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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 60 of 118

Shape Basics


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 60 of 118

Shape Basics


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Shape Basics

This is what I would call one of my splash screens. So I'll just give you my tricks of the trade on how I build these splash screens. To build this, you can see that it's a couple different layers of text. And then we also have a shape with some layer styles in it. And then we also have all the other stuff that's building what's going on in the background. With this we can just control E, flatten all that down. And then just basically work with what's going on here. I'll turn this off because now working with shapes is really not that much different than working with text. Once you know how to work with text, working with shapes becomes a lot easier. So if I were to click on a shape here. I'm just gonna make a regular old rectangular shape. And just go right along like this. To make that border. Notice I've gone a little bit on the outside of the edges. If you ever want to get outside of your image like that you press control and space bar and zoom out. It'll get outside the bounds of ...

your image. Zoom in gets inside the bounds of your image. We're working outside the bounds of our image. So this shape actually does extend outside of our background layer. It can exist outside that space. And that's perfectly fine. If we go ahead we can press V and we can move that. Get it nice and aligned into the center of this workspace here. And working with shapes, if you just look at the shape as it is right now, after you've made the shape and you go to something like the move tool, you're going to lose all of the properties of that shape and what you can do with that shape. The cool thing about a shape is at anytime if you double click right here it's kinda like a solid color fill adjustment layer. At anytime you can change the color of that shape just by double clicking within here. That will save you a lot of time. Instead of bouncing back and forth between the shape tool and the document that you're working on. So if I go ahead and we'll just make this some other color that is in the image. I've got a color picker here where I can pick my own color, and I can guess. Or I can just click somewhere on the photograph to get a like color that I like within the image. This is a great way to tie together your image. What I'm doing here is, I'm showing this on a splash screen that I would use for one of my videos. But think about how you could use this with one of your clients. If you've got a client and you just got done shooting the Smiths. And you want to showcase that image on your favorite social media platform or even your website and you wanted to build something like this, you'd use the exact same process I'm using now by building the shape, lowering the opacity of the shape, building the text within it. So I'm showing you this from my perspective on what I do. But think about how you can adapt this to your perspective based on what you do. So we'll go ahead and press okay on that. If we click on the shape here, we get back to our shape styles. So we don't have to really worry about ... We can change the fill here just like we change the fill of the shape by double clicking here. Or we can go ahead and go into the stroke and we can put a stroke path around here. So if we put a stroke path around here and let's just pick a color. Stroke path set to an orange color. And then we change this little bit bigger. Now we have a stroke path on there. Now I wanted to show you how this can extend outside the bounds. Because if you build a shape and it goes outside the bounds, and you build a stroke path, you're like, "What's going on with my shape? Why don't I see that stroke path on that side?" Well all you have to do is press command or control T to modify that shape at any time. Just like you'd press command or control T to transform text and pull in from the side. And now you're back to normal. Press enter. We're still in the confines of our workspace now. So that's adding a stroke path. For this, probably wouldn't add a stroke path. I might do something different with the drop shadow instead. What we have up here with shapes is if you have multiple shapes on the same document, I'm just gonna show you how to do that here. You can either build your shapes on their own individual layers. Or you could build your shapes within the same layer. And building your shapes within the same layer would be if I were to have my shape tool selected here, I've got a shape already selected, and I just draw a shape on here. Notice how we have two different shapes here. Well it's not on the same layer. Let's get that back to the same layer. Press shift. So if I press shift and draw that rectangle it's gonna make another rectangle within that space. Now there's two shapes here. I can still move one of those shapes though. So if I'm in the shape tool and I grab the top of this and press control, I can move this shape where ever I want. And these shapes because they're on the same layer will interact with each other based on how I tell them to interact. Right now, this is set to a new layer. Meaning it's making a new shape on top of that shape. But I can set it to combine those shapes. I can set it to subtract the top shape from the bottom shape. I can set it to intersect those shapes so that where those shapes intersect we now have a box. And I can also set the to exclude overlapping shapes. So where they overlap, I now have a space there. This can be useful when you're building things like logos and you want everything to be on that same layer and you're working with these shapes. Because at anytime I can press control. And look, I can move around and it's still intersecting those shapes. No matter where I put that, it's going to intersect those shapes exactly how I tell it to with this box. Now if I set this to combine shapes. It's just going to combine them together