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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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When you first bring in photos from a camera, it's a good idea to go through them all and see which ones you like the best, which you are your picks and which ones you are going to work on in Photoshop. Bridge has a star rating and a labeling system that you can use for that purpose. Combine that with its special Review Mode feature and you have a really manageable way to deal with lots of digital photos. Let's see how it works. First, I am going to go to the Label menu at the top of the screen in Bridge to show you the star rating system. It's really simple. The choices are: no rating at all, a Reject rating, and a choice of five different stars.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
7h 55m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Jan Kabili

Reviewing images

When you first bring in photos from a camera, it's a good idea to go through them all and see which ones you like the best, which you are your picks and which ones you are going to work on in Photoshop. Bridge has a star rating and a labeling system that you can use for that purpose. Combine that with its special Review Mode feature and you have a really manageable way to deal with lots of digital photos. Let's see how it works. First, I am going to go to the Label menu at the top of the screen in Bridge to show you the star rating system. It's really simple. The choices are: no rating at all, a Reject rating, and a choice of five different stars.

I like to keep my rating system really simple. Everything gets five stars, no rating at all, or completely rejected. In addition to stars, you could attach labels to photos. So sometimes although I am not sure about the star rating, I know that I want to go back and review a photo again, and so I will attach a label that says Review. I can go in and change what these labels mean too. So to do that, I can go to Adobe Bridge > Preferences > Labels and just type in something other than these defaults.

So I might have one that says Correction, because I know it needs some photo correction done to it, and say OK. Now let me show you Review Mode where you can go to efficiently review and add stars and labels to individual photos. I am going to scroll up in my Content panel over here till I find these photos of flowers. These are actually scans that I took on my flatbed scanner, using the scanner as a camera, a neat trick.

I have selected the first of those photos and then I am holding down the Shift key and selecting the last, and that selects all in between. As long as I have selected more than five photos, when I go into Review Mode, I'll be able to see them in a carousel display. Let me show you what I mean. I am going to go to the Refine menu, which is right here, and from that menu I am going to choose Review Mode and that opens this carousel of my photos. The arrows at the bottom left will cycle me through these photos so that I can look at them one at a time.

As I am looking at them, I can decide what stars and what labels I am going to give them. The easiest way to apply stars is by using the keyboard shortcuts, Command+1 through Command+5. That's Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+5 on a PC. So I might give this photo five stars by pressing Command+5. Move on to the next by clicking this arrow. I will give this one five stars as well. Click the arrow again. This one I am not going to give any stars, and so on.

This one I might reject. In order to reject, I am going to press the Delete or Backspace key. And it says Reject in red letters down there. I also can drop photos out of the review process by clicking this down facing arrow. This does not delete them from the computer in any way. It just takes them out of the carousel. I like this one so I will give this five stars as well. I will drop this one out. I'll drop this one out. Then this one I want to review again so I am going to press Command+9, which is the shortcut for the review label that I have showed you a little while ago.

I will drop this reject out as well. Now that we have less than five photos left, they no longer appear in a carousel. Instead I can see and compare them all right here. In this view I can zoom in to look at them with a loupe. To apply a loupe to any one of the photos, I will just click in the photo and the loupe shows me a magnified view. I can add a loupe to this photo too, and I can move the loupes around by clicking on their points and dragging.

If I want to move multiple loupes together, I can hold the Command key, that's the Ctrl key on the PC, as I drag so that I can compare similar areas of the various photographs. This is a great way to see how sharp your photos are or whether there's a lot of noise in the shadow areas of photos. To dismiss one of these loupes, I just click the X or if I want to dismiss them all, I hold the Command key that's the Ctrl key on a PC and click that X. To get out of Review Mode, I click the X at the bottom right of the screen.

So that's how you can use Bridge's star rating system, its labeling system, and Review Mode to take a first cut at your photos, identifying those that you like the best, those that aren't worth pursuing, and those that you may want to work on later in Photoshop.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.


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Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.) 
 


In Illustrator, select File > Open, and select the PSD file. In Photoshop Import dialog box, select Convert Layers to Objects.

Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes.  But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you  before saving it as JPEG.
 
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