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Photoshop Part 1 - The Complete Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners - Beginning Adobe Photoshop

teacher avatar Steve McDonald, Excel and Photoshop Geek

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10 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Intro to The Complete Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners

    • 2. Photoshop Complete 4 part Skillshare Course Overview Instructions intro

    • 3. How to Buy Photoshop

    • 4. How to Use the Downloads in Skillshare

    • 5. Assignment # 1 - How to Repair Blemishes

    • 6. How to Get the Most Out of This Course

    • 7. Intro to the Photoshop Interface

    • 8. How to Customize the Photoshop Interface

    • 9. Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac and PC

    • 10. Assignment # 2 - Open, Save, and Rename an Image

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About This Class

Welcome to The Complete Adobe Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners, where you'll learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop in a fun, hands-on way. This course is designed to teach you the most important elements of beginning Photoshop without the frustration or stress that often comes with learning new software.

If you are brand new to Photoshop or have tried to learn Photoshop and struggled with it, this course is for you.

The course starts very slowly and easily at the very beginning with how to purchase Photoshop and how to get the most our of this course. It moves forward in an easy-to-follow, logical way, building your skills up until you feel confident using Photoshop for your photo editing. I promise you'll enjoy it and learn a ton

The course is recorded using Photoshop CC on a PC, but it works fine if you have an older CS version of Photoshop, too. I also include tips for using a Mac, so that's no problem either.

Here's how the course is broken down:

First, we get familiar with the Photoshop program and interface. We learn to open and save images, and learn where the most frequently used tools are located.

Second, we start using the most important tools, like the move tool, the crop tool, the brush tool, and the healing brush tool. We also learn how to use layers so that we can work non-destructively on our photos. (In the course, I'll explain what that means and why it makes your life easier).

Finally, we do a bunch of hands-on projects in Photoshop.

  • We whiten a subjects teeth.

  • We crop an image bigger (did you know you could do that? It's pretty cool).

  • We create a square social media profile picture that would work on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook.

  • We brighten up dull, dark images.

  • We learn how to add or reduce redness in a subject's face (so they don't look like a ghost or a cherry).

  • We make an image black and white.

  • We switch out the sky in a mountain scene (we can choose clouds, blue sky, or even the northern lights).

  • Finally, we combine two images into one (we take a cappuccino mug and set it in a field of flowers, just for fun!).

The course is broken into sections. This is section 1. After section 1, you'll return to Skillshare for part 2, and so on.

When you are finished with this course, I promise you'll feel confident using the program and the many tools and options that it offers. You'll be able to do valuable work in Photoshop, and have fun while doing it.

Jump in and watch some lectures and see how easy it can be to learn.

