Adobe Photoshop Level 1

at Ascend Training - Near North Side

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Wed, Dec 18, 9:30am - Dec 20, 4:00pm (3 sessions)

Near North Side, Downtown/Loop
515 N State St 14th Floor
Grand Ave & State St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this photoshop class:

This comprehensive Photoshop course enables students to create professional, complex graphics and edit images. Learn to manipulate photos and graphics for both print and web. Whether you’re new to Photoshop or been using it for years, you will have solid skills and be able to create, edit, and manipulate images with ease in our Adobe Photoshop class.

Class Prerequisite: Solid computer skills, Mac or Windows.

Introduction to Photoshop
  • The differences between Photoshop (raster based) & Illustrator (vector based) 
  • How Photoshop works with the other programs in the Creative Cloud family 
  • Resolution: What is the correct PPI for a particular project
  • Images size versus Canvas size 
  • Resizing images for the best result without loosing quality
  • Export file formats: EPS, TIFF, JPEG, BMB, GIF, PDF, PN
The New Photoshop Interface
  • Using the Workspace Switcher to customize workspaces on the fly 
  • Managing images in the Tabbed format 
  • Navigation and Open GL: Zooming and panning 
  • Changing the color of the interface from 4 choices of light to dark 
  • Increasing the font size in the user interface 
Adobe File Bridge and Mini Bridge
  • Launching Mini Bridge and the differences between Mini Bridge and Bridge
  • Viewing linked Photoshop files within an InDesign document in Mini Bridge 
  • Working with the File Bridge to view, search, sort, manage, rename and process image files 
  • Searching by file name or keyword 
  • How the Bridge works with Illustrator, InDesign & Acrobat files 
  • Use Flags, Keywords and Editable Metadata within the File Bridge 
Cropping, Guides and Grids
  • Using Guides, Grids and Smart Guides in Photoshop CS6
  • Cropping images using non-distructrive cropping
  • Cropping with Perspective 
  • Visually cropping with: Rule of Thirds, Grid, Diagonal, Triangle, Golden Ratio or Golden Spiral 
  • Using the Straighten Option within the Crop Tool Control Bar 
  • Cropping for Specific Size or Resolution 
  • Using the Trim function to delete any extra pixels 
Color in Photoshop
  • The different color modes: RGB, CMYK, Bitmap, Grayscale, Indexed Color & Lab 
  • Forground and Background colors and how they interact with the Swatches and Color panels 
  • Color correction fundamentals 
  • Making Selections in Photoshop and how it differs from Illustrator 
  • Using the Quick Select tool 
  • Improving edges of selections with Refine Edge  
  • Adding to selections, subtracting from selections, and saving selections to an Alpha Channel 
  • Using Photoshop's Quick Masks to make selections
  • Feathering selections to create a soft edge 
Painting in Photoshop
  • Changing the size and hardness of brushes 
  • Working with the Brushes panel for added features 
  • Using the Brushes panel for erodible tip and airbrush tip for realistic painting techniques 
The History Panel
  • The History panel vs. Undo 
  • How Photoshop saves Snapshots on the History pane
Working with Layers and Alpha Channels
  • Creating new layers, layer sets & reordering the stacking order within the layers panel in Photoshop 
  • Using the Transform functions to Scale, Rotate, Flip, Skew & Distort 
  • Linking, Aligning and Grouping layers within Photoshop
  • How Transforming affects linked layers in Photoshop
  • Working with Photoshop's Styles panel on layers 
  • Adding individual Layer Styles such as Drop Shadow & using the Contour option 
  • Introduction to Adjustment Layers using Hue/Saturation and the Target Adjustment tool 
  • Utilizing the Adjustments' Panel for non-destructive alterations 
  • Using Smart Objects to scale Illustrator files without losing quality 
  • Turning a Photoshop layer into a Smart Object to allow for non-destructive transformations 
  • Layer Modes & how they affect layers underneath in the stacking order 
  • Placing graphics from other applications as layers
  • Searching layers by type, kind, name, effect, mode or attribute 
Layer Masks
  • Introduction to the use of Layer Masks to hide a portion of an image 
  • Managing the Properties panel for Pixel or Vector masks
  • Refining masks with the Paintbrush or Color range 
  • How Refine Edge allows to autmoatically output to a Layer Mask 
Introduction to Paths and the Shape Tool
  • What are Bézier curves? 
  • Using the Shape tool to create editable, vector shapes
  • Creating shapes freeform, or a specific size 
  • Changing the fill and stroke of shapes 
  • Using the Custom Shape tool to create a multitude of different shapes 
Text in Photoshop
  • Working with text as Vector based, as opposed to Raster based 
  • Point text versus paragraph text 
  • Creating Warped text 
  • Using kerning, tracking & other new text feature
  • Creating multiple-colored gradients including transparent areas in Photoshop 
  • Working with the Fade feature to use half of a gradient, or even change the color mode of each 
Creating Web Graphics
  • What is the best format for my needs? 
  • Using the Photoshop Save for Web feature for GIF, JPEG and PNG files 
  • Adjusting images for the web & using the Slice tool 
  • Dither transparencies to achieve partial transparent effects
  • Optimizing web graphics in Photoshop

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