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Lesson 1

How to Get Started from Bridge

If you have a substantial number of images to manage, you need to understand the fundamentals of Adobe Bridge, the best way to organize and track your image assets. Bridge lets you group, rename, and add metadata to images, which will make them much easier to find when you’re ready to work with them in Photoshop.

Duration: 00:05:24  File Size: 37 MB


Lesson 2

Camera Raw Essentials

You can use the many tools in the Camera Raw module to perform basic improvements on images without affecting any of the essential data in the file. You can crop images, adjust parameters like white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows, make simple retouching corrections, and add effects such as a vignette; after editing, you have the option to save the image in a number of formats, including as a Smart Object. Run time.

Duration: 00:05:44  File Size: 32 MB


Lesson 3

How to make basic adjustments in Photoshop

This video covers importing photos to Photoshop from Camera Raw; in Photoshop, you can apply cropping, use adjustment layers to apply corrections such as photo filter, exposure, the Levels and Curves tools, and basic retouching. You can undo processes using the History panel. Once your edits are complete, you can compare your results with the original image and those processed in Camera Raw.

Duration: 00:05:16  File Size: 35 MB


Lesson 4

How to Change Image Size and Resolution

While Photoshop can open many types of files, the native file format, PSD, offers the benefit of preserving all information about layers and pixels, which are the basic units that make up an image. Understanding the role of pixels will help you make decisions about the size and resolution of your image, based on how you plan to use it; a lower resolution is for screen use, higher resolution is best for printing; learn how to use image size and resolution settings and resampling to size your image correctly.

Duration: 00:05:57  File Size: 30 MB


Lesson 5

How to Prepare Images for Print or Web

When you’re ready to output your image either online or as a print, Photoshop makes it easy to set up for optimal results. For Web use, you can choose various file types and quality levels and adjust pixel dimensions to minimize file size. If you’re printing your image, use the controls in the Print dialog box to set printer-specific options and to have Photoshop manage your colors.

Duration: 00:03:12  File Size: 16 MB


Lesson 6

Exploring the User Interface and Using Workspaces

This video explores some vital parts of the Photoshop interface. The Toolbox contains all of Photoshop’s many tools, which you can access using keyboard shortcuts, and can also adjust many of the tool settings. More options are contained in panels, which you can arrange, show, or hide depending on your workflow needs. You can also hide any unneeded menu items to simplify menus. Once you make an arrangement of panels and menu options, save it as a customized workspace so you can quickly set the interface exactly as you need it for different types of work.

Duration: 00:05:54  File Size: 23 MB


Lesson 7

How to Use Masks

When you make edits to your image, you want to use adjustment layers to make sure your changes won’t affect the actual pixels. This is especially useful with masks, which you use to apply edits or effects to just certain parts of the image. Switching between white and black background and foreground colors allows the mask to show or hide the image underneath; when using masks, remember, black conceals, white reveals.

Duration: 00:07:48  File Size: 39 MB


Lesson 8

How to Work with Selections

One common way to work with Photoshop is to select and apply effects to specific areas or objects in images. There are several powerful tools to help with this; the Quick Selection tool works by detecting the edges of a selected area; Quick Mask mode helps you refine the selection; Refine Edge allows you to apply various effects to the edges of the selection. If you want to keep just the selected object, you can place it on its own layer and go from there, all without affecting the original image.

Duration: 00:07:35  File Size: 39 MB


Lesson 9

How to Work with Layers

This video shows how to put together a simple card that displays several images. You can use Photoshop’s shape and distribution tools to create and arrange squares on the card. Next, bring in your images, and using options in the Layers panel, clip each image and its appropriate square together. You can then easily adjust the images to fit into the squares, and link the two layers to keep them joined. Understanding the power of the Layers panel allows you to combine shapes and images for almost infinite potential uses.