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Steve McDonald

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1. Intro to The Complete Photoshop Mastery Course for Beginners: Hi. And welcome to the photo shop Basics for beginners. Course. I'm so excited that you're here, and I'm really excited to teach you how to photo shop. My name is Steve McDonald. I have, ah, bachelors to grieve in art from the University of Washington in Seattle, and I'll be honest with you, Photoshopped was not easy for me to learn, but because I understand how difficult it was to learn. That's why I'm teaching it to you. Because I'm gonna teach it to you in a way that is simple and easy to follow and even fun. I'm going to make it as painless and stress free as possible to get you to a point where you feel confident with photo shop and congest enjoy using the program. Does that sound good? If so, you're in the right place, and this course is really gonna help you get started. 2. Photoshop Complete 4 part Skillshare Course Overview Instructions intro: so real quickly. I just want to give you a brief overview of what to expect from this course and give me an idea of how it's set up. So you may have noticed when you joined this course that it had a little one next to it in the image. And that's because this is part one of a four part course. And all of these four pieces are on skill share. And all together they make the complete course. So the first section we're just going to cover the basics, get you set up with Photoshopped, get you navigating around Photoshopped, get you using it a little bit. The 2nd 1 we're gonna learn some of the most important tools of Photoshopped in the third section. We're gonna learn how toe use layers in photo shop and how to work non destructively, which is really important. So that's gonna help you a lot in your workflow. And then finally, we're gonna learn about selections in part for, and selections just allow you to select a part of your image and then edit Onley that it also allows you to cut pieces out of an image and put them in other images and do so many really cool things, so that will also be really important to your progress. But the important thing for you to remember is that this is broken into four separate courses, but it's all part of the 14 part mastery course. So when you're done with this section, Section one, you'll have to go to skill share. And it might be helpful just to type in complete Photoshopped mastery Part two in the search results so that that part comes up. But I encourage you to go through all the different parts because that's really how you'll become a master of Photoshopped. Thanks so much for being here. I'm so excited to teach you and I'll see you in the next lecture. 3. How to Buy Photoshop: Hi and welcome back in this lecture, we're going to talk about how to get Photoshopped if you don't already have it. If you already have photo shop on your computer, If you have Photoshopped CC, the creative cloud version or you have, like, CS four, CS five or CIA six, you're gonna be fined even an older version, and you already have it on your computer. You don't need to watch this video. If you don't want, you could just skip it and get right into learning photo shop. This is for those of you who don't even have it on your computer yet. It's a little walk through a couple of tips to help you get it on there a little more painlessly. So the first thing you need to do to get photo shops he see is go to Google and was gonna type in by photo shop CC. So photo shop C C. The C C. Stands for Creative Cloud. That's the newest version of photo shop, and you'll still install fuller shop on your computer. But you also have continuous updates, and you have access to online sharing and some of the functionality that goes with the creative cloud and you can no longer buy the older versions. The C s versions. The CS stands for creative suite. You can no longer buy those from Adobe. You can probably get them at other retailers. But I'm not going to say I recommend that they're not gonna be supported in the same way if you already have C s on your computer, which I actually have on my Mac at work. Fine. You can use it. This course will still help you, and you don't have to buy anything new. But I wouldn't necessarily recommend going out and purchasing it on its own at this point in time because Sisi works great. And as you'll see the subscription is not a bad deal in the States up today. So when you get to Google, you can ignore all of these ads and everything. But what you want to do is just go to Adobe. In fact, I could have just probably typed in adobe dot com. But we're all used to searching on Google, and it's easy. And at least at the time of this recording, this is what the screen looks like. It'll probably change over time, and you may see something a little bit different, but what you're basically looking for here is these two things here the free trial, which is cool again. At the time of this recording, you get a 30 day free trial of photo shop if you want to try it out. And so especially with this course, if you are brand new to photo shop and you're not sure whether even want to use it or whether it will help you or whether you can learn it, which you can learn it, by the way. I promise. But if you just want to test things out, then you can do the 30 day free trial. After that trial, you do have to pay for it. So be aware of that, or if you're ready to just dive in and you're ready to actually get some stuff done. Photo shop. You could just go to the bite. Nothing. OK, so when you go that it's gonna give you while first it's gonna give me a little ad saying, Do you want Adobe stock as an add on little Upsell there? Adobe Stock has a lot of great images and stuff. I'm gonna leave that up to you for now, I'm gonna say no thanks. And now it's bringing me into the whole Adobe Creative Cloud suite. And this is where we see the creative cloud plans and pricing you can purchase as an individual. As a business, as a student or teacher, you get discounts or as a school or university. If you run a school, you're probably gonna be looking at the individual packages and the basic one that basically just gives you photo shop. And it also throws in light room Sisi as part of it. And 20 gigs of cloud storage, at least again at the time of this recording is 99 a month. And so you just pay 99 each month, you download it, put it on your computer, and you can continue to update it, etcetera. Once you buy this, you actually have to install the creative cloud. And that's just kind of adobes like management system for all of their different APs through the creative cloud. So in design illustrator Photoshopped, etcetera, that's where you manage it and I'll show you what that's gonna look like. So you want to go to the creative cloud app and you just concert Google for I just put in install creative cloud app Um, click on that were basically just going to adobe, and you can see here that it's giving you a chance to download it. Once you download it, it's gonna look basically like this. And right now it's on the adobe stock tab. But you need to go into your APS right here again. This is once you've purchased photo shop, and then here I could manage my APS so you can click on all APS and you can scroll through and look at all the different things, like bridge Light Room Classic. While you wouldn't probably just, like classic, you blew. Use light from C. C. Who will be illustrator in design down here, etcetera. And you can add these to your computer or to your subscription, and then you can open it through. Here is well, although you'll probably have a shortcut icon on your desktop, which is easier. And then, most importantly, what I'm trying to get out here is you can manage