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Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

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Using The Brush Tool

Khara Plicanic

Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

Khara Plicanic

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5. Using The Brush Tool


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1 Class Introduction Duration:08:02
2 Tips for Success Duration:05:53
3 How To Undo Mistakes Duration:06:05
4 Adobe Workspace Duration:16:01
5 Using The Brush Tool Duration:03:33
6 Using The Zoom Tool Duration:04:25
7 Adobe Preferences Duration:02:27
8 Correcting Exposure Duration:19:15
9 Correcting Color Duration:17:18
10 Non-Destructive Editing Duration:10:20
11 Working With Raw Images Duration:05:17
13 Creative Color Duration:36:01
14 Selections: Magic Wand Duration:12:54
15 Selections: Selection Brush Duration:09:41
16 Selections: Marquees Duration:12:45
18 Selections: Hair and Fur Duration:04:52
19 Layered Composite Duration:31:41
20 Brush Basics Duration:09:16
21 Brush Presets Duration:03:20
22 Tweaking Brush Settings Duration:26:07
23 Making Custom Brushes Duration:08:10
24 Dodge And Burn Duration:12:33
26 Patch Tool And Content Aware Duration:03:23
28 Fixing Blink Shots And Glare Duration:04:00
29 Liquify Tool Duration:02:57
32 Resizing Images Duration:08:43
33 Cropping And Canvas Size Duration:28:17
34 Extending The Canvas Duration:14:55
35 Straightening An Image Duration:10:56
36 Placing Type Duration:18:16
37 Setting Type Duration:07:45
38 Glyphs Duration:25:41
39 Type Effects Duration:08:19
40 Type On A Path Duration:14:20
41 Vector Overview Duration:05:31
42 Shape Tools Duration:16:26
43 Pen Tool Duration:11:08
44 Batching Files Duration:06:52
45 Actions And Function Keys Duration:13:45
46 Making Your Own Actions Duration:23:38
47 Seamless Pattern Design Duration:18:38
48 Integrated Project Design Duration:09:08
50 Social Media Promo Project Duration:31:48

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Using The Brush Tool

let's talk about those fun bonus files, But I have put for you, so I'm gonna go open them. So you get all the files and they're all organized like this. So they're sort of in little categories based on what we're doing. So hopefully that makes them easy to find, because there's a lot. So I didn't want to just dump them all in a folder. So I'm going to select these two images and we'll talk about this one first. So this image, when you do this at home, I'm not going to do it here cause I will spoil the surprise. But, um, there's a special little hidden message that will appear all that. I guess all I'll do it just to show you. But the message won't appear here, but I'll show you what you need to do to do it at home. So I'm gonna get my brush tool, and you can pick, um, any color. It doesn't matter what it is and get your brush tool. It doesn't even matter what kind of brush you have right now. It won't matter. But just pick your brush. It doesn't matter. Like what your settings are gene...

rally. Hopefully, the defaults should work, and then you'll just start painting so it will behave differently on your file at home. But you'll just start painting came and then I want you to practice switching tools with your keyboard. And so, if you want to paint in a different color, you could press, um, I for the eyedropper tool, and then you could come over and click to sample a color from this colorful cake. And then you could press be to go back to your brush and then you could paint again with this different color, and you could repeat that process. But you could also make use of like a ninja level keyboard shortcut, which is called a toggle keyboard shortcut. So instead of actually switching to the eyedropper tool and then switching back to the brush, some tools have inherent relationships. That front a shop makes even more accessible with these special keyboard shortcuts. So when you have the brush tool, you can just hold down the altar or option key, and as long as you're holding it, it changes to the eyedropper, and then I can click to sample the color. Then I just let go of my keyboard and keep painting. So is really easy to just hold down. Alter option. Let's click another color and keep painting. So at home, you can just scribble like this, but it will magically create a secret message. I thought this was so cool when I made this up. So let's just spend a minute on it. Just kidding. But, um, I was really excited, so I hope I hope everybody at home really like that. So anyway, at home, get your paintbrush, sample some colors, do some scribbling, and you will get a secret message that appears here that include the URL where you will get a download for a What is it called Album Border design Action. Yeah, it's a nifty thing. Yeah, very cool. And it should come with instructions on how you use it and all of that. But it can allow you to make little albums and photo shop in, like, 10 seconds. It's amazing. So it's a very good download. So do the exercise is the point and then tag me on Instagram because I want to know that people are doing it because it will make me so excited

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® is a versatile tool that gives you incredible power, but it can be daunting in the beginning. Get your beginner’s guide to Adobe Photoshop from Khara Plicanic in Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. This class will take you through the Adobe Photoshop program—starting at square one. You’ll master the workspace, conquer basic image edits, and dominate the art of making selections and will finally understand the layers panel, once and for all. 

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • Simple image retouching
  • Making Selections
  • Working with layers
  • Saving your work
  • Resizing images
  • Using layer masks
  • Brush tool basics
  • Adding and styling type
  • Building composites
  • and so much more!

Khara will show you how to complete everyday real-life client projects like holiday cards, save-the-dates, Facebook banners, and instant albums. You’ll learn best practices for a basic workflow and how to save time with automation.

This class is a rock solid overview for people brand new to Adobe Photoshop basics or those who first started on their own and are ready to learn a better way to get things done.


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Kim Williams

I tuned into this class hoping to glean what I cold since it was free. I ended up purchasing the class because it is FILLED with so much great information in a fun and easy to understand format. Khara is an amazing instructor - I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Worth EVERY penny. Thank you Creative Live for offering such great material, at even more amazing prices.


What an unbelievable teacher Khara is. I have wanted to learn photoshop forever but was intimidated, overwhelmed, then I watched this course. OMG I learnt so much, more then I imagined. I am so excited now to start using Photoshop, I can't wait to try out everything she taught us. With the skills we learnt over these two days I think this course provides everything I need to know to feel and more. She was outstanding, the absolute perfect teacher for someone who has never ever used Photoshop. Also great moderation by Kenna. Thank you for this awesome, amazing, wonderful course. I am sure anyone who watches this course will agree it is incredible. I couldn't recommend it more. This course was just Smurfy!


I would highly recommend Khara Plicanic's Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics. The name of the class, implies that the class is for beginners, but that's not exactly true. Most of us learn Photoshop by the features we need to know at any given time. As many will agree, there are a number of ways to get to the same end. I can only speak for myself, but... I would bet that many of us don't know all the strategies that are taught in this class! Check it out, I doubt you'd be disappointed! Khara brings a fun and relatable approach to everything she does. She is very entertaining, while being a superb instructor. Last, but not least... This class brings with it a ton of useful bonuses. Warm Regards, Roz Fruchtman aka @RozSpirations