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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.
The new Adjustments panel inside of Photoshop CS4 will probably have the biggest impact on your overall workflow. So before we actually begin to work with the Adjustments panel, I want to take a look at this particular slide here titled adjustments.jpg. I'll go ahead and double-click that to open it up inside a Photoshop and then I'll double-click the Zoom tool to take this to 100%. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now we have our Adjustments panel over here. It is kind of hard to make sense of the Adjustments panel with all of the rest of the interface. So let's press Tab to get rid of everything and then F to go to Full Screen View mode, so we can really focus in on the adjustments that we can make with this panel.
Now down at the bottom you will notice that I have a screen grab of the panel. Now the way that you want to start to think about this is that topmost group of adjustments have to do with Tonality. The middle group has do with color and then the bottom group has to do with some different specialty type of adjustments like Invert or Posterize or Threshold. So let's deconstruct these further, because you are going need to become really familiar with this different icons so that you can access the Adjustments tools that you want to use at any particular time. All right, well start up with Tonality. Well, here we have the different tonal adjustments. We can adjust Brightness and Contrast. Levels, we will be talking about that in the next chapter, then the chapter after that we will focus on Curves. We also have the ability to modify Exposure.
Now in the next group Color, we can control Vibrance or Saturation. We can also control overall Hue and Saturation, Color Balance, Black & White conversions, adding Photo Filters or mixing channels and then in the final set we have the specialty adjustments. That's what I'm calling them. Where we can invert our image or posterize or threshold or add a gradient map or modify selective colors. So one of the things that I think you should probably do is open up this slide or take a screen grab of this slide and then print it out and have it next to you at your computer while you are beginning to work with the Adjustments panel. Because at first glance these icons will be a little bit unfamiliar, but then as you begin to work with them they will become more and more familiar.
If nothing else, at least you now know that the top adjustments have to do with Tone, middle have to do with Color and then the bottom adjustments you will be using less frequently, because they allow you to make some specialized adjustments. All right, well now that we have deconstructed the Adjustments panel, let's go ahead and begin to work with it. We will start off by looking at how we can make some brightness and contrast adjustments to our images.
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