your versions here, okay? And when you go to manage, you can see which versions there are. And if you click on other versions, it's gonna show you all of the versions that are available to you in chronological order. So these are Photoshopped CC 2019. Scroll down. It doesn't show Photo Shop CC 28 team, because that's the version that I have on this computer. It's a little bit of an older computer, so it only works with 2018 and they have the other version CC 2017 2015 2014 and in the original CC. And they even have bullish up CS six here, and you'll want to install the newest version that your computer can handle depending on your operating system. And if you have a newer computer, that will be the most recent version of C C 2019. If you have an older computer than you have to go, do a little search and online to see what version of photo shop Sisi will work with your computer, okay, and then go installed that version. Okay, so that's basically a little tour of the creative cloud and where you can open and manager versions of photo shop, and then once you've got installed, you can just click here and I already had photo shop open. So it just pops right in the photo shop and you're gonna be ready to go. And once you've got photo shop ready to go, I'll see in the next lecture, and we'll dive right into learning how to use it. 4. How to Use the Downloads in Skillshare: Hi and welcome back in this lecture. I want to just show you how to use the downloads in the course so that you can practice and follow along with these lectures. So if you're in the course, dash word here and you scroll down just a little bit. You'll see a couple of tabs down here about reviews, community and projects. So you want to click on projects and resource is, and if you scroll down even a little bit further, it'll have a description of the project, and the most important part is right over here. Where it's his resource is, and in this section will have various images that you can use to download and use to practice on and photo shop on your own. The trick is downloading. These isn't the most straightforward thing, because when you click on one of these like this coffee and doughnuts image, it's basically going to bring up the image in a pre viewer in most computers rather than bringing it into Photoshopped. So what you have to do then, is you have to right click on it and say, Save picture as now it's gonna ask you, save it And unless you have a folder created, you could just go save it on your desktop and you'll also notice, In this case, it's naming it funny. So you might want to go in and just clean up this name and I'm just gonna, you know, make it look a little more readable. Coffee and donuts, and then we'll have to save. And then you can either go to your desktop, find that image where you can actually just open photo shop and then search for this image . Okay, we'll just right click this and say Open with and then hopefully as Photoshopped in your list. Then we can click that, and it will open it into photo shop just like that. And if that doesn't work, that you could just open up photo shop, go to file open, go to your desktop or wherever you saved it and get it from there. Okay, so that's how you use the downloads. I highly encourage you to do that so that you can follow along in the course and practice. And if you do, you're gonna learn a whole lot more. Thanks for watching, and I'll see in the next lecture 5. Assignment # 1 - How to Repair Blemishes: OK, in this video, we're gonna talk about the clone stamp tool, and this is one of my favorite tools because it's just so darn easy to use and it just has such significant results, and in this example we're just going to clean up some of the blemishes on this subject's face. But first we're gonna go get our tool. And if you over the left, here in the toolbar, it's this little one that looks like a stamp. I just left click on it, and that selects it. It gives you some additional tools up here so you can make adjustments to it, and sometimes you can go ahead and do these adjustments right onto your background layer. But I don't prefer to do that. So we're just going to create a new layer by clicking right here. Now we have a new layer will do all of our adjustments on the layer here and that way. For some reason, we decided we don't like what we've done. Weaken. Just toggle this off and be back to our original do. Some good nondestructive editing case were selected on our new layer. We have our clone stamp tool, selected can. Finally, what we'll do is double check where it says sample. We wanted to say all layers if it just says current layer were on a blank layer, so it's not going to recognize any of these pixels. So we need to say all layers so it can see down to the background layer. And then we take our tool over to our image, and I'm going to blow this up a little bit. So oppressed the Ault key and scroll forward. Oh, but first, I have to make sure this is not selected. So click somewhere else to de select Press Ault and scroll forward to zoom in. And remember, you can also use the zoom tool and just click to zoom or press Ault and click to zoom out. Or you can double click the hand tool to make it full screen, which is probably the easiest, or I shouldn't say full screen but full window and then we'll go back to our clone stamp tool. And by the way, the shortcut for this is s. So if I'm over here, I could just s I'm under the clone stamp tool and then we can use the left and right square brackets, which are right next to the P on your keyboard to change the size of the tool. So we'll make the tool just the size of these blemishes. And then here's how the tool works. If you watch what happens when I hit the old key, it's gonna create this little target. And that is saying that wherever I have this target, it's going to sample those pixels, and it's going to clone them and stamp them where I go. So you always want to find an area of skin that is similar in hue and darkness to the area that you're working. So I wouldn't want to come down here and get some of this shadows area and then try and fill it in because it just wouldn't look good. So I'm gonna sample right here. And so I'm holding the Ault key down. That's what gives me that little target or bull's eye. And then I just click the button and you don't see anything happen. But it sampled a bit of the image right here. Now I'm gonna release the all key, and I'm going to move over this blemish and you notice how it's carrying that. It's cloned those pixels, and it's bringing them over that part of the image. So it gives me a little preview, and then I just click, and then I can move my cursor away. You can see that it just cloned that right over, and actually, you can see right here. If we go over here, you can see what it's cloning. It's a better way to visualize it. Another thing you may have noticed is when I clicked and I'll do it again and watch closely just to the right of this circle, you'll see a little plus sign. See that plus sign that's showing me that. That is where it's sampling or cloning pixels from. So the better represent this for you. If I hold it over here, you'll see that it's sampling from right here. If I go up by her lip, it's still going to sample a spot relatively close to the right. If I go hovered near her fingernail, you can see it's sampling that same spot like 1/2 a centimeter to the right. Okay, same if I hover near her hearing, you can see and I'll even click so you can see the plus sign again. And if I move, you can see the plus sign. It's moving. That's where it's sampling from. Okay, I was I'm going to undo that. So I'm gonna say control busy, and then we'll continue on two other blemishes. So I have another blemish here. Ah, well, I think I'm gonna sample it from a