Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2
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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2

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>>Male Speaker: Okay, here we are in the Preferences dialog window, we'll click the Next button. Here most of the default settings are good. There are a couple that we want to change. We want to go ahead and go to the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility, and change that to Never. By default it's on Always, we want to take that to Never. Pretty much what this will do is it will save a flattened version of your file, and this would be helpful if you're working with someone who had Photoshop 2.5 or previous versions. And that just is kind of silly, there's really no need to do it. Basically it makes your file size bigger, and it doesn't help out in any way, shape, or form, so you want to take that to Never.
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  1. 32m 38s
    1. Welcome
      28s
    2. Opening words
      1m 56s
    3. General tips 1
      2m 5s
    4. General tips 2
      4m 46s
    5. General tips 3
      3m 6s
    6. The interface
      3m 26s
    7. Custom menus and shortcuts
      3m 2s
    8. Photoshop preferences 1
      6m 24s
    9. Photoshop preferences 2
      4m 35s
    10. Color settings
      2m 50s
  2. 24m 33s
    1. Bit depth 101
      6m 42s
    2. Intro to image size
      2m 37s
    3. Image size 1 - resize
      6m 9s
    4. Image size 2 - crop
      5m 5s
    5. Image size 3 - scans
      4m 0s
  3. 16m 55s
    1. Intro to color management
      2m 52s
    2. Hardware considerations
      6m 18s
    3. Monitor calibration
      4m 14s
    4. Color settings
      3m 31s
  4. 48m 46s
    1. Bridge 101
      3m 25s
    2. Bridge preferences 1
      4m 2s
    3. Bridge preferences 2
      3m 40s
    4. Bridge preferences 3
      3m 52s
    5. Using the Bridge 1
      3m 11s
    6. Using the Bridge 2
      2m 29s
    7. Using the Bridge 3
      1m 51s
    8. Using the Bridge 4
      5m 34s
    9. Using the Bridge 5
      4m 5s
    10. Bridge slideshow
      5m 48s
    11. Metadata and collections
      3m 49s
    12. Metadata template
      2m 32s
    13. Batch processing with Image Processor
      4m 28s
  5. 1h 14m
    1. Creative tip: Gear
      3m 7s
    2. Camera RAW 101
      6m 7s
    3. Camera RAW preferences
      3m 20s
    4. Camera RAW workflow 1
      2m 24s
    5. Camera RAW workflow 2
      2m 20s
    6. Camera RAW workflow 3
      4m 44s
    7. Camera RAW workflow 4
      4m 42s
    8. Camera RAW workflow 5
      5m 18s
    9. Camera RAW workflow 6
      6m 30s
    10. Camera RAW workflow 7
      5m 43s
    11. RAW resizing
      2m 50s
    12. DNG overview
      5m 1s
    13. DNG conversion
      2m 54s
    14. Black and white 1
      6m 6s
    15. Black and white 2
      5m 2s
    16. Creative color 1
      3m 47s
    17. Creative color 2
      4m 38s
  6. 28m 1s
    1. Overview
      6m 56s
    2. Linking and groups
      3m 27s
    3. Alignment
      2m 0s
    4. Layer order and Clipping Masks
      5m 37s
    5. Layer style effects
      6m 21s
    6. History
      3m 40s
  7. 35m 23s
    1. Intro to masking
      4m 56s
    2. Using masking
      4m 56s
    3. Masking and color
      5m 46s
    4. Modifying color/tone
      5m 4s
    5. Quick mask and more
      6m 3s
    6. Custom borders 1
      3m 4s
    7. Custom borders 2
      5m 34s
  8. 24m 23s
    1. Creative tip: Kitchen
      2m 44s
    2. Replacing color
      2m 51s
    3. Magic Wand
      4m 20s
    4. More on color
      4m 7s
    5. Intro to paths
      3m 30s
    6. Creating and using paths
      6m 51s
  9. 11m 34s
    1. Understanding levels
      2m 51s
    2. Enhancing with levels 1
      4m 7s
    3. Enhancing with levels 2
      4m 36s
  10. 24m 31s
    1. Demystifying curves
      3m 47s
    2. Getting to know curves
      7m 39s
    3. Enhancing color and tone 1
      4m 52s
    4. Enhancing color and tone 2
      4m 56s
    5. Curves and actions
      3m 17s
  11. 23m 8s
    1. Creative tip: Dead Sea
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding blend modes
      7m 27s
    3. Using blend modes 2
      3m 32s
    4. Using blend modes 1
      3m 0s
    5. Using blend modes 3
      4m 1s
  12. 37m 27s
    1. Removing redeye
      1m 22s
    2. Fixing color with levels/curves 1
      4m 57s
    3. Fixing color with levels/curves 2
      3m 56s
    4. Color correction with a color chart
      3m 8s
    5. Skin by the numbers 1
      4m 9s
    6. Skin by the numbers 2
      3m 0s
    7. Skin by the numbers 3
      4m 20s
    8. Skin by the numbers 4
      1m 35s
    9. Advanced color correction 1
      11m 0s
  13. 30m 25s
    1. Enhancing color 1
      3m 11s
    2. Enhancing color 2
      4m 17s
    3. Enhancing color 3
      5m 11s
    4. Cross-processing with curves 1
      3m 12s
    5. Cross-processing with curves 2
      2m 35s
    6. Advanced saturation with Lab
      3m 58s
    7. Non-destructive burning/dodging 1
      2m 38s
    8. Non-destructive burning/dodging 2
      2m 19s
    9. Non-destructive burning/dodging 3
      3m 4s
  14. 10m 47s
    1. Creative tip: Disney
      2m 39s
