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Introducing Photoshop

Photoshop is by far the most popular and powerful photo editing software on the market, but if you’re just encountering it for the first time, it can seem pretty daunting. Mike Wiggins guides first-time users through this complex program in a way that anyone can follow with no prior experience. By the end of this course, you’ll have the resources you need to find your way around and perform basic editing techniques on photos and simple design projects.

Mike Wiggins

Mike Wiggins

Professor, Art & Design

Mike Wiggins is a professional graphic designer and chair of the Art and Design department at Abilene Christian University.

TUTORIAL #1

Manipulating Your Image

In this lesson, you’ll learn to work with layers in Photoshop and manipulate images using the Hue/Saturation dialog. You’ll also selectively blur parts of your image with the Gaussian Blur effect and Photoshop’s Eraser Tool. Last, you’ll create a simple vignette with the Brush Tool.

Watch the video above, then download the Photoshop file.

Skills Challenge #1

Complete the following challenge to apply the skills you’ve just learned in a project.

Time: 10-15 minutes

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TUTORIAL #2

 

Working With Text

In the second lesson, you’ll learn to work with Photoshop’s Type Tool to create text and adjust its font, color and opacity. You’ll also learn an easy way to create and manipulate blocks of color in your Photoshop image.

Watch the video above, then download the Photoshop file.

Skills Challenge #2

Complete the following challenge to apply the skills you’ve just learned in a project.

Time: 10-15 minutes

Get .PSD file

Keep learning with Lynda.com

Introducing Photoshop: Photography

Let Lynda.com pick up where Mike leaves off to help you build skills in cropping, resizing and other common techniques for photographers.

Introducing Photoshop: Design

This Lynda course builds on your new skills by adding new ways to select and format your images as well as new concepts like masking.