Adobe Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop Department[edit]

Welcome to the School of Graphic Design's Adobe Photoshop Department. In this department, you will learn the basic elements of Adobe Photoshop and how to use it to accomplish simple tasks. Many versions of Photoshop are used in these lessons, as this was created by many users. Use the screenshots as a guideline, not as a definitive. The lessons in this department will walk you through a variety of subject areas, including Photo Editing, Vector Graphics, Print Design, and how to implement typography and design principles into your artwork. We will also discuss commercial applications of Photoshop and how it ties into the Adobe Creative Suite product line.

Other Creative Suite Training Resources:


Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Dreamweaver

Department news[edit]

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - Minor page reformat, intro beef
  • Saturday, April 28, 2007 - Added diagram of workspace and toolbox, lessons reorganized into parts
  • Sunday, December 17, 2006 - Basics lesson finished.
  • Monday, December 4, 2006 - Department founded!

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Lessons[edit]

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED WITH PHOTOSHOP

  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop
  2. The Photoshop Workspace
  3. Creating A New File

PART TWO: INTRODUCTION TO THE PHOTOSHOP TOOLBAR

  1. Marquee Tool
  2. Move Tool
  3. Lasso Tool
  4. Magic Wand Tool
  5. Crop Tool


  1. Slice Tool
  2. Healing Brush Tools
  3. Patch Tool
  4. Red Eye Tool
  5. Brush Tool


  1. Pencil Tool
  2. Color Replacement Tool
  3. Clone Stamp Tool
  4. Pattern Stamp Tool
  5. History Brush Tools


  1. Eraser Tool
  2. Background Eraser Tool
  3. Magic Eraser Tool
  4. Paint Bucket Tool
  5. Gradient Tool


  1. Blur Tool
  2. Sharpen Tool
  3. Smudge Tool
  4. Path Selection Tool
  5. Direct Selection Tool


  1. Type Tools
  2. Pen Tool
  3. Shape Tools
  4. Notes Tool
  5. Eyedropper Tool


PART THREE: BASIC EDITING

PART FOUR: ADVANCED EDITING TUTORIALS

  1. Background Removal
  2. Converting a Color Image To Black & White

PART FIVE: MISCELLANEOUS TUTORIALS & INFORMATION

  1. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. Understanding File Types

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This learning project offers learnings activities to teach people how to use Adobe Photoshop, a graphics editing program for Windows and Macintosh platforms. Starting with the very basics, people will learn the various functions of the program through a series of hands-on tutorials, and learn how to use them together to create different results.

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Lessons[edit]

Lesson 1 Orientation

Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop can be used for many different reasons; mainly graphic design and photo editing. As a beginner you should familiarize yourself with the filters and tools and explore what Photoshop has to offer.

Section 1: Playing with filters.

Try this: Begin with a pure black background. Use the filter "Lens Flare" with the basic settings, or your own settings. Now desaturate with Ctrl-Shift-U then use a color balance Ctrl-B. Play with all the settings... Once you've picked a good color, click Filter> Distort> Polar coordinates In the window that opens click Polar to rectangular.

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Readings[edit]

Each activity has a suggested associated background reading selection.

References, Tutorials & More[edit]

Additional helpful readings include:

PixelPerfect - Incredible Weekly Video Tutorials available free in streaming and HD formats by Bert Monroy [1]

Photoshop TV / NAPP TV- Free Weekly Show by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals [2] Only downside is previous episodes are $1.99 each however, many back episodes are also available free on Google Video [3]

Photoshop tutorials - Categorized tutorials for Photoshop

Dynamic Web Training - Paid training for Photoshop and other Adobe CS6 products [4]

Submitting a Ps project[edit]

Here you can submit your self-done Ps project.--unknown001 12:05, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Note Help:Media_Files#Uploadable filetypes. Ps projects themselves aren't permitted filetypes by the Wikimedia Foundation (mainly because they are closed format). You could upload instead e.g., to Google and link to them from here. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 12:26, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

Another note: users can upload their Ps works here if they saved it as .jpeg. This can be done by uploading the photo using the wikiversity toolbox and then, after uploading it, just copy and paste its name instead of example.jpeg when inserting an embedded file while editing this page and that is how I have put this Ps work here.--unknown001 17:02, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

J0182834.jpg--unknown001 16:55, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

See also[edit]

Tools for creating internet content
See also: Digital media workshop - Related discussion: Free content