Welcome to Adobe Photoshop Up to Speed!

This course helps you to get up and running quickly with Adobe's powerful photo editing and management system.


This handy step-by-step class starts from scratch, starting with basics such as getting your images into Photoshop and then moving on to more advanced features designed to help you to become more productive more quickly. 


In no time at all, you’ll be navigating the Photoshop interface, editing and creating Photoshop documents like a pro.  You’ll delve into working with layers and layer mask; creating selections; adjusting image exposure, clarity, vibrance and saturation; removing haze from images; adjusting shadows and highlights; changing color and adjusting white balance; removing items from photos using Content-Aware technology; using handy tools such as the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, and Range Masking tools;  cropping and straightening images; fixing perspective problems; creating panoramas and merging photos using HDR; and much more. You’ll learn about Photoshop’s most popular and handiest tools allowing you to create some truly amazing images.


Who is this course for?

This course was created for people new to image editing as well as well-seasoned photographers and designers looking to learn Adobe’s powerful image editing application.  This course will also be helpful for those coming from a previous version of Apple Photos or those looking to delve more deeply into the Photos application.  

What does this course include?

  •        Step-by-step instructional videos that are easy to follow
  •        Downloadable lesson files allowing you to follow along with the instructor
  •        Support for any questions you may have

What You’ll Learn:

  •     The Photoshop Environment. You’ll learn how to navigate the Photoshop interface and work with the various panels in the application, how to use the Tools panel, how to create and save Photoshop documents and how to use Photoshop Zoom Tool and Navigator panel.

  •        Working with Color and Painting:  Next, we’ll take a look at the methods of working with color in Photoshop.  You’ll modify color using the Color Picker, the Color Panel and the Swatches panel.  You’ll also use the Brush tool, the Paint Bucket tool, the Gradient tool and the Eyedropper tool to change the color in a document. 

  •        Editing Tools: Then, we’ll begin working with some of Photoshop’s editing tools, such as the Magic Eraser and Background Eraser Tools, the Clone Stamp and Pattern Stamp Tool, and the Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush Tools.  You’ll lighten and darken images using the Dodge and Burn tools and the Sponge Tool.  You’ll also learn how to repair images and remove items from photos using Adobe’s Content-Aware technology.

  •       Working with SelectionsIn this section, we’ll begin working with some of Photoshop’s selection tools, which allow you to select an area of an image for editing.  We’ll work with the Marquee and the Lasso tools, the Magic Wand tool, the Crop Tool as well as the Quick Selection Tool.  You’ll also learn how to feather and modify selections, make selections by color range and focus area and even save selections so you can use them again in the future.

  •        Working with Selections.  Next, we’ll drive into photo editing beginning with quick photo adjustments.  You’ll then learn how to navigate Edit mode, where you’ll start by applying a variety of filters to your images.  You’ll learn how to adjust image exposure, contrast and clarity as well as tweak the vibrance, and saturation of your photos.  We’ll discuss how to adjust the blacks and whites, and how to remove blemishes, dust, sensor dots or unwanted items from your photos using the Retouch tool.  We’ll also go in-depth working with Color in which you’ll learn how to set the white balance in an image as well as how to change color using the Selective Color slider.  To help you fix those pesky image problems, you’ll learn how to crop and straighten photos, remove spots and other image imperfections, fix red-eye and even rotate images.  

  •        Working with Layers:  We’ll then move on to working with one of Photoshop’s most powerful features: Layers.   Together, we’ll create, select, delete, link, merge and hide layers, as well as modify layer opacity and lock layers from editing.  Additionally, you’ll learn how to add adjustment layers, fill layers and how to align layer contents.  You’ll color code layers, rename layers, create layer comps and even auto-blend layer contents.

  •        Adjusting Images: In this section, we’ll begin adjusting images.  We’ll resize images, scale and rotate them, skew and warp them, adjust image distortion and perspective, replace color in a photo and even convert a photo to black & white.  We’ll then work with Photoshop tools to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, shadows, highlights and the color balance in a photo.  We’ll also take a look-see at some of Photoshop’s more advanced photo editing tools, such as Curves and Levels.

  •        Using Type: Next, you’ll learn how to add text to your Photoshop documents using type tools.  Together, we’ll add type to documents, format characters, format paragraphs, warp text and create paragraph type.

