Photoshop for Beginners
with marissa gifford
july 10, 2017
august 21, 2017
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Tap into the precision of Photoshop and harness the unique power that Photoshop’s layers give you to exercise complete control over your images. In this 4 week workshop you’ll learn the basics of Adobe Bridge and ACR, shortcuts to speed up your workflow, how to correct exposure and white balance, how to manipulate the light and tones in your image, convert an image to black and white, polish up a frame by removing or diminishing objects, extend your image’s canvas when necessary, smooth your subject’s skin, work with templates, create a watermark, and prepare your images for print or web use. Marissa will walk you through each concept with a written PDF as well as provide video demonstrations how to accomplish each task and allow you to confidently use the tools Photoshop has to offer.
Minimal shooting required
4+ hours required per week
this course has prerequisites
Students will need either Photoshop CS6 or CC (Creative Cloud). Students should be comfortable reading and understanding a histogram
Marissa Gifford is a professional photographer based in Vancouver, WA (Portland, OR metro area). She specializes in natural light family, high school senior, and boudoir photography. Her work emphasizes interactions and emotions, and she loves bright colors and the interplay of light and shadows. Her personal work is best reflected in her love of street and travel photography. She is an avid traveler who loves to document her adventures – both with and without her family – and learn about new cultures and languages. She loves to capture the unique quirks of a place and the people that make it special. Marissa is also part of the instructor team for Mastering Manual Exposure here at Click Photo School and enjoys helping others on their unique photography journeys. She has been featured in Click Magazine multiple times and her portfolio can be found here. Her travel work can be found here and here.
• 1 Pre-assignment Printable Lesson & Video Download to orient you to Adobe Bridge, Photoshop Layers, Keyboard Shortcuts and Setting Up your Workspace
• 4 weekly Printable Lesson Downloads
• Numerous Video Downloads detailing and demonstrating the concepts outlined in the PDFs
• Instructor-led weekly Q&A for each lesson
• Personal Video Critiques of each lesson’s weekly assignment by instructor
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Week One: ACR
Reading:Adjusting exposure and white balance in ACR; Basics panel; Tone Curve panel; Detail panel; HSL panel; Split Toning panel; Effects panel; Adjustment Brush; Syncing Images; Opening Multiple Images into Photoshop
Assignment: Edit an image in ACR, including SOOC and Final Edit.
Week Two: Light and Shadows
Reading: Levels; Curves; Exposure & Contrast Blend Modes; Selectively Painting Light/Dark; Dodge/Burn; Highlight/Shadow Recovery; Matte; Vignettes; Black/White Conversions
Assignment: Use these techniques to correct and/or enhance an image. Include SOOC and Final Edit.
Week Three: Color Toning
Reading: Strengthening the Story- Elements such as light, composition and color are some of the things that can distinguish a snapshot from a strong image. The PDF will go over those and more while also diving into editing & b/w conversions.
Assignment: Use toning techniques to correct and/or enhance an image. Include SOOC and Final Edit.
Week Four: Finishing Touches and Templates/Documents
Reading: Skin Smoothing/Healing; Cropping/Straightening; Eliminating/Minimizing Distractions in the Frame; Extending the Canvas; Working with Templates; Text Tool; Creating Watermark; Sharpen for Print/Web; Resizing for Web; Saving Images
Assignment: Use finishing touches to polish up an image, including before/after images as reference and submit 1 populated template.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.