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Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

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Learn the basics of Photoshop CC 2017, from features like layers and Smart Objects to key concepts all Photoshop users need to know.

Learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics filters out the noise and complexity so that you understand the basic features and concepts you need to use Photoshop effectively, whether you're a photographer or designer.

Julieanne Kost reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know
  • Using the exercise files
1. Opening Files
  • Opening documents in Photoshop
  • Opening files in Photoshop from Bridge
  • Opening files from Lightroom
  • Starting with Adobe Camera Raw
2. Documents and Navigation
  • A tour of the Photoshop interface
  • Working with multiple documents
  • Panning and zooming documents
  • Viewing with different screen modes
3. Customizing the Photoshop Interface
  • Arranging the panels you use most often
  • Switching and saving workspaces
  • Customizing the toolbar
  • Modifying keyboard shortcuts for speed
4. Digital Image Essentials
  • Understanding file formats
  • Choosing color modes and bit depth
  • Understanding color space
  • Understanding what document size you need
  • Changing document size
  • Multiple Undo and the History panel
  • Saving documents
5. Cropping, Straightening, and Adjusting Canvas Size
  • Using the Crop tool
  • Straightening a crooked image
  • Cropping to the perfect size
  • Increasing canvas size
  • Autofill with Content-Aware Crop
6. Layers
  • Exploring layer basics
  • Loading, selecting, transforming, and aligning
  • Working with layer groups
  • Merging and flattening layers
7. Color and Brush Essentials
  • Color basics
  • Brush options
8. Working with Layer Masks
  • Layer mask essentials
  • Using gradients to blend images
9. Making Selections
  • Using the Marquee and Lasso tools
  • Combining selections
  • Quick Select and layer mask touchups
  • Selecting soft-edged objects using Select and Mask
  • Using Select and Mask to refine a hard-edged selection
  • Making selections based on color and focus
10. Local Pixel Editing and Retouching
  • Removing distracting elements with the Healing Brush and Patch tools
  • The magic of Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Scale
  • Using the Clone Stamp tool
  • Removing larger elements from an image
11. Blend Mode Essentials
  • Getting to know the blend modes
12. Smart Object Essentials
  • Smart Object basics
  • Opening raw images as Smart Objects
13. Essential Transformations
  • Scaling, skewing, and rotating layers with Free Transform
  • Correcting perspective
14. Adjustment Layer Essentials
  • Introducing adjustment layers
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • Refining dynamic range using Levels
  • Adjusting local color and contrast with Curves
  • Changing vibrance, hue, and saturation
  • Custom black and white conversions
  • Limiting adjustments with clipping masks
15. Essential Filters
  • Overview of filters
  • Applying filters nondestructively with Smart Filters
  • Sharpening images
  • Applying Camera Raw as a filter
  • Applying filters to multiple layers
  • Next steps

Taught by

Julieanne Kost

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