Elective | 2D Classroom. CG Master Academy
Intro to Photoshop
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Registration Starts On
Monday, Feb 26th 2018
Class Begins On
Week of April 28, 2018
Sona Sargsyan
Concept Artist

Sona Sargsyan is a Background Painter from Los Angeles, California currently freelancing for Warner Brothers Animation and Hasbro Studios.

Since graduating from Art Center College Of Design, she has worked for various entertainment companies such as Pixar Animation Studios, Disneytoon Studios, Disney Publishing, Hasbro Studios, Warner Brothers Animation, and Petrol Advertising.

Some of her credits include Disney's Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy(2014), Pixar's Coco(out Nov.2017), and Hasbro Studios' Transformers Robots in Disguise-4 seasons(2016)

Personal website

Art of Sona Sargsyan

Course Description

This class is designed to get you up and running with Adobe Photoshop! Students will explore the basic yet powerful features of the application while also discovering the numerous possibilities of its digital tools. This includes:

  • General UI and toolbar navigation
  • Developing an understanding of sophisticated layering techniques (i.e. layers and adjustment panels, basic masking and grouping, etc.)
  • Using the paintbrush, airbrush, stamp and pencil tools
  • Appling color correction, and other filter effects
  • Isolating image layers (in order to erase/add layers to a specific part of an image)

Course Format

Course Format: Custom

Duration: 8 Weeks
Lecture: Pre-recorded
Feedback: Live session before Q & A (sessions are recorded; no need to be present in order to receive feedback)
Assignment: Deadlines each week.
Q&A: Once a week

Course Outline


Week 1 Intro, Basic Image Manipulations

How to create a new document

  • Page presets
  • Size/Resolution 
  • Color Mode
  • Difference between pixels / vector

How to open another file
How to save a file as psd. Pdf. Jpeg
How to save as/ duplicate your file
How to print
How to set up your layers

  • How to create a new layer
  • How to turn the layer on and off
  • Lock transparent pixels, lock image pixels, lock position, lock all

Image mode
Image size/ image resolutions
Windows (show them where they can find their files)

  • Arrange-new window
  • Create your workspace
  • Brush
  • Brush preset
  • History
  • Layers
  • Character (text)
  • Swatches / color
  • Application frame
  • Options
  • Tools

How to enlarge a Jpeg

  • Opacity/ fill

How to use the move tool

  • Auto select layer/ group
  • Show transform controls

Photoshop preferences

  • General
  • History states
  • Displays / Cursors

How to zoom
How to move page/views
Viewing options
How to add a ruler

  • Guide lines



How to use the marquee tool

  • Rectangular and Elliptical
  • New selection, add to selection, subtract form selection, intersect with selection
  • Feather option

Polygonal lasso and lasso tool

  • Selection options
  • Feather options

Magic wand tool

  • Selection options
  • Tolerance
  • Anti-alias
  • Contiguous
  • Sample all layers

Eyedropper tool

  • Sample size
  • Sample 
  • Show sampling ring

How to deselect
How to inverse selection
How to transform selection

  • Free transform
  • Scale
  • Rotate
  • Skew
  • Distort
  • Perspective
  • Warp
  • Rotate
  • Flip

How to select a layer
How to make a selection a new layer
How to modify a selection

  • Border
  • Smooth
  • Expand
  • Contract
  • Feather

How to create a clipping mask



Spot healing brush tool

  • How to retouch a photo
  • Red eye tool

Brush tool

  • Mode
  • Opacity
  • Flow

How to change your brush
How to change the color of your brush
How to select a color
Color picker

  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • RGB

How to switch forground and background colors
How to change the shape and texture of your brush

  • Brush tip shape change
  • Shape dynamics
  • Scattering
  • Texture
  • Dual brush 
  • Color dynamics
  • Transfer
  • Noise 
  • Wet edges
  • Smoothing
  • Hardness
  • Spacing
  • Size

Brush Presets
How to create your own photoshop brush
How to use the clone stamp tool
Eraser tool
Gradient tool

  • How to create a gradation 
  • Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected, and Diamond Gradation 

Paint Bucket Tool

  • Mode 
  • Opacity
  • Tolerance
  • Contiguous 
  • All layers

Blur tool
Sharpen tool
Smudge tool
Dodge tool
Burn tool


Pen, Path, & Text

How to use the Pen tool

  • Straight and curved line
  • Add and delete an anchor point 
  • Convert and move anchor point

How to turn a closed pen trace into a path
How to export path into Illustrator
How to load a path into a selection
How to turn a path into a brush stroke
How to fill path with foreground color
How to use the type tool

  • Character Panel
  • Orientation
  • Create work path
  • Convert to shape
  • Rasterize type layer
  • Warp text

How to use the Line tool

  • Pixel, path, or shape 
  • Mode
  • Opacity
  • Rectangle tool
  • Rounded rectangle tool
  • Ellipse tool
  • Polygon tool

How to use the hand tool
How to use the zoom tool
How to edit in quick mask mode
How to change screen mode



How to use filter gallery

  • Artistic
  • Brush strokes
  • Distort
  • Sketch
  • Stylize
  • Texture

How to use liquify
How to use blur

  • Gaussian blur
  • Radial blur 
  • Motion blur

How to add noise

  • Dust and scratches

How to use pixelate

  • Mosaic

How to use sharpen

  • Smart sharpen

How to add layer modes/ and what they do and how to use them

  • Normal, dissolve
  • Darken, multiply, color burn, linear burn, darker color
  • Lighten, screen, color dodge, linear dodge, lighter color
  • Overlay, soft light, hard light, vivid light, linear light, pin light, hard mix
  • Difference, exclusion, subtract, divide
  • Hue, saturdation, color, luminosity


Adjustments & Masks

How to use masks
How to use an adjustment mask
How to use adjustments

  • Brightness/contrast
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Exposure
  • Vibrance
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Color Balance
  • Black and white
  • Channel Mixer
  • Color Lookup
  • Selective color

How to make adjustments on a layer vs creating an adjustment layer


Adjustments Continued

  • Solid color
  • Gradient
  • Pattern
  • Photo filter
  • Channel mixer
  • Color lookup
  • Invert
  • Posterize
  • Threshold
  • Gradient map
  • Selective color



Complicated selections
Duplicate layer
Merge layers
How to add a later style

  • Blending options
  • Bevel and emboss
  • Stroke
  • Inner shadow
  • Inner glow
  • Satin
  • Color overlay
  • Gradient overlay
  • Pattern overlay
  • Outer glow
  • Drop shadow