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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
All right, here is another quick tip for you that will help you get more out of learning Adobe Photoshop CS4. Well, one day I was driving home, and I was driving along the ocean. It was absolutely beautiful so I pulled over really quickly, hopped out of the car and snapped a few photos. And the sunset was just absolutely beautiful and I was thinking a little bit about silhouettes as I was photographing this particular lifeguard tower. I was thinking how it's really interesting how sunsets, they highlight the shape that you would have otherwise not noticed. Now, there is this great feature inside of Photoshop that will help you highlight what's new inside of Photoshop.
You navigate to the Window pulldown menu, choose Workspace and what's New in CS4. I'm going to go ahead and bring back the interface here and show you where we can find that Window > Workspace > What's New in CS4. Deselected Workspace will modify your menu and keyboard shortcuts. Do you want to do this? Yes, definitely. Now check this out. When I navigate to my Filter menu, all of a sudden I see, okay, wow, I have the ability to Browse Filters Online. That's a new feature. I wouldn't have noticed that if that menu item had not been highlighted. As you go through these different pulldown menus, you will notice that whatever is new or has been improved will be highlighted; in this case you can see this light blue highlighted, its telling me that Color Range has now been improved inside of Photoshop CS4.
It's a simple tip, yet it's a really important tip, and what I find is, I turn that option on while I'm initially getting to know what these new features are, and then after a while I turn it off and I go back to that Window pulldown menu, Workspace and just go to the Essentials or the Default setting, that way I have all the menus set back to normal.
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