .png, etc)

 

 

“Instructor is fantastic, helpful, positive and extremely (to infinity) knowledgeable. My few days here (with photoshop and illustrator) have been so informative and upbeat. Great class. Great instructor.”

“Excellent class. I am glad I took this class. It opened the door to new ideas for using photoshop. Can't wait to try it out. Thanks.”