Photoshop for Creative Professionals

Authors: Matthew Pizzi, Gary Simon, Megan Young, Kirk Nelson, Andrew Rodney, Anastasia Mouyis, Sebastian Bleak, Justin Seeley

Photoshop is a software program used by many creative professionals, such as Designers, Illustrators, Marketing Creatives, Photographers, Concept Artists, and Hobbyists. This path... Read more


These courses will help learners reach a comfort level when working with basic features of Photoshop. Topics for this fundamental level of learning include concepts like workflow, navigating the interface, making selections, working with Type, using and understanding Camera Raw, and getting a little taste of Bridge and how it works in conjunction with Photoshop.


Photoshop CC Fundamentals

by Matthew Pizzi

Jan 7, 2016 / 6h 39m

Beginner • 6h 39m

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Learn how to harness the power of Adobe Photoshop CC to create superior images and artwork. We'll teach you how to perform key image editing tasks, including retouching, sharpening, and color correction. In the course you'll see how to effectively work with layers, blend modes, masks, and so much more. This course is the first in a series designed to help you master one of the world's most popular software applications. Software required: Photoshop CC

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 38s
  2. Getting Started with Photoshop CC
    1h 2m
  3. Digital Imaging Concepts
    30m 29s
  4. Making Selections and Basic Compositing
    1h 10m 53s
  5. Layers and Masks
    59m 49s
  6. Crops, Transformations, and Warps
    42m 48s
  7. Adjustments
    41m 43s
  8. Localized Adjustments and Photo Retouching
    46m 58s
  9. Type, Guides, and Grids
  10. Libraries, Output, and Updates
    19m 20s

Photoshop CC Selections

by Matthew Pizzi

Feb 29, 2016 / 2h 24m

Intermediate • 2h 24m

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This course covers how to effectively create selections inside of Adobe Photoshop. Mastering selections is the first step in becoming a good Photoshop user. We cover a wide range of topics from basic selection concepts like feathering and anti-aliasing, to more advanced selection techniques using the Color Range command and nested masks. We wrap up the class by looking at some practical uses of selections like creating targeted adjustments and compelling photo composites.

Table of contents
  1. Welcome
  2. Review of Selection Basics
    39m 8s
  3. Selection Techniques
    43m 3s
  4. Applying Targeted Adjustments
    33m 13s
  5. Creating Composite Images
    28m 37s

Photoshop CC Working with Type

by Matthew Pizzi

Dec 2, 2016 / 2h 14m

Intermediate • 2h 14m

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Photoshop CC offers a wide range of typographic features which are covered in this course. In this course, you'll learn about all the fine control you have in Photoshop when it comes to working with type. Tracking, Kerning, Hyphenation, Leading, are just some of the features reviewed. You'll also look at how you can create styles to save time, and how to apply effects using Layer styles and filters. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    1m 20s
  2. Introducing Type
    36m 33s
  3. Formatting Type
    28m 31s
  4. Character, Paragraph, and Layer Styles
    25m 50s
  5. Using Type as a Mask
    12m 43s
  6. Manipulating Type
    29m 24s

Photoshop CC Camera Raw

by Matthew Pizzi

Nov 11, 2016 / 2h 59m

Intermediate • 2h 59m

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Adobe Camera Raw is a must-have tool for professional photographers. This powerful plug-in has been frequently updated to support more cameras and include more features and is available as part of Adobe Photoshop CC. In this course, you will learn the various tools and options available for making professional adjustments to your images. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Introduction
  2. Welcome
    20m 23s
  3. Getting Started with Camera Raw
    34m 11s
  4. Cropping Images
    13m 45s
  5. Basic Adjustments
    27m 16s
  6. Advanced Panels
    53m 31s
  7. Image Retouching
    24m 26s
  8. Saving and Applying Presets
    5m 19s

