515 BYOL: Making Dazzling Graphics with Photoshop for the Graphically Challenged

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, November 17



Photoshop is the de facto standard for image creation and manipulation, and over the years, more and more features have been added to this tool. Some of these features are real time-savers and also have the ability to make your images stand out. However, if you haven’t taken courses on Photoshop, or haven’t taken any recently, chances are you may be underusing these helpful new additions to the tool.

In this hands-on BYOL workshop, you’ll learn a variety of Photoshop secrets that can quickly improve the quality of your images. You’ll also look at a new feature introduced in Photoshop CC 2015 that can make a noticeable impact on your work: artboards. In just an hour you’ll learn quick ways to remove blemishes and imperfections, punch up the color of digital photographs, leverage the automatic features in this software, build icons and buttons using artboards, and even have Photoshop export CSS code.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to remove background colors from images
  • How to adjust imperfections on a person’s face
  • How to add a smile to a portrait
  • How to fill in an area using the content-aware feature
  • What the new artboards feature is, and how you can create images using it
  • How Photoshop can export CSS code from your image

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers. 

Technology discussed in this session:
Adobe Photoshop.

Technology Required:
Mac or PC with Photoshop CC 2015. The trial version will work.

Phil Cowcill

Senior eLearning Specialist

PJ Rules

Phil Cowcill is senior eLearning specialist at PJ Rules. He started his career in 1983 when he was hired as a technologist at a local college. In 1985 he joined a team to develop Canada's first Interactive Videodisc. He started teaching part-time in 1989, moving to full-time in 1995. He led his class to build one of the first news websites that streamed video in 1996. In 2011 he launched the very first dedicated mobile application development program. Phil retired from full-time teaching in 2015 and moved to working as a contractor with the Department of National Defence as a senior eLearning specialist.

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