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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Next, I want to briefly review our different Screen modes and also talk about how we can change the work area behind the image and then take a look at how we can work with panels. Now as I've mentioned, we've already highlighted how we can work with Screen modes, but I just want to point that out here again. If you go to your View pulldown menu and select Screen mode, you can choose the different Screen modes. You can see those here. You can always just click on one of these options, or you can press the F key in order to move forward through these different Screen modes. Now in each of the different Screen modes, you can hover over the area behind the image, then you can right-click or Ctrl-click. Here, you can change this background color.
You can see it's now really dark or you can make this nice and bright. You want to choose the option which you think will work well with your own workflow and also which kind of matches the work area that you're in. Well, another thing that we need to know how to do is how to work with all of these different panels in our workspaces. We can choose our workspaces by going to Window > Workspace, and we have some options here, or we can choose these from this pulldown menu. As I mentioned previously, we are going to be using this Photography Workspace.
Let's take a look at how we can customize it and also how we can work with the different panels. Some of the panels, like these here, are collapsed to icons. We can open those up by clicking on this double arrow icon so that we can now see all of the details of these panels. Now the advantage of doing this is that we can obviously see the details. The disadvantage is that we lost a lot of screen real estate. So to go back to collapsing these, you can just click on this icon here and then you can just click on one of these panels at a time in order to open it up.
Now if ever you kind of forget what one of these icons are, what you can always do is go to your Window pulldown menu. Let's say you need to change the way the typography appears. You could choose Character. It would then trigger or open up that panel. So you can access these panels either by clicking on their icons or by going to the Window pulldown menu. Okay to close a panel, just click on the icon. Well, what about these panels over here? Let's say we want to collapse those. Well, once again, we have this double-arrow icon, you can click that, and it will then collapse those.
So if you want to work with layers, you just click on the icon for layers. One of the things that people like to do if you use this Icon mode is to change your preference which auto closes or auto collapses these panels so that they're not as distracting or not hovering over our image. To do that, navigate to your Preferences and go to the Interface tab. In the Interface tab, we have an option for Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. If you click that on and then click OK to apply that, what will happen is that when you open up a panel, you'll see it, you can work with it, but then when you click off of it, it will automatically collapse.
In that way, you don't always have to double-click that icon to open and close, rather it's just really as simple as clicking on something and then clicking off of it so that it auto collapses. Again, you'll want to choose that preference that fits your own workflow. What I find is that Auto-Collapse is kind of handy because it allows you to have one of these panels open. For most of us, we'll have this view where we view all the details in these, and then in the less important panels we'll just go ahead and click to open them, perhaps work with them. And then to close, we can just click off.
So I recommend that you turn that preference on, but of course, make the choice which fits your own workflow. Another thing that I want to highlight is how we can work with these different panel groups. Let me show you what I mean. One of the panels that we have allows us to make adjustments. If we click on one of these adjustment icons, say Brightness/Contrast, it will open up our Properties panel. Well, some people may prefer to have this Properties panel located right next to the Adjustments panel as it was in the previous versions of Photoshop. Well, to change where this shows up, what you can do is click on the panel tab.
You can then drag and drop this into another panel group. Here, you can see it's now part of this panel group. In order to open up Adjustments now, if I click on one of these adjustment layers, it will then create that adjustment and then just jump to this particular panel group. Now here in this situation, I would obviously need to click on this dividing line and in order to open up more space for this Properties panel. We can make a lot of different adjustments as well. One of the things that you can do is you can go ahead and collapse panels. Let's say that you're not really going to use these Type panels here, the Type, Character, or the Paragraph panels.
Well, to close this entire group, you can click on this icon in the far right-hand corner. This will give you access to different controls in the panel, but it also allows you to close this or to close the entire tab group. I'm going to select that. You can see those two icons are now completely gone. Well, after you've customized things a little bit, you may decide that you want to go back to the default settings of this workspace. Maybe you've messed things up a bit too much. Well, to do that, just go to your pulldown menu here.
We'll go ahead and select Reset Photography. That will reset everything back to its default setting so that you can now see that we have when we create our adjustments, this Properties panel located over here. All right! Well, now that we have looked at how we can work with our panels, let's go ahead and dig into how we can start to work with our documents and how we can work with multiple documents at once. And let's do that in the next movie.
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