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Photoshop CC 2015 Essential Training

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Master the essentials of Photoshop CC and Camera Raw to make your images look their best. These tutorials cover photo editing, retouching, compositing, and much more.

Whether you're an experienced creative professional or someone who recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your images.

Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity often associated with Photoshop, so you'll feel empowered to get the image results you want. She concentrates on enhancing and compositing photos, as well as automating parts of the process for the most efficient workflow possible. She'll cover cropping, retouching, and combining multiple images, and working with non-image-based assets such as type, shapes, and even video. Along the way, you'll learn the secrets of nondestructive editing with Camera Raw, layers, masks, blending modes, Smart Objects, filters, and more. Start watching to quickly get the professional results you're looking for with Photoshop.


  • Welcome
  • What's new
  • Using the exercise files
  • Keeping Photoshop CC up to date
1. Photoshop Interface Essentials
  • Opening files into Photoshop
  • Disabling the Photoshop start screen
  • Opening files into Photoshop from Bridge
  • Customizing Photoshop's interface
  • Arranging the panels you use most often
  • Switching and saving workspaces
  • Selecting and customizing the tool bar
  • Customizing the keyboard shortcuts
2. Documents and Navigation
  • Working with tabbed documents
  • Arranging multiple open documents
  • Stopping Photoshop from tabbing documents
  • Panning, zooming, and the Rotate View tool
  • Cycling through the different screen modes
3. Digital Image Essentials
  • Understanding file formats
  • Choosing color modes and bit depth
  • Understanding color space
  • What resolution image will you need?
  • Using Image Size to resize or resample an image
  • How large can I print my image?
4. Camera Raw Essentials
  • What is Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)?
  • Opening files into Camera Raw
  • Comparing raw and JPEG files
  • Touring the Camera Raw user interface
  • An overview of Camera Raw's adjustment tools: Basic panel
  • Choosing the correct Camera Raw settings when handing off files to Photoshop
5. Cropping and Straightening Images: Iceland 37
  • Using Undo and the History panel
  • Using Crop options
  • Understanding Hide vs. Delete for the Crop tool
  • Cropping to the perfect size
  • Making the canvas bigger using the Crop tool
  • Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command
  • Straightening a crooked image
  • Using the Perspective Crop tool
  • Cropping using Content-Aware Crop
  • Remove keystoning effects
6. Working with Layers
  • Exploring layer basics
  • Loading, selecting, transforming, and aligning layers
  • Changing layer opacity, adding shape layers, and creating layer groups
  • Bypassing the Libraries pop-up menu
  • Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
7. Transforming, Distorting, and Warping Images
  • Scaling, skewing, and rotating layers with Free Transform
  • Transforming layers nondestructively using Smart Objects
  • Warping images
  • Using Vanishing Point to paste in perspective
  • Preserving important elements with Content-Aware Scale
8. Working with Smart Objects
  • Converting Layers to Smart Objects
  • Opening raw images as Smart Objects
  • Duplicating Smart Objects
  • Replacing the contents of a smart object
  • Linked vs. embedded objects
9. Working with Layer Masks
  • Blending two images together using Layer Masks
  • Painting in Layer Masks to blend images
  • Changing the opacity, size, and hardness of the painting tools
  • Creating a weathered look by pasting into a Layer Mask
10. Making Selections
  • Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
  • Combining Selections
  • Converting a selection into a layer mask
  • Touching up a Layer Mask with the Brush tool
  • Selecting soft edge objects using Select and Mask
  • Making selections based on color
  • Making selections based on focus
11. Essential Blend Modes
  • Getting to know the blend modes
  • Using blend modes to add a rough cut, deckled edge
  • Using blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect
  • Adding a texture with blend modes
  • Using Fill Layers to create a hand-painted look
