Photoshop Basic Introduction Class
Adobe Photoshop Basic Class
Make it Simple
Welcome to the Basic I class of The Art of Retouching Studio!
My name is John Ross, and we’re here to help you hone your skills as a photographer by using Photoshop to enhance your image. In this basic introductory video, you will learn about:
- How to make the most out of your course
- Photoshop basic interface
- Quick walkthrough on Photoshop palettes
Now that you’ve taken the first step into becoming a Photoshop master, let’s dive right into it, shall we?
Retouching Basics and Beyond
Have you tried teaching yourself Photoshop image retouching skills, but always find yourself more confused than when you began? Are you convinced that you’ll never learn, that it’s just too difficult, and that you should just give up? If so, here’s how my course can help you succeed:
Photoshop Basic Introduction Class
Adobe Photoshop Basic Class
Class Time: 20 Minutes
Bonus Video Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Course Images – There are images that we will use throughout the course, over the next few weeks. Why don’t you download them now, and make sure you can get them open. Depending on how updated your version of Photoshop’s Camera Raw Plugin is, will determine if these open or not. CS5 will have issues, CS6 might have issues, and CC should open no problem. But download them before we get started.
Basic Raw Images – “Right Click – Download”
Camera Raw Update – Every few months, Camera Raw is updated to support new cameras. While the course images are not on a new camera, I find that about 40% have issue opening them. This is easily resolved by downloading a Camera Raw Update. I think these links are correct. If not, do a Google Search, and let me know. Thanks.
If you have CC, then you can update directly through the Photoshop software. These links below are for older versions CS5 and CS6.
Camera Raw and DNG Converter Update – While the links above are direct downloads, there is a master page that Adobe updates. I am including them here for ease of use. CS6 version of Camera Raw have mostly stopped, but you can still download the Raw to DNG Converter from the links below.
Emergency Retouching: Super Basics – Class Notes – PDF
This PDF includes all the primary topics covered in the videos below. It is a 43 page eBook designed to be a quick reference Study Guide. Everything you need to get started learning Photoshop is included. Watch the videos, follow along with the notes, and in a few hours, you will feel much more confident with Photoshop than you ever have.
Emergency Retouching Class Notes “Right-Click – Save As…“
Introduction to Photoshop Class – Video
We will start with a quick welcome message, as well as *Important* Pallets and Preferences layout information iside the Interface video. Be sure to watch the Interface video, and setup based on my suggestions. You will have an easier time following along with me.
Please note that each video starts in a tiny window, but you can click the video once it has started playing, and you can modify the volume, as well as make the video go to a full screen.
You may also stop, pause, or skip forward or backward.
Welcome – An introduction of the course, and what to expect. Thank you for joining me.
Interface – There are many Photoshop settings that seem to confuse, more than help. Configure your own Photoshop to match mine, and make life easier for yourself.
Palettes – Together, we will setup the palettes, and show you how to move things around. Once again, if your system is setup to look like mine, you will have an easier time of working independantly, without unexpected surprises.
Emergency Retouching: Super Basics Class – While you have access to the entire Basic 1 Course, the videos below are a simplified introduction to Adobe Photoshop for people who want to get started using the path of least resistance. At the very least, it will allow you to ease into the more complex Photoshop concepts you will see later on.
While there will always be more things for you to learn (Which you will soon!), this will at least get you up, and over that hump of getting started. If you don’t want to spoil anything, or are otherwise comfortable using Photoshop, there is no need to watch these.
These videos are like Photoshop in a bottle. They are excerpts of everything you will learn over the next few weeks, in a short and condensed form. Again, if you already have a working knowledge of Photoshop, there is no reason to watch these, as they are over-simplified.
If you are just starting, and feel you would benefit from repetition of seeing the same basic ideas being expanded upon, then please enjoy these videos.
Introduction – Quick Intro letting you know what to expect in the course. I set the pace, and let you know how awesome this is going to be.
Camera Raw Explained – If you have a DSLR Camera, your images open in Camera Raw, not Photoshop. Start here to conquer this tool first.
Palettes and Navigations – Once inside Photoshop, we will start by undertsnading how to move palettes around. It’s pretty basic, but most of my students have no idea.
Photoshop CC Preferences – I spend a few minutes talking about the most important settings you may want to change. Even if you have an older version, you can still watch this, and just ignore anything not relevant.
Options Bar – There is an Options Bar that runs across the top of your screen. Don’t touch it! Ok, I kid. You can touch it all you want.
Info Palette – Obviously, this will provide you will all sorts of ever changing information about your active tool, and document.
Layers Palette – Most of my students have no clue how to use this, at first. It’s pretty straight forward once someone shows it to you.
History Palette – This was pretty amazing when they came out with this. You can keep going backwards to a previous point in time. If only I could apply this to my life. >sigh<
Hand and Zoom Tools – Use the Magnifying Glass to zoom in and out of your document. Then, you can use the Hand Tool to move around the image.
Color Picker – My mother told me to pick this one. You get the reference, right? Anybody? No? Fine. Use this to pick your colors if needed. More for Graphic Design, but we discuss it anyway.
Spot Healing – The easiest way to remove blemishes and fly away hairs is to use the Spot Healing Brush.
Adjustment Layers – One of the greatest achievements in Photoshop, these will allow you to create a Non-Destructive workflow.
Levels – This tool will allow you to make some basic Tonal Changes to your images. You can fix Exposure and Contrast with this.
Vibrance – Need to add some Saturation to your image? Use this adjustmentt, that includes two different tools in one.
Selective Color – My favorite of all the Adjustment Layers, you can use this one to make all of your color chnages.
Lasso Tool – Here, I cover the Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, and the Magnetic Lasso. This will help you create very simple selections.
Magic Wand and Quick Selection Tools – Like the Lasso tools, these are pretty basic. But, they will get you started.
Rulers and Guides – No one ever talks about Rulers or Guides. i don’;t know why, i use them all the time.
Saving Images – Now that you have see me use Photoshop, you need to save the images. Make sure to use the right format, for it’s destination.
Conclusion – Like any good cliff-hanger episode, I will wrap up this class, and tease you with your next steps in finally learning how to reach Photoshop Perfection!