little higher on her job. I don't want to get this darker stuff down here, so I'm gonna go here and click cult and click to sample and then move into the image and click. That's actually a little bit too bright. So Well, maybe look control Z and we'll try it lower. We'll do Ault and click to sample a little lower, a little darker pixels. Try that. And you can also kind of hold the button down and then move over the area. Actually, no, that's sampling right on top of where I want to be. So it's not good. So let's do altogether. Sample that and then we'll move in. Click and click. That's a little better. Still a little off in color so it could maybe try from over here. Sample some this and then bring that it there. That's much better. Much more uniform. Then we could go down here. Same thing. Click cult. Sample something right next to it. Bring across. Looks good. A little sampling from right here and you'll notice there's this little crease in her skin right here. If I was going to clone from up here and clone it down over that, I will obscure that crease so we wouldn't want to do that. I'm gonna control Ault Z twice to get rid of that. But if I'm going to cover up a blanche here as right on the crease than what I can do is I can clone a bit of the crease right here. And I could bring that crease. And you can kind of keep that line consistent if you look closely if I pulled down employing the crease down below, basically breaking the line, see it move. It's kind of hard to see, probably. But if I hold the clone stamp right in the right spot that I can clone it and it will usually keep that crease Pretty consistent. That doesn't look super great. So we'll just controls eat. I'm do that but we took care of our blemishes there. Now, one thing to keep in mind is it's one thing to do blemishes because those were temporary and people don't usually want those showing up. But maybe like this mole here, you wouldn't want Teoh touch up because that's part of her body. And she probably identifies with that in some way. It's gonna be different with every subject some people want that all taken care of, or if it's for a high fashion or something than maybe but in generally want to kind of leave people with, say, freckles or whatever. Okay, now this looks like maybe some blemishes here. So we could still go up into here and do the same thing. Press Ault and click sample that area right there, clone it and just move over and click, and then another one right here that's a little bit lighter than I would like some. I'll try one from appear. There we go. That's better, keeping it consistent and that looks pretty good for this subject and then one other things . For instance, if you now these air smile lines and they again are kind of part of her face that part of her character. But if somebody was really interested in removing their age lines and that was what they wanted, then you could, of course, come in and sample from here. And I don't even need to read sample. If I'm doing a long section, I could just kind of continue moving down and we could maybe do a little bit more left A little bit of a line there. There we go. So you kind of sampled, um, some areas out and pulled that out of there and just erase that line controls. He wants to get rid of a little thing that I did there on. Maybe I would do one more little thing to change this highlight here. I'm gonna click in the darker area and just bring this out a little bit more to make it look more consistent. That didn't really work. It's good Control z twice, and it will go sample from up here. You kind of have to play with it just to get the sample area kind of just how you want it. So you can kind of smooth things. There we go. That's a little better. So we left one kind of smile. And but you can see how we can remove age line if we wanted. Okay. And then I'm just gonna scroll out a tiny bit here, and I'll go ahead and click this layer off. Remember, we did all those edits on a second layer, so we didn't ruin our original image. So if I can go ahead and hit the island, toggle this off. You can see now quite a difference in this image just really cleans it up and kind of brings back the subjects Confidence. Okay, so just a quick recap on what we just did. We clicked on the clone stamp tool. Well, actually, first we created a new layer by clicking on new layer. Made sure were selected on that layer. So we're doing nondestructive editing, not editing are packed ground. Then we went to a clone stamp tool, or we pressed the s key to select our clone stamp. We made sure that we're sampling all layers and to shoot why? It's important to be on all layers. If we were on current layer. Remember the current layers essentially blank. Well, it has a little bit of stuff, won't see if I close the background, basically has the things that we cloned and stamped in here. But do you see how it's? It's blank over here in the lower left. If I go and I do some clones stamping over here say, I'm trying to get rid of this wrinkle here and I hit all and I'm sampling and I'm trying to fill in. You see nothing's happening. It's because of sampling from a blank layer. I'm sampling nothing right here. So it has to be toggled on, and it has to say all layers. So that is going down and sampling pixels from this background image, which is thes skin tones. Okay, so we've got that selected on all layers, and then again we go find a blemish in. This isn't really a blemish, but we cover next to it. Find the similarly colored textured area of pixels and we push the Ault key. And then we left click to select that to sample or clone those. And then we move over what we want to cover up, and we can see that that's doing a good job and we click and there you go. Okay, so that's I use the clone tool. There are a lot of other uses to like. For instance, we could even go in and remove this hearing if we wanted to. It's really that powerful. Or we could give her another hearing up further up in her ear. Um, it takes a little bit more finesse to those kinds of cloning, but it really is a powerful tool that's just really once you get the hang of it really easy to use, and you could use a brush for 1/2 an hour to get those few blemishes that we just got rid of in, like a couple of minutes with a clone tool. 6. How to Get the Most Out of This Course: Hello and welcome back. This lecture is about how to get the most out of this course. It's an important lecture. So bear with me for a second here because I have two main tips that are going to really help you to learn photo shop about a 1,000,000 times faster than you would otherwise. Okay, the first thing that you need to do is you need to set a goal for yourself to study photo shop for 20 hours. This is what I did to get over my learning curve. And I got the idea from a YouTube video by Josh Kaufman called the 1st 20 hours. And if you want to just search for that on YouTube the 1st 20 hours and he talks about how important it is to just spend that 1st 20 hours learning and doing it hands on. So that's the second part you need to do it hands on. So every time you see something interesting that I'm teaching you, you need to jump over the photo shop. If you have to pause the video, pause the video. If you have to rewind it a little bit to go back and listen as your in photo shop. That's fine, But jump into photo shop and try out the tools. And don't be afraid to make mistakes. In fact, when I'm learning, I like to think of it as Okay. How can I go break this now? Right? So I'm gonna go over the photo shop with a new technique, right? Let's say it's the brush tool, okay? And I'm going to see how bad of a job I could do with the brush tool so that I can learn how to use. Okay. In fact, let me give you an example right here, because I'm in photo shop. So