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Course Workbook

Photoshop CC 2014 Advanced

Photo Retouching

Photoshop cc2014 advanced 2x
eBook $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
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This book will help you take your Photoshop skills to the next level. We'll focus on advanced retouching, color correction, complex selections and masks, alpha channels, balancing skin tones, and more. You will learn tips and tricks only the pros know!

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-06-8

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
Helpful PDF References
Section 1
Default Color Settings for Class
  • Color management setup
Fashion Shot: Cloning vs. Healing
  • The Clone Stamp tool
  • The Healing Brush tool
Fashion Shot: Dodging/Burning Blemishes
  • The Dodge & Burn tools
  • Channels
Fashion Shot: Liquify Retouching
  • The Liquify filter: the Bloat, Pucker, & Forward Warp tools
  • Artistically retouching facial features
Correction Techniques: Typical Image
  • Color correction using Curves
  • Customizing Curves options for fast correction
Correction Techniques: Extreme Image
  • More color correction using Curves
  • Setting custom white & black points
Section 2
Understanding Blending Modes
  • Using blending modes (Multiply, Screen, Overlay, & Color)
Layer Masking & Compositing
  • Using layer masks to non-destructively blend images
Matching Tones in Composited Images
  • Matching color
  • Adjusting the curves of individual color channels
  • Desaturating color
  • Clipping masks
Lifestyle Shot: Selecting the Skin
  • Making selections using Channels
Lifestyle Shot: Testing Selections
  • Using Curves to test selections
  • Editing channels
Lifestyle Shot: Balancing Skin Tones
  • Making rough selections in Quick Mask mode
  • Intersecting selections
  • More adjusting the Curves of individual color channels
Section 3
Lifestyle Shot: Adjusting Contrast
  • Curve adjustments & blending modes
  • Preventing contrast adjustments from changing saturation
Lifestyle Shot: Selecting the Shirt
  • Loading selections
  • Creating another channel
  • Using Hue/Saturation to colorize the shirt
  • Making rough selections with the Lasso tool
Color Settings for the Rest of the Class
  • Setting color management preferences
  • Color profiles
Dealing with Color Profiles
  • Opening & editing a typical image
  • Images that are missing a profile
  • Images with the wrong profile embedded
Color Settings & CMYK Conversions
  • Converting to CMYK
  • Loading color profiles
  • Comparing different CMYK conversions
Prepping an Image for the Web
  • Resizing & resampling
  • Soft proofing
  • Image compression (JPEG)
Section 4
Using Channels to Make Selections
  • Using Channels for selections
  • Using Levels to refine selections
  • Using Hue/Saturation to change clothing color
  • Updating channel selections
Product Shot: Selecting Bottle Parts
  • Making selections using Paths
Product Shot: Selecting the Glass
  • Making selections using Channels
  • Making more selections using Paths
Product Shot: Matching Colors
  • Matching colors using Curves
Product Shot: Selecting Label Text
  • Easy selections with Channels
  • Intersecting selections
Section 5
Product Shot: Color Correction
  • Commercial-style color correction
  • Loading selections
Product Shot: Selecting & Adjusting Vines
  • Color range selections
  • Using Channels to refine color range selections
Smoothing Skin with Blending Modes
  • Smoothing skin
  • Blurring highlights & shadows independently
  • Adding texture for a natural look
  • Blending modes
Smoothing Skin with Luminosity
  • The Channel Mixer adjustment
  • Using Channels to smooth skin tones
  • The Luminosity blending mode
Modifying Light & Shadows
  • Adding warmth to a photograph
  • Selecting highlight areas of an image
  • Making more selections using Channels
Section 6
Sharpening Techniques
  • Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
  • Using blending modes to improve sharpening
  • Selectively adding sharpening with a layer mask
  • Using Smart Objects
Sharpening with High Pass
  • Using the High Pass filter for sharpening
  • The Hard Light blending mode
  • High Pass vs. Smart Sharpen
Camera Raw Fundamentals
  • Opening & Editing Raw Files
Noise Reduction & the Camera Raw Filter
  • Reducing digital camera noise
  • Camera Raw Filter
Bonus Material
Batch Actions & the Image Processor
  • Creating & running actions
  • Batch processing files
  • The Image Processor script
  • Adobe Bridge
Creating Masks with Calculations
  • Fixing over-saturation
  • The Calculations command
  • Applying Hue/Saturation only to over-saturated areas
Reference Material
Color Management: Workflow & Tips
Color Management: Color Settings Explained
Color Management: Custom CMYK
Color Management: Printing to a Personal Printer
Levels Overview
Curves Overview
Working with RGB vs. CMYK Color
Top 10 Retouching Tips
Blending Modes
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Make dramatic color corrections to save even the worst photos.

  • Learn techniques to easily smooth rough-looking skin.

  • Enhance color to make product text “pop”.

  • Use the power of Channels to make selections.

  • Learn to use Paths to quickly make selections.

  • Dodge and Burn out skin blemishes.

  • Use the Liquify filter to subtly correct facial expressions.

  • Use Channels to quickly and easily change colors.

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eBook $49
Print $65
Print + eBook $75
Teacher Discounts