Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects

with Richard Harrington
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Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects
Video duration: 0s 2h 2m Intermediate


In this course, author Rich Harrington explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art. Basic image editing techniques in Photoshop such as toning, cropping, sharpening, and resizing are covered. The course also shows how to add movement to photos in After Effects, helping to create a dramatic story.

Topics include:
  • Understanding resolution
  • Organizing photos with Adobe Bridge
  • Renaming files
  • Working in the right color space
  • Removing damage with the healing and cloning tools
  • Making Content-Aware Scale and Fill repairs
  • Controlling focus with blurring and sharpening
  • Correcting alignment
  • Restoring contrast with Curves and Levels
  • Importing images in After Effects
  • Using Ease and keyframe assistants
  • Adding vignettes
  • Rendering animations
After Effects Photoshop


Hi! My name is Rich Harrington and thanks for joining me today to learn about using Photoshop and After Effects to create effects with your photos. We are going to be using this in a documentary approach, using photos to tell stories. Now you might be working on a documentary, broadcast news corporate video, or any piece where photos are a key element to your storytelling ability. What I'd like you to understand is that we're going to be using two tools. We are going to start in Photoshop where we clean up our pictures and then move to After Effects, where we add moves and scans.

If you only have one of these applications, you could still get a lot out of this class. Just watch the sections on Photoshop or After Effects respectively. If you're new to Adobe After Effects, you could download a fully functional 30-day trial from Adobe's website that you can use to try out these exercises. Now, using these tools together is pretty straightforward, and what I'd like to point out is that here on we have a huge wealth of training on both Photoshop and After Effects. Today I am going to assume that you're relatively new to each application.

Hopefully, you have fired up in Photoshop before. If not, you might want to check out the essential training title here on But in either case, we are going to go ahead and explore the tools with a very specific workflow. So even if you're relatively new or infinitely experienced, you are going to learn a targeted workflow designed to work with historical images, both black-and-white and color. We are going to tackle common problems that need fixing as well as fix things like composition, color, exposure, tone. And then of course, we'll move into After Effects where we have zooms and pans to tell our story dramatically.

Thanks again for joining us. Let's get started.

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