By Dan LeFebvre, Digital Artist

Photoshop Basics Series Class 1: Navigating Photoshop

Language: English
All Levels
Photoshop Basics Series Class 1: Navigating Photoshop

Course description

In this class, we'll learn how to get familiar with moving around inside of Photoshop.
There are a total of five classes in the Photoshop Basics Series, each one covering different features in Photoshop.
There are very few programs as widely used as Photoshop...after all, it is its own verb! Everyone knows what it means to Photoshop something—and for good reason, it is one of the most powerful photo editing tools out there!
So, when we’re tackling the very daunting task of learning how to use such a powerful program with so many possibilities, the best place to start is by getting familiar with how to move around the user interface and work with digital images and documents...and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this class.
We’ll start with an overall look at the interface to see what’s located where and how we can customize it to fit our needs. From there we’ll pick up some production-proven tips & tricks for how we can work faster with Photoshop documents. After we’re familiar with Photoshop’s interface, we’ll wrap up this class by taking a step out of it and learning more about some key terminology and what it means—things like rasterized images and vector graphics, all the different color modes, common file formats, the differences between them all and when you’ll want to use them in your own projects.
By the end of this class, you’ll know how to move around in Photoshop’s interface. You’ll also get an understanding of a wide range of technical terms and concepts you’ll come across in Photoshop.

Related Skills

Course overview - 19

  • Class introduction

  • User interface overview

  • Working with panels

  • Using workspaces

  • Understanding artboards

  • Keyboard shortcuts

  • Loading saved keyboard shortcuts

  • Screen modes

  • Creating new documents

  • Saving documents

  • Opening documents

  • Working with multiple documents

  • Panning, zooming and navigating

  • Common file formats you'll use in Photoshop

  • PSDs and PSBs

  • Raster vs vector

  • Understanding color modes

  • Understanding bit depth

  • Bonus: Getting the project files for this class

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Meet your instructor

Dan LeFebvre
Dan LeFebvreDigital Artist
For almost two decades, Dan has been fortunate to have a wide range of experiences throughout his career. His career has spanned experience as a web developer to motion designer to 3D artist with a focus on fluid dynamics and VFX to building a production system for a multi-million dollar online tutorial e-learning company to leading a content marketing team with millions of readers to creating an award-winning podcast. Along the way, Dan’s teaching background coupled with his unique set of experiences gives you the opportunity to learn a broad range of topics that’ll help you be more efficient in your own projects.