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Express Photoshop Course for Beginners - PSD Box

Express Photoshop
Course for Beginners

Online free course by Andrei Oprinca

Episode 1 - Interface

Learning the basic layout of any software is the first step on your journey to optimize your workflow and speed it up. One of your main goals as a beginner is to create a workflow and optimize it.

This will also help you avoid frustration which is really important in the beginning stages of your Photoshop learning. In this episode I’ll show you the most important parts of the interface and how to customize it and where to find any panel or tool at any given time.

Episode 2 - Creating documents

In this episode you will learn how to create documents with the right specs for your projects. This can seem silly but it’s actually a simple yet fairly important step for a beginner.

Learn the basics on how to create a new document: sizes, resolution etc…

Episode 3: Basic operations

In this episode you will learn basic Photoshop operations: moving through the canvas, zooming, panning, changing the image size…etc.

Learning how to operate in Photoshop using keyboard shortcuts is really important because you can work as much as 7X faster than going through the menus.

Episode 4: The Toolbar

The Toolbar is an essential part of the Photoshop’s interface and it brings you all the necessary tools you need when editing images.

In this episode I’ll make a quick explanation of the tools you can find on the Toolbar and in future episodes you will learn about some of them in more detail.

Episode 5: Introduction to selections

Selections are a very important part of almost any project in Photoshop. At some point you will need to isolate an area of your image for editing or applying a specific effect or adjustment.

Knowing how to effectively use the available tools and techniques can save you a lot of time. 

Episode 6: The layers and the layers panel

Knowing how to work effectively with layers and acquiring good layers management skills will definitely set you apart from most Photoshop beginners.

Layers are the core of Photoshop and in this episode you will learn the different kinds of Layers you can create in Photoshop and how to manage them.

Episode 7: Layer masks

Masks and layers go hand in hand. A layer mask is a special kind of layer which only contains information of black and white and it’s always linked to a layer.

They allow you to hide parts of an image or removing an effect but with the possibility of revealing it back if necessary. So it’s like erasing an image but not losing the contents you erased.

Episode 8: Blend modes

Blend modes, as the name implies, are used to determine how two or more layers interact with each other. Blend modes are the basic effects you can create in Photoshop, along with layer styles, which I’ll talk about in more details in a future episode.

You can use blend modes on any kind of layer you have on the layers panel.

Episode 9: Layer Styles

In this episode I will show you how the layer styles panel works

Photoshop allows you to create all sorts of styles for any layer on the layer panel. Layer styles are a way of adding effects using a combination of effects and blend modes.

Episode 10: Adjustment layers

In this episode I will make a brief explanation of the most important Photoshop adjustments and how they work.

Adjustments are a different kind of “effects” you can create on your images. Adjustments are used to modify the attributes of an image.

Episode 11: Working with filters

In this episode I will show you how the Filter Gallery works. With filters, you can greatly alter the appearance of an image. Filters can be stacked to create complex effects. 

Effects such as blur, spin effects, distortions or glows are achieved using filters. 

Episode 12: Working with vector shapes

In this episode I’ll go through the basic vector tools Photoshop has to offer.

Although Photoshop is not the best software to create vector illustrations you can certainly get started with illustrations using Photoshop’s vector tools.

Episode 13: Basic image cleaning & restoration in Photoshop

Put the cleaning tools in use on a real image and learn how to clean an image and make basic retouching or restorations.

Episode 14: Create a beautiful text using layer styles​

Layer styles can be really complex and can really make an impact on your texts so in this episode you will practice creating fancy texts so that you get used using the styles panel.

Episode 15: Smart objects

In this episode I’ll explain the concept of the Smart Objects and some benefits it brings when editing images.

A smart object is a special kind of layer that you can modify endlessly without ever losing the original quality of its contents.

Episode 16: Save optimized images for different applications

Layer styles can be really complex and can really make an impact on your texts so in this episode you will practice creating fancy texts so that you get used using the styles panel.


I Am Andrei Oprinca

With 10 years of Photoshop experience I’ve been helping people like you around the world improve their editing and photo manipulation skills.

I hope you like this quick Photoshop course for beginners. This free course is part of my mission to help as much people as possible follow their design passion. I appreciate your support.

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