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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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Mick Perkins

Posted on 7/26/19 10:45:33 PM Permalink

Teach photoshop

and this will be of great value inclassroom​

Jessica Barberry

Posted on 7/25/19 5:10:19 PM Permalink

Dawn, this is awesome! I've been struggling with simple yet informative practice lessons for my students. My assignments always end up too complicated (for me too!). Thanks for this, lifesaver. ​

GHOBRINI Mourad

Posted on 6/6/19 4:27:28 PM Permalink

Thank you very much Dawn, your guide is exceptional, it's a great help for teachers like me who train students in Photoshop


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