  • Using a gradient fill layer to add a color wash
12. Adjustment Layer Essentials
  • Introducing adjustment layers
  • Refining dynamic range using Levels
  • Adjusting local contrast with Curves
  • Removing a color cast with Auto Color
  • Changing mood using the Photo Filter
  • Limiting adjustments with clipping masks
13. Creative Adjustment Layer Techniques
  • Making washed out colors pop with Vibrance
  • Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation
  • Replacing color using Selective Color
  • Creative black-and-white and color conversions
  • Using Gradient Map to emulate traditional darkroom toning effects
  • Subtle color enhancements using Curves
14. Retouching Essentials
  • Removing blemishes with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
  • Making teeth bright and white
  • Brightening eyes to make a person appear more alert
  • Lightening dark circles
  • Taming flyaway hair
  • Smoothing skin and pores with a quick technique
  • Deemphasizing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
  • Body sculpting with Liquify
  • Restoring images using the Healing Brush and Patch tools
  • Removing unwanted details with Content-Aware Fill and Patch
  • Swapping heads in a family portrait
15. Combining Multiple Images
  • Creating panoramas using Adobe Camera Raw
  • Working with bracketed exposures (HDR) in ACR
  • Creating a panorama in Photoshop
  • Combining multiple frames of an action sequence
16. Essential Filters: Flowers
  • Overview of filters
  • Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
  • Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask and Smart Sharpen
  • Sharpening an image with High Pass and Overlay
  • Adding noise with the Add Noise filter
  • Quickly removing small imperfections using the Dust and Scratches filter
  • Using Liquify to quickly reshape an object
  • Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • Applying Camera Raw as a filter
  • Using Dehaze
  • Applying a filter to multiple layers
17. Artistic Filters
  • An overview of the artistic filters
  • Creating a soft, ethereal look using Gaussian Blur
  • Creating a soft, diffuse glow with grain
  • Giving an image more texture with the Texturizer
  • Selective focus using Field and Iris blurs
  • How to create a Tilt Shift effect
  • Adding motion effects to spinning objects
  • Creative blurring along a path
  • Oil Paint filter
18. Filters That Create Content (Render)
  • Adding flames to a photograph
  • Creating custom trees
  • Adding decorative picture frames
  • Placing a pattern along a path
19. Type Essentials
  • Exploring headline type
  • Using leading, kerning, and tracking
  • Glyphs panel
  • Typekit
  • Working with paragraph (area) type
  • Adding type along a path
  • Clipping an image inside type
  • Font match
20. Essential Layer Effects and Styles
  • Adding a drop shadow using layer effects
  • Applying multiple layer effects and styles
  • Adding edges, textures, and color overlays using styles
  • Creating a transparent watermark
  • Knowing how (and when) to scale layer effects
21. Basic Shape Layers
  • Using the Shape tools
  • Adding strokes, fills, and effects to multiple shapes
  • Modifying and combining shapes
  • Creating multiple instances of a shape with Live Shape properties
  • Adding a keyline around an image
  • Clipping a photo to a shape layer
22. Painting Essentials
  • Brush basics
  • Selecting different colors
  • Paint brushes overview
  • Art History Brush
  • Using a custom brush to paint in a mask
23. Moving Images
  • Creating a time-lapse video
  • Working with video clips
  • Adding special effects to video files
  • Pan and zoom still images
  • Creating animated GIF
24. Working with Libraries
  • Using the Libraries panel to store content
  • Working with Linked Smart Objects in Libraries
  • Creating libraries from image content
  • Sharing libraries
25. Artboards: Designing for Screen
  • Artboard essentials
  • Working with multiple artboards
  • Tips and shortcuts for artboards
  • Exporting artboards
26. Exporting Files and Sharing Images
  • Saving multiple photos at one time using Image Processor
  • Creating basic contact sheets in Photoshop
  • Exporting files and images
  • Saving for the web
  • Creating basic PDF presentations
27. Photoshop Mobile
  • Photoshop Fix
  • Photoshop Mix
  • Slate
  • Spark
  • Next steps

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Julieanne Kost


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