At Utah State University, I teach the ITLS 5230/6230 - Instructional Graphics Production I - Beginning Photoshop and Graphic Design course each fall semester. During spring semesters I teach the ITLS 5240/6240 - Instructional Graphics Production II - Advanced Photoshop and Graphic Design. These are blended courses, meaning I teach both face-to-face students on campus, and also online students at a distance.
I have benefitted so much from wonderfully awesome artists who were willing to share their knowledge and expertise, especially many of you here at DeviantArt. I want to thank you with all my heart for your generosity. And I'd like to pay it back by helping any of you who are in the same spot I was many years ago - just a beginner wanting to learn more.
So I'm making my courses freely available to any of you who would like to learn Photoshop and graphic design. There are only a couple things I ask of you in return...
1) If you need to contact me about something - please use the contact form on the website and specify that you are not one of my USU students. I'll get back with you as I have time available, but my students get top priority - the ones who are officially taking the course for Utah State University credit. Fair enough?
2) Help me make this the most awesome, free, online Photoshop and graphic design courses out there. I am open to feedback. If you post a fantastic tutorial or YouTube video on the subjects covered (or even something I may be missing) - please share them freely with me, and I'll add them to the course content if I feel they are applicable and professional. I welcome a community effort here. But please, never be offended if I don't use everything that is submitted. I have to keep in mind the load I'm placing on my students.
3) You must not use these materials for your own personal monetary gain! (In other words, you can't sell it, you can't repackage it as part of a paid program of study, it must remain freely available)
I have put over a thousand hours of work into curating web content from YouTube, and adding my own YouTube videos and content into structured courses. I am almost finished with the beginning course (just little tweaks now), and am currently restructuring the advanced course (but my earlier version is still available there). I want to go even deeper into the advanced course than I have previously.
So, here are the links for you - my friends - with my blessing...
Beginning Photoshop & Graphic Design - nmsmithphotoshop1.weebly.com
Advanced Photoshop & Graphic Design - nmsmithphotoshop.weebly.com