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Course Workbook

Photoshop CS6 Advanced

Ps adv cs6 2x
Print $65
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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: 978-1-934624-83-8

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Section 1
Default Color Settings For Class
  • Color Management Setup
Fashion Shot–Cloning vs. Healing
  • Clone Stamp Tool
  • Healing Brush Tool
Fashion Shot–Dodge/Burn Blemishes
  • Dodge/Burn Tools
  • Channels
Fashion Shot–Liquify Retouching
  • Liquify Filter: Bloat, Pucker, Forward Warp Tools
  • Artistic Retouching of Facial Features
Correction Techniques–Typical Image
  • Color Correction using Curves
  • Customizing Curves Options for Fast Correction
Correction Techniques–Extreme Image
  • Color Correction using Curves
  • Setting Custom White and Black Points
Section 2
Understanding Blend Modes
  • Using Blend Modes (Screen, Multiply, Overlay, Color)
Layer Masking & Compositing
  • Using Layer Masks to Non-Destructively Blend Images
Match Tones in Composited Images
  • Matching Color
  • Curves 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
  • Quick Mask
  • Intersecting Selections
  • Curves
Section 3
LifeStyle Shot–Adjusting Contrast
  • Curve Adjustments and Blending Modes
  • Preventing Contrast Adjustments from Changing Saturation
LifeStyle Shot–Selecting the Shirt
  • Loading Selections
  • Channels
  • Using Hue/Saturation to Colorize Shirt
  • Lasso Tool
Color Settings for the Rest of the Class
  • Color Management Preferences
  • Color Profiles
Dealing With Color Profiles
  • Opening and 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 and Resampling
  • Soft Proofing
  • Image Compression (JPEG)
Section 4
Using Channels to Make Selections
  • Using Channels for Selections
  • Using Levels to Refine Selections
  • Hue/Saturation to Change Color Of Clothing
  • Updating Channel Selections
Product Shot–Selecting Bottle Parts
  • Selections using Paths
Product Shot–Selecting the Glass
  • Selections using Channels
  • 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–Select & Adjust Vines
  • Color Range Selections
  • Using Channels to Refine Color Range Selections
Smoothing Skin with Blend Modes
  • Skin Smoothing
  • Blurring Highlights and Shadows Independently
  • Adding Texture for a Natural Look
  • Blending Modes
Smoothing Skin with Luminosity
  • Channel Mixer
  • Using Channels to Smooth Skin Tones
  • Luminosity Blending Mode
Modifying Light & Shadows
  • Adding Warmth to a Photograph
  • Selecting Highlight Areas of an Image
  • Channels Selections
Section 6
Sharpening Techniques
  • Smart Sharpen
  • Using Blend Modes to Improve Sharpening
  • Selectively Adding Sharpening with a Layer Mask
  • Smart Objects
Sharpening with High Pass
  • Using the High Pass Filter for Sharpening
  • Hard Light Blending Mode
  • Comparison to Smart Sharpen
Noise Reduction with Camera Raw
  • Opening JPEGs as Camera Raw
  • Reducing Noise
Clipping Masks and Type
  • Filling Text with a Photo
Bonus Exercises
Batch Actions and Image Processor
  • Creating and Running Actions
  • Batch Processing Files
  • Image Processor Script
  • Adobe Bridge
Matching Colors & Color Samplers
  • Color Samplers
  • Info Panel
  • Matching Exact Colors
  • Color Range Selection
Creating Masks with Calculations
  • Fixing Over-Saturation
  • Calculations
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Masks
Color Management Reference Material
Printing to a Personal Printer
Color Management Workflow
Color Settings Explained
Tips & Steps to Color Management
Custom CMYK
Reference Material
Levels Overview
Curves Overview
Working with RGB vs. CMYK Color
Top 10 Retouching Tips
Blending Modes
Optimizing Photoshop Preferences
Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Guide
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts: Windows
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts: Mac

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.

Why Our Books Are Unique

Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations commonly found in user manuals. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work. Our books are not a replacement for the manual, but manuals aren’t how you learn an app!

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