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Practical Adobe Photoshop Basics

with Khara Plicanic

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About The Class

Edit, Create and Start working in Photoshop®

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.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    08:02
  2. 02

    Tips for Success

    05:53
  3. 03

    How To Undo Mistakes

    06:05
  4. 04

    Adobe Workspace

    16:01
  5. 05

    Using The Brush Tool

    03:33
  6. 06

    Using The Zoom Tool

    04:25
  7. 07

    Adobe Preferences

    02:27
  8. 08

    Correcting Exposure

    19:15
  9. 09

    Correcting Color

    17:18
  10. 10

    Non-Destructive Editing

    10:20
  11. 11

    Working With Raw Images

    05:17
  12. 12

    File Formats and Saving Your Work

    21:15
  13. 13

    Creative Color

    36:01
  14. 14

    Selections: Magic Wand

    12:54
  15. 15

    Selections: Selection Brush

    09:41
  16. 16

    Selections: Marquees

    12:45
  17. 17

    Selections: Lasso/Polygonal Lasso

    07:05
  18. 18

    Selections: Hair and Fur

    04:52
  19. 19

    Layered Composite

    31:41
  20. 20

    Brush Basics

    09:16
  21. 21

    Brush Presets

    03:20
  22. 22

    Tweaking Brush Settings

    26:07
  23. 23

    Making Custom Brushes

    08:10
  24. 24

    Dodge And Burn

    12:33
  25. 25

    Spot Healing, Healing, And Cloning

    14:31
  26. 26

    Patch Tool And Content Aware

    03:23
  27. 27

    Photo Restoration: Dust and Scratches

    03:33
  28. 28

    Fixing Blink Shots And Glare

    04:00
  29. 29

    Liquify Tool

    02:57
  30. 30

    Eye Brightening And Teeth Whitening

    07:05
  31. 31

    What Is A Pixel And Why Do We Care?

    17:03
  32. 32

    Resizing Images

    08:43
  33. 33

    Cropping And Canvas Size

    28:17
  34. 34

    Extending The Canvas

    14:55
  35. 35

    Straightening An Image

    10:56
  36. 36

    Placing Type

    18:16
  37. 37

    Setting Type

    07:45
  38. 38

    Glyphs

    25:41
  39. 39

    Type Effects

    08:20
  40. 40

    Type On A Path

    14:20
  41. 41

    Vector Overview

    05:31
  42. 42

    Shape Tools

    16:26
  43. 43

    Pen Tool

    11:08
  44. 44

    Batching Files

    06:52
  45. 45

    Actions And Function Keys

    13:45
  46. 46

    Making Your Own Actions

    23:38
  47. 47

    Seamless Pattern Design

    18:38
  48. 48

    Integrated Project Design

    09:08
  49. 49

    Basic Mockups With Smart Objects

    24:07
  50. 50

    Social Media Promo Project

    31:48

Meet Your Expert

Khara Plicanic

A one-woman show, Khara has been dazzling her photo clients with outrageous service and record-breaking turnaround times since shooting her first wedding 14 years ago. Her book, “Getting Started in Digital Photography” showcases ... read more

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  • pdf Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
  • pdf Photoshop Resource Guide
  • atn Practical Photoshop Basics (PS action file)
  • zip Course Files
  • zip Word Art

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Kim Williams

    November 2017

    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.

  • smurfy

    November 2017

    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!

  • Roz

    November 2017

    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

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