What is Photoshop Graphic Design?
Photoshop graphic design is, as the title suggests, the process of designing something in Photoshop.
It can range from creating a single logo to producing an entire website layout – and everything between those two extremes.
You can also use it for touching up or restoring old family snapshots (see: CreativeLive: Photoshop Restoration Course) or making your own digital paintings (see: CreativeLive: Photoshop Painting Tutorials).
A typical desktop publishing project might be an ad for a local business. A brochure is another example; you may be hired by a car dealer to produce a colorful pamphlet that describes each car on the lot and includes photos of most makes and models.
Business cards are another type of project; these often include contact information for the cardholder, as well as a logo or other identifying graphic.
A website design project might include designing all of the graphics that will be used on the site, as well as creating the HTML and CSS code to put everything together.
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What skills will I learn in Photoshop Graphic Design?
In general, Photoshop graphic design courses teach you how to use Adobe Photoshop to create or modify digital images.
This may include learning how to use layers, masks, filters, and other effects; how to create custom brushes and shapes; and how to work with text and type.
You will also learn about color theory and how to create or select appropriate color schemes for your designs. In addition, you’ll learn about typography – the art and technique of arranging and improving type.
What will I learn?
This Photoshop Design course will teach you about the following:
- An Introduction to tools in Photoshop
- Proper Selection Techniques Using The Pen Tool (P) and Magnetic Lasso Tool (L)
- Tools Panel Overview
- Basic Layer Operation
- Basic Layer Blending Options
- How To Use The Gradient Tool
- Smooth Highlights [Using A Refined Initial Shape],
- How To Work With Rounded Rectangles And Ellipses
- Creating Custom Brushes For Shapes and Type Creating a Drop Shadow
- Working With Transparency
- Create a Custom Vignette Quick Mask Mode
- Custom Vector Shapes
- Type How To Use Different Layer Blend Modes Concerted Tool Workflow
- How to Work With Tools Together
- Creating Layers From Scratch
- Selection Tips And Tricks
- The 8 Quadrants of Photoshop Color Correction,
What software will I need?
In order to participate in a Photoshop graphic design course, you will need to have Adobe Photoshop installed on your computer.
You can get a free trial of Photoshop from Adobe’s website. (Note that some of the exercises in this course may require a more recent version of Photoshop than the trial offers.)
You will also need a basic understanding of how computers work and are able to navigate around your operating system.
If you’re not comfortable with using a mouse or keyboard, you may find it difficult to follow along with the lessons.
Finally, you should be comfortable working in a digital environment – opening and editing files, saving your work, etc.
I’m not Photoshop literate, is this course for me?
This Photoshop Design course is designed for students with some basic experience using Adobe Photoshop.
If you’re completely new to Photoshop, we recommend taking our introductory course, Adobe Photoshop CC Fundamentals.
This course will teach you the basics of how to use the software and will provide a foundation that you can build on while taking this more advanced design course.
If you have some experience with Photoshop but feel like you’re not getting the most out of it, this course may be for you.
We’ll cover some more advanced topics and techniques that will help you take your skills to the next level.
What projects will I create?
In this course, you will create a variety of design projects. These may include a logo design, a web banner, an advertising flyer, a business card, and more.
You will learn how to use Photoshop to create or modify digital images for your business or personal projects. You will also learn about color theory and how to select appropriate colors for your designs.
In addition, you’ll learn about typography and how to arrange type for maximum impact. By the end of this course, you’ll have learned all the skills you need to create beautiful, professional-quality designs using Photoshop.
What version of Photoshop will this course use?
Adobe recently updated Photoshop to CC (Creative Cloud). This update brought many changes; some good, some bad.
The great news is that it doesn’t really change anything for you or your workflow. You can still open PSD files created in CS6 and earlier.
They should look the same when opened in either version of the software. Your actions, brushes, swatches – everything will be exactly where you left them unless you’ve changed something manually on your own.
So don’t worry about having an older version than what’s required – just get started! You can download Adobe Photoshop CC here if you don’t already it installed on your computer.
What kind of computer do I need?
In order to participate in this Photoshop graphic design course, you will need a computer that meets the following specifications:
- PC with Windows 7 or later OR Mac with OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later
- 2 GB of RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
- OpenGL 2.0 capable video card required for some features, such as 3D and advanced GPU Filters
- 1 GB of available hard disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
- 1024×768 display resolution at 100% scale; 32-bit color depth recommended.
If the computer does not meet these requirements, you are still able to follow the course, but some features may not be available to you.
We recommend that you have a computer that is less than 3 years old in order to have the best experience with this Photoshop graphic design course.
What do I need to know before starting this course?
- In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you have the following skills and knowledge:
- Basic understanding of computers – how to use a mouse, keyboard, etc.
- Some experience using Adobe Photoshop (either through a previous course or self-taught)
- Comfortable working in a digital environment, opening and editing files, saving your work, etc.
If you don’t meet all of these requirements, you’re still able to follow along and gain some learning from this course – it just maybe a bit more difficult.
We recommend that you visit our Lightroom CC Fundamentals or Photoshop CS6 Fundamentals if you need a little more experience before beginning this course.
What do I get when I enroll?
As a member of the Adobe Creative Cloud Learn Team, we’ve worked hard to create awesome courses for our members.
You’ll get access to all of the lesson videos and project files (PSDs). You can download these files at any time in case you get stuck at any point during the lessons.
All final projects are included too (and they’re awesome)! don’t forget, there’s always our team of experts available to answer any questions you may have.
What will I learn in this course?
This Photoshop graphic design course is designed to teach you how to create beautiful, professional-quality designs using the software.
You’ll start with the basics, learning how to open and edit files, work with layers, and use various tools and filters.
Then you’ll move on to more advanced concepts such as color theory, typography, and working with images.
By the end of the course, you’ll have all the skills you need to create stunning designs for your business or personal projects. Enroll now and get started!
If you’re looking for a more basic introduction to Adobe Photoshop, we recommend our Photoshop Basics course.
Or, if you’re looking to advance your current skills, check out our Adobe Photoshop CS6 Advanced course.
How do I learn more?
We’re glad you asked! Navigate through the menus above and visit all of our courses for a detailed look at topics covered in this course including Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects & more! Thanks for stopping by – we hope to see you in class soon!
This Photoshop course will teach you how to use Adobe Photoshop by doing actual, practical, real-world projects! Apply what you learn for your own business and/or to improve your graphic design skills.
This course will not be updated to cover multiple versions of Photoshop, but if you are struggling with concepts in an older version it may still be helpful to you.
It is recommended that users have a good understanding of the terms and functions used in Adobe Illustrator before taking this course.
This course was created for Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 v14.1.2 running on OSX 10.11 or Windows 8.1 64 bit systems using English language versions only, though some techniques are applicable to other OSes/Versions/Language sets.