Bridge CC Fundamentals

by Matthew Pizzi

Oct 4, 2016 / 1h 24m

Beginner • 1h 24m

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Adobe Bridge allows you to browse files, manage photos, and archive graphics. In Adobe Bridge CC Fundamentals you'll learn all the ways you can navigate your file system with Bridge, as well as tips for staying organized. This application is ideally suited as a companion to many Creative Cloud applications, as it allows you to visually find content in far more robust and engaging manner than what's available on a standard operating system.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started with Adobe Bridge
    21m 24s
  2. File Navigation and Organization
    17m 41s
  3. Finding Files in Bridge
    28m 28s
  4. Processing Images and Bridge Maintenance
    16m 40s


This section focuses on diving deeper into some core Photoshop skills. Portrait retouching and using Photoshop for the web are vital parts of a designer’s skillset and will be a part of your knowledge base when you’re finished with this section. You’ll also come away with an understanding of using the Smart Objects and the Shape tools.


Photoshop CC for the Web

by Matthew Pizzi

Feb 23, 2016 / 3h 32m

Beginner • 3h 32m

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Adobe Photoshop is used by a wide range of professionals, and web designers are no exception. In this course, we'll look how you can use Photoshop to create wireframes, and complete web site mockups. The course covers creating a custom web workspace and optimizing web graphics, as well as some valuable tips for producing graphics for onscreen delivery. Towards the end of the course we look how you can speed up your workflow with Photoshop's automation tools.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 52s
  2. Getting Started
    28m 26s
  3. Wireframing in Photoshop
    36m 16s
  4. Preparing for the Mockup
    33m 22s
  5. Creating the Mockup
    44m 16s
  6. Image Optimization
    38m 25s
  7. Generate Images and Code
    17m 2s
  8. Optimization Automation
    13m 16s

Photoshop CC Portrait Retouching

by Matthew Pizzi

Oct 17, 2016 / 2h 9m

Beginner • 2h 9m

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As a photographer, being able to enhance your images is an important step in delivering the best possible portrait. This course will focus on various techniques for retouching portraits in Adobe Photoshop. Learn how to enhance eyes and the skin under a variety of conditions. You'll also learn popular techniques like frequency separation and inverted high pass to smooth the skin. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Welcome
    1m 3s
  2. Retouching Eyes
    1h 23m 2s
  3. Retouching Skin
    45m 13s

Photoshop CC Smart Objects

by Matthew Pizzi

Mar 11, 2016 / 1h

Intermediate • 1h

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Smart Objects preserve an image's source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. In this course, we'll review the various ways you can create Smart Objects and some best practices for working with them in Adobe Photoshop CC. Software required: Adobe Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Smart Objects Introduction
  2. Understanding Smart Objects
    59m 32s

Photoshop CC Working with Filters

by Sebastian Bleak

Nov 10, 2017 / 1h 30m

Beginner • 1h 30m

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Have you ever wanted to know how to use the filters in Adobe Photoshop? In this course, Photoshop CC Working with Filters, you'll learn how to use filters, a powerful set of tools. First, you'll explore the Smart Filter Workflow and its advantages. Next, you'll discover the newest filters and filters that every photoshopper should know. Finally, you'll delve into filters that have been around the longest and for good reason too. When you're finished with this course, you'll not only know how the basic controls work, but also when to use specific filters to achieve your desired look. Software required: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 18s
  2. Smart Workflow with Smart Filters
    5m 12s
  3. Latest and Greatest
    32m 56s
  4. Tried and True
    26m 47s
  5. Oldies but Goodies
    24m 20s

Photoshop CC Mastering Layer Styles

by Justin Seeley

Jun 9, 2017 / 2h 3m

Intermediate • 2h 3m

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Have you ever added a drop shadow or a bevel to your work and wondered how to share it with your friends or save it for later? Well, this is the course for you! In this course, Photoshop CC Mastering Layer Styles, you'll learn the basic concepts using Adobe Photoshop layer styles. First, you'll explore using the actual layer style panel to create and save your own layer styles and sharing them with colleagues. Next, you'll discover how to create your own unique layer styles. Finally, you'll learn how to practically apply your knowledge to everyday situations that might arise during a retouching or special effects session. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding how the layer styles work in Photoshop CC. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 29s
  2. Working with Default Layer Styles
    1h 5m 30s
  3. Managing Layer Styles
    11m 50s
  4. Real World Layer Styles
    26m 9s
  5. Third-party Styles and Sharing
    18m 43s

