Learn Photoshop in 1 Hour

Jason Buff, Photographer

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20 Lessons (3h 7m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Alpha Channels

    • 3. Clippingmask

    • 4. Blendingmodes

    • 5. Blendingandlayermaskplay

    • 6. Layer Styles

    • 7. Special Request, Images on Layers

    • 8. Brushtool

    • 9. AdjustmentLayers

    • 10. Image Layers

    • 11. Folders

    • 12. Nondestructiveediting

    • 13. Smartobjects

    • 14. Rastervector

    • 15. Selections

    • 16. Shapetool

    • 17. Brushtool

    • 18. Typetool

    • 19. Pentool

    • 20. Create A Simple Ad


About This Class

For anyone who has wanted to learn Photoshop and felt it was either too difficult or would take too much time. In this class I show you how to get up and running Photoshop in no time. 

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Class Outline

  • Introduction. Graphic designer Jason Buff recognizes that learning Photoshop can be intimidating. Many Photoshop design tutorials fail to simplify the experience, l Jason’s succeeds. He’ll begin his Photoshop lesson by showing you how to optimally set up your screenwith just the tools and layers panel sitting beside your canvas.
  • Alpha channels. You’ll learn masking with alpha channels. Jason demonstrates these tactics by putting a rectangle over a square, and adding layers, in order to create unique effects.
  • Clipping mask. A clipping mask lets you put one shape inside of anotherby using multiple shapes and different levels of opacity.
  • Blending modes. Blending modes lets you change the way one layer interacts with another. Jason will introduce you to the screen, overlay, and multiply functions, which you can use while blending.
  • Blending layers mask play. You’ll learn how to overlay multiple images, in order to create a single image and see how one layer can add a specific visual effect to another. Then you can make a picture of a light bulb appear brighter.
  • Layer styles. Using the styles portion of the layers panel, you’ll see how to add quick style changes and details to your layers, such as outlines and drop shadows.
  • Special request, images on layers. You’ll learn a couple of methods for layering stock images in Photoshop, as well as adding text to those layers and adjusting saturation and other image settings.
  • Brush tool. Jason will introduce the brush tool and demonstrate what different levels of “hardness” look like by using the brush. You’ll also learn how to change the dynamics and settings of brushes, which consist of images (such as a repeating leaf pattern).
  • Adjustment layers. You’ll learn how to use adjustment layers to make saturation, hue, and contrast changes in isolated parts of your image.
  • Folders. Folders are great tools for organizing a Photoshop doc. Jason will show you shortcuts for putting multiple layers into one folder, and he’ll demonstrate how folders can act like layers.
  • Non-destructive editing. Jason will introduce you to the concept of “non-destructive editing,” which is the ability to make non-permanent changes in Photoshop as you edit.
  • Smart objects. You’ll learn how to avoid altering an imported image’s resolution when you change its size. Then you can convert it into a “smart object,” which creates a reference file that you can work with (instead of the original image file).
  • Raster vs. vector. Jason will explain the difference between a raster and vector graphic. You’ll learn the practical implications of the former being made of pixels, while the latter is created by math.
  • Selections. You’ll discover ways to isolate separate parts of a layer, as well as ways to make images from two different files look like they’re part of the same picture plane. Jason will also teach you how to use the “refine mask” function.
  • Shape tool. Both in Photoshop and online, you’ll learn how to find and edit custom shapesfrom talking bubbles to magnifying glasses.
  • Type tool. Jason will teach you the two different ways you can add text to a Photoshop document. He cautions against defaulting to “cheesy” texts, such as Comic Sans and Papyrus.
  • Pen tool. Jason will give you a more in-depth look at the pen tool, and discuss how you can use both points and angles to create closed shapes.
  • Create a simple ad. After watching all of Jason’s Photoshop classes, you’ll be tasked with creating an ad of your own by using your newfound knowledge.