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Photoshop CC 2017: Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction

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Learn how to use Photoshop CC 2017 nondestructively to improve the exposure of a photo and enhance the color, contrast, and sharpness. Explore working with raw images and more.

Ever look at a photo and feel disappointed that it doesn't convey the original scene?
This course reveals how to use Adobe Photoshop to enhance the color, contrast, and sharpness of a photograph to help ensure richness of real life is displayed. Using tools from adjustment layers to filters, discover how to nondestructively transform your photos. The course also covers how to work with raw images and perform special-case adjustments such as color matching and tinting.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. How to Approach Color Correction in Photoshop
  • When and how to move an image from Lightroom to Photoshop
  • Setting the working environment in Photoshop
  • Performing an image triage
  • Getting a fresh opinion
  • Determining your working file format
2. Nondestructive Workflows in Photoshop
  • Work with a copy of the image
  • Converting layers to Smart Objects
  • Opening raw files as Smart Objects
  • Cloning parts of an image nondestructively
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Using blend modes to color correct
  • Creating a new document from the current state
3. Working with Raw Files Nondestructively
  • Essential raw adjustments
  • Recovering skies
  • Selective adjustments in raw files
  • Removing spots and making local adjustments
  • Using graduated adjustments
  • Using radiated adjustments
  • Fixing perspective issues
  • Fixing lens distortion
  • Multiple Develop settings
  • Options when saving raw files
4. Performing Primary Image Adjustments for Exposure
  • Fixing exposure with a Brightness/Contrast adjustment
  • Fixing exposure with a Levels adjustment
  • Speeding up with an Auto Levels adjustment
  • Save time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
  • Reading the Histogram panel
  • Fixing exposure with a Curves adjustment
  • Refining curves using the on-image tool
  • Using adjustment presets
  • Using the Exposure command for a 32-bit image
5. Performing Primary Image Adjustments for Color
  • Using a levels adjustment to remove a color cast
  • Using a Curves adjustment to remove a color cast
  • Adjusting hue and saturation
  • Boosting color with a Vibrance adjustment
  • Refining the color balance
6. Controlling Adjustment Layers
  • Limiting an adjustment layer based on color range
  • Limiting an adjustment layer based on focus
  • Controlling adjustment layers with masks
  • Clipping adjustment layers
  • Advanced blending of adjustment layers
7. Using the Shadows/Highlights Command
  • Shadows and highlights in a raw image
  • Applying the Shadows/Highlights command to a Smart Object
  • Advanced recovery with blending modes
  • Recovering blown-out highlights and skies
8. Performing Adjustments for Special Cases
  • Using the Equalize command to fix exposure and contrast
  • Using Match Color with two photos
  • Using raw, HDR, and gradients for exposure and contrast
  • Adjusting color and exposure with the Photo Filter command
  • Tinting with the gradient map
  • Blending Smart Filters
  • Using color lookup tables to process images
  • Enhancing exposure with Perfect Exposure
  • Using the Selective Color command
9. The Black and White Adjustments
  • Creating black-and-white images
  • Using presets
  • Using the On-image tool
  • Combining black-and-white adjustment layers with blend modes
  • Hand-tinting a photo
  • Better black-and-whites with gradient maps
  • Using HDR to create more dynamic black-and-white images
10. Using Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Which files can use Camera Raw as a filter
  • Making basic adjustments to improve tone
  • Adjusting the tone curve
  • Refining color and tone with the Targeted Adjustment tool
  • Split toning an image
  • Next steps

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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