Photoshop CS4: Color Correction

Saving time with keyboard shortcuts


Photoshop CS4: Color Correction

with Taz Tally

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Video: Saving time with keyboard shortcuts

I am going to be teaching you a lot of skills in Photoshop. One of those skill sets I'd really like you to learn is how to work fast. Watch this. So, how did you like that? Would you like to be able to work that fast? Well if you would, first of all, you are going to have to quit mousing around and you are going to have to start working from your keyboard.
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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 58m 30s
    1. Setting color workflow preferences
      6m 39s
    2. Managing your memory for optimization
      6m 39s
    3. Assigning color settings
      5m 57s
    4. Understanding color tools
      8m 3s
    5. Accessing color correction tools with the keyboard
      6m 33s
    6. Customizing the color workspace
      6m 21s
    7. Mastering rules of engagement and keyboard shortcuts
      6m 2s
    8. Navigating around images
      7m 43s
    9. Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
      4m 33s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Understanding the Bridge interface
      6m 19s
    2. Using batch rename
      3m 46s
    3. Adding copyrights and other metadata
      4m 40s
    4. Adding shortcuts to Bridge favorites
      2m 27s
    5. Customizing Bridge preferences
      3m 37s
    6. Navigating files and accessing metadata
      4m 1s
    7. Sorting and labeling images
      3m 54s
  4. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding pixel brick building blocks
      6m 44s
    2. No such thing as color
      5m 2s
    3. Building block channels
      3m 24s
    4. Understanding bit depth and grayscale
      9m 30s
    5. Understanding bit depth and color
      6m 47s
    6. Measuring RGB
      7m 29s
    7. Measuring CMYK
      6m 10s
    8. Exploring LAB
      2m 14s
    9. RGB vs. CMYK corrections
      5m 26s
    10. Understanding the Histogram's display of color
      7m 10s
    11. Understanding neutralization
      8m 54s
  5. 36m 25s
    1. Making visual evaluations and judgments
      10m 1s
    2. Understanding histograms
      7m 23s
    3. Going into details with histograms
      4m 47s
    4. Using numeric evaluation for highlights and neutrals
      7m 35s
    5. Using numeric evaluation for skin tones and complex images
      6m 39s
  6. 21m 35s
    1. Adjusting dimensions, resolution, and modes
      9m 22s
    2. Straightening your image
      3m 4s
    3. Cropping your image
      3m 40s
    4. Finding and evaluating patterns: noise, posterization, and screens
      5m 29s
  7. 48m 57s
    1. Using master channel histograms
      7m 18s
    2. Using individual channel histograms
      5m 9s
    3. Highlights with info and color sampler
      7m 16s
    4. Identifying and correcting shadows
      3m 53s
    5. Finding and using neutrals
      8m 42s
    6. Evaluating and correcting skin tones
      9m 1s
    7. Controlling brightness, contrast, and saturation
      7m 38s
  8. 33m 19s
    1. Presetting white balance
      1m 11s
    2. Customizing white balance
      3m 45s
    3. Target-based correction
      4m 23s
    4. Sharpening in RGB
      12m 37s
    5. Sharpening in LAB
      5m 4s
    6. Understanding white balance
      6m 19s
  9. 13m 28s
    1. Working through color correction
      13m 28s
  10. 20m 15s
    1. Introducing target-based corrections
      3m 1s
    2. Applying two-step target-based corrections
      5m 46s
    3. Applying multi-step target-based corrections
      7m 50s
    4. Saving Curves settings
      3m 38s
  11. 1h 26m
    1. Adding keyboard shortcuts
      2m 38s
    2. Histogram correction
      3m 51s
    3. Channel adjustments
      3m 18s
    4. Skin tones: Black-and-white clipping points
      4m 23s
    5. Skin tones: Cast shadows
      4m 19s
    6. Skin tones: Babies
      4m 45s
    7. Neutrals and potential neutrals
      4m 54s
    8. Clouds, snow, ice, and land
      7m 38s
    9. Flat images
      9m 10s
    10. Underwater images
      4m 23s
    11. Sacrifices
      8m 43s
    12. Image within image: Snow and sky
      9m 1s
    13. Image within image: Sunrise and mountains
      2m 54s
    14. Weird color casts
      5m 36s
    15. Review
      11m 8s
  12. 26s
    1. Goodbye

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6h 58m Intermediate Aug 05, 2009

