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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

with Chris Orwig

Video: Welcome

Goes beyond the basics by showing how color can have a profound effect on a photograph's impact.
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  1. 4m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Learning strategies
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 15m 0s
    1. The effect of color
      1m 49s
    2. Why color matters
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding color adaptation
      3m 16s
    4. Understanding color relationships
      2m 55s
    5. Introducing Adobe Kuler
      5m 4s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting color and tone in a sunset portrait
      4m 23s
    2. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 1: Curves
      4m 7s
    3. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 2: Color Balance
      4m 26s
    4. Jellyfish pt. 1: Adjusting composition and color
      4m 52s
    5. Jellyfish pt. 2: Working with lighting effects and opacity
      4m 19s
    6. Jellyfish pt. 3: Integrating tone, color, and creativity
      6m 3s
    7. Night photography pt. 1: Brightening and contrast
      5m 12s
    8. Night photography pt. 2: Vibrance, hue, and saturation
      5m 29s
    9. Fisherman's rope: Color and Contrast
      3m 55s
    10. Fisherman's floats: Subtle color with curves
      5m 20s
    11. Wind tunnel: Masking using the Color Range command
      4m 14s
    12. Old desert sign: Quick color adjustments
      4m 25s
    13. Old neon sign: Creating impact
      2m 46s
    14. Artist's chalk: Enhancing vivid colors
      4m 9s
    15. Strawberry ice cream: Making subtle color enhancements
      2m 45s
    16. Hallways: Combining images with creative color
      4m 44s
    17. Santa Barbara Harbor: Adding color to grayscale images
      4m 29s
  4. 34m 14s
    1. Deconstructing Hue/Saturation
      3m 36s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation to change color
      2m 31s
    3. Adding accent color
      1m 49s
    4. Changing color with Quick Mask mode and Hue/Saturation
      2m 56s
    5. Replacing color with the Replace Color tool
      2m 49s
    6. Replacing and modifying color
      6m 59s
    7. Changing the color of an old fishing boat
      6m 50s
    8. Enhancing and changing eye color
      4m 30s
    9. Changing makeup color in a fashion portrait
      2m 14s
  5. 22m 6s
    1. Deconstructing color saturation with Levels and Curves
      3m 53s
    2. Adjusting vibrance and saturation
      1m 59s
    3. Using Hue/Saturation
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Selective Color command
      1m 56s
    5. Using Hue/Saturation and Curves to understand relative color
      4m 24s
    6. Increasing color saturation and variety with Lab
      3m 29s
    7. Getting creative with Lab
      3m 7s
  6. 24m 28s
    1. Using Color Balance to cross process
      5m 10s
    2. Using Curves RGB channels to cross process
      2m 22s
    3. Introducing Curves presets
      1m 52s
    4. Using Curves presets to cross process
      2m 52s
    5. Cross processing black-and-white photos
      3m 13s
    6. Integrating cross processing into a creative workflow
      5m 7s
    7. Using plug-ins to create a cross process effect
      3m 52s
  7. 22m 46s
    1. Removing color to create impact
      3m 49s
    2. Creative color reduction using Color Balance, Curves, and masking
      4m 30s
    3. Creative color reduction using Hue/Saturation, Curves, and masking
      6m 32s
    4. Multi-image project: Removing and adding color and creating a layout
      7m 55s
  8. 26m 44s
    1. Adding a sepia tone with Hue/Saturation and Soft Light
      3m 2s
    2. Improving tone and adding subtle sepia effects
      7m 43s
    3. Using Curves to create a sepia tone
      4m 48s
    4. Beach swing pt. 1: Creating a bleached contrast effect
      2m 1s
    5. Beach swing pt. 2: Adding glow
      3m 4s
    6. Beach swing pt. 3: Adding noise and final color and tone adjustments
      3m 21s
    7. Creating a sepia tone quickly with Variations
      1m 19s
    8. Using actions for a quick sepia conversion
      1m 26s
  9. 29m 10s
    1. Model portrait: Creating a muted color and contrast effect
      4m 3s
    2. Autumn leaves portrait: Muted color and tone made simple
      4m 11s
    3. Rock-star style: Putting it all together to create edgy color and tone
      6m 11s
    4. Tower Bridge: Enhancing color and tone
      2m 27s
    5. Concrete wall pt. 1: Adding color
      1m 30s
    6. Concrete wall pt. 2: Finding and installing custom fonts and brushes
      2m 48s
    7. Concrete wall pt. 3: Working with type
      3m 35s
    8. Concrete wall pt. 4: Using custom brushes
      4m 25s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Introducing plug-ins by Nik, onOne, and Alien Skin
    2. Using onOne plug-ins
      3m 43s
    3. Using Alien Skin plug-ins
      2m 48s
    4. Using Nik plug-ins
      2m 45s
    5. Links for the color curious
      2m 59s
  11. 55s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color
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Working with color can be an amazing journey, and in Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color, Brooks Institute of Photography professor Chris Orwig teaches a different way to create great color in photographs. Chris goes beyond the basics by showing how color can have a profound effect on a photograph's impact. He demonstrates adjusting color and tone to make images more vivid, changing colors, working with color saturation, cross processing, and more. The course culminates with real-world projects that utilize the techniques Chris has shown for creating intriguing and beautiful color photographs. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Bringing photos to life with curves and color balance
  • Using subtle color to create impact
  • Showing the effects of vibrance and hue
  • Creating distinction with color, black-and-white, and sepia tones
  • Adding imagination and personality to images
  • Using color and blending modes to add style to photos


Hey welcome! My name is Chris Orwig and I am going to be your host and guide on this training adventure and I am a photographer and I am a teacher. I am on the faculty of the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California where we are right now and it is a beautiful winter morning this morning. There is something amazing to me about color. What we are going to do is talk about how we can work with colors in Photoshop from a photographic perspective. What I mean by that is we are going to talk about how we can work with color in order to create images of impact. Now what exactly are we going to cover in this training title? We are going to cover a wide range of topics, but just to illustrate, have you ever looked at a photograph and said, how do they create those just engaging, compelling, vivid, life-like colors? We are going to deconstruct how you can create vivid colors in your own photographs. We will also talk about how we can saturate our photos and how we can do some advanced saturation techniques. Now that's not all we are going to do.

We are going to go to the other side of the spectrum and take a look at how we can remove color and then perhaps tone our images or add a cross-processing effect. We will also take a look at how we could change colors or for that matter, create maybe an edgy color and tone effect. Now we are going to cover all of this and more and my hope is that throughout this training title that you will pick up a handful of tips and tricks, a lot of information, yet even more. That you will be inspired, that you will pick up a ton of inspiration for how you can work with color and how you can make your photographs come to life by understanding how color works and by understanding how you can work with color in order to create more compelling photographs.

All right, well, we have a ton of ground to cover, so without further delay, let's begin.

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