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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.
In this next segment, I want to share with you just a few more strategies which will help you to be more successful as you seek to learn how to work effectively with Photoshop. The first one is that if you're ever trying to memorize something, what you want to do is memorize right to left. What I mean by this is we all know about left brain and right brain functionality. Left brain, well, it's more analytic. The right brain, it's more creative. So what we need to do is think about how we can get creative when we're trying to memorize something which is complex.
This happens all the time. For example, let's say my young daughters, when they needed to learn their ABCs-- which really are a complex sequence of letters--they didn't think about this analytically. Rather, we simply taught them the ABC song. They sang the song and they learned something that was really complex. And so we need to apply this same kind of creative approach to learning things in Photoshop. Let me give you an example. Here, we have two icons: Photoshop and Bridge. You'll soon discover that you're going to be jumping back and forth between Photoshop and Bridge quite a bit.
Well, here I have this photograph of this guy leaping over to the other application, and if we have a little bit of fun with this and memorize this shortcut this way: to jump the Bridge, well, the shortcut on a Mac is Option+Command+O, Windows that's Alt+Ctrl+O. Once we're in Bridge, to jump back Option+Command+O. And again, just by being a little bit silly or having some fun, there's a chance that this shortcut, well, it's going to stick. So as you seek to learn things, try to be a little bit creative with this overall process. Have some fun. Say things out loud.
The next few things that I want to share with you come from my experience of teaching. One of the things that I've discovered is that those students who share what they know, well, they learn so much more. So as you learn something new in this course, be sure to share it with someone else. Another thing that I've noticed is that those who realize that the more technical you become, the higher the impact, well, they go so much further. If you really want to take your skills to the next level or if you want to create compelling and engaging and alive photographs, well, you have to get technical.
But you're not getting technical just for technique's sake. Rather, it's all about trying to create more impact. Another thing that's essential is having some fun and playing. In other words, it's okay to make mistakes. That's the whole point. I hope you make a lot of mistakes in this course. Play and tinker, and by doing that, you'll learn much more. Lastly, one of the things that you want to do is come to this course anticipating surprise. It was Martin Buber who once said, "All journeys have secret destinations of which the travelers are unaware." I walked out into the parking lot one day after a rainy day, and I saw this little oil spill on the ground. And even in an ugly parking lot there was beauty.
I was surprised. Another day I was on a beach focusing in on the waves, and I look down and I was surprised by the rocks beneath my feet. Or perhaps you've been on a vacation and looked up and looked at one of those umbrellas and the pattern and colors, they caught your eye. In other words, in order to be good at photography--and I think to be good at Photoshop and to really learn this tool-- you need to be prepared to be surprised. You never know what you're going to encounter, and you never know what you're about to discover. All right! Well, as you can see, I'm really excited about this, and I'm excited that you're joining me on this training adventure.
So without further delay, let the adventure begin.
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