We’re excited to announce a free 5-class series on Adobe Photoshop CC for Beginners where you’ll learn everything you need to know to become proficient in Photoshop, in just one month. Knowing how to work with Photoshop is increasingly useful for students embarking on any career path – from photography to graphic design to marketing and small business ownership. With 4.5 hours of video content, we’ll break down the incredibly robust software into its basic parts and teach you tactics you may not be learning in school. This series is perfect for you whether it’s your first time opening the software or if you’re looking to build your skills to create amazing class projects.
From March 1 – March 31st 2015, join thousands of other learners in a collaborative online class that will teach you the fundamentals of Photoshop. You can join anytime throughout the month and catch up at your own pace. Topics covered include:
Interface, Tools, and Layers
Drawing, Layers, Masks, and Selections
Typography and the Pen Tool
Color, Swatches, and Blending
Creating Efficient Workflows, Tips, and Tricks
Each week, you’ll create projects in Photoshop and submit your work on Skillshare for feedback from your classmates, pushing your skills even further. You’ll also have a chance to interact with class teaching assistants (TAs) who can help answer questions, provide feedback on your project, and share resources to help inspire you with what’s possible with Photoshop. TAs will be monitoring the discussion boards and newly submitted projects throughout the course, but join Skillshare teacher JP Danko for a live AMA on Tuesday, March 10th from 12 – 1pm PST (London: 8 – 9pm GMT, Sydney: 7– 9am on Wednesday, March 11th).
Free Adobe Certification Voucher
If you complete all course work before the final deadline, you’ll be eligible to receive a free voucher to take the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Photoshop (a $95 value). Learn more about the ACA certification and how it can support your career goals here: http://edex.adobe.com/aca
1 Free Year of Creative Cloud Membership
Plus, 1 free year of Creative Cloud membership will be awarded to the top student chosen by the class TAs at the end of the course! Judging will be based on quality of projects submitted and student participation.
Learn how to craft a narrative, edit your writing, find inspiration in history, and experiment with materials. Plus, this class features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Debbie’s personal collection of favorite visual stories, books, art objects, and more.
This class is ideal for designers, writers, and everyone with a story to tell. All you need to get started is a love of language, a passion for art, and a desire to bring them together.
Join Nicholas Felton – author of the Feltron Annual Reports, one of the lead designers of Facebook’s timeline, and co-founder of Daytum – to explore data and design. This 90-minute class walks through the process of investigating a large amount of data, using Processing to project onto a map, and polishing the visual appearance in Illustrator.
The assignment for the class will be to transform a spreadsheet describing 34,000 meteor strikes into a visualization that places each event on the map with a marker scaled to reflect the relative sizes of the meteorites. Students will be using both Processing and Adobe Illustrator to work through the data set that Felton has provided for the class.
It’s a great introduction to Processing and provides a data set for you get started with right away, making this class perfect for anyone interested in design, geometry, or minimalism. Follow your curiosity and become fluent in presenting the data surrounding us every day.
We are excited to announce our collaboration with VSCO, an art and technology company empowering people everywhere to create, discover, and connect, and to announce trashhand’s new street photography class. As a very early member of the VSCO and Skillshare community, trashhand shares his knowledge on capturing the life of your city in his latest Skillshare class. Based in Chicago, trashhand explores his four main pillars of street photography — capturing authentic candids, utilizing blur to convey motion, finding compelling angles for look-up shots, and shooting at night.
$100,000 VSCO Scholarship for Aspiring Photographers
In addition, VSCO supports Skillshare’s mission to provide universal access to learning and will be announcing a $100,000 scholarship to provide up-and-coming photographers with unlimited access to Skillshare classes for one year.
VSCO (Visual Supply Company) is an art and technology company empowering people everywhere to create, discover, and connect. Headquartered in Oakland, California, VSCO has additional offices in Colorado Springs, Colorado and New York City, New York. The company was founded in 2011 and acquired Denver, Colorado-based Artifact Uprising in 2014.
VSCO’s suite of products is comprised of VSCO Cam®, VSCO Film®, VSCO Grid™ and VSCO Journal™ and VSCO Keys™.
Take our New Year’s challenge and make a resolution to create a class over the next 30 days. We will help you with tips and prizes at every step, giving you everything you need to create a great class. To get started, fill out your information below.
Over the next 30 days, there will be a series of milestones to help you complete a class. Meet these milestones and you’ll be eligible to win prizes at each deadline. Get started with the first milestone below.
Milestone 1. January 18th: Start Your Class Draft: Upload a Class Title and Project Title by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, 1/18 and you could win a Snowball Mic (10 prizes available).
