In this free class stream we’ll cover the basics of Photoshop so you can get started using it for photo editing or design. You’ll learn what kinds of things you can do with Photoshop, get a live tutorial of using the app so you can get started using Photoshop for photo retouching, or to create graphics for web, social media, print, and more.
Want to get into graphic design? In this video, you’ll learn what graphic designers do, what apps they use, how to get started, and more. See examples of design work and learn about creating a graphic design portfolio. You’ll learn what classes and certificate programs are appropriate so you can take the next step and get started in graphic design.
It’s quite liberating to be your own boss. We’re talking about flexible schedules, not missing out on important events, and controlling your work environment. It’s even more exhilarating knowing that you’re spending most of your days working on something you’re truly passionate about and know it will make a difference one day. When it comes to the technology world, graphic design has long been a career choice to stimulate creativity and make a real difference.
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What are Variable Fonts?
Variable fonts are a new kind of font that allows for amazing new levels of flexibility. With just one font file you can alter thickness, width, or just about any attribute you can think of... all while keeping the file-size small (important for websites).
Do not limit your thinking to the standard options that you’ve seen before (bold, italic, extended, condensed, etc.). Font designers can make variable fonts do all sorts of cool things!
Topics: Using custom hair brushes to create a selection/mask, Refining the hair mask, Removing a color cast
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Topics: Making a selection using Channels & Curves, Refining the selection with the History Brush, Refining the hair mask
Photo courtesy of istockphoto, ianmcdonnell, Image #8884668
Hair Selections & the Search for the Holy Grail
Hair Selections & the Search for the Holy Grail Everyone’s looking for the easy path. The internet is filled with so-called experts doling out “tips, tricks, and techniques,” and they may sound like they are the answer, but when you try them on your photos, you just get frustrated because they don’t work. You think there’s something wrong with you or your retouching skills, but maybe that technique only worked on that one photo and background combination! It’s not as easy as learning one tip or technique. Hair is more complex than that. A blonde on a dark background must be treated differently than a blonde on a light background.
Each year Adobe comes out with new features, so what changed in Photoshop CC 2019? We’ll cover the most important changes we think you should know about.
Changes to Multiple Undo
Prior to Photoshop CC 2019, Cmd–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Z (Windows) acted as a toggle. It would undo, and then redo the very last thing you did. I always thought this was because of Photoshop’s roots in photography. It was useful to compare the before and after states to see if the retouching/color correction you just applied looks good. Regardless of the reason, it did make Photoshop different than other Creative Cloud apps. CC 2019 changes the keystroke to work like InDesign, Illustrator, etc.
- In CC 2019 each time you hit Cmd–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Z (Windows), you will go farther back in your file’s history.
- To redo, you now hit Cmd–Shift–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Shift–Z (Windows).
- Miss the old toggle-style undo? Use Cmd–Opt–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Alt–Z (Windows).
If you don’t like the new keystrokes, you can revert back to the prior behavior as follows:
- Go into Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
- Check on Use Legacy Undo Shortcuts and click OK.
- Restart Photoshop.
Here’s a free sample exercise to get you started photo retouching in Photoshop and get a taste of Noble’s teaching style.
In this step-by-step exercise, you’ll perform common retouching tasks: eliminating red eye, erasing facial blemishes, and removing an undesired background element. Download a PDF of the exercise and class files to begin.
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