This online course is 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

The actual time commitment involved in completing any given lesson can vary significantly based on a number of factors including reading speed, familiarity with the topic, related experience, the amount of time spent completing optional assignments, and involvement with discussion board. For planning purposes we suggest setting aside 1 hour per lesson as a starting point.


Introduction to Photoshop CC

Introduction to Photoshop CC

$190 + applicable tax

Photoshop is the world's most popular photo-editing program. Artists, photographers, designers, and hobbyists all rely on Adobe Photoshop for image creation and editing. Discover the fastest and most effective ways to use Photoshop from an expert and former columnist for Photoshop User magazine (who has twice been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame).

You'll learn how to use Photoshop while accessing it from the Creative Cloud (CC). The course provides detailed, step-by-step instructions that you'll have no trouble following—even if you've never used a computer graphics program before! And you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

Photoshop CC has a host of impressive new features for photographers, and you'll encounter a number of them. We'll begin with an introduction to the Photoshop environment. Next, you'll learn how to create simple digital paintings (including some brushes that let you create the look of an oil painting from a photo).

Then you'll be editing your own photographs to get rid of dust and scratches, fix the color, and correct image exposure. You'll master techniques for switching the backgrounds on images and removing wrinkles and blemishes from photos, just like they do in magazines. You'll also learn about the content-aware Move tools in CC that, like magic, let you move something on an image and intelligently replace the "hole" left behind at the same time.

By the time you finish this fun, hands-on, project-oriented course, you'll be well on your way to expressing yourself with the most exciting graphics program ever developed.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Introducing Photoshop
Your journey begins. Whether you're an aspiring graphic artist or a weekend photographer, Photoshop can take you places you've never dreamed of. Even if you've never touched Photoshop before, you'll be able to open, edit, and save files before this lesson ends. You'll also find out how to download images, and you'll learn simple commands that make an image "pop."

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Choosing Colors and Painting
Did you like playing with paints as a child? In this lesson, you'll discover how enjoyable it can be to paint in Photoshop . . . where you don't need to clean up after yourself, and there's no odor of turpentine. You'll find out how Photoshop "thinks" about color and how you can use the brushes inside Photoshop to make a simple landscape. You'll even blend colors on your image as if they were made of oil paints or watercolors. This is a fun lesson!

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

More Brush Tools
Zoom, Scrubby Zoom, Airbrush, Eraser, Smudge: Do you know what these tools and commands mean in Photoshop? You will! In this lesson, you'll find out how to navigate your image so you can edit and paint more effectively—and give your eyes a rest too. You'll also learn how to erase, blur, smudge, and finger paint. These techniques are fun, easy ways to make dramatic changes in your images, whether you're altering photos or creating a work of art from scratch.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Colorizing Images
Have you seen ads or greeting cards where most of the image is in black and white but one part's in color? Today you'll find out how to create that effect. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to transform images from color into black and white or even old-fashioned sepia. We'll also cover some tricks with the History Brush tool and history snapshots, so you can experiment while you're creating a hand-tinted image . . . and quickly undo whatever steps you don't like.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Making and Saving Rectangular and Oval Selections
If you wanted a friend to hand you an orange from a fruit bowl, you'd probably just point to the one you want or describe its location. Photoshop also needs directions if you want to lift something out of an image or point it out in some way. The Photoshop name for "pointing" is selections. In this lesson, you'll learn the critical skill of making selections. You'll see how easy it is to isolate portions of your image so that you can add a filter or change the colors. You'll also create vignettes, which are photos with an opaque center that falls off to a very soft edge. And if you don't like the selection you just made, you'll get help from the Refine Edge command.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Using Additional Selection Tools
Photoshop has some great selection tools, but until now, all of them have had trouble selecting exactly what you had in mind. You can see the flower, so why can't Photoshop? Today you'll learn to use the Lasso, Magic Wand, and Quick Selection tools to make the exact selections you want as you practice putting two images together.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Creating and Customizing Brushes
You can paint in Photoshop—even if the only thing you can do with paint in "real life" is spill it! Photoshop lets you create fabulous brushes from images and customize them in many ways. You can create your own work of art just by using brushstrokes.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Discovering Gradients
Gradients are fountains of color. One of the current trends in photography is to colorize areas of a photo with a gradient. You can spend hundreds of dollars buying gradient-colored stock photos—or just use what you learn in this lesson to create them yourself! Even portraits can be much more exciting with a gradient added to them.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Setting Type and Adding Effects to Text
Whether you want to add type to a scrapbooking layout, make large type for display, or learn a little bit about Photoshop's Layer Styles, you'll enjoy this lesson. You'll try your hand at making type that warps, wiggles, and follows a path. Then you'll see what you can do to text on your own.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

Setting Image Resolution and Image Sizes for Input and Output
Today you'll learn how to size your images for printing or for the Web. You'll find out how to scan an image so it's large enough for your needs, but not too large, and how to crop images that have more than you really want to see.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Fixing Images
In this lesson, we'll focus on the three R's of photo manipulation: restoring, retouching, and rearranging. You'll be amazed by what you can do—and you'll understand why the phrase "pictures can't lie" is no longer true! You'll also discover how to use the amazing Clone Stamp panel and the "preview" feature on the Clone Stamp brush cursor. Plus you'll learn about the content-aware tools that help Photoshop make more intelligent guesses as to the fixes you want.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Correcting Exposure, Color, and Tonal Value
Are some of your images overexposed, underexposed, or tinged an ugly yellow? In this lesson, learn how to correct exposures and colors to make them more attractive and truer to life. Photoshop can't work miracles all the time, but if you have an image that's a bit too dark or a bit too light, you can fix it up so it looks perfect.

Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud or any version of Adobe Creative Suite CC that includes the Adobe Photoshop CC; (software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins); or Photoshop only. Photoshop/Lightroom combo at lower price (Offer might be withdrawn at any point). 

Windows Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2GHz or faster)
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1*
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2.5GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL® 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services.

Mac Requirements

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v10.7, v10.8, or v10.9
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 3.2GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
  • 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with OpenGL 2.0, 16-bit color, and 512MB of VRAM (1GB recommended)
  • Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, membership validation, and access to online services. 
Note: You must be able to download files in Zip format from the internet and have a basic knowledge of how to use your computer, be able to save, and organize.
Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be emailed typically 1-2 weeks later.

Certificates
Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

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Aug 12, 2020Sep 16, 2020Oct 14, 2020Nov 11, 2020Dec 09, 2020