Photoshop CC Digital Classroom
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Jennifer Smith is cofounder of American Graphics Institute as well as a Certified Technical Trainer. She is a member of the AGI Creative Team, which develops and delivers global training programs for creative, marketing, and communications professionals.


Starting up

About Photoshop Digital Classroom 1

Prerequisites 1

System requirements 1

Starting Adobe Photoshop CC 2

Loading lesson files 5

Working with the video tutorials 6

Setting up for viewing the video tutorials 7

Viewing the video tutorials with the Adobe Flash Player 7

Additional resources 8

Lesson 1: Navigating Photoshop CC: Workspace, Tools, and Panels

Starting up 9

Opening an existing document in Mini Bridge 10

Discovering the Tools panel 13

Selection, Cropping, and Measuring Tools 13

Retouching and Painting Tools 14

Drawing and Type Tools 14

Navigation Tools 14

Accessing tools and their options 15

Using panels 19

Putting the panel system to use 20

Choosing other panels 22

Expanding and collapsing your panels 23

Customizing your panels 24

Hidden tools 26

Navigating the image area 29

Using the Zoom tool 29

Using the Hand tool 31

Tabbed windows 32

Maximizing productivity with screen modes 33

Self study 35

Review 35

Lesson 2: Introduction to Photoshop CC

Starting up 37

Opening a file 38

Saving the work file 38

Cropping an image 39

Quick image correction 43

Increasing contrast using curves 44

Adjusting the neutral 45

Using the improved Smart Sharpen feature 46

A look back in History 48

Saving files 49

Understanding file formats 49

Choosing a file format 51

Saving a JPEG file 51

Saving for print 51

Changing the color settings 51

Adjusting image size 53

Saving a Photoshop PDF file 55

Self study 56

Review 56

Lesson 3: Organizing and Managing Your Files with Adobe Bridge

Starting up 57

What is Adobe Bridge? 58

Navigating through Bridge 58

Using folders in Adobe Bridge 60

Making a Favorite 63

Creating and locating metadata 65

Using keywords 67

Creating a Metadata Template 68

Opening a file from Adobe Bridge 70

Searching for files using Adobe Bridge 70

Searching by name or keyword 71

Using the Filter panel 72

Saving a Collection 73

Automation tools in Adobe Bridge 75

Batch renaming your files 75

Additional Photoshop Tools 77

Changing the view 78

Self study 79

Review 79

Lesson 4: Making Selective Changes in Photoshop CC

Starting up 81

The importance of a good selection 82

Using the Marquee tools 82

Creating a square selection 86

Creating a selection from a center point 88

Changing a selection into a layer 90

Working with the Magic Wand tool 91

The Lasso tool 93

Adding to and subtracting from selections 94

Deleting from the selection 94

Adding to the selection 96

Saving a selection 97

Feathering the selection 97

Using the Quick Selection tool 99

Making difficult selections with the

Refine Edge feature 100

Using Quick Mask 102

Saving selections 105

Copying and pasting a selection 107

Using the Pen tool for selections 108

Using the Pen tool to select an area of an image 111

More Pen tool selection techniques 113

Converting a path to a selection 117

Self study 118

Review 118

Lesson 5: Painting and Retouching

Starting up 119

Setting up your color settings 120

Color primer 120

Understanding color gamut 120

The RGB color model 121

The CMYK color model 121

Working in the RGB mode 122

Editing color settings 123

Selecting colors 126

Starting to paint 128

Using the Color panel 129

Using the Brush tool 130

Changing opacity 132

Save time—learn the shortcuts 133

Using the Brush Presets 134

Using the Airbrush feature 136

Creating a Border using the Bristle brushes 138

Applying color to an image 139

Changing blending modes 141

The Eyedropper tool 142

Retouching images 145

Using the Clone Stamp tool 145

Repairing fold lines 147

The History panel 149

The Spot Healing Brush 150

The Healing Brush 150

Using the Patch tool 152

Using the Clone Source panel 153

Cloning from another source 156

Self study 158

Review 158

Lesson 6: Color Correcting an Image

Starting up 159

Choosing your color settings 160

Opening the file 161

Why you should work in RGB 162

Reading a histogram 163

Making the Curve adjustment 164

Defining the highlight and shadow 166

Locating the White and Black Point 167

Inputting the white and black point values 167

Adjusting the midtones 173

Setting the neutral 176

Sharpening your image 179

Comparing your image with the original 181

Taking care of red eye 182

Using the Camera Raw plug-in 183

Using Camera Raw controls 187

Saving a DNG file 188

Reopening a DNG file 189

Self study 190

Review 191

Lesson 7: Using Content-Aware Tools in Photoshop

Starting up 193

Creating extra image area with the

content-aware scale tool 194

Opening the file 194

