Course Outline for Photoshop CS5 Digital Photography

Week 1

Lesson 1- Tour of Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5 is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images.  In this lesson, we’ll introduce online training, see how to download images for you to use in class, and start with a tour of Photoshop CS5.  This class starts at the beginning, with the various tools for displaying images, and is designed to bring even the inexperienced user to a comfortable level of editing and enhancement.

Lesson 2- Corrections and Cropping

In this lesson, you'll see the power of Photoshop with quick corrections and the ability to crop and rotate your images.  We'll also discuss the various file formats for digital images and how to use them to your best advantage.  You'll learn how to make changes and save different versions of your images so you'll have everything you need for future editing.

Week 2

Lesson 3- Get Ready to Print

As we continue our study of Photoshop, you'll learn how to prepare your documents for printing.  To get the best quality print, you want to be sure that each image is the right size and resolution.  We'll define terms, explore menus, and look at ways for you to be sure your prints will be just the right size.  You'll see how to use the Crop tool with more control and feel confident about printing when you finish this lesson.

Lesson 4- Right Size for the Job

Whether you want to use your image on a Web site, in an e-mail, or for a large print, you need to be sure the size is right.  If it's for the Web, you'll want it small enough to load quickly, but still sharp and clear.  If you need an enlarged print, you'll want to be sure it has all the quality of the original.  This can be a stumbling block for some new Photoshop users, so we'll take our time and practice with several images to help you learn all the steps. We'll also go over how to use Photoshop's tools for artistic cropping so your images are both artistically and technically the best they can be.

Week 3

Lesson 5- Colors and Layers

One of the most powerful features in Photoshop is layers, and in this lesson, you'll have a chance to create a new file and copy another image into it, exploring the basics of layers as you go.  You'll also see how to set color options for many of the Photoshop features and adjust color in your images.

Lesson 6- Adjusting Color

As you continue to build your knowledge of layers in this lesson, you'll also see how to work with color.  Photoshop has a huge palette of color options that you can use in your images, and the color tools are amazing!  You'll see how to easily replace, brighten, and enhance color, and even remove it for stunning black-and-white work.  These features are among the many sought-after highlights of Photoshop, but beware!  You may find yourself tinkering with images even after the lesson is over.

Week 4

Lesson 7- Adjusting Light and Color

Light is the essence of photography, but it isn't always cooperative.  In this lesson, we’ll discuss ways to enhance and even create better lighting after you've taken an image.  You’ll see how to use Brightness and Contrast to improve your images, and you'll have a chance to work with Levels and Curves, two of Photoshop’s best features for correcting lighting and color tones.

Lesson 8- Raw Editing

Even if you don't shoot in raw image format, Photoshop has a set of sophisticated editing tools for you to use!  Camera Raw is Photoshop's editor for processing raw images, giving you the opportunity to adjust white balance and exposure in all kinds of file formats, and leaving your images with startling clarity and dynamic color.  In today's lesson, you'll see how to adjust your images quickly and easily, just like a pro.  If you're not quite sure what raw files are or if they're something you'd like to use, we'll walk you through the process, and you can decide what's best for your type of work.  Either way, you'll learn more about Photoshop and what it can do for you!

Week 5

Lesson 9- Text and Selections

Mixing words and pictures is an important part of digital photography, and Photoshop gives you lots of ways to make your text as dazzling as your pictures.  In this lesson, we’ll explore Photoshop's text tools, and you'll find out how to add text to your images. You’ll also begin your study of the powerful selection tools, with the Quick Selection tool, the color-based Magic Wand tool, and the flexible Lasso tool.

Lesson 10- Intermediate Selections

As we continue our study of selection tools, today you’ll learn how to create silhouettes and creative backgrounds to set them off.   You’ll see how the Marquee tools let you select perfect squares and circles for use in framing and highlighting your images.  You'll practice using feathering to see the difference it makes, especially when you want to create a soft, blended background in your image.   You'll also see how to use the Marquee tool to create borders and frames around your pictures.  To wrap up our study of the selection tools, we'll also explore the many options in the Select menu.

Week 6

Lesson 11- Advanced Selections

In our last lesson on the selection tools, you’ll work with a combination of tools for detailed and exacting work when you need it most.   You'll also learn some advanced techniques for using the selection tools together.   We'll work extensively with the Add to selection option and see some shortcuts for making selections easier.  As a final addition to your knowledge in this area, you’ll have a chance to explore and work with features on the Select menu.

Lesson 12- Correcting Images

In our last lesson, you'll learn how to put many new tools to work! We’ll discuss Retouching and Correcting tools, and you’ll perfect your skills with the Red Eye tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and both of the powerful Healing Brushes.  We'll also discuss when to use each tool for the best results.  The power of Photoshop will come to life as you use these tools in your final assignments.

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