let's say I just watched the video about how to use the brush to what? I'm in photo shop. And I know that the brush to was over here, so I'm gonna go over here and click on it. Right. But that's not the brush tool. Just kidding. I'm going over to that brush tool, which is right here, and I'm gonna click out. Or better yet. What if the instructor told me that the shortcut key for the brush tool is the letter B? You can see it says the letter B right there. Then I'm gonna leave my mouse in the middle here, and I'm gonna hit the letter B. So you're gonna practice the keyboard shortcuts as you're going. That's very important. You'll get really good at the most common keyboard shortcuts if you practice them as you go . So you don't get in the habit of going over here and clicking. You just get in the habit of clicking, be and you're in a brush tool. Okay. Um, I need something to paint on. So again, I'm doing this Hands on, Right. I'm gonna go and I'm gonna open something. It could be a canvas or an image. I'm just gonna open a picture of this cappuccino mug. Doesn't really matter. The point is, I'm getting my hands dirty. So I have this picture of a cappuccino mug and I have a little brush tool here, and I'm just going to try it. Whoa, Hey. I just painted something. And then the instructor said something about using the square bracket keys to make that brushed bigger. So I'm gonna try that. Well, that works. They also said something about if I pushed the number five, it will reduce the A pass ity, and you don't need to remember any of this. Now. I'm just using the Cecil example. Look, capacity changed to five there. Well, let's try a three and see if that works. Oh, hey, cool. It turned to 30%. What does that do? O makes it lighter. All right, So I'm just playing around with this. And then if I wanted, let's say that I had this fantasy about being able to create a shadow under something. Maybe I'll try that. Maybe I could try to draw shadow, brush a shadow, and I'm going to see Oh, that doesn't work very well. So I'm probably gonna need some more techniques to be ableto effectively make a good shadow underneath the coffee cup. Right? But now I have questions in my mind. I know the limits of what I know. I've made some mistakes already, which is great. Now I have questions. So now when I get to a technique that's gonna help me to make a sharp edge along the bottom of a coffee cup, that's gonna be a layer mask which will learn about later. But I'm now going to be watching for that so that when I learnt it will be like Oh yeah, that's right. That's what I could do to create a sharp edge along the bottom of the Scottish Cup using a brush, right? So as you get your hands dirty, it's gonna bring up good questions. You can ask those in the discussions if you want. I'm happy if you ask in the discussions. That's great. I will answer all of your questions. But if you want an instant answer, you can just go to YouTube or Google and type in your question like How do I put a shadow under a coffee cup? Or how do I put a shadow under an object with a brush in photo shop and you will find tutorials on it and you will learn more and then you can come back to the video and I'll continue talking about the brush tool and you'll learn more about the brush tool, and you'll just learn exponentially faster. If you do it that way, it seems slower because you're taking a little bit of time to do some research. You're taking a little bit of time to get in here and experiment around, but your actual ability to do things in a photo shop, which is the goal of this course to get you doing things practical, useful things in Photoshopped. That ability is going to grow much faster if you take the time to do it. Hands on. Okay, so quick recap Follow along with the lectures. Posit frequently. Rewind frequently. Jump over into photo shop as often as you possibly can. Every time you hear me say something like I say something about the move tool, right, Which is right here. You can go click on it. Or you can also say, Well, let's see, I was in the brush tool. That was be He said the move towards V. So I'm gonna try pushing V, and then I'm gonna try grabbing something and moving it. Let's see, that didn't work. I wonder what this means. Don't worry about that. Cancel that. They would be like, Why doesn't the move to a work? I can't move my layer. Well, that you're gonna go to Google or you're gonna go to the discussions. Were you gonna keep listening to the video? And I'm gonna tell you. Well, hey, if you're moved to it doesn't work. you might want to go to your layers panel, make sure your layer is not locked and now you'll be able to move it. OK, but if you wouldn't have gone and tried to move it, you wouldn't know that that was gonna happen. You wouldn't have gotten that experience and overcome that obstacle. Okay? And that's half the battle with photo Shop is overcoming obstacles, solving problems and figuring out ways to work around things that might be holding you back . OK, so anyway, you go and you you use the keyboard shortcut, you practice a little bit with the tool and then jumped back into the lecture hit, play again and continue listening. The minute you hear another thing like, next thing, maybe I say something about the crop tool which is right here, right? And you could hover over and see that the shortcut is C. So, while of my mouse over here, I'm gonna hit the sea. That's gonna bring up all kinds of different things in the crop tool. Okay, so now I'm learning another thing. Okay, so that's what you need to dio. And I promise you, this course will teach you a tongue commit that? 20 hours. Keep track of it. Write it on a note pad. Right It. I keep track of it on my phone. Whenever I want to learn something new, I put dates 20 days and I make a goal to do an hour a day. And even if I don't accomplish that, that's fine. But I mark down how much time I've done so I can keep track of a running total. So I know when I've hit that 20 hours. And every time I've done that, I've been blown away with how much I learned by committing that 20 hours. Okay, so do that today. Make that commitment, write it on a phone app. Writing on a piece of paper doesn't matter, but give me 20 hours and I promise you I will make you totally kick ass a photo shop 7. Intro to the Photoshop Interface: Hello And welcome back in this video, we're going to talk about the photo shop interface. I'm just going to give you an overview of the tools and menus and Photoshopped. And if you're Photoshopped interface doesn't look like this. You may be in the new interface which looks more like this, whereas these icons that you can open up and then once you click on these or open something , then it will bring you into photo shop. But most people agree that they don't really like this, and I also agree with that. So if you're in this, you can actually disable it. Well, first, you can also toggle back and forth between workspaces. You can go to essentials right now, we're on the start menu. You see, it's checked, we're gonna go to essentials. And this brings us right into Photoshop for all the tools and menus are so we can just get straight to work. If we need to open an image, we can go to file open or use the keyboard shortcut control. Oh, but let me show you how to set it up. So this is your default window so that you're not going into that other one with all the times. What you need to do is if you're on a PC, you're going to go to edit and preferences. If you're on a Mac, you'll need to go to the photo shop icon and then preferences. It's preferences is located in a different spot. But anyway, on a PC, I'm gonna go to edit and I'm going to scroll down to Preferences and go to General. The other way to do this is if I'd want to just go quicker. I can