Photoshop CC Basics for Photographers By Matt Kloskowski

2 hr 22 min
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In this class, Matt Kloskowski, cuts through all of the techie stuff and overwhelming amount of choices. Instead, he just gives you the tools you need to know to get started in Photoshop. Tools that, as a beginner, you’ll find you continue to use even as you get better in Photoshop. By the time you’re done, you’ll be confident in your skills and ready to start editing like a pro.

Video transcripts available with a subscription.

Matt goes over what will be covered in this class.
Matt takes you through the layout of Photoshop and shows you where things are and some of the main areas that you will need to know. He shows you how to access tools,options and panels as well as how to adjust or reset your workspace when things start to get cluttered.
One of the most powerful advantages to working in Photoshop is being able to work with Layers. Since Layers are so important Matt gets you up and running by showing you how they work and what working "non-destructively" is all about.
Dig a little bit deeper into Layers. Learn what happens when you take two images and stack them together and start to make changes to them. Find out whether the new layers created are related to or linked back to the original image.
Blending modes and Opacity are super handy in achieving the look you want. Matt shows you how blending modes and opacity work hand-in-hand with layers. There are four main blend modes that you will work with all the time: Multiply will darken, Screen will Lighten while Overlay and Soft Light will add contrast.
Turbo charge your work by learning what Layer masks are and how to use them. Discovering how to use Layer masks will allow you to hide and correct parts of your image in a way that will let you go back and re-edit them at any time in the future. This is an advanced concept that Matt explain in simple easy to understand way.
Whenever you work in Photoshop and go to save your files, you have to choose what file format to save it in. Matt shares with you the two main formats that you will use for most of your work, and then gives a quick overview of a couple of other types that may come in handy.
How big is your image and what is its resolution? Learn how the two work together and find out some practical ideas of how to work with your file to get an image the size you need for either computer screens or prints.
Matt talks to you about why you should be using Camera Raw to adjust your photo and then walks you throough the Basics panel and the steps to take to get the most out of your image. He then shows you how to use Camera Raw as a filter even if your image is not a RAW file.
When you need to make specific local adjustments, you will need to go beyond the Basics panel in Camera Raw. Matt shows you how to ude the adjustment brush, Gradient Filter and Radial Filter to apply targeted adjustments to just one area of the image. If you just need to make small local adjustments in Photoshop, then you may just want to try out the Dodge and Burn tools.
Learn how to make selections on your image to either change a portion of the image or even cut out a part and put it on another photo. Making quick and easy selections can really make a different in your photos and Matt shows you how it all works.
Take care of those spots of your photo that are giving you problems. Learn about the Spot Healing Brush, the Healing Brush and the Clone stamp and find out how and when to use which one.
Find out some of the best ways to crop and straighten your images, including the new Upright feature that is in Camera Raw that helps take care of some problem angles quickly and easily.
Matt walks you through the sharpening panel in Camera Raw and shows you what each of the sharpening sliders do and how they affect the overall outcome of the image. Then he show you a quick little sharpening method while working directly in Photoshop.
As a photographer there are going to be times when you want to add text to your photos. Learn how to apply and edit text using the text tool. Having text on its own layer means that you are able to make all kinds of adjustments without affecting the background image.
Getting the right color and brightness when printing takes just a little bit of knowledge. Matt walks you through how to set up your screen, printer and Photoshop so that they all work well together. He shares a neat little trick if your images are coming out too dark, and the end result is prints that you can be proud of.
Now that you are becoming a Photoshop Master, you may want to set things up according to your style of work. Photoshop will let you customize your workspace, menus and even keyboard shortcuts. So jump in and set things up in a way that makes sense to you... and maybe even drive your co-workers crazy as a bonus.
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of tlrubio tlrubio

    I appreciate that you are so easy to follow, clear, concise… you take a subject that can be difficult and make it easy to understand. Thank you! Keep posting tutorials. I’ll watch them all :)

  2. Profile photo of tledwards1648 tledwards1648

    “Brand new” to PS, although I’ve had the software for years but just couldn’t get the hang of it; overwhelming. I’m so glad to have stumbled on to a copy of Photoshop User Magazine and found KelbyOne. I joined right away, since I’m not going to stop taking pictures and I subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud (I’d like to start getting my money’s worth out of that subscription too). Looking forward to learning as much and as quickly as my hungry little mind can go. Thanks so much for what you’re doing here.

