Photoshop Primer


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

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Course Description

Adobe Photoshop is one of the best known photographic applications, and before Adobe Lightroom came along it was considered the default image processing application. Photoshop can also be a very daunting application due to its supposed complexity and steep learning curve. This is mostly due to the fact that it’s not actually just a photographic application at all – it’s far more than that, with features dedicated to pre-press, graphic design, scientific research, 3-D imaging and so on. The parts that photographers need are only a small subset of Photoshop’s wide range of features, so that’s what this E-course will focus on.

This E-Course is aimed at the beginner, and also at the Lightroom user who is ready to take the next steps in adding Photoshop to their photo editing skillset.  Nick Rains has been using Photoshop for the past 25 years, 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 and practice 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.

At the end of the course is an Assessment Test and a downloadable Leica Certificate of Attainment.

This E-Course comprises 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