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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Effects

with Chris Orwig

Video: Welcome

Demonstrates how to enhance images through adding light, adding drop and directional shadows, and using motion blur and film grain.
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 52m 47s
    1. San Francisco Bay Bridge: Illumination
      7m 49s
    2. Road bike pt. 1: Adding light
      5m 46s
    3. Road bike pt. 2: Adding drama
      7m 33s
    4. Creative tip 1: Being creative in your current context
      1m 25s
    5. Seattle: Adding light for emphasis
      6m 53s
    6. San Francisco sign pt. 1: Adding copy
      5m 17s
    7. San Francisco sign pt. 2: Adding lights
      8m 1s
    8. Adding light to enhance exposure
      3m 1s
    9. Correcting a backlit subject
      7m 2s
  3. 41m 40s
    1. Selecting an object and creating a drop shadow
      3m 55s
    2. Creating and modifying directional shadows
      5m 40s
    3. Adding point-of-contact shadows and creative color
      6m 28s
    4. Removing a subject from a white background
      4m 31s
    5. Adding a directional shadow
      7m 39s
    6. Rotating a subject and shadow
      3m 58s
    7. Rotating and creating a pattern
      9m 29s
  4. 20m 49s
    1. Adding radial motion blur
      4m 22s
    2. Panning motion blur
      7m 56s
    3. Adding extreme motion blur
      8m 31s
  5. 22m 23s
    1. Adding grain with the Noise filter
      3m 33s
    2. Adding grain with the Film Grain filter
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Exposure 2 plug-in
      3m 36s
    4. Using the Nik Color Efex plug-in
      5m 53s
    5. Applying infrared and grain with Exposure 2
      5m 47s
  6. 21m 49s
    1. Creating a distressed effect
      9m 47s
    2. Creating aged style and color
      5m 30s
    3. Using texture and blending
      6m 32s
  7. 36m 58s
    1. Creating a soft-focus effect
      4m 58s
    2. Simulating diffused printing with soft focus
      2m 58s
    3. Applying soft focus and channel blur
      1m 43s
    4. Applying creative color and diffusion
      4m 31s
    5. Creative tip 2: Taking creative risks
      2m 2s
    6. Introducing infrared
      2m 58s
    7. Applying infrared tone and glow
      4m 46s
    8. Applying infrared tone, infrared glow, and creative color
      5m 38s
    9. Introducing solarization
      4m 45s
    10. Applying solarization and color
      2m 39s
  8. 16m 24s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Blur effect
      4m 37s
    2. The Lens Blur effect in action
      4m 31s
    3. Lens blur and masking
      3m 55s
    4. Applying lens blur to portraits
      3m 21s
  9. 7m 46s
    1. Adding graffiti to a single plane
      4m 32s
    2. Adding reflections to multiple planes
      3m 14s
  10. 45m 12s
    1. Wisdom pt. 1: Layer blending
      4m 32s
    2. Wisdom pt. 2: Working with type
      3m 5s
    3. Memories: Applying shortcut keys for layer blending
      4m 36s
    4. Daydreaming: Exploring more blend modes
      3m 5s
    5. Infinite: Layer blending with color and texture
      2m 11s
    6. Flamenco: Creative workflow and layer blending
      5m 57s
    7. Blending layers to enhance a portrait
      4m 12s
    8. Blending a photo onto a vintage TV set
      6m 22s
    9. Blending with type layers
      6m 27s
    10. Combining vertical images into a horizontal layout
      4m 45s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Combining depths of field
      6m 1s
    2. Adding a new sky to an image
      7m 56s
    3. Combining foreground and sky
      7m 57s
    4. Creative tip 3: Transcending your genre
      1m 44s
    5. Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 9s
    6. Applying Photomerge to create a panoramic photo
      3m 21s
    7. Using Auto-Blend layers to extend depth of field
      3m 20s
  12. 13m 25s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      4m 37s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping to correct edges
      1m 32s
    4. Using the amazing Content-Aware Scaling
      4m 13s
  13. 12m 55s
    1. Combining interior and exterior exposures
      6m 35s
    2. Aligning multiple exposures
      1m 24s
    3. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 56s
  14. 12m 59s
    1. Websites: Photoshop composite inspiration
      5m 1s
    2. Inspiration pt. 1: Background
      2m 59s
    3. Inspiration pt. 2: Airplane
      2m 30s
    4. Inspiration pt. 3: People and finishing touches
      2m 29s
  15. 23m 58s
    1. Composite project overview
      2m 10s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      2m 38s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      6m 32s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      3m 54s
    6. Final adjustments and image review
      5m 46s
  16. 18m 6s
    1. Building custom frames with a mask
      4m 11s
    2. Using custom brushes to create edge effects
      3m 33s
    3. Using sample frames
      2m 12s
    4. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in
      5m 10s
    5. Applying a prebuilt frame
      3m 0s
  17. 12m 37s
    1. Introduction to Photoshop actions
      1m 31s
    2. Adding texture with actions
      4m 36s
    3. Finding and loading actions
      2m 7s
    4. Using rule-of-thirds actions
      1m 54s
    5. Applying the Puzzle action
      2m 29s
  18. 6m 9s
    1. Simplifying with selections
      2m 15s
    2. Masking and cloning
      3m 54s
  19. 15m 38s
    1. Enhancing muscles
      4m 10s
    2. Adding zoom and modifying color
      3m 33s
    3. Adding more zoom
      3m 34s
    4. Blending with a displacement map
      4m 21s
  20. 44m 15s
    1. Cleaning up the original image
      4m 49s
    2. Removing small details
      7m 1s
    3. Making subtle color and tone enhancements
      4m 33s
    4. Adding motion blur
      3m 26s
    5. Modifying motion blur
      5m 9s
    6. Changing color
      5m 56s
    7. Darkening a background
      5m 3s
    8. Sharpening and creating layer comps
      8m 18s
  21. 5m 30s
    1. Two favorite plug-ins
      1m 18s
    2. Getting creative with plug-ins
      4m 12s
  22. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Effects
Video duration: 0s 7h 50m Intermediate


In Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Effects, Chris Orwig flexes the muscles of this powerful program to create unique and eye-catching photographic effects. A passionate photographer, Chris demonstrates how to enhance images through adding light for emphasis, adding drop and directional shadows, and using motion blur and film grain creatively. He also covers how to add a distressed look to create a vintage-style photograph, use infrared and solarization, apply creative layer blending, and much more. The course culminates with a step-by-step look at some real-world projects that utilize the techniques. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding light and drama
  • Applying graffiti and reflections to surfaces
  • Using lens blur and focus to enhance portraits
  • Masking multiple images and adding elements
  • Combining images with multiple depths of field
  • Applying border and edge effects


Hey, good morning. My name is Chris Orwig and I'm a professional photographer and I'm also on the faculty of the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California where we are right now and it is a beautiful morning. The sun has just risen, the ocean air is crisp, it is a wonderful winter morning. I'm going to be your host and guide on this training adventure and I'm really excited about this one and here is why. What we are going to do is take a look is how we can use Photoshop from a photographic perspective. What that means is we are going to take a look at how we can use Photoshop in order to create more compelling photographs. So what are we actually covering in this training title? We are going to cover a wide range of creative effects but some of the creative effects that we will be covering are how can we add light to our photographs or work with shadows. How can we add bit of film grain in order to create a nostalgic or a vintage effect. We are going to also look at some other traditional photographic effects, like infrared or soft focus. Now one of my favorite things to do in Photoshop is to blend layers together or blend multiple exposures together and at one point in this training title I'm going to provide you with some realistic composite inspiration. That's just going to be really fine.

We are kind of look at how someone can put together a realistic composite in Photoshop and then we are going to build our own realistic composite. We will also spend sometime adding borders or edges around our photographs and then near the end of the training title, we are going to spend some time working on these little mini projects that will illustrate a concept or a theme like simplicity, or speed, or strength. Now throughout the entire training title my hope is this: I hope that it provides you with quite a bit of information, some really good techniques. But even more, I hope that this training title provides you with a ton of inspiration and that's something that I can get passionate about. So for me it is a huge privilege to partner with you in this training venture. So I hope that you enjoy this one and I look forward to working with you. Let the adventure begin!

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