Photoshop For Beginners & Beyond
Learning Photoshop Has Never Been Easier
Photoshop for Beginners & Beyond is our most extensive Photoshop video workshop, with 16 hours of video content. With nearly 20 years of experience with Photoshop, and years of in classroom teaching, this workshop is the most comprehensive on the market today.
This Photoshop for Beginners workshop takes a program that appears complex and makes it easy. You’ll complete the workshop with confidence and you’ll start creating your own masterpieces. After running many beginners classroom workshops, we have a strong understanding of how to make complex subjects, simple. This workshop is not just an introductory Photoshop workshop. We cover many intermediate and even advanced tools. We cement the understanding of those tools throughout the entire workshop and the full image edits.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn Photoshop, it will all come together in a structured and fun way with Photoshop for Beginners & Beyond.
This workshop has been recorded using Photoshop CC2020, but the majority of the tools and concepts are relevant from Photoshop CS5 – CC2020.
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Setting Up For Success
Photoshop can at first be an overwhelming program, but when we break it down it can be much simpler than first appearances. Photoshop is designed for much more than photo editing. We break it down, and simplify the interface and ensure our preferences are set to get what we need from it.
Setting our Preferences and Editing Windows
Photoshop has been designed for video editing, graphic design and photo editing. We break Photoshop down into the tools we need for photo editing. Many of the functions are not relevant to us as photo editors.
- Setting Camera Raw / Lightroom Preferences.
- Opening images in Photoshop.
- Setting preferences in Photoshop.
- Understanding the Photoshop Window and setting it up for photo editing.
Layers & Layer Masks
Layers and layer masks are where the true power in Photoshop can be found. The concept of layers and masks are where most stumble, but once they’re understood, you’ll wonder why you thought Photoshop was complicated.
Layers and Layer Masks Explained
We spend a lot of time with layers and layer masks to ensure you have a strong foundation in both, which will makes editing much easier.
- The types of layers available.
- Navigating the layers window.
- Order of layers.
- Understanding and using layer masks.
- Quick tips.
We use practical examples throughout, with images provided. You’ll be able to follow along with everything we do. All of the concepts learned here will be reinforced throughout the entire workshop.
For every task we undertake in Photoshop, we need to have a tool selected. We work through all of the important tools for photo editors.
Photoshop Tools & Tool Options
Photoshop has many ways that we can achieve a desired result. With all of these options comes confusion on what to use or do. We explore all of the important tools and options and get an understanding of when they would be useful in our edits.
- Selection Tools (Marquee, Lasso, Quick Selection & Magic Wands)
- Select & Mask to refine selections.
- Cropping and perspective corrections.
- Cloning and Healing.
- Dodging and Burning
- and much more…
Adjustments layers is where a great deal of the magic happens. There are thousands of different ways we can use and apply adjustment layers in our images. Combining adjustment layers with layer masks and blending modes opens up a whole new world.
The Power of Adjustment Layers
Learning the possibilities with adjustment layers is endless. We’ll cover many of the most popular uses and explain them in great detail
- We cover 13 of the available adjustment layers.
- Using adjustment layers with layer masks.
- Blending modes and how we can use them to our advantage.
You’ll learn how to use adjustment layers to control:
- Contrast: make your images jump of the screen.
- Luminosity: brightness and darkness.
- Colour: control colours in your images with precision.
- Black & White: create dynamic monochrome images
- and much more…
When the term filters is used, many people think of special effects in our images. The filters available in Photoshop are much more than that. We do have the ability for special effects, but we also have an incredible amount of creative tools at our fingertips.
Using Filters to our Advantage
There are a few key filters built into Photoshop that can make our lives easier, and give us the ability to express our creativity. We cover:
- Camera Raw Filter (CC2014 – Newer).
- Blurring (Motion, Gaussian and Radial).
- Noise Reduction.
- Sharpening & High Pass.
- Specialty Filters
- and more….
Post Processing Workflow & Full Image Edits
We now combine all of the knowledge and tools we have learned throughout the Photoshop for Beginners videos and put them into practice.
Two of the biggest challenges people face in editing, is their creativity (having a vision for an image) and a workflow. Throughout the full image edits we cover both of these topics are discussed in great detail. We have developed a workflow guide (left), which we follow and discuss with each image we edit. We also talk about vision for our images, how we develop that vision and then turn it into reality.
We’ll take 5 images from RAW right through to the completed and sharpened image. Covering both landscape and travel / portrait photography. The images below are the full image edits from the workshop.