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Photoshop for Photographers

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Learn what every photographer needs to master Photoshop, including cropping, improving exposure, masking, converting to black and white, and more.

Photoshop CC 2017 for Photographers provides an introduction to Photoshop aimed specifically at the needs of photographers. Photographer and educator Chris Orwig covers the most essential skills: cropping, improving exposure, painting color and light with masks, converting to black and white, thinking creatively with filters, retouching, and publishing photos online and in print. Plus, learn how Photoshop fits into a modern digital photography workflow, and how to set up the preferences and workspace so the software works most efficiently for you.


  • Welcome
  • Getting the most out of this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Where Photoshop Fits In
  • Before and after views of images
  • Photoshop's role in today's workflow
  • Accessing your images with Bridge
  • Getting started with Lightroom
2. Setting Up Photoshop
  • Setting up your color settings
  • Fine-tuning your preferences
  • Choosing and customizing a workspace
3. Beginning with Camera Raw
  • What is Camera Raw?
  • Camera Raw and Photoshop case study
  • Opening images into Camera Raw
  • Improving your images with the basics
4. Getting Started with Photoshop
  • Using the Start workspace
  • Opening, saving, and closing a photograph
  • Getting familiar with the interface
  • Using tools and undoing mistakes
5. Viewing Images
  • Zooming and panning on your photos
  • Expert zooming and panning tips
  • Choosing and changing the screen mode
  • Arranging and viewing multiple documents
6. Understanding Pixels and Image Size
  • Pixels and image sizing
  • Resizing an image to a smaller size
  • Exporting for email and social media
  • Challenge: Resizing a photo for print and online
  • Solution: Resizing a photo for print and online
7. Cropping and Straightening Images
  • Mastering the Crop tool
  • Cropping and straightening your photos
  • Fixing a crooked image
  • Cropping projects
  • Challenge: Level and resize a photo to make a 5x5 print
  • Solution: Level and resize a photo to make a 5x5 print
8. Increased Control with Layers
  • Why layers matter
  • Creative layers case study
  • Creating new blank layers
  • Working with type layers
  • Improving color with adjustment layers
  • Applying layer style effects
  • Combining multiple images into one document
  • Combining multiple images and creating a color border
  • Organizing layers into groups
  • Challenge: Using layers
  • Solution: Using layers
9. Improving Exposure like a Pro
  • Adding brightness and contrast
  • Fixing exposure with Levels
  • Fine-tuning an image with Curves
  • Correcting exposure with Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
  • Fixing an underexposed image
  • Challenge: Correcting exposure
  • Solution: Correcting exposure
10. Fixing Specific Areas of an Image
  • Using the Elliptical Marquee tool to make a selection
  • Selecting and changing a rectangular area
  • Selecting with the Lasso tools
  • Working with the Quick Select tool
  • Quick Select project workflow
  • Making a selection with Focus Area
  • Challenge: Selecting the subject from the background
  • Solution: Selecting the subject from the background
11. Advanced Adjustments with Masking
  • Introducing masks
  • Improving an image with custom masks
  • Feathering a mask
  • Using a gradient mask to fix exposure
  • Copying a mask to save time
  • Challenge: Creating a color effect
  • Solution: Creating a color effect
12. Fine-Tuning Color
  • Changing colors in Camera Raw
  • Creative color adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Fine-tuning color with Hue and Saturation
  • Using Hue and Saturation with masking
  • Changing the color of a dress
  • Two steps to creating vivid and beautiful color
  • Using Color Balance to create vivid color
  • Challenge: Advanced work with brightness and color
  • Solution: Advanced work with brightness and color
13. Converting to Black and White
  • Converting to black and white with Camera Raw
  • Making a strong black-and-white portrait
  • Creating better black-and-white landscape photographs
  • Creating a black-and-white film grain effect
  • Making more dramatic black-and-white images
  • Challenge: Black-and-white landscape
  • Solution: Black-and-white landscape
14. Photographic Effects with Filters
  • Adding lens flare
  • Changing focus with the Blur Gallery
  • Creating a tilt-shift blur effect
  • Adding a creative blur to a portrait
  • Adding light with lighting effects
  • Challenge: Adding blur
  • Solution: Adding blur
15. Sharpening and Reducing Noise
  • Sharpening with Camera Raw
  • Reducing unwanted noise in Camera Raw
  • Reducing unwanted noise with high-res files
  • Reducing unwanted noise in Photoshop
  • Sharpening your photos with Smart Sharpen
  • Sharpening a multilayered document
  • Using Focus Area to select the area to sharpen
  • Selective sharpening with Smart Sharpen
  • Challenge: Selective sharpening
  • Solution: Selective sharpening
16. Retouching Away Problems
  • Using Content-Aware Fill to remove distractions
  • Removing an object with Clone Stamp
  • Quick results with the Spot Healing tool
  • Seamless retouching with the Healing tools
  • Fixing a large area with the Patch tool
  • Increasing image content with Content-Aware Scale
  • Challenge: Removing a large object
  • Solution: Removing a large object
17. Portrait Retouching Essentials
  • Improving skin with the Healing Brush tools
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Whitening teeth with adjustment layers
  • Changing facial structure with Liquify
  • Changing shape with Liquify
  • Brightening the eyes
  • Improving eye shadows
  • Challenge: Creating more beautiful skin
  • Solution: Creating more beautiful skin
18. Making the Perfect Print
  • Getting ready to print: Resizing
  • Sharpening and brightening for final output
  • Selecting your printer and paper size
  • Choosing color management and printer settings
  • Next steps

Taught by

Chris Orwig


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