  •        Using Filters: Next, we’re then going to spend a good amount of time learning how to add special effects to your images using Photoshop’s extensive Filters.  We’ll start out by using some common filters such as the Blur filters, Brush filters, Noise filters, Shake reduction filters and Sharpen filters.  We’ll then move on to some of the more unusual filters, such as the Render filters, Stylize filters, Texture filters and Sketch filters.  We’ll also look at the highly versatile Liquify tools with which you can push, pull, rotate, pucker and bloat areas of your image, creating some quite interesting effects.  

  •        Channels and Masks: Then, we’ll work a bit with Channels and Masks.  You’ll learn how to save a selection as a Channel and load a Channel as a selection.  We’ll then spend a couple of videos working with Channel Masks.  You’ll learn how to create them, how to reshape them and how to use them to blend images.  

  •        Productivity Tools: We’re then going to change course a bit and look at some of Photoshop’s productivity tools.  We’ll add free floating text to our documents using the Notes feature, carry out an automated sequence of steps using Actions, apply actions to all of the files in a specific folder, as well as rename all of the files in a folder. Additionally, we’ll use guides, grids and rulers to help us align the objects on our document and we’ll work with quickly exporting our Photoshop files to a variety of different formats and dimensions.  

  •        Editing Images with Camera Raw: Lastly, we’re going to take a deep-dive into Adobe Camera Raw, a filter for post-processing photos, which is organized into a logical and intuitive photo editing workflow so you’ll always know where to begin.  While using Camera raw, you’ll work with some basic adjustments such as lightening or darkening your images, adjusting contrast and clarity to add some pop to your photos and adjust and even change the color in your photos.  You’ll learn how to fix image problems and issues by cropping, removing spots and other unwanted items from your photos, fixing white balance problems and correcting perspective problems.  You’ll learn how to take average photos and turn them into something truly impressive by using Camera Raw’s advanced tools and brushes.  You’ll also learn how to create some professionally looking effects and add stunning finishing touches to your photos.


By the end of this course, you’ll be editing your images like a pro, allowing you to effectively and quickly move through your photography or design workflow with confidence.

I’m also here every step along the way for you so don’t hesitate to ask me any questions related to Photoshop or to the course content that come up as you journey through the course.  You can post your question in the course or fire me off a direct message.  Also, let me know if there’s any way I can improve this course.

Are you ready to begin your Adobe Photoshop journey?  Then, let’s get started!

 - Roger

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Photoshop Course Introduction

    • Before You Begin

    • Download Course Lesson Files

  • 2

    Lesson 1: The Photoshop Environment

    • Getting Started

    • A Look at the Start Screen

    • Learning the Interface

    • Opening an Existing File

    • Opening an Existing File

    • Using the Status Bar

    • Using the Tools Panel

    • Using Photoshop Panels

    • Changing Screen Modes

    • Using the Zoom Tool and the Navigator Panel

    • Using the Undo and Redo Commands

    • Changing the Color Scheme

    • Creating a New Image

    • Saving Your Work

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Working with Colors and Painting

