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Adobe Photoshop Essentials
- A beginners guide to mastering photo editing basics.

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Instructor: Robin Nichols                                                                             Duration: 4 Weeks            Cost: US$169         

Adobe Photoshop is the world’s leading picture editing and design application. It’s also one of the most complex and confusing to learn.

This new four-week class is designed to introduce students clearly and simply to the Photoshop editing process. Set out in a logical, step-by-step way, the 16 instructional tutorials highlight how to use various key tools and editing processes enabling you to transform your pictures into something to be really proud of.

Each video tutorial deals with one specific Photoshop process. What this means is that, video by video, and week by week, you can build your editing skills, from the absolute basics, to mastering some of the most complex and powerful tools in the industry. Everything is presented in a clear, concise and non-threatening format.

We look at how to organize your digital pictures, how to get your photos into Photoshop, and run through the editing workflow with simple, plain English demonstrations and fun, yet highly practical exercises.

Photoshop is big and scary to many. This class will clear a path through the complexities leaving you with a solid editing foundation and a greater understanding of how to create something really special from your photography.

Course Outline:

Week ONE

Video 01:
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop, differences between CS and CC and Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Video 02:
Organising your workflow
Opening images, basic navigation, renaming and saving your work, file formats
Working with a browser.

Video 03:
All about the RAW file workflow

Video 04:
Getting pictures into Photoshop, basic editing tools, colour, brightness and contrast control using Levels, Curves, Colour Balance and sharpening.

Week TWO

Video 05:
All about using Layers

Video 06:
Adjustment Layers

Video 07:

Video 08:
Getting creative with Text


Video 09:
All About Selections

Video 10:
Retouching basics

Video 11:
Advanced retouching (with selections)

Video 12:
Working with black-and-white


Video 13:
Masking Basics

Video 14:
Blend Mode Basics

Video 15:
Fun stuff. Panorama stitching

Video 16:
Fun Stuff. Filters and special effects

Learning Outcomes:

As this is an introductory class students will learn the basics of using Adobe Photoshop as a picture editor. Most of the tools and techniques learned in this class are applicable to Photoshop CS, as well as Photoshop CC and Photoshop Elements. Those that are pertinent to only one of these programs will be clearly labeled, but where possible, the skills learned here can be applied using almost any software version.

At the end of the course, students will have:

  • A strong grasp of picture organization.
  • Understand the difference between file formats, as well as knowing when and where to use them.
  • Be able to apply a range of editing techniques, including colour, contrast and brightness enhancements.
  • Understand how to work with layers
  • How to create documents with text
  • How to make multi-image posters, greeting cards and business cards
  • A strong understanding of how to create special effects
Course Requirement:

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Instructor: Robin Nichols

Robin NicholsLike a few others involved in the industry, I’m in the envious position of being able to combine my life’s passion, photography, with my job.

Born in the UK, I’ve spent the past 28 years in Sydney. I began work in Australia as a cameraman in the audio-visual business, then as a freelance photographer. In the nineties I worked as a contributing freelance writer for several photo publications, then as a full-time magazine editor for more than eight years. In 2000 I started my own publishing business producing Australia’s best-selling specialist digital photo techniques publication: Better Digital Camera magazine.

With this I aggressively pursued the goal of producing clear, well-illustrated information written in simple English and continued to develop this plain-speaking style in another specialist magazine, Better Photoshop Techniques.

Nowadays I mostly teach and run specialist photo tours to photo-centric locations such as Africa, Japan, Bali, Iceland and Cuba. When not travelling I run photo workshops in which I teach digital photography, video and post-production classes online, and in face-to-face classes locally, through Sydney University.

My work can be seen online at:
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