hit control K on my PC, and it'll take me straight to preferences. And on a Mac that would be command K. And under General, you're going to see a show start workspace when no documents are open, this is enabled. So I'm just going to click that to disable it when I click, OK, and then in order to make a permanent change, you have Teoh close out of photo shop and reopen photo shop. And when you do, it will automatically just pop up like this. Okay, so what, You're in this window, you're going to see a whole bunch of tools, and that's what we're gonna learn about today. Now it might seem a little overwhelming at first, but we're gonna break down the different sections so that you can have a name to go with each of the sections of this interface. The first part is the document pain, which is this big, open blank space, which is where we will bring in photos and do all of our work. The second part is the toolbar, which is this guy down the left side. This is where some of the most critical tools are that you'll be using along the top. Here you have two bars. Actually, the lower one is called the Tool Option Bar, and you'll notice that when I'm selected on this move tool, this option bar is specific to that tool. If I select a different tool, it's going to now be specific to that tool. If I go down here to the brush tool, it's going to be specific to the brush tool and so on. So that's really important to know, because you're gonna be using this option bar a fair amount as well as this tool bar up here. You have your menu bar, and this provides you with additional functionality which we won't go into right now. But we will be using these things later in the course. And as you recall, just a few minutes ago, we went to the window and work space and we could toggle the start menu on and off to give you an example of the kinds of things you find up there given moving over to the right appear in this corner. Thes air pretty typical for all windows. You can minimize, restore or close photo shop here. You could use a search bar here and we'll talk about that more later. And then this is your workspace presets panel, which will also talk about more later. And then over here is your panels and normally these we're gonna look like this. Some people in the old days they used to call these pallets, but now they call them panels and you can see they're just these different panels. So these air tabs, when just set up just like windows and you have your color, you have swatches. When you click on that, you have learned that's where you can do tutorials from Photoshopped libraries, adjustments. This is where you could do adjustments to your images layers, which is an important one, and so on and so forth. And you can customize these and I'll show you how to do that in a subsequent lecture. But I encourage you to jump over into photo shop and just go around and kind of take a close look at some of these things. You can click through some of these tool bars and just kind of get a sense of the changing of the option bar. You can click on a few of these two and see what's in them. For instance, you edit, you'll see like Undo, step forward, step backwards. Copy. You know a lot of these air things you'll see in like Microsoft Word or Excel, so it's not going to seem extremely foreign to you. And then you can develop some curiosity about some of these other things, like what is free, transform and just say you're exploring. And then you can go click through some of these pallets or panels, as we call them now and just kind of get a sense of what's going on there. And then in the next lecture, I'm gonna show you how to customize all of this to fit your needs. And Oh, by the way, if years doesn't look exactly like this one, you can go appear because you might have a different panel set up. You can go over here, click this drop down, and I am selected on essentials. That's just basically like the simplified version of the panels. But there are different ones in here, and you can just select on essentials. And then if you're on essentials, but it still looks different than this, then go down to here and click reset Essentials, and that's gonna put it back to basically like the default settings. And that way yours will look like mine and we can work together. Okay, so go play around with this. Just get familiar, and then I'll see you in the next lecture and customize this to make your own personalized workspace. 8. How to Customize the Photoshop Interface: Hello again and welcome back. Did you go ahead and play around with your interface to get familiar with it? I hope you did. If you didn't, I recommend pausing the video for a second. Going and doing that in this video, we're gonna talk about how to actually customize this to suit your working style or your preferences. Okay. Now, one of the cool things is that all of these things a removable or almost all of them, and it's a little bit hard to see, But there's these little dotted lines in your tool bars. You'll see one there and one there. And you can basically just left click on this and pull and drag it out of there. And you can put it other places. If you want it over here, you could send it over here if you want it somewhere, like right in your workspace. You could do that. You can also expand and contract these. So if we do this, we got a double toolbar. And if we do this, we get a single again. Most people keep it on single. You could also close this and just get rid of it. So if I clicked on that. I'd close it to get it back, have to get a window and go down tools to get back. But for now, I like it pretty close to the default. So I'm gonna bring it back over here and you'll notice when I put it in place here, it brings up this little blue line that fades out, and that means that it's ready to dock it back into the interface. So I'm going to do that and then release the mouse, and now it's locked back in there. You can also do the same thing with these. By the way, I didn't tell you what this is. This is basically your additional panels. And if I expand this out, I have these panels. But now I have a whole new set of familes, and I could so I could expand those or contract them. And the other cool thing about your panels is that they're entirely customizable. So let's say, for instance, I don't need this swatches panel, which I generally don't I Congrats. It left, click it and I'm gonna pull it out of there. And now I can just click the X and make it go away. Let's say also that I don't need the learned tab again. I left. Click it, drag it out of there and make it go away. You can also add new panels by going toe window and picking one of the panels from here. These air, all panels. So, for instance, if I want to see the history panel, which allows me to see the past actions that I've done in photo shop, which is be very useful, I'm just gonna click that little Open it up here and I'm gonna grab it and I'm gonna bring it in, and I'm gonna put it next to my color panel. And the way you do that as you hold it so that you get this blue box around it. There are a couple of options. If I hold it up here, it's gonna go into its own layer like that. But if I hold it right within the color panel and it lights up like this, that it's gonna nest as another tap. OK, so see that we have the tab. Okay, you can also click on these, so if I want to see the color, I click it once, and it opens it up. If I want to hide it, I click it twice and it minimizes it. Same with the adjustments. If I wanted to minimize that double, click it. And so on and so forth. If I want to close everything down, make my screen very not busy. Ethan, you just close meltdown like that. Okay? But you can take these and drag him to another layer. You can put them on their own layer, nested in with the