Photoshop CC Working with Shape Tools

by Kirk Nelson

Mar 31, 2017 / 1h 39m

Beginner • 1h 39m

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Have you ever wondered how to use the vectors and shapes in Photoshop? Photoshop is primarily a raster program, so what's with the vector tools? This course, Photoshop CC Working with Shape Tools, is perfect for you because you'll fully understand why these tools are there, what they do, and how to use them in a real world type of project. First, you'll take a close look at every shape tool and explore their drawing options. Next, you'll discover how to use the shape properties to better control how shapes appear and how to create your own custom shapes. Finally, you'll use these skills in a real world project where you take a physical paint stroke, turn it into a company logo, and use it as part of a piece of corporate marketing. When you're finished with this Photoshop course, you'll not only better understand what the vector shapes are for, but also how they can help you in your regular graphics workflow. Software required: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 28s
  2. Using the Shape Tools
    33m 46s
  3. Shape Properties
    22m 20s
  4. Creating Custom Shapes
    29m 18s
  5. Using Shapes for Corporate Branding
    12m 40s


This section is also a deep dive into Photoshop skills but with a focus on some of the most advanced skills you need. You will have already seen things like Curves and Masks earlier in the path but you may not realize some new and exciting ways to use them that you’ll learn here. You’ll also get a comprehensive understanding of Color Management, 3D, and working with video.


Photoshop CC Working with Curves

by Megan Young

Mar 2, 2017 / 2h

Intermediate • 2h

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Have you ever wondered how to use the curves adjustment in Photoshop? In this course, Photoshop CC Working with Curves, you'll take an in-depth look at how a software program like Photoshop understands color. This foundation will help you gain a better understanding of how to manipulate color values in images using curves. You'll also use curve presets and actions to batch process a set of poorly-lit product images. Finally, you'll put all of your curves knowledge to the test in order to channel mask and composite a basic product image. At the end of this course, curves will no longer seem like a perplexing, abstract color adjusting tool, but rather, you're best friend when it comes to image manipulation and adjustments. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 30s
  2. Exploring the Histogram Palette and Understanding Color Models
    17m 59s
  3. Black, White and RGB; Understanding Binary Interpretation of Color
    24m 20s
  4. Playing with Curves
    27m 12s
  5. Applying Curve Presets - Loading, Saving, and Automation
    21m 28s
  6. Curves + Channels Palette + Masking = Magic!
    28m 9s

Photoshop CC Channels and Masks

by Kirk Nelson

Nov 10, 2016 / 2h 2m

Intermediate • 2h 2m

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Have you ever wondered about the neighboring layers tab in Photoshop? That's the Channel Panel. And it is closely tied to how Photoshop works with colors, and saves selections. In this course, Photoshop CC Channels and Masks, you'll learn how to expand your knowledge of channels and layer masks in Photoshop. First, you'll discover exactly what's under the hood for Photoshop's color engine by experiencing how the program works with colors. Next, you'll take that knowledge and see how it expands to layer masks. Then, you'll see several techniques on using channels and layer masks together along with some valuable tips and tricks. Finally, there's an exploration of both vector masks and clipping masks to round out your knowledge of masks in Photoshop. After this course, you'll have a firm grasp on what masks to use, and when for every situation in Photoshop. Software required: Adobe Photoshop CC

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 50s
  2. Understanding Channels
    22m 14s
  3. Understanding Layer Masks
    17m 4s
  4. Combining Channels and Layer Masks
    23m 8s
  5. Tips and Tricks
    26m 10s
  6. Understanding Vector Masks
    18m 53s
  7. Understanding Clipping Masks
    12m 44s