  3. Profile photo of Rev. Daniel Rev. Daniel

    I have viewed other intro courses to Photoshop but Matt’s rendition offered for me the easiest way to learn the program. His style made it sound like he was speaking to just one student, me, and not a whole class full of students. I enjoyed learning some of his preferred shortcuts and fixes to problems when using Photoshop.

  4. Profile photo of Patricia Patricia

    I found this course very informative. I have been using Lightroom 5 & the Nik software. I purchased Photoshop (CS6) before it became unavailable, except through the Cloud. Just opening Photoshop us, was very intimidating. These video’s were exceptionally helpful! Thank you Matt!! I now have a basic working knowledge without the “OMG, where do I begin feeling!” I look forward to viewing the rest on Photoshop!

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    Thank you so much for the details in each lesson along with a quick review at the end. You cover all the information thoroughly and I never have to google something because of a minor detail missing that prevents me from moving forward. I love your courses!!!

  6. Profile photo of gkassal gkassal

    I would like to be able to download the images you are using so I could follow along, doing the same things in my copy of Photoshop. It would make for a more effective learning experience. Is there a way to do that?

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    I’ve taken many one on one courses over the last few years and “nothing” I mean ‘nothing’ has been so easy to understand. I never ever thought I’d get it. I’ve had it since PS5 and never used it. I would recommend this to anyone rather than one on one wanting to learn PS and also get inspired. “Awesome”. Thanks so much. Am so glad I’m a Kelby One Member as I’ve also used other courses and found them great. Thanks from Down Under!

  8. Profile photo of robsoto7 robsoto7

    Matt, thanks for this tutorial. I have been following Scott Kelby and You on photography and PS lessons, reading books and youtube
    videos, but there is no comparison the way you explain this courses here. Just awesome.
    Thanks for the knowledge Kelby Media provides!

  9. Profile photo of Pam Talbot Pam Talbot

    I enjoyed it very much,I am an old lady hobbyist and have been learning for many years mainly from books. This class has taught me a lot in a shorter time. Thank You.

  10. Profile photo of tiago.deliberali tiago.deliberali

    Amazing course, straight to the point for a photographer to start to use Photoshop. I really appreciated!!!

  11. Profile photo of nstrik nstrik

    This is the 6th time I watched this 2 1/2 hour tutorial. I still don’t get it! I use Lightroom and love it, but Ps is impossible to learn with someone with you.

  12. Profile photo of cmjklein cmjklein

    Thanks for this great tutorial. The pace was just right and details were fully explained. Many courses go too fast and fail to fully explain everything but this was just right and even a total novice could not fail to learn lots from it.

  13. Profile photo of bullseye bullseye

    I have dial up so I need to download.

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    Thank you Matt, much appreciated

  15. Profile photo of Jason Clishe Jason Clishe

    Matt, this course was super helpful, thanks. I’m a longtime Lightroom user but new to Photoshop and KelbyOne, this was my first course.

  16. Profile photo of lea lea

    Thanks Matt that was great! I have tried to get my head around all the aspects of PS and until now have struggled. You explain and show it so well….I think some of it actually sunk in. Thanks for all you are doing! Thanks to Kelby Media for an awesome place for me to hang out, learn and improve.

  17. Profile photo of bblackburn bblackburn

    These courses are great! I recently moved, and therefore, now have a faster internet. Where I was, I would not have been allowed to view these wonderful courses. You may want to make them available, to purchase, on DVD so everyone can benefit from these great lectures. Thanks for all you are doing!

  18. Profile photo of Francesca Hughes Francesca Hughes

    Superb class, Matt. Thank you for sharing your tips. I’ve been using Photoshop since I was 15, I’m now 25 and I’m still learning. I use PS on an every day basis at the studio I work for, but I didn’t know some of these tips – so thank you for bringing them to my attention. Great job, keep up the fantastic work!
    – Francesca //

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