Photoshop Primer


A detailed introduction to Adobe Photoshop’s main concepts and workflow. Aimed at those who are dabbling in Photoshop or have not used Photoshop before.



Course Description

Adobe Photoshop must be one of the best known photographic applications and before Adobe Lightroom came along it was considered the default image processing application. Photoshop is also a very daunting application due to its complexity and steep learning curve. This is mostly due to the fact that it’s not actually a photographic application at all – it’s far more than that, with features dedicated to pre-press, graphic design, scientific reasrch, 3-D imaging and so on. The parts that photographers need are only a small subset of Photoshop’s wide range of features, so no wonder it looks scary!

This E-Course is aimed at the beginner, and also at the Lightroom user who has Photoshop as part of their Creative Cloud subscription but has not had the ‘courage’ to use it yet. Nick Rains has been using Photoshop for the past 25 years, since Version 4 in fact (we are on Version 22 now), and will explain, in a step by step manner, how Photoshop works and what you absolutely need to know to make a good start harnessing its undisputed power.

There is a lot more to Photoshop than this course covers – there are many more advanced techniques available to you – but, without a really good grounding in the most basic of concepts, you will find it hard to progress to a higher level of skill. As they say, you need to walk before you can run.

The course includes downloadable images so that you can follow along on your own screen as Nick explains how each feature works. Doing something yourself ‘settles’ the knowledge into your long-term memory much better than just reading about it or watching someone else do it, so using the same images to work on will make your learning curve shorter and less steep.

This E-Course comprised 21 video lessons totalling 256 minutes of instruction.

  • Introduction
  • Photoshop vs Lightroom
  • Preferences
  • Workspace and Layout
  • What is an “Image”?
  • Image Size
  • Layers
  • Channels
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Masks
  • Masks – Brushes

  • Masks – Selections
  • Masks – Channels
  • Adjustments
  • Heal and Patch
  • Selection Tools
  • Other Tools
  • RAW Files
  • Save and Export
  • Masking Demonstration
  • Wrapping Up