Photoshop | GIMP: Quick & Easy Image Hacks for Beginners Premium class

Kristen Palana, Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

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26 Videos (2h 16m)
    • Introduction to the Course

      1:30
    • Which Images You Can Use Legally Online and How to Protect Yourself

      6:09
    • But PLEASE Never Do THIS When Searching For Images

      2:33
    • Saving For Print VS. the Web: How Not to Shoot Yourself In the Foot Later On

      7:23
    • Lighting Is Key, Or... You Can't Fix Everything Later on the Computer

      2:35
    • From So-So to Pro: Follow These 8 Simple Rules For Better Images Every Time

      8:46
    • The Top Amateur Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

      5:14
    • Why Filters and Effects Are NOT Your Friends

      4:37
    • Adjusting Your Levels: ALWAYS Do this first and EVERY time. (Be obsessive!)

      3:37
    • Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation

      4:40
    • Scaling, Rotating, Flipping, and Transforming

      7:01
    • Easy Resizing, Cropping, and Formatting For Any Situation (Including File Sizes)

      6:20
    • Removing Red Eyes and Blemishes

      3:37
    • Brighten That Smile and Just Add Lipstick (To a Horse of Course)

      7:00
    • Blurring Out a Face, Logo, or Background

      3:42
    • Take Something Annoying Out of the Background

      4:05
    • More of My Favorite Tools: Smudge, Sharpern, Blur, Dodge, Burn, & Sponge

      7:09
    • GIMP Disclaimer and The Importance of a Flexible Mindset With Software

      1:44
    • Adjusting Your Levels: ALWAYS Do this first and EVERY time. (Be obsessive!)

      8:46
    • Adjusting Brightness, Contrast, Hue, and Saturation

      5:50
    • Scaling, Rotating, Flipping, and Transforming

      6:09
    • Easy Resizing, Cropping, and Formatting For Any Situation (Including File Sizes)

      5:43
    • Removing Red Eyes and Blemishes

      4:29
    • Brighten That Smile and Just Add Lipstick (To a Horse of Course)

      7:43
    • Blurring Out a Face, Logo, or Background

      4:57
    • Take Something Annoying Out of the Background

      4:31

About This Class

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Are you ready to take charge and learn simple, quick, and efficient methods for creating and editing powerful images for print and the web?

Whether you are an employee, business owner, content creator, teacher, author, or social media maven, over the last few years it has become CRUCIAL to know how to do a little bit of everything online. With this course as your guide, you'll learn how to confidentially and professionally manage your OWN unique, original images for your website, blog, eCourse, eBook, presentations, or social media pages.

Save time, money, and sanity by learning how to finally choose, edit, and enhance your own images without having to always pay someone else to do the most basic but essential tasks for you.

This course was created especially for complete beginners as well as people who fight with technology who want to gain new and valuable image editing skills that can be used every day.

The techniques discussed in this course are software independent, meaning I can show you how to make better, more professional images regardless of which software programs you are using. You'll learn essential imaging do's and don'ts, tips about which images are safe to use regarding copyrights, how to properly save your images (so you don't lose them in the abyss,) and my very favorite "art school" hacks that will help take your images from so-so to PRO in no time even if you don't yet have Photoshop or Gimp.

We'll then go through the most basic but important imaging skills you NEED to know from the very beginning using Adobe Photoshop. Free 30 day trials of Photoshop are available from Adobe's website. I also show you the same imaging techniques in the FREE software program GIMP.

You can watch and follow along with me as I show you how to make the most useful and essential image fixes in whichever program you have or feel most comfortable in. If you ever decide to switch, you'll have all the lessons available to you in BOTH Photoshop and GIMP as one go-to resource.

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I'm a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and the Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome and a practicing award-winning multimedia artist.

I have 15+ years of experience teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately to your art, work, and everyday life.

New bonus lectures and Photoshop | GIMP resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Empower yourself now by enrolling in this course and join our growing learning community! Let's get started building your new digital imaging, software, and design skills today.

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Kristen Palana

Professor, Award-Winning Artist, Digital Do-Gooder

My goal is to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

I'm a multimedia artist and educator based in Rome, Italy and a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome where I also run its Film and Digital Media Program. I have 15+ years of university and adult education teaching experience in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Besides teaching at Skillshare and other online platforms to students in over 155 countries, I'm also a Course Facilitator for the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) through their Centre For Executive Education.

My work is exhibited internationally and online and has received a number of awards. I earned my MFA from Pratt Institute in Computer Graphics and Interactive Media and also hold a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.