    2. Black and white conversion 1
      2m 59s
    3. Black and white conversion 2
      5m 9s
  15. 3h 24m
    1. The art of retouching
      2m 23s
    2. Nature 1
      3m 8s
    3. Nature 2
      4m 16s
    4. Nature 3
      4m 26s
    5. Nature 4
      4m 42s
    6. Restoration 1
      2m 26s
    7. Restoration 2
      2m 58s
    8. Restoration 3
      2m 11s
    9. Restoration 4
      4m 26s
    10. Restoration 5
      4m 30s
    11. People - cleaning up
      5m 5s
    12. People - removing distractions
      3m 55s
    13. Architecture - cleaning up and coloring
      4m 13s
    14. People - skin and flyaways
      5m 4s
    15. People - reducing wrinkles 1
      3m 35s
    16. People - reducing wrinkles 2
      4m 52s
    17. People - whitening teeth 1
      5m 2s
    18. People - whitening teeth 2
      3m 30s
    19. People - enhancing eyes 1
      3m 27s
    20. People - enhancing eyes 2
      3m 1s
    21. People - enhancing eyes 3
      4m 4s
    22. People - enhancing eyes, skin and lips
      6m 46s
    23. People - working with highlights
      3m 41s
    24. People - enhancing eyes and eyelashes
      9m 35s
    25. People - working with light
      4m 6s
    26. People - enhancing eyebrows and lips
      7m 53s
    27. People - enhancing eyes, tone and color
      8m 32s
    28. Fashion retouching 1
      4m 40s
    29. Fashion retouching 2
      2m 40s
    30. Fashion retouching 3
      10m 0s
    31. People - enhancing skin 1
      9m 58s
    32. People - enhancing skin 2
      6m 18s
    33. Fashion retouching workflow 1
      8m 58s
    34. Fashion retouching workflow 2
      4m 25s
    35. Fashion retouching workflow 3
      3m 5s
    36. Fashion retouching workflow 4
      4m 8s
    37. Fashion retouching workflow 5
      3m 10s
    38. Fashion retouching workflow 6
      1m 43s
    39. Fashion retouching workflow 7
      2m 11s
    40. Fashion retouching workflow 8
      7m 10s
    41. Fashion retouching workflow 9
      4m 46s
    42. Fashion retouching workflow 10
      4m 5s
    43. Fashion retouching workflow 11
      3m 41s
    44. Retouching tips
      1m 55s
  16. 28m 48s
    1. Understanding shadow/highlights
      1m 51s
    2. Using shadow/highlights 1
      3m 7s
    3. Using shadow/highlights 2
      5m 5s
    4. Multiple exposures in the wild
      7m 25s
    5. Multiple exposures in architecture 1
      1m 21s
    6. Multiple exposures in architecture 2
      2m 55s
    7. Multiple exposures in architecture 3
      4m 9s
    8. Multiple exposures in architecture 4
      2m 55s
  17. 10m 35s
    1. Creative tip: Inspiration
      4m 53s
    2. Lens Correction filter - architecture
      4m 20s
    3. Lens Correction filter - people
      1m 22s
  18. 12m 48s
    1. Dust removal 1
      5m 11s
    2. Dust removal 2
      3m 34s
    3. Dust removal 3
      4m 3s
  19. 10m 29s
    1. Noise Reduction filter
      5m 2s
    2. Surface Blur and Noise Reduction filters
      5m 27s
  20. 12m 3s
    1. Creative tip: Creative People
      1m 21s
    2. Deconstructing the Lens Blur
      6m 45s
    3. The Lens Blur in action
      3m 57s
  21. 1h 22m
    1. Warming filter
      2m 34s
    2. Coloring with curves
      2m 9s
    3. Coloring with curves, color balance and hue/saturation
      2m 5s
    4. Edgy color and tone 1
      4m 48s
    5. Edgy color and tone 2
      6m 18s
    6. Creative toning
      5m 18s
    7. Camera RAW color creativity 1
      3m 30s
    8. Camera RAW color creativity 2
      3m 47s
    9. Deconstructing the creative process
      7m 57s
    10. Illumination 1
      1m 58s
    11. Illumination 2
      2m 4s
    12. Illumination 3
      2m 34s
    13. Illumination 4
      3m 46s
    14. Fun with Motion Blur
      2m 34s
    15. Motion Blur - spinning and zooming
      4m 37s
    16. Motion Blur and masking
      4m 44s
    17. Creative perspective 1 - Annika
      4m 58s
    18. Creative perspective 2 - Baja beach
      4m 9s
    19. Creative perspective 3 - Baja boats
      4m 40s
    20. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 1
      4m 28s
    21. Creative style with Nik Color Effects 2
      3m 56s
  22. 29m 17s
    1. Understanding Unsharp Mask
      3m 4s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      3m 56s
    3. High pass sharpening
      3m 29s
    4. New - Smart Sharpen
      4m 34s
    5. Smart Sharpen in action
      5m 34s
    6. Smart Sharpen in action 2
      2m 29s
    7. Nik Sharpener Pro
      6m 11s
  23. 15m 36s
    1. Creative tip: Reading
      3m 29s
    2. Creating a panorama 1
      2m 27s
    3. Creating a panorama 2 - Alaska
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a panorama 3 - Alaska 2
      4m 30s
  24. 28m 0s
    1. Saving Web images 1
      5m 28s
    2. Saving Web images 2
      1m 29s
    3. Creating a PDF
      3m 32s
    4. Creating a Picture Package
      1m 54s
    5. Creating a Web gallery
      2m 43s
    6. Creating promo cards 1
      4m 16s
    7. Creating promo cards 2
      7m 6s
    8. Creating promo cards 3
      1m 32s
  25. 11m 53s
    1. Photoshop tools - ordering prints
      2m 54s
    2. Printing resources
      2m 43s
    3. Printing
      6m 16s
  26. 1m 13s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 13s

