Ten Ton Photoshop CS3/CS4 Essentials

Master Photoshop from the ground up!

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  • Other extras and goodies!

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Who is this course for?

Those wanting a solid understanding of design, including…

  • People who don’t know where to start, who just want simple answers.
  • People who want to become full or part-time designers.
  • Print designers who want to expand their skills.
  • Employees who want to add to their skills, advance their careers, and become more marketable.
  • Small business owners who want complete control.
  • Those wanting to save the cost and headache of hiring an expensive web designer.
  • Non-profits, churches, and fundraising organizations.
  • Those who are retired, who want to supplement their income and help their community.
  • People with ideas for side-projects, small businesses, and creative ventures.
  • Hobbyists and those interested in doing design on the side.

Sound like a good fit? Then let’s get started! If not, then let’s find the right course for you.

Course description

Delve head-long into the world of Photoshop with expert video trainer, artist, and designer Geoff Blake in this massive 14-plus hour, course! Packed with tricks, techniques, and hands-on tasks, it’s an easy, non-jargonny approach for both Photoshop CS3 and CS4 users. Hang on tight as you’re guided through comprehensive exercises on resizing and resolution, color correction, and image touch up. Master advanced techniques for creating eye-popping visuals, including masking objects, tilt-shift photography, sizzling text effects, and workflows with InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Flash!

Course prerequisites

It’s a good idea to be familiar with the following before enrolling in this course:

  • General computer skills (comfortable copying and pasting, navigating through folders…the basics).
  • A working copy of Photoshop CS4 or above (the free trial version is fine).
  • No prior experience graphics or design is required.

Sound like a good fit? Then let’s get started! If not, then let’s find the right course for you.

“I love Geoff’s training courses. It’s like he’s sitting right beside me, taking me through everything step-by-step!”


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Hey, I’m Geoff. I help graphic designers, small business owners, and creative people just like you learn about web design, develop valuable, in-demand skills, launch online businesses and creative projects…and yeah, make more money! Learn more about me here.

Learning how to build websites is no different than figuring out perspective drawing, how to weave literary prose, or how to combine chords to make beautiful music. It’s like cooking or woodworking or learning how to fix your car…But for whatever reason, web design’s made out to be highly technical and overly complicated. Let’s change that.

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Course outline

Here’s a complete outline of all of the topics covered in this course

Welcome To Ten Ton Photoshop CS3/CS4 Essentials

  1. Are You Ready For Photoshop?

Chapter 1: Photoshop Warm-Up: The Interface!

  1. Gettin' Down With Image Fundamentals
  2. The Goods: Photoshop's Toolbox
  3. Exploring Photoshop's Palettes
  4. A Look At The Options Bar
  5. Creating New Documents, The Image Window, And Working With Multiple Images
  6. Photoshop's Screen Modes
  7. For Our CS4 Users: Photoshop's New Interface
  8. Gettin' Around In Your Images
  9. Get Customizing Photoshop's Interface And Saving Workspaces
  10. Have No Fear: Undoing Steps With History
  11. Saving Up All Your Work
  12. Task#1: Saving Out Multiple Copies!

Chapter 2: Photoshop's Right Hand Man, Adobe Bridge!

  1. Launchin' Bridge And Gettin' Into The Interface
  2. Throwin' In Metadata, Keywords, And Filters
  3. Getting Organized: Moving, Copying And Renaming Images
  4. Creating Collections In Bridge CS4
  5. Task#2: Organize Your Images!

Chapter 3: Mastering Resizing, Resampling, And Cropping!

  1. Understanding PPI, DPI, And LPI
  2. A Practical Example Of Pixels And Resolution
  3. Using The Image Size Command
  4. Resizing Images
  5. Resizing With And Without Resampling
  6. Technique #1: Resizing To Create A Web Banner And An 8×10 Print!
  7. Fix 'Er Up: Cropping And Straightening
  8. Canvas Size And Canvas Rotation
  9. Task#3: Didja Get All That? Now Resize This Image!

