The Craft of Photoshop : Solid Foundations

Learn the best way to use Photoshop from a 30+ year designer - updated for cc2021 & a full PDF of notes!

The Craft of Photoshop : Solid Foundations
The Craft of Photoshop : Solid Foundations

The Craft of Photoshop : Solid Foundations udemy course free download:

Learn the best way to use Photoshop from a 30+ year designer - updated for cc2021 & a full PDF of notes!

What you'll learn:

The Craft of Photoshop: Real World Portraits

  • How to use Photoshop to develop natural portraits of people
  • The five key steps of developing any photo
  • Pro-level portrait development techniques


  • A version of Photoshop installed on your computer
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop is an advantage, but I explain key concepts as we go along


'I've done some Photoshop tutorials on YouTube, but they just cover one tool or technique. How do I actually enhance a photo, start to finish?'

'There are so many tools in Photoshop! So many things to remember! As a beginner what do I need to know and what do I not need to know?'

'There are so many Photoshop courses out there. Why would I do this one?'

*Updated to cover the 2021 release of Photoshop!*

Enrol on this course and find out just how well I can answer those questions. I've been using Photoshop for nearly 30 years - since version 1! Not many can say that. I've spent thousands of hours with Photoshop and now it feels like an old friend. An old friend I learned to get the best from. An old friend that sometimes caught me out and I had to adapt my techniques. And over the years I've learned what matters and what doesn't. This course teaches you what matters. Things like where to start when enhancing an image, what steps you should take and in what order. Things like selecting the right tool for the job because just learning a tool isn't enough. How to use a tool but also when to use it, what problems you may encounter and, perhaps most importantly, why to use it.

And if you want to learn anything effectively, you need to make notes. But not on this course. I've done that for you...

How does a PDF with notes on all the videos plus hundreds of screen shots sound? Good? You've got it! I learn from video courses myself - I like learning new things and if I'm creating courses for people, it only makes sense that I go through the learning journey myself. It struck me how much time I spend making notes I can refer to. I estimate it increases my study time by a factor of at least 4.

So I've made notes for you. One thing that makes this course extra special is a downloadable PDF with a table of contents plus an index. This PDF contains notes based directly upon this course I offer. Bullet points, screen shots, tips - they are all there and you can keep the PDF and refer to it whenever you want. This should save you dozens of hours of note taking and will be an invaluable asset when you need to revise what you've learned. I've even left blank pages in case you want to print it out and jot down your own notes!

The course starts with a thorough grounding in the five steps you need to consider taking when you enhance a photo. These steps are so fundamental that I make sure that they are covered properly and in detail. Practically every image you see is available as a download and every step has practice videos. Not a multi choice quiz where you just have to remember the name of a tool. That's not enough - you need practical exercises for a program like Photoshop and I give you exactly that in a unique way.

Your practical exercises are consistent. I'll give you a picture and tell you what I want you to do with it. Then you have a choice. You can listen to the advice I give you about how to do the job, or you can skip the advice and try doing the exercise - crop a picture, deal with the color balance, erase some blemishes and so on. Then come back to the video and I'll show you how I did it. I'll also give you some valuable tips about tools, techniques and workflow along the way. Then at the end of the section you take five photos and do all five steps on them. I don't know of a better way for you to really nail down the fundamental concepts and be ready to move on to more advanced subjects.

Did you notice I said 'fundamental' twice instead of 'basic'? There's a reason for that. This course is aimed at beginners and existing users who want to round out their knowledge but that doesn't mean it's over simplified. Heck, no! You will learn the same tools and techniques that are used in professional studios everywhere. I've been in quite a few and - just between you and me - there's things on this course that I've had to explain to people who use Photoshop on a daily basis. That's something I can do for you too. As well as being a designer for decades I also spent some time as a teacher and my university degree is all about how people learn. And it is my firm belief that the right way to learn something like Photoshop is not to just learn the tools. The right way is to learn the right workflow. You learn the right workflow by using the right tools for the job, and the best way to use them.

After the five steps method we'll tackle more advanced topics and again you'll see how to use the right tools to get the job done. You'll also practice them. Things like half a dozen different ways to select areas of your picture and the pros and cons of each. Things like the paintbrush and vector pen tools. Yes, there's exercises too, including a simple workflow for painting which shows you the typical techniques a digital artist might use to get things done. Learn best working practices and gotchas while you learn about text, artboards, gradients, selective colorization or basic/advanced dodge and burn techniques. Layer blend modes? So many people get confused by them. Give me 25 minutes and you'll wonder why anyone would ever find them challenging. How about layer blend ranges and how they compare so favourably to luminosity masks. Learn the differences between vector shapes and bitmaps. Layer masks? So useful yet sometimes so confusing. Let me explain them to you and make them a vital part of your new skillset. I'll show you the automated workflow techniques I used which made possible the 100,000+ individual graphics for Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2 possible. I'll even show you how to use third party plug ins from the Nik Collection to create incredible effects.

By the end of the course you will have mastered various effective workflows, start to finish. You will gain the confidence to tackle your own images, be able to select which workflow suits the photo best, and one day soon you may well be looking at one of your own photos which you've enhanced, and thinking 'That looks fantastic! I did that...'

Enroll now. Don't forget you have the 30 day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Learn Photoshop from someone who knows what's important and knows how to teach. Get ready to make your photos shine!

I'll see you on the course,


Who this course is for:

  • Photographers and designers who wish to learn Photoshop properly
  • Beginners welcome, but existing users will find masses of useful information and technique

Course Details:

  • 25.5 hours on-demand video
  • 112 downloadable resources
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Full lifetime access
  • Certificate of completion

The Craft of Photoshop : Solid Foundations

Learn the best way to use Photoshop from a 30+ year designer - updated for cc2021 & a full PDF of notes!
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