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Welcome to Photoshop 2020!
Would you like to learn how to straighten a crooked photo, lighten an under-exposed image, or sharpen a blurry picture? Adobe Photoshop 2020 is the most powerful software available for editing (and also creating) digital images. We offer here both comprehensive learning tools and quick how-tos that you can easily follow.
What is Photoshop and What Can It Do?
How Do I Access Photoshop? Is It Free?
The Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and other creative applications, is available for free to all current GW students, faculty, and staff. Follow IT's instructions to download onto your university-owned or personal device. You may download to a maximum of two devices at a time.
Free Online Photoshop Courses and Tutorials
The following websites offer access to online courses and tutorials designed to get you started with Photoshop or, if you are already familiar with with the software, to master new skills. Many additional resources are available via online search.
LinkedIn Learning Photoshop Tutorials
LinkedIn Learning is offered free to all students, faculty, and staff at GW. Use above link to access the website. Once in the program, enter "Photoshop 2020" in the search window up top to display available video courses and shorter tutorials. Each course or tutorial indicates whether it is targeted to beginner, intermediate, or advanced learners.
Adobe Photoshop tutorials
Adobe offers Photoshop video/print tutorials on individual topics, such as image quality adjustment or adding text. As GW has a site license for the program, these tutorials are offered free to GW students, faculty, and staff.
Adobe's Photoshop User Guide
Adobe has published the Photoshop User Guide online. It is organized by broad subjects such as Image Adjustments and Filter and Effects. Use the Table of Contents to navigate easily through the guide.
Photoshop Tutorials YouTube channel
Access free video tutorials to learn how to do specific tasks in Photoshop, such as portrait touch-ups and double exposures. Not affiliated with adobe.com.
Photoshop Training Channel
Contains free Photoshop tutorials. (You can also pay a subscription to view premium content.) Not affiliated with adobe.com.
Preparing Images for Journal and Textbook Publication
Do you have digital or print images that you need to incorporate into a journal article or textbook? Do you need to make any technical modifications to the image (resolution, file format, etc.) to meet the requirements of the publisher? Did you know that certain image edits could constitute fraud? Visit the links below to learn more.
PREPARING IMAGES FOR PUBLICATION IN AN ARTICLE OR BOOK
Visit your publisher’s website and search for technical guidelines for the submission of figures
- Example: PLOS1
- Example: Elsevier
The ethics of image alteration for publication
Before adjusting, retouching, or cropping images destined for publication, explore the following resources to learn what may constitute image fraud.
Avoiding Twisted Pixels: Ethical Guidelines for the Appropriate Use and Manipulation of Scientific Digital Images. Douglas W. Cromey
Avoiding Image Fraud: 7 Rules for Editing Images
Clean-up or Fraud? How to Avoid Photoshopping Your Way Into Disgrace
From the Photoshop for the Scientist series on YouTube:
- How to Ethically Photoshop Your Data: Part I (15:04)
- How to Ethically Photoshop Your Data: Part II (18:43)
Journal editors may ask you to send the original image for comparison
Remember to keep your original, unaltered image in a designated location on your computer, out of harm’s way.
Glossaries of Photoshop terms
Photoshop is a layer-based image editing software. But what does that term mean, and why is it useful to understand it? What exactly is anti-aliasing, and should your image use it?
The following links offer clear and simple definitions of the many photo editing terms used in Photoshop.
Want to take a quick peek?
Quick Video Lessons on Essential Topics
Get to know Photoshop
This tutorial introduces you to the Photoshop work area and shows you how to open and save your images, zoom in and out, and undo mistakes.
-Open a file (3min, 6sec)
-Tour the work area (3min, 58sec)
- Learn how to zoom and pan (5min, 5 sec)
-Undo a command (4min, 53sec)
-Save your work (4min, 31 sec)
Introduction to Layers in Photoshop
Learn how to use layers in Adobe Photoshop to create designs, fix photos, or build collages. (5min, 6 sec)
Layers for Beginners
Learn about using layers and basic tools like the move tool, type tool, shape tools, and selection tool. (11min, 17sec)
Adjust Image Quality
Four videos to help you with image quality adjustment:
-Adjust brightness and contrast (4min, 8sec)
-Adjust color vibrance (2min, 45sec)
-Adjust hue and saturation (4min, 36sec)
-Learn about adjustment layers (4min, 18sec)
Add text to images
Learn how to add type to your photos and designs. (4min, 20sec)
Reduce Camera Shake
Learn how to sharpen blurred images caused by camera shake. (5min, 27sec)
Change the image size
Four videos to help you with image size adjustment:
-Resize an image (4min, 47sec)
-Set the resolution (3min, 56sec)
-Use the Crop tool (4min, 15sec)
-Expand the canvas (4min, 39sec)
Best Way to Enlarge Images
This video was created for Adobe Photoshop CC 2018, but it applies to Photoshop CC 2020 as well. Learn how to enlarge images while preserving details. (8min, 1sec)
Learn how to set resolution and size images for printing or web pages.
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