so both of them are the same color. But I'm not gonna worry about that. Let me just go ahead and delete that. And it's going to delete that one shape because that was the shape I had selected. Working with shapes, it's important to know that sometimes you can work with shapes on multiple different layers, and other times you end up finding yourself working on shapes that are within the same layer. So instead of freaking out like I used to do and deleting all your work. That is how you control what happens within those shapes. If I were to make a new layer and add that shape on the top, whatever I do here, it doesn't matter. All it's doing is it's not interacting with the shape below that. It's only interacting with the current shape that I've created. So it's not going to do anything to that shape below when I change those settings. It's only going to interact with the current shape that I have on that own layer. Because it's on its own layer and not in the same layer as that shape there. So when we talk about shapes, shapes also have a bunch of different settings within them. Let's just talk about one more that's pretty cool here to kinda take a look at. If we go to the line tool, and we look at the line tool and we drop down these settings here. You can see that we can add arrow heads to it. So if you want to point something out to somebody you can go ahead and put a start arrow head, and where ever you start that, that's going to make an arrow head on top of your line work. If you turn that arrow head off, and make a new one, it's not going to have that arrow head shape to it. You can make all kinds of shapes like this. You can make star shapes like this as well. So those are some different settings that you can find within each one of the shapes that you have available to you.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. The Bridge Interface
  3. Setting up Bridge
  4. Overview of Bridge
  5. Practical Application of Bridge
  6. Introduction to Raw Editing
  7. Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
  8. Global Tools Part 1
  9. Global Tools Part 2
  10. Local Tools
  11. Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
  12. Toolbars, Menus and Windows
  13. Setup and Interface
  14. Adobe Libraries
  15. Saving Files
  16. Introduction to Cropping
  17. Cropping for Composition in ACR
  18. Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
  19. Cropping for the Subject in Post
  20. Cropping for Print
  21. Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
  22. Introduction to Layers
  23. Vector & Raster Layers Basics
  24. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  25. Organizing and Managing Layers
  26. Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
  27. Screen and Multiply and Overlay
  28. Soft Light Blend Mode
  29. Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
  30. Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
  31. Introduction to Layer Styles
  32. Practical Application: Layer Tools
  33. Introduction to Masks and Brushes
  34. Brush Basics
  35. Custom Brushes
  36. Brush Mask: Vignettes
  37. Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
  38. Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
  39. Mask Groups
  40. Clipping Masks
  41. Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
  42. Practical Applications: Masks
  43. Introduction to Selections
  44. Basic Selection Tools
  45. The Pen Tool
  46. Masks from Selections
  47. Selecting Subjects and Masking
  48. Color Range Mask
  49. Luminosity Masks Basics
  50. Introduction to Cleanup Tools
  51. Adobe Camera Raw
  52. Healing and Spot Healing Brush
  53. The Clone Stamp Tool
  54. The Patch Tool
  55. Content Aware Move Tool
  56. Content Aware Fill
  57. Custom Cleanup Selections
  58. Introduction to Shapes and Text
  59. Text Basics
  60. Shape Basics
  61. Adding Text to Pictures
  62. Custom Water Marks
  63. Introduction to Smart Objects
  64. Smart Object Basics
  65. Smart Objects and Filters
  66. Smart Objects and Image Transformation
  67. Smart Objects and Album Layouts
  68. Smart Objects and Composites
  69. Introduction to Image Transforming
  70. ACR and Lens Correction
  71. Photoshop and Lens Correction
  72. The Warp Tool
  73. Perspective Transformations
  74. Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
  75. Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
  76. Making Your First Action
  77. Modifying Actions After You Record Them
  78. Adding Stops to Actions
  79. Conditional Actions
  80. Actions that Communicate
  81. Introduction to Filters
  82. ACR as a Filter
  83. Helpful Artistic Filters
  84. Helpful Practical Filters
  85. Sharpening with Filters
  86. Rendering Trees
  87. The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
  88. Introduction to Editing Video
  89. Timeline for Video
  90. Cropping Video
  91. Adjustment Layers and Video
  92. Building Lookup Tables
  93. Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
  94. ACR to Edit Video
  95. Animated Gifs
  96. Introduction to Creative Effects
  97. Black, White, and Monochrome
  98. Matte and Cinematic Effects
  99. Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
  100. Gradients
  101. Glow and Haze
  102. Introduction to Natural Retouching
  103. Brightening Teeth
  104. Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
  105. Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
  106. Advanced Clean Up Techniques
  107. Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
  108. ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
  109. Portrait Workflow Techniques
  110. Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
  111. Landscape Workflow Techniques
  112. Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
  113. Composite Workflow Techniques
  114. Landscape Composite Projects
  115. Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
  116. Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
  117. Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
  118. Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!