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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Before we actually begin to work in Photoshop, I thought it would be helpful to step back for a few moments and then share with you these strategies that I think will help you become even more successful in learning Photoshop. Now, one of the first things I think we need to talk about is our approach. I wholeheartedly believe that the art and craft of digital photography, I believe it really requires equal amounts of creativity and technical expertise. In other words, we are going to gain technical skill in order to become more creative.
We are going to pick up technical expertise, but that will always be at the service of creativity. Therefore, one of our goals is going to be to try to reduce and simplify, how can we distill Photoshop, how can we make this complex program, how can we gain all these technical skills, yet do so in a way that's simple and effective and ultimately really, really creative. Well, one of the things that I think we can begin to do is to think like a photographer. I love those photographers who take these really complex situations.
They come up with simple solutions, and there's something elegant about these solutions. I think Bruce Lee said it best." The highest form of sophistication is simplicity." And you can't really argue with Bruce, right? And I love how this photo kind of illustrates that idea. It was Yosemite in the summertime, this last summer, and it was raining. And no one else was really taking pictures because of the rain. Yet, this one guy, he came up with this simple solution to this complex context. And that's exactly one of the things that we need to do in regards to Photoshop and how we start to work in Photoshop.
Well, where do we begin? Well, I think one of the best places to start is your Window pulldown menu. Here what you can do is select Window > Workspace and then turn on New in CS5. And what this will do then is it will highlight in all of your pulldown menus anything that's been added or improved or tweaked inside of Photoshop CS5. This can be really valuable, because it simply will visually highlight changes in Photoshop or new features, so that you can start to learn those things and then integrate them into your overall workflow.
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