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Dawn Bradley
Arts/AV Graphics Teacher

Photoshop 101: A Crash Course for Rookies

Technical Tutorial Published 3/3/16 Last updated on 5/16/18

This is a 27 page guide with step-by-step instructions to help teachers and students learn basic skills in Photoshop. Some source files are provided to help you get started. This was written by a teacher for teachers.

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  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Age Levels
Duration
1+ Week
Content Standards
Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop
ISTE NETS-S
Communication and Collaboration, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation
Materials

This tutorial is written for CC or CS6, but many of the tools work with earlier versions of Photoshop. When I teach these lessons, I do each demonstration with the students and then I require them to find source images to repeat the lesson two more times to help students understand the tools. 

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Clipping path

Posted on 5/23/19 10:41:21 AM Permalink

Cortez William

Posted on 5/19/19 5:21:12 AM Permalink

​This is great! I will learn a lot. Thanks Dawn!

Nitin Kitukale

Posted on 3/25/19 1:33:14 PM Permalink

​Thanks Dawn

Aaron Kapala

Posted on 3/21/19 9:42:19 PM Permalink

​This is great thanks Dawn

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 3/20/19 3:06:03 PM Permalink

​thanks

Maria Revercomb

Posted on 2/11/19 5:36:37 PM Permalink

the resource photos will not send​

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 2/11/19 5:48:07 PM Permalink

I'm not sure what's wrong. I am able to download the source files. They download as a zip file, but I was able to extract everything...

Tracy Haigh

Posted on 1/17/19 2:04:52 PM Permalink

​Not sure if there's an issue with the attached resources photo's as it is stating they are not in the location to open them up :-)

Mohamed Moolla

Posted on 12/30/18 7:22:25 PM Permalink

​Thank you Dawn. Really helpful

Fonacier Balatero , Jr.

Posted on 12/7/18 5:03:58 AM Permalink

Thank you very much. This really helps.

Nitin Kitukale

Posted on 11/16/18 3:41:49 AM Permalink

Thanks ​

Sheikh Aftab Ahmad

Posted on 10/10/18 2:15:37 PM Permalink

​its perfect for learning

thank Adobe

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 2:43:07 AM Permalink

​Great.

Michael Peterson

Posted on 7/11/18 6:54:53 AM Permalink

Great post thanks for the 27-page guide. I hope you will post more on this topic next time.

Thanks

​Clipping Path Associate

Zach Wheeler

Posted on 1/31/18 5:26:09 PM Permalink

​So brilliant that I passed my class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sir Shafiq

Posted on 4/14/17 5:03:10 PM Permalink

​Good compiled training material

Wendy Zaruba-Lundene

Posted on 2/14/17 6:05:52 PM Permalink

​Great materials, thanks for sharing. I just finished a course on line and this will really help me learn a bit more.

dee judson

Posted on 12/20/16 8:12:50 PM Permalink

​this brilliant so grateful ! thank you for sharing

Juliet Miller-Martin

Posted on 4/4/16 1:04:26 AM Permalink

Thank you for sharing this course! Seeing how and where you break down the learning of photoshop is very helpful as I am "old" to teaching the creative process of art making..but new to teaching and using digital media to create art.
Do you have a version of your crash course edited for MacOS?

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 4/14/16 4:21:56 PM Permalink

Thanks Juliet, I am currently working on a sequel to this guide as well as a MacOS version. I should have it posted soon. Hope you enjoy this guide. Let me know if you have any questions about the lessons.

Juliet Miller-Martin

Posted on 4/4/16 12:56:54 AM Permalink

antoine sacco

Posted on 3/15/16 9:14:42 PM Permalink

thank you very much!

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 4/14/16 4:22:18 PM Permalink

You are very welcome. I hope you enjoy it.

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 4/14/16 4:22:18 PM Permalink

You are very welcome. I hope you enjoy it.

Mark Wirbel

Posted on 3/15/16 6:08:06 PM Permalink

Helpful. Thanks!

Brenda Hammond

Posted on 3/8/16 6:26:09 PM Permalink

I am excited about using this for one of my classes. In looking ahead, I do not find the 08Zombie.jpg file in the zipped source file folder.

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 3/8/16 6:36:07 PM Permalink

That is correct Brenda. I did not include the photo because ideally your students will be much more engaged if they use their own photo. Another option that I have done before is to use a school administrator or celebrity if I want to judge them uniformly. Please let know if you have any other questions. I would love feedback after you use it in your classes.

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 3/8/16 6:36:22 PM Permalink

That is correct Brenda. I did not include the photo because ideally your students will be much more engaged if they use their own photo. Another option that I have done before is to use a school administrator or celebrity if I want to judge them uniformly. Please let know if you have any other questions. I would love feedback after you use it in your classes.

Joel Whitehead

Posted on 3/7/16 11:21:22 PM Permalink

I need several crash courses.

Dawn Bradley

Posted on 3/8/16 7:03:44 PM Permalink

Thanks. Keep checking back. I will have more guides posted soon.

John McMillen

Posted on 3/4/16 10:21:00 PM Permalink

Thanks! Good "crash course" as you state and it's always good to see lots of examples.

joseph Monaghan

Posted on 3/4/16 12:45:34 AM Permalink

A great guide, I love all the different examples, thanks for sharing,

Joe