Learn Photoshop CC Essentials

Make the most of Photoshop features

Course Description

Learn Photoshop CC with Stone River eLearning. In this Photoshop CC course, you’ll master only the skills you need to know to use Photoshop CC professionally or as a hobby.

Photoshop CC has hundreds of tools and thousands of settings. Most users will never use the majority of them. This course explores the most commonly used tools and helps you apply them to real world situations.


In this course you will work on a project at the end of each section. You will work on a real life project that uses the skills you just learned in each section. Projects can be used for practice or to build a portfolio of work.

Course Outcomes:
  • Use Photoshop for Graphic Design
  • Use Photoshop for Photography
  • Use Photoshop for Web Design
  • Use Photoshop for Game Animation
  • Use Photoshop for Logo Design
Course Details:

Target Audience

This course is designed for Photoshop CC beginners so you can learn Photoshop no matter your skill level. However, even intermediate users will learn Photoshop CC skills and applications important to success.

Access Timeframe

Lifetime Access


There are no skill prerequisites for this course.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

Certificate of Completion

Format of Certification


Method of Obtaining Certification

To earn a Certificate of Completion you must view all the course material, but are not required to pass an exam or submit any projects. These certificates are open to all students.
  • 1. You must have viewed all course videos (this will be verified by the Stone River staff)

  • 2. Open a support ticket at the top of this page requesting your certificate

  • 3. Allow up to 1-2 business days for processing - Your certificate will arrive via email
About Instructor:

Stone River eLearning is owned and operated by Mark Trego and his support and development staff of outstanding eLearning enthusiasts from around the world. Mark originally hails from Bismarck, North Dakota in the U.S., but now resides in the little town of Sheldon, Iowa where he lives with his wife and 3 children on a working farm just outside of town. Mark's passions are entrepreneurship and online learning, so it was only natural that he gravitated towards what became the Stone River family of companies. Mark received his Master's Degree in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship from Benedictine University in Chicago. His early career found him in finance, but he really found his passion as an education technology professional, instructional designer and teacher before starting Stone River eLearning in 2011.

Stone River eLearning hires experts to develop high quality technology training. They developed this course in-house, which is why you see them as the instructor. They have staff on hand that can answer your technical questions as you progress through their courses.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to the course
  • Workspace Basics
  • New Documents and Custom Presets
  • Project - Contrasting Images
  • Section Introduction
  • Breaking Down the Interface
  • Creating, Modifying and Deleting Workspaces
  • Creating and Saving New Documents
  • Zooming and Document Navigation
  • Undoing Mistakes with the History Panel
  • Section Review and Exercise
  • Section Introduction
  • Resizing Images
  • Understanding the Crop Tool
  • Working with Canvas Size
  • Manipulation with Free Transform
  • Section Review and Exercise
  • Section Introduction
  • Using Selections
  • Selections with the Rectangular and Elliptical Marquee Tool
  • Adding and Subtracting Selections
  • Transforming Selections
  • Floating and Duplicating Selections
  • Creating Selections Using the Quick Selection Tool
  • Free Transforming Selections
  • Advanced Selection Tools
  • Section Review and Exercise
  • Section Introduction
  • Introduction to Layers
  • Removing Image Backgrounds
  • Combining Images
  • Rearranging, Resizing and Renaming Layers
  • Working with Multiple Layers
  • Blending Modes, Opacity and Fill Layers
  • Getting Organized with Layer Groups
  • Basic Text Manipulation
  • Advanced Text Manipulation
  • Filtering Layers By Type
  • Introduction to Clipping and Layering Masks
  • Section Review and Exercises
  • Section Introduction
  • Removing Red Eye From Photos
  • Removing Blemishes
  • Touch Ups and Spot Healing
  • Tone and Focus
  • Using Auto Correct Commands
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Additional Color Correction
  • Non-Destructive Correcting
  • Section Review and Exercise
  • Section Introduction
  • Getting Started with Photoshop Filters
  • Working with the Filter Gallery
  • Using Filters Non-Destructively
  • Introducing Layer Styles
  • Section Review and Exercise
  • Course Recap
  • Additional Resources for Learning
  • Closing Message

Technical Requirements

 You are expected to have access to a copy of Photoshop CC, though Photoshop CS6 will work fine as well.


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