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Watch the Online Video Course Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2
14h 33m Beginner Mar 21, 2006

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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 is a video-based tutorial designed for professional photographers and enthusiasts who want to get professional results. Chris Orwig, a professional photographer and instructor at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, shares the secrets and techniques that he uses to enhance his own photography in Photoshop. The training follows a photographer's digital workflow, starting with essential color management decisions and organizing images with Adobe Bridge. Chris moves on to cover processing Camera Raw files, enhancing tone and color, and correcting imperfections. He then demonstrates how to prepare the images for output and client reviews. Chris shares examples of his work as exercise files that accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

Topics include:
  • Photoshop from a photographer's perspective Essential color management decisions Managing and tagging your images with Adobe Bridge Controlling and automating the digital process with Camera Raw Professional tone and color correction Compositing multiple exposures for increased dynamic range Removing dust, scratches, and noise Selective sharpening and blurring techniques Adding creative color and lighting effects Shooting for and combining images into a panorama Techniques for sharing and reviewing images
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Photoshop preferences 2

>>Male Speaker: Okay, here we are in the Preferences dialog window, we'll click the Next button. Here most of the default settings are good. There are a couple that we want to change. We want to go ahead and go to the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility, and change that to Never. By default it's on Always, we want to take that to Never. Pretty much what this will do is it will save a flattened version of your file, and this would be helpful if you're working with someone who had Photoshop 2.5 or previous versions. And that just is kind of silly, there's really no need to do it. Basically it makes your file size bigger, and it doesn't help out in any way, shape, or form, so you want to take that to Never.

