Hey, Hey Photoshoppers.... If you would like to get started with Adobes flagship software, Photoshop then you are in the right place. This video series will take you through the interface an how to customise it, layers, masking and selections. Master all these skills and you will never look back.

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1. Essential Skills - Introduction

In this video we look at introducing the Essential Skills Course

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2. Essential Skills - The Photoshop Interface

Adobe Bridge software is a powerful, easy-to-use media manager for visual people. Adobe Bridge helps clear the clutter and lets you focus on what’s critical with features such as the Filter Panel, which lets you quickly locate assets by attributes such as file type, camera settings, and ratings.

Adobe Bridge immediately shows you what’s in your hard drive, network, or storage device without the need to import into a catalog or database.
Staying organized is as simple as viewing your project files with Adobe Bridge

3. Essential Skills - Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge software is a powerful, easy-to-use media manager for visual people. Adobe Bridge helps clear the clutter and lets you focus on what’s critical with features such as the Filter Panel, which lets you quickly locate assets by attributes such as file type, camera settings, and ratings.

Adobe Bridge immediately shows you what’s in your hard drive, network, or storage device without the need to import into a catalog or database.
Staying organized is as simple as viewing your project files with Adobe Bridge

4. Essential Skills - The Move Tool

The Move tool allows you to move a selection or entire layer by dragging it with your mouse or using your keyboard arrows keys.

5. Essential Skills - The Marquee Tool

The Marquee tool is the most basic of selection tools and often the one most useful. This tool is used to draw selections based on geometric shapes. Specifically, the marquee tool allows you to draw rectangular and elliptical selections. To form the selection, simply click and drag the mouse.

 
 

 

6. Essential Skills - The Direct Selection Tools

Here we explore the tools used in making direct selections and how the skills to use each tool differs. The Lasso tool, the Polygonal Lasso Tool and the Magnetic Lasso tool. All three have strengths and weaknesses, find out how to harness their power the speed up your workflow.

 

7. Essential Skills - The Tone Selection Tools

The Magic Wand Tool is one of the oldest selection tools in Photoshop. Unlike other selection tools that select pixels in an image based on shapes or by detecting object edges, the Magic Wand selects pixels based on tone and colour.

The Quick Selection Tool is somewhat similar to the Magic Wand in that it also selects pixels based on tone and colour. But the Quick Selection Tool goes far beyond the Magic Wand’s limited abilities by also looking for similar textures in the image, which makes it great at detecting the edges of objects.

8. Essential Skills - The Brush Tool

Adobe Photoshop provides several tools for painting and editing image color. The Brush tool and the Pencil tool work like traditional drawing tools applying color with brush strokes. Tools like the Eraser tool, Blur tool, and Smudge tool modify the existing colors in the image. In the options bar for each of these painting tools, you can set how color is applied to an image and choose from preset brush tips.

9. Essential Skills - The Gradient Tool

The Gradient tool creates a gradual blend between multiple colors. You can choose from preset gradient fills or create your own custom gradient. Gradients have a multitude of uses from creating colourful backgrounds to darkening down over exposed skies in landscape images.

10. The Type Tool

The Type Tool is one of the powerful tools in Photoshop, which is mainly a graphics editing program. It is the tool used to create text inside Photoshop, and it has plenty of settings to control the created text’s properties.

11. Essential Skills - Working With Colour

A vitally important skill in Photoshop is working with colour. How to define colour as a Foreground or Background colour, then save it as a swatch for use later in another project.

12. Essential Skills - Working With Layers

Layers, a powerhouse feature of working with Photoshop.

13. Essential Skills - Image Adjustments

Adjustments in Photoshop are a group of a super useful, image editing tools that add colour and tonal adjustments to your image. You can use them directly on an image which is destructive in nature as it physically changes the pixel numbers or as Adjustment Layers.

Adjustment Layers are non destructive in nature as the layers are saved with the image and can be changed or discarded at any time so not affecting the original pixel data allowing you to restore your original image at any time.

14. Essential Skills - Transform

In Photoshop, Transform is used to scale, rotate, skew, and distort the perspective of any layer, selection or graphic you’re working with.

 

 

16. Essential Skills - Masking

You can add a mask to a layer and use the mask to hide portions of the layer and reveal the layers below. Masking layers is a valuable compositing technique for combining multiple photos into a single image or for removing a person or object from a photo.

16. Essential Skills - Undo and History

Undos and history. How to get out of trouble if you go wrong.

17. Photoshop Tutorials