    • Setting the Foreground and Background Color

    • Using the Color Picker

    • Using the Color Panel

    • Using the Swatches Panel

    • Coloring with the Brush Tool

    • Coloring with the Paint Bucket Tool

    • Using the Eye Dropper Tool

    • Working with Gradients

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Editing Tools

    • Using Copy and Paste

    • Using the History Panel

    • Using the History Brush Tool

    • Using the Magic Eraser Tool

    • Using the Background Eraser Tool

    • Using the Pencil Tool

    • Using the Clone Stamp Tool

    • Using the Pattern Stamp Tool

    • Using the Dodge and Burn Tools

    • Using the Sponge Tool

    • Using the Healing Brush Tool

    • Using the Spot Healing Brush

    • Using the Patch Tool

    • Using the Content-Aware Fill Workspace

    • Using the Color Replacement Tool

    • Using the Red-Eye Tool

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Working with Selections

    • Using the Marquee Tools

    • Using the Lasso Tools

    • Using the Paste Into Command

    • Using the Magic Wand Tool

    • Using the Quick Selection Tool

    • Using the Crop Tool

    • Feathering Selections

    • Modifying Selections

    • Selecting by Focus Area

    • Selecting by Color Range

    • Transforming Selections

    • Saving and Opening Selections

    • Using the Object Selection Tool

    • Adjusting Selections

    • Using Content-Aware Move

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Working with Layers

    • Understanding Layers

    • Creating and Deleting Layers

    • Selecting Layers

    • Selecting Multiple Layers

    • Linking and Hiding Layers

    • Merging Layers

    • Setting Layer Opacity

    • Using Layer Comps

    • Locking Layers

    • Removing the Background

    • Setting Layer Blending Modes

    • Color Coding and Renaming Layers

    • Adding Adjustment Layers

    • Adding Fill Layers

    • Creating Smart Objects

    • Auto-Aligning Layer Contents

    • Auto-Blending Layer Contents

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Adjusting Images

    • Resizing Images

    • Scaling and Rotating Images

    • Skewing Images

    • Adjusting Distort and Perspective

    • Warping Images

    • Adjusting Brightness and Contrast

    • Setting Hue and Saturation

    • Adjusting Shadows and Highlights

    • Setting the Color Balance

    • Using Levels

    • Using Curves

    • Replacing Color in an Image

    • Matching Color in an Image

    • Converting an Image to Black & White

    • Duplicating Images

    • Placing Images into Frames

  • 8

    Lesson 7: Working with Type

    • Using Standard Type Tools

    • Setting Type Options

    • Creating Paragraph Type

    • Formatting Characters

    • Formatting Paragraphs

    • Warping Text

    • Using the Type Mask Tool

    • Adding Layer Styles

  • 9

    Lesson 8: Working with Filters

    • Understanding Filters

    • Artistic Filters

    • Blur Filters

    • Brush Stroke Filters

    • Distort Filters

    • Noise Filters

    • Pixelate Filters

    • Render Filters

    • Sharpen Filters

    • Shake Reduction Filter

    • Sketch Filters

    • Stylize Filters

    • Texture Filters

    • Photo Filters

    • Using the Liquify Tools

    • Using the Vanishing Point Filter

    • Using the Filter Gallery

    • Using Smart Filters

    • Using the Sky Replacement Feature

  • 10

    Lesson 9: Using Channels and Masks

    • A Look at Channels

    • Working with Layer Masks

    • Reshaping a Layer Mask

    • Blending Images with Layer Masks

    • Using Mask Commands

  • 11

    Lesson 10: Productivity

    • Using Actions

    • Batch with Actions

    • Using the Note Tool

    • Using Guides, Grids and Rulers

    • Using Smart Guides

    • Creating a Contact Sheet

    • Using the Batch Rename Feature

    • Load Files into Stack

    • Auto-Cropping and Straightening Images

    • Optimizing Images for the Web

    • Using Libraries to Store Content

  • 12

    Lesson 11: Editing Images using Camera Raw

    • Important - Camera Raw Lesson Files

    • Download Lesson Files for Camera Raw

    • Introduction to Camera Raw

    • The Camera Raw Environment

    • Viewing Before and After

    • The Basic Panel

    • Choosing a Camera Profile

    • Adjusting Image Exposure

    • Adjusting Contrast

    • Adjusting Image Clarity

    • Adjusting Vibrance and Saturation

    • Removing Haze from an Image using Dehaze

    • Adjusting Shadows and Highlights

    • Adjusting Blacks and Whites

    • Using Auto Tone

    • Adjusting White Balance

    • Changing Color in an Image

    • Changing Color from the Calibration Panel

    • Straightening an Image

    • Cropping an Image

    • Using the Adjustment Brush

    • Adding a Post-Crop Vignette

    • Applying a Radial Filter

    • Fixing Perspective Problems

    • Using the Spot Removal Tool

    • Making Lens Corrections

    • Using the Graduated Filter

    • Using Color Grading

    • Using the Range Masking Tool

    • Adding Contrast Using the Tone Curve

    • Working with Grain

    • Reducing Noise

    • Sharpening an Image

    • Using Presets

    • Creating Snapshots

    • Rotating Images

    • Fixing Red-Eye

    • Removing Camera Raw Adjustments

    • Saving an Image in a Different Format

    • Merge to HDR

    • Merge to Panorama

  • 13


    • Thank You!