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Hello! This is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced, part three in a series of four video courses devoted to your ultimate mastery of the world's most powerful image editing software. One-on-One is all about project-based learning. You learn, not so much by listening to me lecture you or even by watching me create pretty pictures, but by rolling up your sleeves and creating compelling projects for yourself. That way, you'll be better prepared to create your own projects in the future.
In this course, you'll learn how Smart Objects protect your images from harm and allow you to create copies linked to a single original. You'll use a Curves Adjustment layer to correct the luminance of a challenging photograph. You will learn everything there is to know about processing images in Camera RAW. You'll create breathtaking depth of field effects in the Blur gallery which is new to Photoshop CS6. You'll learn the basics of every blend mode available in Photoshop.
You'll define complex selections using Color Range and Refine Edge, and you'll experience the power of the Pen tool which allows you to select anything, one point at a time. The result is a contextualized learning program. Photoshop's features make sense because you apply them to a clearly defined task and you leave each chapter with a sense of accomplishment. I hope there are moments, when you feel I rule, I've done this and I can do more.
Now that you're an advanced student, you are ready to move through Photoshop without anything getting in your way. This means three things: first you need some new shortcuts, ones that will call up Photoshop's best commands without you having to fumble through menus. Second, you need to know how to adjust a few preference settings to make the program behave; and third you need to take advantage of the best color settings that Photoshop has to offer. In this first movie, I show you how to load my custom keyboard shortcuts.
After that, I'll show you how to make Photoshop the best that it can be.
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