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Photoshop for Beginners

Learn just the Essential tools and techniques to get you started.

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This course is designed to get you started in your journey of learning Photoshop. Realistically, it would take many hours to cover every single tool and function – but you don’t need to learn every single thing about Photoshop. To get started, it’s more important to learn the essentials of how to navigate through the program, some important habits to develop, and some approaches that make it easier to learn more about Photoshop as you continue to explore the program. The lessons in this course will provide you with a great foundation that will help you develop your skill in Photoshop.

Here's what is covered in the course:

  1. Introduction
    What we will and won’t be covering in the class, using a checklist and how to spend more time “doing” and less time “undoing”.
  2. The Workspace
    How to set up the look and layout of Photoshop using Workspaces, and how to work with panels and Preferences.
  3. Opening files
    Exploring various ways to open files in Photoshop including using Bridge.
  4. Working with views
    How to work with multiple open images, zoom in and out and scroll using tools, menus and shortcuts.
  5. Working non-destructively
    How to work non-destructively so you can change your mind, experiment and work more accurately.
  6. Layers
    An introduction to the concept of layers and their advantages.
  7. Creating New documents
    Working with new documents, changing the canvas size and combining photos.
  8. Saving files
    How (and why) to save your layered document in PSD format and save copies.
  9. Working with Raw files from Camera Raw and Lightroom
    How to take advantage of editing Raw files in Camera Raw or Lightroom and bring the files into Photoshop
  10. Layer Masks
    An introduction to a very powerful way of working with layers: using masks to hide portions of a layer.
  11. Retouching Images
    How to cover up unwanted elements in a photo using retouching tools.
  12. Making Adjustments
    How to make adjustments to a photo using Adjustment Layers.
  13. Smart Objects and Smart Filters
    Using Smart Filters to apply editable effects to a photo.
  14. Wrapping up


Your Instructor


Dave Cross
Dave Cross

Official Bio:

For 25 years Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creatives get the most out of their Adobe software. Dave has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Photoshop World (25 times), the Texas School of Photography, the Santa Fe Workshops, and has traveled across the country teaching for Kelby Training. He runs the Dave Cross Workshops in his own studio/workshop space in Tampa, FL. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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From Dave: Take advantage of my experience of teaching thousands of Photoshop users like you how to be more efficient and creative.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. If you access the course as part of the All Access Subscription, you'll have access for the life of your subscription.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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