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Adobe Photoshop for Photographers

Adobe Photoshop training focused on photographers

Advanced Use of Adobe Photoshop - Online

Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality and post-processing of your photos using simple tips and techniques. This course is a Digital Photography certificate elective.

Go beyond the Adobe Photoshop basics as you explore more advanced features to successfully harness this powerful and popular editing software. Boost your expertise as you optimize images using specialized tools, apply effects to reduce flaws, and improve the quality of your photos. Work towards faster, more efficient image post-processing using simple tips and techniques as you build your professional portfolio. This class is also an elective course for Digital Photography certificate students.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Customize the Photoshop interface
  • Use Photoshop Actions for faster, more efficient post-processing of images
  • Explain the advantages of using layers in Photoshop for non-destructive editing of images in a number of ways
  • Utilize Selection tools in Adobe Photoshop to make changes within photographs
  • Use the Liquify tool to make changes in the appearance of people and objects
  • Describe the differences between the Healing, Patch and Clone tools

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Photo Editing in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop allows photographers to explore more creative possibilities than ever before. Learn to unlock your artistic vision and create views of the world unavailable to the human eye or film technology.

Not every photograph looks great when you first take it, and there are increasing numbers of tools available to help you get the right look. Adobe Photoshop, especially when paired with Adobe Lightroom, allows photographers to explore more creative possibilities than ever before. Learn to unlock your artistic vision and create views of the world unavailable to the human eye or film technology.

This course explores both technical and aesthetic considerations in the medium by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, students will learn the role of Photoshop in a photographer’s workflow and how it can help them achieve picture-perfect prints.

After each class meeting, students will complete homework assignments to show what they have learned. The assignments are due prior to the next class meetings and must be submitted digitally. The following class will include class critiques followed by new lecture material.

Note: We recommend that students complete Digital Asset Management and Photo Editing in Adobe Lightroom before beginning this course. Lightroom and Photoshop do not replace each other, but rather enhance each other, particularly when Lightroom is used first, then Photoshop second, in a photographer’s workflow. We also recommend that students subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan so they can complete homework assignments and utilize these techniques in their own photography.

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After completing this course, participants should be able to:
  • Use Photoshop to perform basic corrections to RAW images.
  • Be familiar with the Photoshop tools most commonly used by photographers to enhance images.
  • Explain the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom and identify the appropriate uses for each.
  • Be familiar with the various image file formats in order to save images best suited to the intended use.
  • Demonstrate basic photo editing techniques such as color correction, exposure adjustment, black and white conversion, and sharpening.
  • Retouch imperfections and other common issues such as red eye.
  • Utilize masks and various selection tools to correct or change the color in specific areas of a photo.
  • Combine pixels from different frames to create images with a greater range of luminosity than is possible with a camera alone
  • Create composite images and stitch images together to create panoramas.