Viewing the on-screen ruler 195

Converting the Background into a layer 196

Protecting the teacher 196

Scaling the background 197

Content-Aware Fill 198

Content-Aware Move 200

Content–Aware retouching 201

Self study 203

Review 203

Lesson 8: Introduction to Photoshop Layers

Starting up 205

Discovering layers 206

Getting a handle on layers 206

Creating a new blank file 206

Naming your layer 208

Selecting layers 211

Tips for selecting layers 211

Moving layers 213

Changing the visibility of a layer 214

Using masks in a layer 214

Preserve transparency 216

Creating a composition 220

Moving images in from other documents 220

Creating a layer mask 222

Editing the layer mask 224

Cloning layers 226

Aligning and distributing layers 227

Applying filters to layers 228

Creating a type layer 229

Applying a layer style 232

Creating a clipping mask 233

Filtering your layers 235

Self study 236

Review 236

Lesson 9: Removing Backgrounds to Create Layered Compositions

Starting up 237

A look at the finished project 238

Opening existing image files 239

Understanding document settings 240

Viewing an image’s size and resolution 240

Combining the images 242

Using Duplicate to move a layer 242

Dragging and dropping to copy one image to another 244

Transforming and editing combined images 245

Changing the size of a layer 246

Removing a background 247

Creating a vector mask 248

Creating your path 248

Starting your pen path 250

Turning into vector mask 253

Using Refine Edge to select the dog 253

Using the Quick Selection tool 253

Refining a selection 254

Adding the tennis ball to the composition 258

Using layer styles 261

Reusing layer styles 263

Grouping the layers 263

Self study 265

Review 266

Lesson 10: Using Layer Styles and Adjustment Layers

Starting up 267

Making color changes using adjustment layers 268

Painting on the adjustment layer mask 271

Adjusting the Hue/Saturation layer 275

Adding a pattern fill layer 276

Defining the pattern 276

Applying the pattern 277

Using the Black & White adjustment layer 279

Adding a tint 281

Applying a gradient to the adjustment layer 282

Layer styles 283

Creating the text layer 283

Applying the Outer Glow layer style 285

Applying the Bevel and Emboss layer style 288

Changing the shading 289

Changing the fill opacity 290

Saving the style 291

Accessing the style 291

Self study 293

Review 293

Lesson 11: Working with the Pen Tool

Starting up 295

Working with the Pen tool 296

Reading the Pen tool cursor 296

Uses of the Pen tool in Photoshop 297

Creating your first path 298

Using the Selection tools 299

Adding and deleting anchor points 300

Working with curved paths 301

Changing anchor points 303

Selecting your path 304

Path exercises 304

Creating straight lines 305

Creating the curved path 306

Drawing hinged curves 308

Creating a selection with the Pen tool 309

Starting your path 310

Saving the path 313

Turning the path into a selection 313

Turning the path into a vector mask 314

Using the path to adjust color 315

Self study 316

Review 316

Lesson 12: Using Smart Objects in Photoshop

Starting up 317

Creating a composition using Smart Objects 318

Opening an image as a Smart Object 319

Converting a layer to a Smart Object 322

Placing a Smart Object 324

Editing a Smart Object 324

Editing the contents of a Smart Object 327

Modifying multiple Smart Object layers 329

Replacing the contents of a Smart Object layer 330

Working with Smart Filters 332

Modifying a Smart Filter 337

Self study 339

Creating multiple Smart Objects 339

Working with Illustrator files 339

Review 339

Lesson 13: Creating Images for Web, Video, and Interactive Use

Starting up 341

Viewing the completed file 342

Changing your units of measurement 344

Creating the web page 345

Adding the Text 346

Adding Style to the text 347

Creating text for the links 348

Positioning and distribution of text 349

Creating slices 350

Slicing it up 353

Selecting and combining slices 354

Applying attributes to your slices 355

Using Save for Web 357

Saving files for video 360

Creating animation 363

Working in Frame mode 363

Saving an animated GIF 367

Creating animation for HD video 368

Working in Timeline mode 368

Self study 374

Review 374

Lesson 14: New Features in Photoshop CC

Starting up 375

Viewing the finished file 376

Easier methods to manage your layers 377

Using Camera Raw as a filter 379

Shake Reduction 383

Finishing the image composition 385

Putting the image into the print frame 386

Changing the Blending mode 388

Additional new features 389

Live Shape properties 389

Upscaling improvements 389

Share on Behance 390

Appendix A: Top Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts to access tools 391

Painting and Retouching 393

Layers 393

Viewing and Navigating 394

Miscellaneous 395

Keys for blending modes 396