Chapter 4: The Low-Down On Selections, Part 1

  1. Getting Started With The Shape Selection Tools And Modifying Selections
  2. Transforming And Duplicating Your Selections
  3. Selecting With The Magic Wand Tool And Using Free Transform
  4. Throwin' It Down With The Polygonal Selection Tool
  5. Selection Tool Double-Team: Combining Selections

Chapter 5: The Low-Down On Selections, Part 2

  1. Fast 'N Easy With The Magnetic Lasso Tool
  2. Handy Selection Techniques
  3. Your Gonna Love It: The Quick Selection Tool
  4. Refining Your Selections
  5. Selection Modification Techniques

Chapter 6: Photoshop's Meat 'N Potatoes, Layers!

  1. Gettin' A Grasp On Layer Fundamentals
  2. Understanding The Layers Panel, Background Layers, And Combining Images
  3. Gettin' Ya Used To Working With Layers
  4. Locking Down Your Layers
  5. Super-Sweet Effects With Layer Styles
  6. Retro Movie Poster Build: Going Further With Layers
  7. Continuing The Build: Filling Layers And Creating Layer Groups
  8. More Eye-Popping Possibilities: Introducing Blending Modes
  9. Blending Modes Explained
  10. More Blending Modes, Opacity, And Fill
  11. Finishing Up Our Build: Creating And Modifying Text
  12. Point Type, Paragraph Type, And Warping Text
  13. Technique #2: Super-Sweet T-Shirt Mock Ups!

Chapter 7: Definitely Do-Able: Using Photoshop For Layout!

  1. Setting Up Photoshop's Unit Of Measurement
  2. Get Goin' With Rulers, Guides, And The Grid
  3. Setting Up The Design Template, Part 1
  4. Setting Up The Design Template, Part 2
  5. Adding In Artwork And Laying Out The Design

Chapter 8: Sweet Painting Techniques In Photoshop!

  1. Get Using Photoshop's Brush Tool
  2. Setting Up Your Layers For Painting
  3. The Color Picker, Painting With Mulitple Colors, And Saving Your Custom Colors
  4. Sweetness: Pantone Colors And Handling Your Swatch Libraries
  5. Gettin' Down With Gradients
  6. Speed It Up By Painting With Selections
  7. Make It Come To Life: Shading Your Painted Artwork
  8. Creating And Working With Artistic Brushes
  9. Snoozer…Using The Pencil And Eraser Tools
  10. Task#4: Paint These Cool Cartoons!

Chapter 9: Delving Into Masking Techniques!

  1. You're About To Fall In Love: Photoshop's Quickmask Mode, Part 1
  2. You're About To Fall In Love: Photoshop's Quickmask Mode, Part 2
  3. Saving Your Selections And Working With Alpha Channels
  4. The Coolest Thing Ever: Layer Masks, Part 1
  5. The Coolest Thing Ever: Layer Masks, Part 2
  6. Using Photoshop CS4'S Masks Panel
  7. Get Creating And Editing Clipping Groups
  8. Task #5: Have You Mastered Masks? Then Apply A Layer Mask To This Photo!

Chapter 10: Photo Clean-Up, Retouching, And Manipulation!

  1. Photoshop Disasters
  2. Photoshop's Red Eye Tool
  3. Cleaning Up Blemishes Part 1: The Clone Stamp Tool
  4. Cleaning Up Blemishes Part 2: Spot Healing, Healing Brush, And Patch Tools
  5. Techniques For Replacing Colors
  6. Photoshop's Image Toning Tools
  7. Sharpening Up Your Photos
  8. Photoshop CS4 Users, It's Time For Content-Aware Scaling
  9. Technique #3: Photographer's Dream Come True–Perfect Skin Tones!
  10. Task #6: Clean Up This Photo!

Chapter 11: Photoshop Pen Tool Mastery!

  1. Understanding Paths And The Pen Tool
  2. Keeping 'Er Straight: Creating Straight Path Segments
  3. A Bit More Tricky: Curved Path Segments
  4. Creating Combo Pathsâ??Both Straight And Curved
  5. Close Cropping An Object And Pulling It Off It's Background
  6. Technique #4: A Real World Application Of The Pen Tool!
  7. Task #7: Close Crop This Photo!

Chapter 12: Buckle Up, It's Time For Color Correction!