Milestone 2. January 23th: Write Your Outline: Add your Unit titles and Video titles to your class draft by by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, January 23th, and you’ll be eligible to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card (5 prizes available).
Milestone 3. January 31st: Film Your Class: Block off time this weekend to sit down and record your class.
Milestone 4. February 12th: Publish Your Class: Finish editing and adding the final touches to your class, and you’ve completed the pledge! Our favorite class published to the site by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, February 12th will win a brand-new iPhone 6, and be featured in an email to our 1M users.
If you get stuck, our team of education experts is here to help you with every step. Don’t forget to join our Teacher Facebook Group to keep up to date on the challenge.
What If I already started my class? No problem, you can still sign up here to take the pledge and are eligible to win at each milestone as long as you meet the deadlines.
What if I miss a deadline? No worries, you can jump in and catch-up to be eligible to win the next prize.
Do I have to live in the USA to participate? You can teach a Skillshare class from anywhere in the world. While we can only give prizes out to residents of the United States who are over 18 years of age due to tax purposes, you can still take the pledge and publish your class to Skillshare.
What are the guidelines? Classes are reviewed against our Publishing Guidelines. The grand prize winner will be selected based on adherence to the class guidelines and quality of content as determined by the Skillshare judges (more details here).
How long does my class have to be? We recommend that classes last between 15 and 45 minutes, about the length of a TV show.
Do I make my own videos? Yes! You will film your own class from home using a few simple tools. Teachers are always surprised by how easy it is to record high-quality video lessons without breaking the bank. In fact, our most successful teachers use their laptops to film themselves through a simple screencast. You can follow these tips to record high quality videos.
At Skillshare, our mission has always been to unlock the world’s creativity. We believe that everyone is creative, and that giving people tools to harness their creative power has the potential to change lives for the better.
That’s why we’re excited to team up with Adobe to bring you a great deal on the world’s best photography tools: Photoshop CC and Lightroom. For a limited time, get a 15% discount off your first year on the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan.
Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or a seasoned pro, learning these tools will empower you to organize, edit, enhance, and share your images anywhere. Coupled with 12 curated classes from Skillshare, you’ll be able to Transform Your Photography in the New Year.
Promotion details: Join the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan and get a 15% discount on your first year. The plan gives you access to both Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom desktop, mobile, and web. To claim your offer, use the unique discount code that has been emailed to all Skillshare Members. If you did not receive the code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from the Skillshare team will be in touch shortly. Offer expires February 28, 2015.
We’re kicking off 2015 by releasing 5 new resolution tracks beginning next week – each with a specific theme around learning a new skill in the New Year. Make your learning resolutions happen this year with unlimited access to hundreds of classes with more added weekly with a Premium Membership on Skillshare.
Use code NY2015 at checkout to get a 40% discount for an entire year of Premium Membership.
The mission of Skillshare has always been centered around providing universal access to learning. We have seen students from all over the world enroll in Skillshare classes, complete projects and even teach classes themselves. But, in order for us to provide great and varied content to students, it’s vital that we continue to support teachers as well.
As such, we are revising the classes available in Free Membership. Instead of one (1) hour per month in any class, free members will have full access to a select group of free classes. Students can now learn as much as they would like every month, and we’ll be listening to your feedback to improve the Free Membership.
To get unlimited access to the full catalog of Skillshare classes, you can upgrade to a Premium Membership which will also offer you offline viewing on iOS. A Premium Membership also supports both teachers and students:
Teachers: Your membership payments will continue to support the monthly royalties for our community of teachers.
Students: With our One for One model, when one (1) annual Premium Membership is purchased, one (1) student in need will receive a free year of Skillshare.
Here’s what to expect as of 12/18/14:
Anyone visiting Skillshare will be able to enjoy a 14-day Free Trial of Premium Membership. That’s 14 days to enjoy any Skillshare class for free.
Join esteemed art director and author Steven Heller as he shares how to communicate and “design” with language. “The Designer’s Guide to Writing and Research” is presented by Skillshare and AIGA, the professional association for design, bringing you the best from today’s top creatives.
Writing and research are not only necessary skills for the designer of today, but also more alike to the designer’s skillset than are commonly believed. Steven Heller has dedicated his career to illuminating the parallels between writing and design, both of which are inspiring and creative ways to communicate ideas and information.
Now, in a 30-minute class on Skillshare, he details his approach in the most practical and useful of ways. Walk through how you can develop these skills and bring them into your own work. Whether you’re a designer, illustrator, or already writing, this class gives you the framework to develop these skills and bring them into your own work. Enroll today for free!