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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Throughout this training you are going to learn content that's going to help you be more creative and help you create things that you would have previously thought were unimaginable. As a result, you would want to memorize a lot of this information. Now, if you talk to any memory expert, they always say, what you have to do is learn left brain stuff with right brain technique. Let me explain. So here we have the left and right brain function. The left brain is basically analytic, logic, language, science, and math. The right brain, that's all the fun stuff: creativity, art, and music. Well, how then can we learn left brain stuff with right brain techniques? Well, here is the deal. My daughter Annika learned her ABCs, left brain information, at a real young age with the ABC song and she could sing that song at such an early age. It was absolutely amazing.
Now, if there wasn't an ABC song, would she have learned her ABCs as thoroughly or as quickly or as well? Probably not so, one of the things that you need to do is think about that. Okay, how can I learn all this technical stuff with some creative techniques? As you go through the training, we are going to try to have a little bit of fun with that. So here you can see I have the icon for Photoshop and I have the icon for Bridge. One of the shortcuts that we are going to learn or one of the techniques is how we can jump back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge; I'm going to do that pretty frequently. So here I have the skydiver, and the shortcut for the skydiver to jump back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge is Option+Command+O on a Mac/Alt+Ctrl+O on a PC.
So let's have a little bit of fun with this. Let's say that we zoom out for a second; we have our little skydiver there, we can say Option+Command+O. Yeehoo! There he goes and he jumps over to the other guy. Now, that's a little goofy, that's a little fun. Yet I'm hoping that by being a little goofy, by being a little right brained, it may even help you memorize that shortcut. So that when you jump to Bridge the first time, maybe you even hoot and say, Yahoo! Option+Command+O. Or if you are on a PC you say Alt+Ctrl+O, yahoo! And you do that. Once you have that kind of fun or that right brain creativity in the mix, you will definitely and firmly and securely learn that shortcut, which is really technical and really is about efficiency.
Again, so as we work through this training, try to come up with some of your own fun techniques that will help you learn more of the content that we are going through, so that you can ultimately again create some amazing photographs.
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