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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.
ou won't be able to take full advantage of the strength of Photoshop until you eally understand layers. nd layers in Photoshop are quite interesting. hat we typically do is let's say we start with a background image, and we have his image open in a document. hat we can then do is we can add a new layer on top of that, and in this case, his top layer is stacked up. t's on top of the underlying layer. hatever is on top conceals what's underneath, and in this case, we'd say that his layer is at full opacity, meaning we can't see what's underneath.
hat we can do in Photoshop though is, of course, we can change that. ike with all of these images that I have here, we could take one of these mages and set it on another. e could see through these by applying a blending mode or by lowering the opacity. nd in this way, we can apply specific adjustments to localized areas, or if e want to make a global adjustment, we could apply something in a little bit of a larger scale. ow of course, in this demo this falls short a little bit because I don't have recise control about the type of adjustments that I'm making, yet it does llustrate how layers work.
nd you want to think of layers as having a layer underneath and then omething above, and what's above can either affect the entirety of the nderlying layer, or you can have it control or effect or modify or enhance ust a specific area. o if you want to get good at Photoshop, learn how to use layers and learn how to use them well.
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