Photoshop CC Color Management

by Andrew Rodney

Nov 4, 2016 / 2h 50m

Intermediate • 2h 50m

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In Photoshop CC Color Management you'll review everything you need to know to properly establish a predictable process for color reproduction. You'll start by reviewing color management fundamentals, and them move on to calibrating and profiling your system. The Photoshop Color settings will be discussed in great detail, as well as looking at the assign and convert to profile commands. Finally, towards the end of the course you'll review soft proofing and printing in Adobe Photoshop. By taking this course, you'll be able to create a predictable and repeatable color reproduction process and have a good understanding of various color spaces like sRGB, ColorMatch RGB, ProPhoto RGB, and others.

Table of contents
  1. Color Theory and Management
  2. Color Setting
    52m 21s
  3. Assign and Convert Profile Commands
    22m 57s
  4. Soft Proofing and Printing
    39m 41s

Harnessing the Power of Photoshop Actions

by Gary Simon

Feb 19, 2016 / 1h 34m

Intermediate • 1h 34m

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Actions allow you to automate many redundant tasks within Photoshop; from basic photograph adjustments, to more complex tasks. In this course, we will first discover all of the basic fundamentals that go into recording and modifying actions. Then we will look at more advanced action topics including conditionals, brush-on actions, and scripts. Then we will wrap everything up by creating our own brush-on action. Software required: Photoshop.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 32s
  2. Actions Fundamentals
    31m 11s
  3. Advanced Action Techniques
    36m 13s
  4. Creating a Brush-on Action
    25m 11s

Understanding 3D in Photoshop

by Kirk Nelson

Aug 17, 2016 / 2h 16m

Intermediate • 2h 16m

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Adobe's primary pixel pusher, Photoshop, is well known for image manipulation, but most artists skip over its 3D capabilities. In this course, Understanding 3D in Photoshop, you will learn just how powerful, useful, and easy the 3D tools in Photoshop really are. You'll start with an exploration of the 3D interface in Photoshop along with a review of some of the terms and concepts unique to working in 3D. Next, you'll see how Photoshop uses extrusions to create 3D text elements, as well as how to import 3D elements into Photoshop for editing. Finally, you'll get an introduction to Fuse, which makes modeling a human easy before seeing how to finalize the scene by rendering it out. After completing this course, you'll be ready to tackle 3D projects using Adobe Photoshop.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 54s
  2. Basic 3D Concepts and Interface
    21m 6s
  3. 3D Text and Shapes
    13m 2s
  4. Custom 3D Elements
    24m 3s
  5. Using External Models
    18m 31s
  6. Human Models with Adobe Fuse
    16m 31s
  7. Texturing, Lighting, and Rendering
    40m 55s

Photoshop CC Video Editing

by Anastasia Mouyis

Apr 6, 2017 / 58m

Intermediate • 58m

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This course will take your knowledge of Photoshop to the next level. In this course, Photoshop CC Video Editing, you'll learn how to edit videos, composite, and basic motion graphics using powerful tools in Photoshop. First, you'll go over the basics, working with the timeline panel, setting up your document, and how to import video. Next, you'll get a closer look at the video timeline, how to edit, including transitions and effects. Then, you'll explore compositing and some basic motion graphics, and take a look at animation options with masks and text layers. Finally, you'll look at audio options, color correcting, and how to export your completed video. By the end of this course, you'll be comfortable with the Photoshop video editing workflow and acquire the skills you need to create your own unique video projects. Software required: Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 30s
  2. Introduction
    15m 53s
  3. Video Editing
    14m 22s
  4. Motion Graphics Continued
    18m 36s
  5. Wrapping Up
    8m 15s
  • Selections
  • Typography
  • Camera Raw
  • Bridge
  • Portrait Retouching
  • Smart Objects
  • Filters
  • Layer Styles
  • Shape Tools
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Curves
  • Masks
  • Color Management
  • Actions
  • 3D
  • Video


Learners should have a basic understanding of the Photoshop interface.

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