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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.
In Photoshop, one of the ways that we make precise adjustments to our photographs is by painting them in, whether we're painting in contrast or sharpness or burning and dodging, and what we do is we use our Brush tools in order to make those adjustments. Now a lot of us start off by using a mouse, and the mouse will work fine, but it's kind of like painting with a bar of soap. If you really want to step up your game, if you want more precision, you're going to want to do is use the 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 becomes 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. Now 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 in your budget, because once you start using one of these, you'll never go back.
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