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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
As a young kid I had the privilege of growing up in a house that was designed and built by my dad in Northern California, and it was a beautiful home. And what that thought me as a young guy was that space matters. I could remember those days when I was having just a horrible day, and then I would come home. And I would look up with the exposed wood beam ceilings and also at this one wall, an entire wall of windows which looked out on creeks and Oak trees and rolling hills. And somehow that affected my spirit. And as a creative professional, I've come to believe even more so that space matters.
Whether it's your studio or your office, somehow the space that we have and the space that we create affects us. Well, here we are at my office. What I want to do is talk a little bit more about space. So let's go ahead and head on in. Come on, let's go. Have you ever walked into someone's home studio or workspace and just felt like the environment was kind of stifling? Or worse, depressing? On the other hand, have you ever gone to someone's workspace or home and been invigorated, been excited, been intrigued by all of the little details? One of the things that I've come to discover is that space matters.
Now a lot of times when we are working in Photoshop, we have tunnel vision. We think it's all about the computer. But it's also about what surrounds us and our computer. Because if we are in a creative environment, that will show up in our photographs. Now another thing that's really important about your space is light. What kind of light source do you have? Is it something that's neutral like a , daylight balanced light source, so you're seeing really good and accurate color? Also, you want to watch out for reflective color. Like if you have a bright red wall right next to your computer, well, the light is going to bounce off of that, then bounce right back onto your monitor so that you are you are not seeing very accurate or very good color.
So I have two questions for you. First question: what do you need to do to transform your space into a creative greenhouse? Second question: what do you need to do to improve the overall lighting where you work?
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