A few years back I was given an interesting challenge: A local university reached out and asked whether I could take a cohort of students and teach them Digital Imaging / Adobe Photoshop in just 3 MONTHS. The idea was to take a group of students (many of whom had never used Photoshop before!) to a semi-professional level within a 3-month module.
Quite a big ask!!
At that time I'd been a professional Digital Artist for 15 years, and didn't think it was possible to impart THAT MUCH KNOWLEDGE within such a measly amount of time – but I was wrong...
You see, when I really thought about my workflow (creating Digital Art for the pro-markets), I only ever use a tiny fraction of the software – returning to the same tools time and again. Investigating further I learned about a mathematical principle called the 'PARETO PRINCIPLE' (shoutout Tim Ferris!), and had come to the following understanding:
Sounds too simple to be true right? I taught the course, and when students started handing assignments in: we were STAGGERED. The quality of the work rolling in was way beyond our expectations... the system really worked.
The course was so effective, it was demoed for university open days, used for community outreach programs, and I even received invitations to teach the methodology at other campuses.
Throughout a few short years the Core Skills methodology has been taught to thousands of students across a huge spectrum: from young tweens to 80 yr old elders, from hard to reach youngsters to differently-abled / neurodivergent students – and that's BEFORE we took this thing online!!
You'll receive TWENTY VIDEOS (.MP4 format), totalling 6.5 hours of straight-to-the-point content with PSD lesson files (AND a selection of added BONUSES!!)
Lessons 0 - 2 [MODULE 1: THE BASICS]
Lessons 3 - 8 [MODULE 2: COMPOSITING]
Lessons 9 - 14 [MODULE 3: PROCESSING]
Lessons 15 - 17 [MODULE 4: TYPOGRAPHY]
Lessons 18 - 20 [MODULE 5: OUTPUT]
Now I know everyone (and their dog!) has a Photoshop course out these days, and it's really hard to make a choice – so I'm going to answer a few of your questions, right here!
Whilst we start off at the ground level, the processes you'll learn will allow you to create the most ADVANCED composite artwork on the planet!
I'm not really a fan of the 'walkthrough' model, believing it's WAY BETTER to give students the fundamentals, so the creativity can truly come FROM YOU.
Give a man a tutorial he'll Photoshop for a day. Give a man a methodology: HE'LL PHOTOSHOP FOR A LIFETIME!!
If you're interested in creating crazy sh*t with Photoshop, then this is the best possible course that you can buy online.
I'd argue 80 - 90% of online Photoshop instructors are 'technicians', who mainly focus on technical tricks and the such. That's not a diss of any kind – they're damn good at what they do (shoutout to Terry White, love your work man!)
This course was created specifically for those interested in CREATIVE PHOTOMANIPULATION, and who better to learn from, than a grizzled veteran who pumps out commissioned photomanipulation work on the regular.
If you want to learn High-Fashion retouch, Lightroom Editing, or pure Graphic Design... there's better courses out there, and you should give this one a swerve.
If you'd like to learn the fine-art applications of CREATIVE COMPOSITING, then Core Skills is the product for you...
When you purchase, you'll be directed to a DOWNLOAD PAGE, where you can download ALL videos (+ BONUS Materials) to your hard-drive – for you to view in your time / at your leisure...
All of the video assets you receive come as High Definition MP4 format, and are yours to keep – FOREVER!!
First off, you DON'T need any specialist equipment (such as Wacom Tablet, DSLR Camera, Cintiq Touchscreen etc.) to take this course!! All you need is a copy of Photoshop, a keyboard / mouse, and some time!
This training system focuses on the 'core' functionality of Photoshop, which remains (largely) consistent throughout the various versions of the software (including: Layers, Masks, Selections, and Adjustments / Adjustment Layers)
The only tool that may be slightly different in your version (especially if it's 'newer'), is the Refine Edge tool – for masking hair. If you have a later version of Photoshop, reactivating the Refine Edge tool is a very quick fix, and instructions can easily be found online.
So that's my spiel! If you've read this far, then chances are you're just as excited (as me) about the ridiculous things that can be achieved with Photoshop/ Photomanipulation. It really is a crazy time to be alive, and the only real limitation these days is your imagination...
THIS EDITION OF CORE SKILLS IS BRAND NEW AND REVISED FOR 2020
To celebrate the online launch of Core Skills (and get this training into as many hands as possible), we're running an INSANE 50% off promo. This is to make the course accessible to all, and a little kickback for the early-birds, the true believers :)
This promo won't be running long, so if you NEED Photoshop training now, most definitely jump on it today [link below]
Included with your Core Skills training suite, is a staggering EIGHTY PREMIUM STOCK PHOTOS... You can use these high-quality images for practice, personal projects OR professional commissions!!
And the fun doesn't stop there: Our final BONUS is the true unsung hero of the entire suite: EIGHTEEN PSD DOCUMENTS from live projects by your instructor Dean Samed, and globally renowned Special FX photographer Clinton Lofthouse.
Sometimes you just gotta see how it's done... Investigate and reverse-engineer at your leisure!!
Learn directly from the editable PSD documents – the secrets no other instructors would ever dare to share!!
I'm from sunny England, and have a cockney accent like a Mordor Orc!!
Check out the Type Masterclass sample video below – if you find my dulcet tones grating... FIND ANOTHER COURSE!! :P