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Photoshop 2021 Essential Training: Design

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This course explores the tools and features in Photoshop from a design perspective, enabling you to quickly get the image results you want in Photoshop 2021.

Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for image editing and manipulation, is 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 2021 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 Smart Objects and Smart Filters, distort and warp layers, work with text, create shapes, draw and edit vector paths using the pen tool, build animations, apply painterly effects, save and share libraries, and work with artboards.


  • Welcome to the Photoshop training series
1. Designing with Smart Objects
  • Replacing the contents of a Smart Object
  • Duplicating Smart Objects
  • Linked versus 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
  • Creating seamless, tiled patterns
  • Adding texture to a shape layer
4. The Pen Tools
  • The Curvature Pen tool
  • Pen tool basics
  • Drawing a curved path
  • Drawing a complex path
  • 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
  • How to scale layer styles
  • 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
  • Changing the shape of a letter
  • Variable concept fonts
8. Essential Filters for Designers
  • Tilt shift, iris, and field blur effects
  • Adding motion effects for spinning objects
  • Creating painterly effects using Filter Gallery
  • Adding flames to a photograph
  • Creating custom trees
  • Powerful posterization techniques
9. Painting Essentials
  • Creating, saving, and organizing custom brushes
  • Creating symmetrical brush strokes
  • The Mixer Brush
  • Painting along a path
10. Working with Libraries
  • Libraries panel essentials
  • Creating a library from a document
  • Capturing paterns, colors, gradients, and shapes from an image
  • 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 cinemagraphs
13. Sharing Images
  • Saving multiple photos at once with Image Processor
  • Basic PDF presentations in Photoshop
  • Continuing your learning with projects

Taught by

Julieanne Kost

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