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Setting up a workspace


Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

with Jan Kabili

Video: Setting up a workspace

Setting up a workspace provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth
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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. Setting up a workspace
      3m 22s
  2. 21m 2s
    1. Creating and editing adjustment layers
      6m 38s
    2. Adjustment layers vs. direct adjustments
      6m 9s
    3. Using the new Adjustments panel
      5m 38s
    4. Reusing adjustment layers
      2m 37s
  3. 39m 57s
    1. Clipping adjustment layers
      4m 36s
    2. Including adjustment layers in a layer group
      3m 13s
    3. Including adjustment layers in a Smart Object
      7m 29s
    4. Using the adjustment layer mask
      5m 43s
    5. Using selections with adjustment layers
      4m 19s
    6. Using the Masks panel with adjustment layers
      8m 30s
    7. Using the Blend If sliders with adjustment layers
      6m 7s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 23s
    2. Using the Levels adjustment for tonal corrections
      7m 42s
    3. Using the Curves adjustment for exposure
      8m 12s
    4. Using the Curves adjustment for contrast
      4m 14s
    5. Making On-Click Curves adjustments
      4m 0s
    6. Applying Shadow/Highlight nondestructively
      7m 59s
    7. Reviewing Brightness/Contrast
      3m 18s
    8. Dealing with exposure
      2m 22s
    9. Using adjustment layers with blend modes
      6m 33s
  5. 54m 36s
    1. Making Vibrance adjustments
      2m 22s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation adjustments
      7m 4s
    3. Understanding color correction
      3m 21s
    4. Using color samplers and the Info panel
      4m 25s
    5. Using Levels eyedroppers for color correction
      5m 54s
    6. Using Levels channels for color correction
      5m 7s
    7. Understanding Curves adjustments for color correction
      7m 21s
    8. Making Color Balance adjustments
      3m 49s
    9. Making Photo Filter adjustments
      3m 6s
    10. Making Variations adjustments
      6m 48s
    11. Using the auto-correction features
      5m 19s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Using the Dodge and Burn tools
      4m 56s
    2. Dodging and burning nondestructively
      6m 38s
    3. Working with the Red-Eye tool
      1m 31s
  7. 16m 9s
    1. Applying Black & White adjustments
      7m 30s
    2. Making Channel Mixer adjustments
      6m 31s
    3. Understanding the Threshold adjustment
      2m 8s
  8. 25m 24s
    1. Colorizing with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      3m 9s
    2. Tinting with Black & White adjustments
      2m 8s
    3. Making a Gradient Map adjustment
      4m 18s
    4. Applying a Selective Color adjustment
      1m 49s
    5. Using the Replace Color adjustment
      4m 40s
    6. Making Match Color adjustments
      4m 24s
    7. Applying the Equalize adjustment
      4m 56s
  9. 44s
    1. Goodbye

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Video Duration: 3m 22s3h 46m Intermediate Jun 10, 2009

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Photoshop CS4's adjustment features offer unparalleled opportunities to correct and manipulate images. In Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth, Jan Kabili explains how to use all the major Photoshop adjustment features. She shares the best techniques for adjusting image quality, and shows how to use the new Adjustments panel to streamline a photo correction workflow. Jan also demonstrates multiple ways to eliminate color casts, and explains how to use the new On-Image Curves control to adjust brightness and color. This course offers a detailed look at the techniques photographers and designers use to master image adjustments in Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using adjustment layers in a non-destructive image-editing workflow
  • Correcting color with curves
  • Adjusting brightness and contrast with levels
  • Dodging and burning photographs
  • Reading histograms accurately
  • Converting color images to grayscale with a Black & White adjustment layer
  • Customizing auto-corrections for more accurate quick adjustments
Design Photography
Jan Kabili

Setting up a workspace

There are lots of panels in Photoshop. As you work through the movies in this course, you'll see different configurations of panels on the right side of my screen. In many movies, I'll have open only two panel groups and those are the Adjustments panel group, which contains the Adjustments panel and the Masks panel, both of which are new in Photoshop CS4. We'll be talking a lot about both of these panels. I also have open the Layers panel group, which includes the all important Layers panel. I'd like to show you how to set up a custom workspace that contains just those two panel groups, so that it will be easy for you to get back to that panel configuration whenever you need to during the course.

Workspaces are controlled from up in the Workspace menu, which is here on the far right of the Applications bar. The Applications bar is a new separate bar on a Mac, and on a PC, its part of the menu bar at the top of the screen. The default workspace in Photoshop CS4 is also new. It's this Essentials workspace that you see here, which is one of the Preset workspaces that come with the program. If your workspace isn't set to Essentials now, go ahead and click on this Workspace menu and choose Essentials.

The Essentials workspace displays not only the Adjustments panel group and the Layers panel group, but also this Color panel group that contains the Color Swatches and Styles panel. We won't be using that particular panel group much during this course. In order to give more room to the Adjustments and Layers panel groups, I'm going to go ahead and close the Color panel group. To do that, go to this icon on the right side of the panel group, click there to open the panel menu and choose Close Tab Group. Now there is more room for the Adjustments and Layers panel groups.

Since you'll be using this particular panel configuration a lot during this course, go ahead and save it as a custom workspace that you can quickly return to at any time. To do that, again, click on the Workspace menu and this time go down and choose Save Workspace. In the Save Workspace dialog box, let's give this workspace a name by typing Adjustments in the Name field and make sure that Capture Panel Locations is checked and then click Save. Now you've made a new custom workspace called Adjustments that contains just these panel groups.

You'll be able to get back to this panel configuration at any time quickly. For example, let's say that we're working in a different workspace in one of the movies, like say the Color and Tone workspace. So go up to the Workspace menu and let's select Color and Tone, which is one of the pre-built workspaces that comes with Photoshop. This workspace includes not only the Adjustments and Layers panel groups, but also the Histogram panel group. So let's say that we are working in this workspace and then we start another movie and we want to get back to the Custom Adjustments workspace.

To do that, just go back up to the Workspace menu and this time choose Adjustments from the top of that menu. Again, you'll see just the Adjustments and Layers panel groups open on the screen. Now that you've created a Custom Adjustments workspace, and you know how to switch between workspaces, you can quickly make your panel configuration match mine as you follow along with me through this course. I suggest that in the beginning of each movie, you check the name of the workspace up here in the Workspace menu and select that workspace from the menu and you'll be all ready to go.

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