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Intro to Photoshop

An 8-week course to help you develop a foundational understanding of how to use Photoshop in the entertainment industry

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Course Overview

Learn the fundamentals of Photoshop

This class is designed to get you up and running with Adobe Photoshop! Students will explore the basic yet powerful features of the application while also discovering the numerous possibilities of its digital tools. This includes: general UI and toolbar navigation, developing an understanding of sophisticated layering techniques (i.e. layers and adjustment panels, basic masking and grouping, etc.), using the paintbrush, airbrush, stamp and pencil tools, applying color correction, and other filter effects, isolating image layers (in order to erase/add layers to a specific part of an image).


Course Format:   Custom
Lecture Type:   Pre-recorded
Feedback:   Live session before Q & A (sessions are recorded; no need to be present in order to receive feedback)
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Deadlines each week
Q&A:   Once a week
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent)
Skills level:   Beginner
Prerequisites:   None

Intro to Photoshop WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Learn how to understand Photoshop UI, tools, and menu properties | Introduction | Getting to know Photoshop
How to use the marquee tool | Polygonal lasso and lasso tool | Magic wand tool | Eyedropper tool | Deselect, invert selection, transform selection | How to select a layer | Modifying a selection | How to create a clipping mask
Spot healing brush tool | Brush tool | How to select a color | How to switch foreground and background colors | How to change the shape and texture of your brush | Brush presets: how to create your own Photoshop brush | Clone stamp tool | Eraser tool | Gradient tool | Paint bucket tool | Blur tool | Sharpen tool | Smudge tool | Dodge tool | Burn tool
How to use the pen tool | How to export path into Illustrator | Creating and using paths | How to use the type tool | How to use the line tool | How to use the hand tool | Zoom tool | How to edit in quick mask mode | How to change screen mode
How to use filter gallery | How to use liquify | How to use blur | How to add noise | How to use pixelate | How to use sharpen; smart sharpen | How to add layer modes: what they do and how to use them
How to use masks | How to use an adjustment mask | How to use adjustments | How to make adjustments on a layer vs. creating an adjustment layer
Solid color | Gradient | Pattern | Photo filter | Channel mixer | Color lookup | Invert | Posterize | Threshold | Gradient map | Selective color
Complicated selections | Duplicate layer | Rasterize | Merge layers | How to add a layer style

Prepare to start your journey here

Lectures by Sona Sargsyan

Sona Sargsyan is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and after graduating; Pixar Animation Studios recruited her for the summer as a concept artist on the Pixar film, Dia De Los Muertos. She then transferred to DisneyToon Studios as a visual development artist on the Planes and Tinker Bell franchise. After completing her projects, she was a freelancer for Disney Publishing on the children’s book, The Pirate Fairy, for a few months before being picked up by Hasbro Studios as a background painter for the new Transformers Series, which is currently on its second season.


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May 14, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019




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Pricing & Schedule

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

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Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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