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Intermediate Photoshop CS6


Photoshop is one of the most amazing software programs ever developed. It's a fun and creative way to alter photos and prepare them for print or the Web. In this course, you can take your Photoshop skills to the next level by exploring more advanced features in Photoshop that let you easily re-edit projects long after they were originally created (and long after the Photoshop "undo" command has expired). Offered in partnership with ed2go. 


  • Introducing Layers:  Create, reorder, and save a layered image.
  • Manipulating Layers:  Use a variety of techniques to move and create new layers.
  • Introducing Smart Objects:  Create, edit, resample, and crop Smart Objects.
  • More Smart Effects With Smart Objects:  Transform, warp, and filter images nondestructively using Smart Objects.
  • Using Adjustment Layers:  Use Adjustment layers and the Adjustments panel for nondestructive color correction.
  • Introducing Layer Masks:  Create and use black-and-white layer masks.
  • Image Restoration and Retouching:  Use pixel-based Photoshop tools to restore and manipulate photos nondestructively.
  • Grayscale and Gradient Masking:  Create and use grayscale layer masks.
  • More Mask Techniques:  Increase the accuracy of your selections by using additional masking features.
  • Clipping Masks and Layer Groups:  Discover clipping masks and layer groups.
  • Luminosity Masking:  Use luminosity masks for image correction and compositing.
  • Creating Complex Composites:  Make complex composites using color channels and luminosity masking.


Wednesday - Lesson 01

In this lesson, you'll create, view, and hide layers. Why do layers matter? Well, they open a world of opportunities for fine-tuning your images. You can edit a layered image nondestructively, so you don't have to start over if you make a mistake or need to change something.

Friday - Lesson 02

Today we'll focus on the clues Photoshop gives to explain exactly what you're doing to a layer as you're working. You'll create, move, duplicate, lock, unlock, cut, and paste layers. Knowing this information will let you alter images quickly and nondestructively . . . and the lock commands will help you prevent others (and you!) from accidentally altering your work. 

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Take advantage of Smart Objects—the most awesome and significant innovation in Photoshop since the layers feature was introduced. You can place a RAW-format photo (or JPG or TIF) file inside the Smart Object and re-edit it in Camera RAW anytime you want. You'll discover how to crop and resize photos nondestructively using Smart Objects, and you'll love the way they let you make a protected package out of an image.

Friday - Lesson 04

Today you'll see how you can make an individual layer in an image larger or smaller, rotate it, and use the amazing Warp command. And you can reverse all these changes anytime you want—if you make them on a Smart Object layer. You can even use filters nondestructively, so long as you apply them to a Smart Object (gee, those come in handy!). You'll also create a pear that, when cut open, has an orange inside it.

Wednesday - Lesson 05


Each time you edit the exposure in an image, you lose image quality. But what if there were a way to edit the exposure as much as you wanted and not hurt the quality? There is! An Adjustment layer makes no permanent change to the image, and you can stack up these layers as you wish. You won't ever want to apply a regular Levels command or Adjustment command directly to an image again.

Friday - Lesson 06

In this lesson, you'll find out about layer masks—another way that Photoshop lets you have your cake and eat it too. If you bring a picture of little Johnny onto a new background image, and you erase all the stuff that was in the background, what happens if you change your mind? You'd better hope you have the original image somewhere, and then you're in for a lot more work. However, if you use a layer mask, you'll keep every pixel that's in the original image and hide the parts of the original that you no longer wish to see.

Wednesday - Lesson 07

Did the dog eat Grandmother's portrait? Or did time and water do that damage? No matter. Using layers makes it easier than ever before to restore some of your treasured family heritage. You'll get ample practice with that today, plus links to websites that specialize in image restoration. Again, the theme of this lesson is nondestructive editing—working in layers so that you can always change your mind about a correction without having to begin again.

Friday - Lesson 08

What happens if you want to place a person into a swimming pool or the ocean using Photoshop? To make the composite realistic, you need to transition from total opacity above the water line to total transparency below it. You'll learn that skill today as you work with grayscale and gradient masks. You'll also experiment with vignette edges and other edge effects, plus you'll create a Web page header.

Wednesday - Lesson 09

One of the most common ways to lose sleep while using Photoshop is to try to add a new background behind a model with wispy, flowing hair. Hair and fur have always been the bane of Photoshop users. Photoshop can help, however. You'll learn some new tricks today as we explore some commands on the Masks section of the Properties panel.

Friday - Lesson 10


Have you ever wondered how to put images inside type, like those old postcards for various cities? You'll find out today. It's called a clipping mask, and it's a digital version of spreading glitter onto a paper that has a design drawn in glue—the glitter only sticks to the glue. In this case, the new layers only stick to the base layer in the clipping mask. Making a clipping mask is easy, but it provides one of Photoshop's "wow" moments.

Wednesday - Lesson 11

Photoshop can use the values in an image to correct the image. That sounds scary and mysterious, but it's actually easy to do. Today you'll create luminosity masks and use them to correct images and to develop false duotone images and wonderfully creative image composites. This lesson should nurture your creativity and yet give you some solid ways to add punch to an image or to create stunning sepia tones.

Friday - Lesson 12

In this course, you've created composites in so many ways. But there's still more to learn! Today you'll create an image that has a different photo in each color channel. You'll use Content-Aware Scale to make unusual adjustments to your image size. You'll try a wonderful stained-glass framing technique. And you'll finish the course with a fun assignment that lets you put together everything you've learned. 
















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