Adobe Photoshop Certificate Program
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.
Adobe Photoshop is an essential tool for anyone's "digital tool box." It is widely used for developing components of designs in both the digital and print worlds. Whether you are a graphic designer, web developer, filmmaker, photographer or other digital artist, fluency with Adobe Photoshop will enhance your work and creative process.
In this intensive, five-day course our expert instructor will guide you through the key features of Photoshop while providing the opportunity for you to practice what you've learned by working on a variety of projects with the help of the instructor. We'll start with the very basics and gradually build up to more advanced skills and workflows. The class will also cover how to save or export Photoshop files for a variety of project needs, from print to videos as well as how Photoshop files integrate with other Adobe Creative Suite programs.
After taking this program you will have the knowledge and problem solving skills to work effectively on all types of projects with Adobe Photoshop.
After You Register
BDA is committed to making this process as smooth and enjoyable as possible so that you can focus on your learning. After you register you will be contacted by our staff who can answer questions and assist you with any logistical and travel concerns you might have.
This is a hands-on class where you'll "learn by doing". Therefore you'll need a computer. If you need any particular software installed, that will be detailed below. Not all programs require special software so if there isn't any detailed listed below you will only need a computer with a up-to-date web browser. We always recommend that if you have one, that you bring your own computer if at all possible. However, if you need one, we have several Apple iMac workstations with all the necessary software that are available by reservation for only $20 per day. You can reserve a computer rental using this form but you must complete your registration first. In most cases, the class will be taught with the Macintosh version of the software but generally the only difference between the Mac and Windows version is the keyboard shortcuts, using the Command key on Mac and the Control key on Windows.
If you would like to take your class work and sample projects home, please be sure to bring a Mac compatible portable drive with 4GB of free space.
Adobe Creative Cloud
This class will be presented from the latest version of the Adobe Creative Cloud. If you are using your own computer for the class, it is important that you have the latest version installed! Adobe offers a free 7-day trial of the Creative Cloud.
Day 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
In this first day we'll explore Photoshop's workspace, interface, tools, panels and different kinds of objects. The hands-on projects will include simple photo resizing, color space adjustments and saving/exporting to multiple file formats.
- Opening files
- Creating new documents
- Customizing interface
- Color space
- Resizing or resampling
- Simple transformations
- Tools discussion
- Using CC libraries
- Layer discussion
- Making selections overview
- Retouching overview
- Simple actions
- Image prep for web or print output
- Saving, save as, exporting multiple file types
- Smart objects explanation
- Duplication layers from one file to another
- How Illustrator can work with Photoshop
- Key commands
Day 2: Photoshop Essentials
During this second day we'll build on what you've learned and dive into essential tools/skills that you'll use in just about all Photoshop projects. Today's project will be creating a basic postcard design.
- Selection tools
- Retouching tools
- Destructive editing
- Non-destructive editing
- Type tool options
- CC type kit
Day 3: Photoshop for Photography
Now that we are familiar with the essentials, we'll explore using Photoshop with Photography and the powerful tools available for this type of work. The hands-on projects will include perfecting a photo and adjusting a world map.
- Adjustment layers
- Camera raw
- Layer masks
- Lens correction
- Photo corrections
- Photo reconstruction
- Light and exposure adjustments
Day 4: Photoshop for Print and Digital Media
During our fourth day we'll dive deep into using Photoshop for both print projects and digital media projects such as web design. Our project for the day will be using Photoshop to enhance a photo and prepare it for print as well as preparing and exporting images for the web.
- Complexe non-destructive photo editing
- Work paths
- Alpha channels
- Smart vectors
- Smart objects
- Saving and exporting for digital media & print
- Exploring mock-ups for use on web and print
- Advanced photo prep for specific output
Day 5: Creative Photoshop
Now that you're familiar with all the important tools and techniques in Photoshop, it's time to get creative and explore complex blending, masking, filters and more! Our projects for the day include "painting" a image from a photograph and creating motion with timeline animation!
- Artistic filters
- Camera raw filters
- Using bridge to organize and batch images
- Timeline animation
- Animated GIF
- Complex blending modes
- Masking with smart objects and blending
Ron Ruelle has used Photoshop for longer than most people even realize it has existed. He's also become an expert at InDesign and Illustrator over the last 15 years and honed his teaching skills as a graphic design and software instructor at various colleges in the Denver Metro area. In addition to a long career as a freelance graphic designer and advertising copywriter, Ron is a cartoonist whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and graphic novels, which can be found at RonRuelle.com