  1. The Fundamentals: Photoshop's Color Modes
  2. Easing Into Correcting Color With Variations
  3. Auto Color Correction And Understanding Black And White Point
  4. Going Further With Additional Correction Options
  5. Histograms: Understand How They Work Once And For All
  6. Advanced Correction Part 1: Photoshop's Levels Command
  7. Advanced Correction Part 2: Geoff's Favorite, Curves
  8. Non-Destructive Correction With Adjustment Layers In Photoshop CS3
  9. Non-Destructive Correction With Adjustment Layers In Photoshop CS4
  10. A Heap Of Techniques For Creating Stunning Black And White Images

Chapter 13: Creating Killer Special Effects!

  1. Warmin' Ya Up With Photoshop's Filters
  2. Using Filters Non-Destructively
  3. A Much Closer Look At Working With Styles
  4. Technique #5: Simulating Tilt-Shift Photography With Alien Skin Bokeh!
  5. Technique #6: Simulating Depth Of Field With Alien Skin Bokeh!
  6. Technique #7: Text Effects With Alien Skin Eye Candy
  7. This'll Blow Your Mind: Creating Eye-Popping Glow Effects, Part 1
  8. This'll Blow Your Mind: Creating Eye-Popping Glow Effects, Part 2

Chapter 14: Photoshop Print And Web Workflows!

  1. Print Design Workflow With InDesign
  2. Layer Comps Between Photoshop And InDesign
  3. Now For Web Workflows, Starting With Saving Images For Online Use
  4. Ten Ton Dreamweaver Sneak Peak #1: Smart Objects Between Photoshop And Dreamweaver
  5. Ten Ton Dreamweaver Sneak Peak #2: Web Design Workflow: From Illustrator To Photoshop And Out To Dreamweaver
  6. Technique #8: Build Your Own Web 2.0 Style Buttons!
  7. Technique #9: Ten Ton User Request: Building And Slicing A Web Header, Part 1!
  8. Technique #9 Continued: Ten Ton User Request: Building And Slicing A Web Header, Part 2!
  9. Creative Suite Tag-Team: Working With Photoshop And Illustrator
  10. Monster Photoshop And Flash Design Workflow
  11. The Dramatic Conclusion…Ten Ton Photoshop Essentials Is Over!
  12. Goodbye, And Where To Go From Here

Not Ready To Call It Quits? Then Check Out These Bonus Lessons!

  1. Non-Destructive Dodging And Burning!
  2. Specifying Spot Channels For Commercial Reproduction
  3. Super-Awesome Chisled Ice Text Effect

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

What is Ten Ton?

Hey, I’m Geoff, an award-winning teacher, artist, and designer. Ten Ton Online is my premium online training platform to help graphic designers, small business owners, hobbyists, and other creative rabble-rousers learn about web design. If you want to discover how to build beautiful looking websites, how you can develop valuable, in-demand skills, or how to launch and market online businesses and creative projects, you’re in the right spot! You can view the full list of courses here.

Can I sign up any time?

Yes. All courses are completely self-paced. This means you can enroll now, and start your course whenever you like.

How do I watch the videos?

After enrolling, you’ll be able to stream your course lessons on the web, to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Can I download the video lessons?

To best serve the community, lessons are provided as streaming video only. This is because courses are sometimes updated to provide users with the latest information and content.

How long will I have access to my courses?

All courses come with unlimited, lifetime access. This means you can access your course as often as you’d like, without any limitations.

Are there recurring monthly costs?

Nope. There’s just a single one-time enrollment fee for your course.

Are courses self-paced or scheduled?

Courses are completely self-paced, allowing you to work through lessons at your own speed. You can skip ahead or go back, and otherwise move through your courses as quickly or slowly as you’d like. You can find out more about how it all works right here.

Are project files included?

You bet! Courses come with downloadable project files, allowing you to get the most out of your learning experience. You’re encouraged to follow along, step-by-step, so you can gain real-world, hands-on skills.

What is your refund policy?

All courses come with a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your course within 30 days of purchase, let us know. We’re here to help.

Where should I start?

Start with my free Foundations In Web Design course. It’ll give you a solid foundation in web design, and help you determine which direction you should head in based on your interests and goals.

I have more questions, how can I contact you?

You can contact me right here.

Start right now!


Enroll in this course
  • Project files included!
  • No recurring monthly fees!
  • Unlimited lifetime access!

How does it work?

“A big thank you for your amazing, easy to understand videos. I love your easy going style, it makes them so much easier to follow and have a good laugh as well. You have the uncanny knack of getting inside our heads and knowing what we find confusing. Amazing! Many thanks!”