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Last reply by: Professor Brown
Sun Nov 3, 2013 10:30 AM

Post by Austin Rother on November 3, 2013

What an awesome course.  
I have some great notes to go by but it really helped just doing examples along with you.  

Thank you for a great class~!

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Last reply by: Professor Brown
Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:16 PM

Post by Ali Keshavarz on February 11, 2013

Hi Michael,

I just finished this course and I learned a lot , thank you for this beautiful on line class. i really appreciate and again thank you very much.


Course Summary

  • A couple of my mantras apply to learning Photoshop well :
    • The mantra of quality. “Garbage in, Garbage out! “Always do your best at every step of the process. That way you will insure that you get the best possible result!
    • “If you don’t use it, you will lose it!” You spent a lot of time and effort to get this far. In anything you do, you need to keep at it or you will forget.
    • Photoshop is not quite like riding a bike, where you can go for a long time without doing it, and it will come back fast. You need to feed the fire to become really good, and keep practicing to keep your edge!
  • And finally, my mantra for getting ahead in life and in business:
    • It does not matter at the end of the day whether you move a millimeter or a mile, only that you “Keep Moving Forward!”
  • If you follow this mantra faithfully, I guarantee that you will wake up one morning and find that you have achieved your goals!

Course Summary

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Photoshop Course Summary 0:11
    • Photoshop Course Summary
    • Image Adjustments Review
    • Custom Shapes Review
    • Final Tip

Transcription: Course Summary

Hi everybody, Mike Brown with you again, welcome back to the final lesson in's basic and intermediate Adobe Photoshop CS6 course.0000

First off, I would really like to thank you and commend you all for all the time and effort that you have put in to go over 18 hours of lessons in this course.0011

I assure you that this is not the end of your journey, it's only the beginning.0026

Now that you have the basic tools, it's time for you to go forward and utilize these tools to bring out your own creative artistry.0034

It's similar to learning to play a musical instrument, you take the lessons and learn how to play the songs that have already been written, and over and over and over again, practice and practice until you become fluent with it, and once you become fluent with it, then you go off and you create your own artistic vision.0044

Precisely the same thing with Photoshop.0062

Now you have all of the tools, techniques and features at your disposal to make phenomenal images, phenomenal creations of artistic nature, all with your own flair to it, but this requires, now that you've learned them all, it is vital that you practice, practice, practice and build on your knowledge.0066

You know how to use the tools, get fluent, apply them, play with them until they work for you and give you your artistic vision, and the axiom that we started with at the very beginning in the intro to this course, is always valid.0090

If you don't use it, you'll lose it--I may sound like a broken record, but you must continue to utilize this course--don't waste all of the effort that you've put in.0108

it's going to be well worth it down the line.0118

I want to thank you one more time for all of your attention, and I certainly hope that I've helped you move forward to a new level of creativity in your life.0121

I'm going to leave you with one or two final items here, just to show you what you can do and how it all falls together with Photoshop.0131

Here's a strip that I did, this is a 2011 Camaro out in the Colorado countryside, but I want to show you that the background image for this, is (I'm going to move it all the way up to the top) here's all of the innumerable layers...0142

And there's the background image with a few alterations in color, we've got it to that point and look at all of the layers and adjustment layers that we utilized for this thing--there's probably 60 or 80 of them in here, but I want you to notice closely the adjustment layers, and see that it doesn't take a lot of tools or everything that's in Photoshop to do this.0166

We have a composite here, the background layer, and notice, there's a curves adjustment, another curves adjustment, color balance, hue saturation, curves, color balance, hue saturation, curves, color balance...0191

Curves, color balance, if you notice there's just the basic ones--another color balance, and I'm not even sure what these are--there's another curves, probably another curves here, there's another color balance there.0207

All of them, hue saturation, color balance again, hue saturation, curves, we just go on and on and on.0221

Basically, there's only three or four adjustments that went into this entirety, however, there were selections...0229

You can see that in all the layer masks that we have here, notice, there's a selection of pavement, and also we used alpha channels--there's innumerable alpha channels in here, all with selections.0236

Remember, as I said at the very beginning, selections is the most important feature and technique in Photoshop--to learn to isolate your areas.0250

We've cut out the car...I'm going to move it all the way to the top so you can see that too...and this car by the way, that was the original shot at a dealership, I don't have the original dealership background at it but it was certainly not shot here.0260

We also have a picture I took of Death Valley--if you see this wall right here, the segments that you look at behind the car are the wall from Death Valley, so we've got Colorado background, we've got a wall from Death Valley and our foreground element here...0278

This is a rock and some greenery from a high alpine lake at 10000 feet at the top of Yosemite in California National Park.0300

All of these have gone together to put forth this composite in the end that has a flawless look to it.0311

You can also, if you remember, we can do custom shapes, this was all done very simply with the effects and a shape layer that we got from a Shape tool, and by putting in the effect, we've created this three-dimensional image.0320

Here was another one that was kind of fun with all the three-dimensional edges from Bevel and Boss, drop shadows and also the contours, and in the end, I would like to leave you with a final thought.0340

Here's another one of those images--a rainbow, in fact I have one of them accidentally turned off, there it is.0354

A rainbow of three-dimensional shapes, and finally, to get ahead in life and business, it does not matter if at the end of the day it is a millimeter or a mile.0360

What matters, is that you keep moving forward.0375

If you follow this mantra, I guarantee that you will indeed achieve your goals.0381

Thank you so much for spending your time to learn this course, I hope that you come back for other courses in, and I wish you the best in everything you do.0388