Photoshop (Online)

NEXT CLASS BEGINS - 10/7/2013 


Acquire the skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features.  You will gain both a foundational and advanced understanding of the popular software, and practice the most commonly used methods, such as managing text, working with layers, and image file properties.  You will find out the purpose of each photo editing tool and walk away with the skills to use them. You will even learn what the pros know.

One-month course Dan Hood, Instructor.

Directional Arrows Course Objectives

  • To provide practical knowledge of the basic Photoshop tools
  • To provide an introduction to managing text in Photoshop
  • To address technical issues such as file properties and formats
  • To provide information about customizing the interface for your specific needs

Puzzle Pieces Course Outcomes
At the end of successfully completing the course, you will:

  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of basic Photoshop tools.
  • Possess the skills to work with text in Photoshop.
  • Understand file properties and formats.
  • Know how to customize the interface for your needs.

outlineCourse Outline

Unit 1 - Files

  • Opening files and creating a new file
  • File properties: Resolution, mode and canvas vs. size
  • Saving files: methods and formats
  • Rulers, guides, and grids
  • Navigating layers: Create, edit, blend, and mask

Unit 2 - Basic Tools

  • Brushes, fill, and eraser
  • Blur, smudge, clone, and heal
  • Shapes and lines, introduction to vector graphics
  • Adjustments and adjustment layers

Unit 3 - Managing Text

  • Creating text: Font properties, alignment and color
  • Text boxes and paragraph properties
  • Character properties and spacing
  • Vertical text and text effects

Unit 4 - What the Pros Know

  • Creating swatches
  • Some filters are more useful than others
  • Create your own shapes and brushes
  • Save time with Photoshop actions

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Calendar Participate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

  1. In the online classroom, listen to audio lectures, view slides, even take an optional quiz to test yourself.
  2. Then post comments in the online discussion with your fellow participants and the instructor.  Your instructor logs on at least once a day to answer questions and join in on the discussion.
  3. Readings are assigned for each day from the textbooks provided at registration.

  4. Participate any time of day or night. The ideal is to go online 2-3 times a day since they are week-long courses, but you decide.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Mac MiniTechnical Requirements

  • Internet access with Internet Explorer; Firefox Mozilla; or Safari web browser.
  • Audio software such as Windows Media, Real, or Flash.
  • Speakers to listen to audio.

About the Instructor

Daniel Hood has more than 14 years of experience in the graphic arts. He has worked as a production artist, pre-press technician for a professional printer and creative designer at an advertising agency. With this wide variety of experience, Daniel understands what a indispensable tool Photoshop is to his career.

Who Should Attend:

Those wanting to learn or are seeking to enhance their skills to navigate an extensive list of Photoshop features.


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Summer Session: 7/3/2013 - 7/28/2013
(Late Registration Deadline 7/7/2013)

Fall Session: 10/7/2013 - 11/1/2013
(Late Registration Deadline 10/11/2013)



One-month, $195.