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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.
At times life can be pretty cluttered, it can be pretty complicated, and that's one of the reasons why I love getting out in the great outdoors. I love getting out to locations like this, where I took this photograph. It's just so simple, it's so refreshing, and so absolutely beautiful and sometimes learning Photoshop can become pretty complicated. There is so much to learn. Well, how can we make this process simpler? Well, here we have this photograph of my office. You will notice that yes, that is a VW bug hood on my wall. Now, one of the reasons is that I think that VW bug hood looks kind of interesting is because it's just one car part. If I had tons of car parts in my office and it was cluttered and crammed with greasy car parts, it wouldn't be very interesting.
But that blue hood on that white wall is kind of interesting, and somehow by isolating something, by removing it from the rest of the clutter, and displaying it in a unique way, it stands out, it helps me focus in on that. That's what we need to do in regards to Photoshop and in regards to learning all the tips and tricks and techniques that we will be learning throughout this training. All right. Well, here we have another quick snapshot of some trash. These are the back of some Polaroids from a photo shoot of a pro surfer. Now, I took this out of the trashcan and I displayed them on my wall, and all of a sudden they become kind of interesting.
So again, we need to figure out how we can bring some simplicity to the complexity of learning Photoshop. All right. Well, what does that exactly look like? Well, one of the things that we need to do is figure out how we can simplify the keyboard. We are going to learn a ton of keyboard shortcuts. Here I have a photograph of an old keyboard that I took apart and I set on my office floor just for the fun of it. Now, one of the keyboard shortcuts that we are going to learn about is the Bracket key. Now, the Bracket key modifies the Brush tool. Well, how am I going to actually remember that? Well, let's dig in a little bit deeper. Well, the Left Bracket key makes my Brush tool smaller. Well, things are still a little bit convoluted; I can't really focus in on that shortcut. Well, let's simplify this even further.
Well, now, I can get this, Brush tool, Bracket key. Well, if I go ahead and select the Brush tool and then press the Bracket key, I notice the brush size gets smaller. Well, then curiosity makes me think, well, what about if I press the Right Bracket key? Okay, so Left and Right Bracket keys change the brush size. Now, because I have isolated the shortcut onto the screen, I'm guessing that you are going to remember this one. You are going to remember it probably forever, because I simplified the process of learning this shortcut. So as we pick up new tips and techniques and shortcuts throughout this training, one of the things that you need to do is figure out how you can take all of these information and make it a little bit simpler.
One of the things that you may want to do is take notes in some unique ways, and we will talk about that in the next movie. Yet before we get there I want to share with you one more shortcut. This is brand new to Photoshop CS4, and here it is another shortcut for changing your brush size. On a PC, if you Alt+Right mouse click, so if you press the right mouse button and then drag, you can change your brush size. on a Mac/that's Ctrl+Option+Drag. So let's take a look at what that actually looks like. So I'll go ahead and grab my brush now. Here you can see the brush there. If I hold down Ctrl+Option, because I'm on a Mac/ and click and drag, we can see that I'm changing that brush size on the fly. You can also see that I can change it really quickly.
Now, that red highlight, that's just a preference, that's showing me how big that brush is, it won't actually paint that red, yet it will help me quickly change the size of my brush. So we have learned a couple of interesting shortcuts. We have learned the Bracket keys change the brush size; we also learned this dragging shortcut key in order to change the brush size. All right. Well, now that I have set out this case for focusing in on how we can simplify how we learn Photoshop, one of the things that's really important is how we actually take notes on what we are learning, and we will talk about that in the next movie.
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