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Introducing Photoshop: Design

with Deke McClelland

Video: Welcome

Quickly learn how to use Photoshop for everyday design tasks—combining text and artwork, replacing backgrounds, and more.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
  2. 22m 24s
    1. Opening images
      8m 19s
    2. Getting around an image
      7m 55s
    3. Understanding selections and layers
      6m 10s
  3. 32m 31s
    1. Using the marquee tools
      7m 19s
    2. Free-form and straight-sided selections
      3m 20s
    3. Selecting areas of color
      7m 42s
    4. Deselecting and History
      6m 35s
    5. Refining selected edges
      7m 35s
  4. 54m 19s
    1. Three ways to make a layer
      8m 38s
    2. Blending layers
      8m 54s
    3. Cleaning up art with an adjustment layer
      8m 58s
    4. Scaling and rotating
      6m 47s
    5. Duplicating a series of layers
      5m 27s
    6. Recoloring art with an adjustment layer
      8m 3s
    7. Moving a layer into a new background
      7m 32s
  5. 29m 39s
    1. Creating and formatting type
      8m 39s
    2. Drop shadow and Fill Opacity
      6m 3s
    3. Carving letters with Bevel & Emboss
      7m 22s
    4. Creating a type effect from a photographic element
      7m 35s
  6. 44m 53s
    1. Working with the Brush tool
      7m 50s
    2. Creating and using custom brushes
      7m 10s
    3. Painting inside a selection
      9m 24s
    4. Adding gradients and patterns
      7m 36s
    5. Drawing with the Pen tool
      7m 25s
    6. Stroking a brushstroke along a path
      5m 28s
  7. 30m 9s
    1. Using a layer mask
      8m 36s
    2. Drawing vector-based shapes
      7m 56s
    3. Turning a shape into a vector mask
      5m 35s
    4. Creating clipping masks
      8m 2s
  8. 34m 28s
    1. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      9m 19s
    2. Applying a dynamic Smart Filter
      6m 47s
    3. Creating a Smart Filter effect
      9m 17s
    4. Adding shadows to line art
      9m 5s
  9. 24m 41s
    1. Saving a layered PSD file
      7m 58s
    2. Saving TIFF and PNG images
      7m 58s
    3. Saving an image for web and online
      8m 45s
  10. 57s
    1. Next steps

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Introducing Photoshop: Design
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Although learning Adobe Photoshop from square one can seem daunting, this course gives you exactly the knowledge you need to get started creating practical everyday graphic designs with no prior Photoshop knowledge required. Acclaimed Photoshop instructor Deke McClelland quickly introduces you to the core Photoshop features you'll need to create your first Photoshop design projects, focusing only on those features designers use most often.

Topics include:
  • Selecting and extracting images from their backgrounds
  • Building design compositions with layers
  • Adding effects with layer styles and blend modes
  • Using, formatting, and stylizing type in your design
  • Painting with the Brush tool
  • Drawing with the Pen tool
  • Basic masking techniques for creating quality compositions
  • Saving your designs for print and the web
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Hi, I'm Deke McClelland. Welcome to Photoshop for Design. Now, many folks regard Photoshop as a photography program, which, of course, it is, but about half the people who use Photoshop identify themselves as graphic artists and designers. And it's no surprise. Armed with Photoshop's wide array of filters and effects, you can take the ordinary world and turn it into something quite extraordinary.

The purpose of these movies is to introduce you to Photoshop in the shortest time possible. I make no attempt to cover every feature in the software, in fact, far from it. Instead, we'll focus our attentions on the features you need to create photo realistic artwork and designs. Specifically, I'll show you how to make the most of such acclaimed features as layers, filters and blend modes, I'll show you how to integrate text and vectors into your artwork and I'll show you how to select an image captured against one background and set it against another.

Note that I assume no prior knowledge. If you know a thing or two about Photoshop, great, but if not, no problem. And if you've ever wanted to combine art with imagery but you weren't even sure what questions to ask, this is the place to start. Now, in the end, if you want to learn more, I'll point you in a couple of directions. In the meantime, allow me to introduce you to Photoshop for Design.

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