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Photoshop 2020 Essential Training: Design

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Explore Photoshop 2020 from a design perspective. Learn how to work with the tools designers use most, including smart objects, type, shapes, the pen tool, libraries, and more.

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing and manipulation and used by a full spectrum of design professionals. This course was created specifically to help designers master the most commonly used tools and techniques with the goal of removing technical barriers in order to start creating as soon as possible. Photoshop 2020 boasts even more tools, and enhancements for selecting and masking images, removing distracting elements, and warping images—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to efficiently work with presets, Smart Objects, and filters; distort and warp layer; create text, shapes, and vector paths; build animations; apply painterly effects; save and share libraries; and work with artboards.


  • Welcome to the Photoshop Essentials Training series
1. Designing with Smart Objects
  • Replacing the contents of a Smart Object
  • Duplicating Smart Objects
  • Linked vs. embedded Smart Object
2. Creative Transformations for Designers
  • Using Vanishing Point to paste in perspective
  • Puppet Warp
  • Perspective Warp
  • Using Liquify to reshape an image
3. Shape Layer Secrets
  • Quickly applying attributes to multiple shapes
  • Using layer effects and fill layers with shapes
  • Combining Live Shapes and Smart Objects
  • Adding texture to a shape
4. The Pen Tools
  • The Curvature Pen tool
  • Pen tool basics
  • Drawing curved paths
  • Drawing complex paths
  • Pen skills in practice
5. Essential Layer Effects and Styles
  • Creating, saving, and applying layer styles
  • Adding layer styles to groups
  • Using layer comps with styles
  • Scaling layer effects
  • Casting a shadow on the ground
6. Blend Modes
  • Using blend modes to unify images
  • Using blend modes to control color and tonal adjustments
  • Applying blend modes to layers and groups
7. Type Essentials
  • Working with paragraph (area) type
  • Adding Adobe Fonts
  • Selecting alternate characters using the Glyph panel
  • Matching fonts
  • Adding type along a path
  • Converting text to shape layers
  • Variable concept and SVG fonts
8. Essential Filters for Designers
  • Tilt Shift, Iris, and Field Blur effects
  • Adding motion effects to spinning objects
  • Creating painterly effects using Filter Gallery
  • Adding flames to a photograph
  • Creating custom trees
  • Powerful posterization techniques
9. Painting Essentials
  • Creating a custom scatter brush
  • Creating symmetrical brush strokes
  • The Mixer Brush
  • Saving and organizing brushes
  • Painting along a path
10. Working with Libraries Road Trip
  • Library panel essentials
  • Creating a library from a document
  • CC Libraries Linked Smart Objects
  • Sharing libraries
  • Working with Adobe Stock
11. Artboards
  • Creating artboards
  • Adding content to artboards
  • Tips and shortcuts for artboards
  • Saving and exporting artboards
12. Animating Images
  • Creating animated GIF files
  • Creating cinegraphs
13. Sharing Images
  • Saving multiple photos at one time using Image Processor
  • Quick share to services
  • Creating basic PDF presentations in Photoshop
  • Next steps

Taught by

Julieanne Kost

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