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In Photoshop CS4: Color Correction, digital imaging expert Taz Tally explains how to quickly evaluate whether an image needs a color correction or adjustment. He explains the fundamentals of color images and demonstrates how to set color workflow preferences. Designers, production staff, and photographers will discover quick and accurate evaluation and correction techniques to speed up their workflow in the fast-paced production environment. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Fundamentals of digital color: Understanding bit depth, channels, resolution, grey scale and color
  • Exploring the difference between color correction and image adjustment
  • Choosing and using the best tools for color correction
  • Exploring RGB vs. CMYK corrections
  • Evaluating the histogram’s display of color
  • Using Adjustment layers to affect editable corrections
  • Saving time using keyboard shortcuts
  • Preparing color images for output on various devices
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Taz Tally

Saving time with keyboard shortcuts

I am going to be teaching you a lot of skills in Photoshop. One of those skill sets I'd really like you to learn is how to work fast. Watch this. So, how did you like that? Would you like to be able to work that fast? Well if you would, first of all, you are going to have to quit mousing around and you are going to have to start working from your keyboard. Come on, look over my shoulder and I'll show you how I work fast from the keyboard. Notice that my hands are starting on the keyboard. Not with one hand on the mouse and one hand on the keyboard. That's the starting position for most people. So I really want you to reach this step. When you start to stand at your keyboard from now on, put both hands right here on the bottom of your keyboard in the middle of your alpha keys.

All right, so that's the step up of how we want to position our hands on our keyboard. Now let's talk about, let me give you Taz's four main tips for actually manipulating the keyboard shortcuts. The first one is you are always going to use two hands and it's the right hand, if you are right hander, or left hand, if you're a left hander, is going to stay away from that mouse. You are always going to be using two hands, they are always going to be active, not just one but both of them. Then tip number two is I want you to make an imaginary dividing line on the middle of your keyboard, so that the left hand will be never cross over that and the right hand will never cross over that.

So I never want to see you working over like this or over like this. It takes time for that hand to cross over and you'd be surprised. You add up thousands of those and that's 50 or 60 kayaking strokes and I'll wait for you a little while out in the fjord, but not for long. All right, third tip is the action keys. Is one hand is going to be on the action keys and the other is on the alpha numeric. This is probably the most difficult habit to break because so many people are used to going Command+Z, Command+X or Command+Option+Shift and then A or something like that and then look at the position that your hands gets in.

You get crippled by the end of the day, never mind by the end of the year, and again it's very exhausting. Doing this Command+Z might be real fast for that one keyboard shortcut but overall, it's going to be much faster if you Command+Z, Command+X and then if the other alpha key is on this side, you just do a quick shift, Command+P, Command+O, Command+L, Command+K, like that. So your hands are making small shifts back and forth depending from whether they are working on the action keys or the alphanumeric keys. So one hand is on the action keys, and the other is doing alphanumeric.

It's going to be a little slow at first until you get used to it but hang in there because once your hands get the hang of it, they will just fly around those keys. And then finally the fourth of Taz's tips is that you always want to try to assign your fingers to individual keys. So for instance, thumb typically goes on the Spacebar and that's for most people. I'll talk about a variation to that in just one second. So the thumb will always be here and then the index fingers will go to the Command keys, which are the Alt keys on the Windows keyboard, and then the middle finger will go to the Option, which is the Ctrl keys on the Windows keyboard, and then the ring fingers will go to the Shift key.

Most peoples' pinkies, unless you are really good typist and if you are a touch typist, don't work all that great. But one variation of this is some people who have big hands or kind of stubby fingers and they don't real fit real well doing this when you have to do Command+Option+Shift or Ctrl+Alt+Shift is you can do a starting position where index finger goes on the Spacebar, middle finger Command, or Alt on Windows, ring finger on the Option or Ctrl in Windows and then you can move the pinky on to the Shift key so that you are like this. But whichever one works for you, start with it and then stick with it.

I like to use my thumbs on my Spacebar and then use Command, Option, and then Shift and then my pinkies are kind of free. So that's the positions and that's Taz's four main tips for positioning and then navigating and coordinating on your keyboard. So that's how I work fast on the keyboard and I would like to encourage you to do the same thing. Even during your training, I'd like you to start thinking about adopting that hand position, not crossing over your hands, using both hands. It will be little slow and cumbersome at first because you are not used to it, but in no time at all, you will be working faster and faster, faster than you have ever worked before.

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