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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.
Hey, welcome to another creative tip. When I was a little kid, I grew up in a pretty creative house. My dad designed and built the house I grew up in and my mom, she was an artist. And so because she was an artist, we did really creative things. And on our summer vacations, she would take us on field trips to factories. While the other kids were slumped over playing computer games, we were going to visit factories. Now you may be thinking, factories? What are you talking about? That is kind of strange. Well it is kind of interesting. I have been to a licorice factory, I have been to a fortune cookie factory, a pasta factory, a jelly bean factory.
But the best factory of all was the Twinkie factory. And keep that in mind I was just a little guy. And when I was a little kid, Twinkies equaled power and respect. Because if I bought a Twinkie with me in my lunch box to school, well, I had power. I could trade that Twinkie for absolutely anything on the playground and that respect for my classmates are like, Wow! He has a Twinkie. Now Twinkies are kind of disgusting engross but that then as a kid they were amazing. Now let me figure out the process, we walked through the factory and we saw how they took ordinary ingredients, they took flour and sugar, more sugar and put it in this big vat and mixed it up and it went to this whole process of being baked and then filled it with cream and then finally we got the sample, warm Twinkies right off the conveyor belt. For my brother and I, that was such a highlight. Yet afterwards we were kind of reflecting on that experience, it was really interesting to think that they started with ordinary ingredients and came out with something extraordinary. And I didn't know then what my mother was doing, but what she was doing was teaching us about creativity.
And the creativity is really taking the ordinary stuff, the ordinary things that you have and somehow blending them in a way in order to come up with incredibly creative results. And creativity really is, taking something ordinary and it becoming extraordinary and that's what we do with blending in Photoshop. We take normal images or images that are somewhat interesting, blend them together with something else so we can come up with something amazing. And so as you begin to work more and more on blending different photographs together, keep in mind that you can use ordinary photographs, they don't have to be something special but somehow use those ordinary photographs in unique way. And you can come up with really creative results. All right, well that wraps up this creative tip. I hope that it was helpful for you and may be even a bit of inspiration. I look forward to catch you in the next one, audios.
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