other ones like that, and that just made everything open up. But if I close it back up again, you can see I just dropped it into this layer of tabs and just customize it like that. One other thing that you can do to customize your workspace, which is really cool, is right up here. And if I click this drop down, as I mentioned last time, we clicked up essentials and that put us in essentials. But there are other customized workspaces here that you can select on. And so, for instance, right now we're in essentials. And let's reset essential. So I can kind of show you This has, like, color and swatches and libraries and layers, which is kind of your basic workspace. It includes adjustments was just something that the average user would use pretty often. But let's say that were a graphic designer. So we're working, you know, we're making, like, business cards and flyers and things like that. What you would want to dio is go too graphic and Web. You click that you notice the whole thing changes instead of having the color swatches. It has character, which is for editing text. It has paragraph for editing your paragraphs and so on and so forth. But it has panels that are relevant to what a graphic designer would use, and you can even take that one step further, and you can completely customize it to fit exactly what you want to dio. So, for instance, I could pull all of these out and just I'm just gonna pull him out quickly and close them all out. Let's say I don't want any of these in here. Let's say I don't want libraries. I don't want this. Let's say I just want layers properties. I want history down below, down below, so I gotta go all the way down here. There's history. It's closed layers to my could. Easier. I'm just clicking these and dragging around. I don't want this long. I don't want this one. So I have properties, layers history. And let's just grab a couple of more out of the Windows Tab window tab and we can go to these again. And let's say I want to do adjustments. Definitely. So let's click on adjustments. I don't want style, so just get rid of that. There we go. Now we're gonna grab this and we're gonna drag it over and put it next to history. Okay, Now I have adjustments in there and let's do one more. It doesn't really matter. This is really just as an example. Let's two brushes. Okay, so this gives me all of my brushes and brush settings. I'm gonna click and drag this in, and let's put this one at the top. Okay? Gonna close that down so you can see it. Okay, so I've created a custom panel set up, So all I have to do is go up to this menu and say new workspace, and I could just give it a name. And let's call this Steve's space and we'll click Save. And now this is a saved workspace. So when I go back up into here, you see, I'm now selected on that space. If I goto essentials, which again is kind of our basic workspace, which is what will be working in. And I want to get back to Steve Space. I could just go back up. There it is. Click on it, and I go back to my custom set up. Okay, So what I want you to do is pause this lecture and go over and practice undocking and docking items. I have to drop it before I dockets. It takes a little practice to get used to document on docking these things. One thing you'll notice is if I want to take this and put it down below this, actually, to drive all the way down to the bottom of the screen like that, minimize that so you can see where it landed. So get familiar with that. And then I want you to go in, rearrange some of these, go to the windows tab, pull out some panels that look interesting to you, Doc them in here and then go here call it a new workspace and name it for yourself. So you get some practice creating a custom work space, and then when you're completely done with that, I want you to go to back to essentials, click on essentials so that your workspace is gonna look like mine just to make it simple for us working together, going forward. So go do that and I will see you in the next lecture. 9. Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac and PC: okay. And this lecture we're gonna talk about keyboard shortcuts and keyboard shortcuts are kind of a pain in the butt. But they're really important if you wanna work more efficiently and quickly in photo shop. So we're just going to do a little introduction to keyboard shortcuts, and then we're gonna do a little keyboard practice, and you're going to see a little lecture like this in every section where we're just gonna practice some keyboard shortcuts. And a lot of times you'll be able to just go to photo shop and listen to my voice and practice along. And I really, really want you to do that, because it will improve your workflow in photo shop immensely. But first, let's talk a little bit about Mac versus PC keyboards. This is something that causes people a lot of confusion. But once I break it down for you, you'll see that it's really not that complicated. And no matter what I tell you, you'll be able to. If you have a PC or a Mac, you'll be able to understand what I'm saying. After this lecture, I teach on a PC, so most of the keyboard shortcuts I'm gonna tell you will be the PC version. But again, once I show you this, you'll know how to do the same thing on a Mac without even thinking about. OK, so the main keys that you're going to be using for keyboard shortcuts are going to be the all turkey. And I'll explain these in Mac in just a second. The control key and the shift key. You'll use these in various combinations and with other keys to do. Probably 80% of the things you can do with the mouse when it comes to opening tools and saving and things like that. Okay, so that all key, the control key and the shift key and an example that you're probably already familiar with if you've used any other program like Microsoft Word or anything like that is Control Z. That's the undue shortcut, right control and see. So let's look at the Mac equivalent of it. And again, if you're a Mac user, you probably know this. But instead of hitting control Z to undo on a Mac, you hit command Z Command Z okay, and you just press the buttons down at the same time, and that will undo the most recent action that you've done. So the command key on a Mac is essentially the same as the control key on a PC. If I tell you to hit Control Z, you're just going to automatically think I'm on a Mac, so I'm gonna hit Command Z. Okay, so that's the first tip. Control on a PC equals command on a Mac. The 2nd 1 is Ault Ault on a PC is the same as option on a Mac. Okay, Altana PC option on the Mac. So if I tell you to hold down the old key and click your mouse If you're on a Mac, you'll hold down the option key and click your mouse. OK, so that's the second tip for comparing the two keyboards. And then, fortunately, the shift key is gonna work the same on both. Okay, So if you need to watch that again or write it down even if you think you'll struggle to remember that that's basically the most important tip I'll give you for differentiating between a Mac keyboard and a PC keyboard. Okay, so I could talk about that all day, but what we really need to do is just start practicing, so I'm going to show you the very first keyboard shortcut, and this is an easy one. Right now I'm in full screen in Photoshopped, these air to images. But if I hit the F key, all toggle between various versions of full screen and partial screen. So I just hit. You'll see that the menu bars came back and the tabs, I'll hit F again. Just the menu bars. Enough again, it's full screen, and I could just cycle through. See, there's full screen, the tools, partial tools, full screen again. So let's go back to this. And I've also hidden some of my additional tools. I'm gonna hit the tab key, and I'm gonna bring all the tools back and the