Another thing that I like to take up is Recent File Lists. I like to take this up to a high number, maybe 10, 20, or 30. And what this will do is give you in your File menu; it will show you the files that you recently opened. Sometimes it's a real quick way to jump to those files and it helps out quite a bit. Clicking the Next button, Cursors. There is a new option here; we have this full brush size tip. And what this tip is, as you can see it has jagged edges. I'm going to show you that, clicking OK. Going to my Brush tool, and then I'm going to make a bigger brush size here real quick.

And you'll notice that the brush now has this rough edge. And what this is going to show me if I go ahead and paint, is that if I click with the soft brush and then keep clicking, eventually the brush's reach is going to hit that outer edge of the circle. Now that's not very effective to me, because when I use a soft edge brush I paint like this, or actually with a Wacom tablet, so I don't need to know where it goes to because my brush doesn't actually go all the way to the edge. So my preference, in regards to the brush size, is to go to the normal brush tip, clicking OK now, and then go ahead and clicking.

And I know it's going to expand a little bit beyond that, and yes, if I were to hold down, and hold down and keep clicking, it would expand much more than that. But that's not distracting to me. I don't find that problematic. So I go ahead and turn that off. But you may want to experiment with that and see if you want to use that feature. Okay, going ahead and clicking the Next button, Transparency and Gamut, those default settings are great. That's how the transparency will be displayed if there are transparent pixels. Clicking Next, Units and Rulers, again all of the presets here are pretty good to go. Guides, Grid, and Slices, those are good to go, and then Plug Ins and Scratch Disks, we want to modify something here.

For the Scratch Disk, you want this to be on a disk other than a disk where the application is installed. So in this case, I'm running Photoshop off of the Macintosh hard drive A, so I'm going to select Macintosh hard drive B, and that will help Photoshop run quite a bit faster. Clicking the Next button, the Cache Settings, it's really critical that you take these up. Cache Levels, I like to take this up to 5, 6, or 7, and then RAM, to take that up to a percentage of about 70, 75 percent. Now this is going to depend on the way that you use Photoshop.

I have one colleague that when he works in Photoshop that is the only application he has open. In that case he takes his percentage up to 95 percent. That's a little bit extreme. I tend to have four or five applications open, my email program, maybe Microsoft Word, a Web browser, ITunes, so I take this down a little bit. One hardware consideration is, that if you're buying a computer, the one extra you want to invest in is RAM. It's one of the most important things. RAM is Random Access Memory, and it will really help Photoshop run a ton quicker by increasing your amount of RAM.

But even without making the investment in more RAM, you want to take those Cache levels up and then increase the amount of RAM that you're dedicating to Photoshop, and it will really speed things up. Clicking the Next button to Type. There is a new, added preference here, which I really like, Font Preview Size. You're going to go ahead and click OK. You're going to choose the Type tool. And when I choose the Type tool, I can navigate up to the Options bar. And new in CS2 are type previews; in this case they're set to small. But now finally, I can see which font I'm selecting and what that font will probably look like.

Although that is a little bit small, I'm going to take this up. So I'm going to go back to the Photoshop > Preferences > General, or Command+K or Control+K, go down to the Type. And there I'm going to take my Font Preview Size to Large, this is a great addition to CS2. Go ahead and click OK and now grab your Type tool, and navigate to the Options bar, and you'll notice that you now have large previews of the fonts. There are a few people that I've talked to that actually don't like this because they have their fonts memorized.

I don't have fonts memorized and I'm always adding fonts and changing fonts, so I find it to be a really helpful feature in CS2. Well that takes us through our Preferences. The next step is to look at our Color settings, and we'll do that in the next movie.

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