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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.
In Photoshop, one of the ways that we make precise adjustments to our photographs is by painting them in. Whether you are painting in contrast or sharpness or burning and dodging, what we do is we use our Brush tools in order to make those adjustments. A lot of us start off by using a mouse, and a mouse will work fine, but it's kind of like painting with a bar or soap. If you really want to step up your game, if you want more precision, what you are going to want to do is use a stylus tablet. Because what this will allow you to do is to actually change the shape of your brush.
So, for example, what you can do is you can have a brush that tapers off. Maybe it starts small and gets bigger, and then become small at the end. Or if you press really hard on this, you can then increase the effect with more intensity. More delicate brush strokes, you can paint that in, in multiple passes and slowly build this up. So eventually, if you want to step up your game in Photoshop, you want to get a stylus tablet like this one. It's a Wacom Intuos4. You may be thinking, okay, that's great, but I don't have room in my budget for picking one of those up right now. Well, no big deal.
Simply schedule it into your budget. Because once you start using one of these, you'll never go back.
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