Editing a photo is as crucial as capturing the original moment, as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot aren't able to achieve the coveted blurry look in their glamour shots until after postprocessing. Tweak cryptic portraits with today's Groupon: for $24, you get one Adobe Photoshop for Beginners course from Udemy (a $150 value).
Udemy flips the world of higher education on its mortarboard by enabling anyone to disseminate knowledge or take a course online. Adobe sensei Andy Anderson leads aspiring image editors though 230 lessons, totaling 13 hours of instruction. Beginners can start with the basics, learning how to set up their workspace, open files, and execute Adobe's elementary editing functions. Mr. Anderson then guides students though more in-depth tinkering techniques, including color correction, layers, blending, and redeye enhancer for family portraits of albino bunnies. Digital files come with the course, allowing pupils to practice the techniques as they are taught. By the end of the video, students can have the skills necessary to open, edit, and prepare images for their journey across the World Wide Web or chilly migration to the refrigerator.
Udemy eliminates the barrier of entry to higher-level learning with online courses taught by experts from around the world. Award-winning authors, educators from institutions such as Harvard, and successful entrepreneurs host popular classes for students of all ages to revitalize their career or get a jump-start on new learning.
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