Hi Everyone! Welcome to the class! Here is some class information:

Lesson Downloads:

The lessons are posted below. All of the lessons are posted on the first day of class for you to work at your own pace. There are 12 lessons total. I encourage you to download all of the lessons right off. If you have any trouble downloading or get any corrupt files, try downloading again or try using a different browser. Let me know if neither of those suggestions help.

The lessons have a username and password to download. This is not your forum username and password. Enter the following for both username and password when prompted:

username: psbeg02
password: psbeg02

Remember, do not enter your own personal username and password. Use the above password for both the username and the password to download. It's a good idea to copy the username/password to your clipboard or write it down before you click on the download links. Here are the download links:

Week 1 download links:
Lesson 1a:
Lesson 1b:
Lesson 1c:

Week 2 download links:
Lesson 2a:
Lesson 2b:
Lesson 2c:

Week 3 download links:
Lesson 3a:
Lesson 3b:
Lesson 3c:

Week 4 download links:
Lesson 4a:
Lesson 4b:
Lesson 4c:

Each lesson includes a tutorial and a homework page. These can be read in the free adobe acrobat. In the newest free version, you can even make notes right on the tutorial and save them with the tutorial using the comments tool. You cannot open the tutorials in Photoshop.

Also, if you are using a MAC and you find a place where I didn't include a MAC shortcut, here are the conversions...

PC Control button = MAC Command button
PC ALT button = MAC Option button
PC right click = MAC Control Click

If you have any questions at all, please ask. I'm here to help and there are no stupid questions. Photoshop is a very complex program and it can make you crazy if you let it.

Lesson Topics:

Lesson 1a
1.Creating and working with image files
2.The menu bar
3.The status and options bars
4.Undo, step backward, step forward
5.Keyboard shortcuts
6.Save for web feature

Lesson 1b
1.Image Mode
2.Image Size
3.Canvas Size
4.Rotate Canvas
6.Reveal All

Lesson 1c
1.The tool box
2.The palette well
3.Important palettes
4.The color picker

Lesson 2a
1.The layers palette

Lesson 2b
1.Accessing layer styles
2.The “Layer Style” dialog box
3.Saving layer styles
4.The styles palette menu
5.Viewing, copying, and clearing layer styles

Lesson 2c
1.Text options
2.The character palette
3.The paragraph palette
4.Changing the shape and direction of text
5.Resetting characters and paragraphs

Lesson 3a
1.The tool preset picker
2.The preset manager
3.The brush tool
4.The shape tool
5.The paint bucket tool
6.The burn and dodge tools
7.The blur tool
8.The smudge tool
9.Basic custom gradients

Lesson 3b
1.The tool presets palette
2.The actions palette.
3.The paths palette

Lesson 3c
1.Cropping images.
2.Basic photo adjustments
4.Adjustment layers

Lesson 4a
1.Layer masks.
4.Basic filters
5.Changing colors

Lesson 4b
1.The place command
3.Spell check.
5.Scratch disks
7.Screen mode
8.Work space

Lesson 4c
1.Basic quality techniques
2.Creating your own brushes, patterns, and shapes
3.Ribbons, brads, and eyelets
4.Paper basics

Class Gallery:

Upload your homework to the class gallery here:


Take a look at the gallery and make some comments for other students. You can also take a look at what other students, past and present, have done for the homework assignments. This is a public gallery so you will get some great comments from the community here too.

Let me know if you have questions! You can post here in this thread or in the questions thread! :)