pallets and we'll go into all this soon. But just remember, if I'm in photo shop and I had F there are three different settings to toggle between full screen and having all your tools. And if he that tab, you'll hide your tools tab again. The tools come back. OK, Tab, tab. Okay. So make sure you go into photo shop and actually practice these things. Practice hitting F f f toe toe, toe toe. Okay, so you get familiar with it. Now, let me just show you a couple more keyboard shortcuts that you can practice, and then I'll get into showing you what all of these tools are and how to use them. Okay, so one of the most important keyboard shortcuts that you'll need when your very first starting out is the keyboard shortcut for opening and image. And it is control on a PC or command on a Mac, right. Control on a PC command on a Mac, and then the letter O. Okay, so I'm on a PC's. I'm gonna hit control. Oh, and this is gonna open up the open dialogue box. And from here, I can easily open an image. And we're going to talk more about this in subsequent lectures about opening and saving images. But now you've got a good, quick keyboard shortcut for control. Oh, okay. Now, let's say I've done some edits to this, and I want to save it. If I want to save the changes to my original photo, I just hit control and s okay. So back over here, to our keyboards, control or command on a Mac and the key s control s That will save it if I want to save it as an entirely new document so that I don't do any damage to my old document. I can hit control. Cult s control. Ult s on a Mac. It'll be command option, because option. It's the same assault command option s okay, So let's go back to this one, and I'll do it. Control Ault s. It's going to bring up the save as dialogue box and allow me to rename this and then save it. Okay, so those air your quick keyboard shortcuts for the day, let's do a quick review. And then I really want you to practice them. We'll go back to our keyboards again, and what I recommend is doing them in this order. First, go command po and open an image. It could be any image. It doesn't matter. Do commando and open an image or out of PC. You're gonna say control o open an image and then save it as something else by saying control Ault s control. Alter s a Mac command option s okay. And remember, Altana PC is the same as option on a Mac control on the PC is the Samos command on a Mac. Okay, practice those a little bit until you can just kind of do it without thinking about it, and I'll see you in the next lecture. 10. Assignment # 2 - Open, Save, and Rename an Image: Hi. Welcome back. This is gonna be a simple assignment. We're gonna practice opening and saving an image, and we'll review some of the keyboard shortcuts that you've done. So you can just get really good at using them to make your work faster. So you're probably already in this image from our last video. But if you're not look me close. This didn't get where you might be. Then you can hit control O on a PC Commando on a Mac and you're gonna open up that tree image. And wherever you have that, if you don't have it downloaded, then you just go to the course content page and click on the download under the last lecture. I'm gonna open that up and then let's talk about saving. So this image, if you look up here in the image tab, is called Tree Blue Sky Dodge a pig. Let's say that I want to save this image, but I want it to be called tree with green grass. What I can dio is I can either go to the file menu and go to save as or because we're focusing on using keyboard shortcuts. I can say shift control s and on your Mac, remember, shift his shift. Control is the same as command. So you're gonna say shift Command s So let's go back in here and I'm going to say control shift s It's going to bring up the save as dialogs bucks and I could rename this tree with green grass. But while we're in the same house dialog box, we need to talk about file type. You'll see that this is defaulting to a J peg, but I want you to know that if you click here, you have a whole bunch of different options for ways to say if your image and we're going to go into these in more detail later in the course. But the main ones that you will generally work with will be a J peg, which is right here a photo shop document which has the extension PSD. And then on some occasions you'll do a PdF or a PNG. And for the most part, that's all you're going to use for now. And you'll notice that even with the J peg, their several different versions thes air basically like older versions of J pegs. But you want to go with simple J P E g. So I will click on that, and I'm ready to save it. Now. When I click save, it's going to give me some options that I can choose from as far as the quality of the image. And again, this is something we'll talk about mawr in the course, But just know that you can change the size of your file, which will also affect the visual quality of your file. But if you are using it for the Web for a Web page, you'll generally want to go on the smaller side so you can get a smaller file size. And if you really need to maintain the quality or you're using it as a large image than you generally will go with a larger file, so you get better quality. But you'll also have a bigger image. But we're just gonna leave it on the default, which is medium, and we'll click OK, and now you'll notice it's renamed This image to tree with green grass stopped shape, and if I go back to control or command Oto, open an image and scroll down to where that's located, you'll notice I now have two files in here. So if I want to do some changes to this one and say I want to make the sky read or something, then I can go in and make those changes and I'll have to separate images. Okay, so that's how to do save as on image. Now let's do a little bit a quick keyboard shortcut review, and then we'll be done with this lecture. So remember, if we want to zoom in on our image, we can hit control or command and zero, and that's going to bring it to full screen. If we want to go to 100% we hit control or command one that's gonna bring it to 100%. If we want to move the image around, we can press the space bar, which is gonna turn our cursor into the hand tool as long as we're holding the space far and we can slide that back and forth. This would be a great time for you to go into photo shop, and you can just listen to my voice and follow the keyboard shortcuts if you like, And that way you can get some hands on practice while I'm talking to you. If I release that, it's gonna go back to whatever tool I have selected, which in this case, happens to be the brush tool. If I want to zoom in or out without having to go and click on the tool or even use the Z shortcut to select the zoom tool, I can press Ault and that allows me to use this scroll on my mouse. If you don't have a scroll on your mouse, that's okay. You can actually just go into the tool by pressing Z that will bring you into the tool. And then you left. Click with your mouse to zoom in or you press ault and left click on your mouse to see him out. Okay, so if you need to rewind this section and practice these things, it's really great to go through it and just hit the H key to get the hand hit the Z key to get the zoom, hit the space bar to go back to the hand and practice moving with it and move it around. Press the Elke while you're in the zoom when you consume out, okay, but just use these tools and practice with, um, hit control or command zero to make it full screen and just play around and get good at thes until their second nature, and then you'll be ready for the next section of this course. But this is the end of this section. I hope to see you in part, to where we're going to dive into the five most important tools and Photoshopped.