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Foundations of Adobe Photoshop CC

with Dave Cross

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About The Class

Learn to use Photoshop CC like a Photographer

Join Dave Cross in this beginner friendly class starting at the very basics with Adobe® Photoshop® CC. You’ll learn how to begin navigating the software and what the best practices and work habits are to approach different projects.

Dave will cover:

  • Working non destructively on your files
  • How to resize, crop, and straighten images
  • Using layers with basic layer examples
  • Adding text, color, and painting to images
  • How to retouch and adjust images using selections and masks
  • Learn how to use the tools you need to create the image you want. Dave will demonstrate using sample workflows that take you through projects from start to finish.

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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Topics Covered


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    14:13
  2. 02

    Navigating Around Photoshop

    13:33
  3. 03

    Best Practices in Photoshop

    15:04
  4. 04

    Photoshop Tools Overview

    10:06
  5. 05

    How to Use the Zoom Tool

    20:44
  6. 06

    Keyboard Shortcuts

    06:22
  7. 07

    How To Work Non-Destructively

    31:34
  8. 08

    Importing Files to Photoshop

    13:04
  9. 09

    Saving Files in Photoshop

    13:42
  10. 10

    Use Camera Raw With Photoshop

    13:52
  11. 11

    Use Lightroom with Photoshop

    18:42
  12. 12

    Sizing Files In Photoshop

    29:37
  13. 13

    Changing Canvas Size

    08:39
  14. 14

    Cropping An Image

    09:00
  15. 15

    Straightening An Image

    07:57
  16. 16

    Creative Cloud Libraries

    11:03
  17. 17

    Introduction To Layers

    06:22
  18. 18

    Why Use Layers?

    14:44
  19. 19

    The Layers Panel

    19:12
  20. 20

    Basic Layer Examples

    15:45
  21. 21

    Free Transform

    12:32
  22. 22

    Use Opacity with Layers

    08:41
  23. 23

    Layer Styles Overview

    20:23
  24. 24

    Opacity Vs. Fill With Layers

    12:27
  25. 25

    Working With Type

    27:40
  26. 26

    Blend If Modes With Layers

    11:04
  27. 27

    Making Selections

    23:23
  28. 28

    What Is A Layer Mask?

    25:01
  29. 29

    Introduction To Color & Painting

    15:07
  30. 30

    Painting With The Brush Tool

    08:37
  31. 31

    How To Adjust Images

    32:18
  32. 32

    Retouching Images

    30:30
  33. 33

    Content Aware Fill

    07:02
  34. 34

    Smart Objects

    20:59
  35. 35

    Editing Smart Objects

    20:22
  36. 36

    Workflow Suggestions

    25:18

Meet Your Expert

Dave Cross

For 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since 1987, Dave has taught Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe InDesign® to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of ... read more

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95% of students recommend this class.
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  • LINDA GAIL LIpe

    September 2017

    I really like Dave's methodical teaching style. Step by step works best for my learning processes. He also has a lovely voice to listen to during his classes, that is important if you have to listen to someone talk for any length of time. I also like the "dance" he does by explaining what he is going to do, then does it, and then comes back to explaining the choices he made and why. Very, very easy to follow him in his straight forward explanations. He increased my understanding of so many tools I use and so many I have never used. Wow! Photoshop with Dave took away a lot of "fear"! (Wish I had a "happy face" to place here!) I bought this class today because I don't think I can get along without it!

  • diana_lihula

    September 2017

    A writer and an old person (over 60), I rarely use neat exaggerations like "great" or "fantastic," and never say "awesome" in the currently fashionable manner. However, I would call this class both great and excellently planned. Cross is well-spoken and a consummate teacher with a rarely non-irritating voice. It is information packed, clearly presented, well-organized, and extremely helpful. I wish I could afford his others.

  • Creativelive Student

    September 2017

    I was so lucky to get to attend this class in person here in Seattle. I have been a fan of Dave's for years and own a number of his courses from Creative Live. When this class was announced I almost decided to skip it since it was listed as a "beginners" class but decided that it "might" be worth it. One of the reasons I wanted to take it was that I am self-taught. I had started with Photoshop 5 (not CS5 but 5) about 15 years ago (at least). I figured it I took this class I might learn a little something that would help me in my work. Well, two days later I have 18 pages of handwritten notes, a whole new way to work and it has already paid off in a huge way in my daily workflow. I bill out my hours at around $100 an hour as a graphic designer and marketing person. That means in the two days that I spent 10 hours a day taking the class and commuting to it, it cost me about $2000 in working time. But it didn't. I can guarantee that I am way ahead on this one. I l learned so much. The real world things I learned will pay off for a very long time. Within one day after the class I had already started changing my workflow to be more non-destructive and faster. Dave is an awesome teacher and I can't say enough good things about this class. Even if you think you know Photoshop, you don't. I teach it in my small world but I learned so much.

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