Duration: 00:08:47  File Size: 25 MB


Lesson 10

Working with Smart Objects

Smart Objects help protect the information in an image file by adding a layer of security that prevents you from working directly on the image layer. Some edits, such as resizing an image, can have a negative effect on the pixels in a regular image layer, but will leave the image information in the Smart Object untouched. You can easily convert regular image layers into Smart Objects, or you can use the Place command to automatically add an image as a Smart Object. Camera Raw also allows you to open an image in Photoshop as a Smart Object.

Duration: 00:06:38  File Size: 38 MB


Lesson 11

How to Work with Type

Continuing to work with the card created previously, this video shows how to add type to your Photoshop project. Work with the Type tool to add text, change the size and font, and position it where you want it. Using the Character panel, you can adjust the vertical and horizontal spacing. You can also add some cool effects to make your card look more polished; place an image to show through the text, add some lines with the Line tool, and add drop shadows to large text and image boxes.

Duration: 00:07:24  File Size: 25 MB


Lesson 12

Portrait Retouching Basics

Photoshop’s retouching features can quickly improve any portrait. For the best results, remember to make effects subtle and natural looking, and to work nondestructively by using a separate layer for each type of edit. Use the Spot Healing Brush tool to remove small blemishes, use the Healing Brush tool for larger areas, such as circles under eyes. When you want to apply an effect to the entire image, you’ll work with a flattened version of the image that you’ve converted to a Smart Object, so you can take advantage of the Smart Filters; for example, when smoothing skin, you can use the Surface Blur filter, then use a mask to apply the effect to just the appropriate areas, and lower the opacity level to make the result look more natural.

Duration: 00:11:06  File Size: 40 MB


Lesson 13

How to Use Healing Tools

If you have a basically good image that needs a few corrections, you can use Photoshop’s healing features, newly improved in CS6. The Healing Brush tool will cover small flaws and blend them with the surrounding area. If you want to duplicate a selected area, use the Clone Stamp tool. To remove larger or more complex areas, choose the Patch tool set to Content Aware mode, select and drag the area to remove, and Photoshop will replace it with new content that fits in seamlessly. The Content Aware Move tool works in a similar way, but it moves the selected area to a new part of the image, and blends it in with the new surroundings.

Duration: 00:09:13  File Size: 48 MB


Lesson 14

How to Use Blur and Smart Filters

Part 1: Photoshop CS6 has some new blur filters that allow you to add cool visual effects in just a few steps. Tilt Shift Blur applies a controlled depth of field to an image, which is especially effective for a view shot from an elevated vantage point. Iris Blur focuses on a circular part of the image, so that areas outside circle are blurred; using the controls to rotate and resize the circle and adjust the level of blurring, this filter is a terrific way to highlight a specific area, like a face.

Part 2: The Smart Filters in Photoshop CS6 make it easy for you to make images more artistic, to take on the look of a sketch or painting. The Filter Gallery offers many filters, each with its own set of options, all of which display a preview of the effect as you apply it; you can combine multiple filters, with different results depending on how you order them. Working with your image as a Smart Object, you can edit the filters, and also apply a mask in order to paint in where you want the filter to take effect, and also choose blending options, and adjust opacity and mode.

Duration: 00:15:34  File Size: 87 MB


  • Copyright 2012
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-309500-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-309500-5

The unquestionable industry standard for image editing, Adobe Photoshop is an essential tool for anyone, at any level of skill or experience, who works with digital images. Photoshop CS6 offers a dizzying array of tools for adjusting, altering, manipulating, and re-imagining photos; the most challenging part of using Photoshop can be figuring out where to start. This video is exactly what you need if you’re new to Photoshop; its short, engaging lessons show the program’s key features and tools in action, and illustrate the steps to go through with your photos, from organizing and making basic adjustments to your files in Adobe Bridge, to creating simple and attractive projects that highlight your images. Along the way, the video covers Photoshop fundamentals such as layers, filters, retouching tools, and type, offering clear demonstrations and tips on how to use each feature.

About the trainer: Jason D. Moore is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop with over a decade of experience as a graphic designer, photographer, and trainer. Jason is also a web designer at Cornell University and host of the Graphic Talk Radio podcast. For more information about your trainer visit www.jasondmoore.com.


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