For those who have access to the exercise files for this course, you can learn how to enable them and use them for this course. The files are contained in a Photos for macOS library that can be opened by double-clicking it or holding down the option key when launching the app. You can see this in action in this video.
- [Narrator] If you have access to the exercise files they will come to you as a Photos library. And what you'll see, what you should download is something like this. And just put it wherever you put your working files on your computer. Could be in your pictures folder with your other Photos library or it could on your desktop. Anywhere that you wish. Make sure that Photos is closed, it's not open. And then, all you have to do is double-click on this file and it will launch Photos and you will have all of these images here.
Now, this library, of course, is different than the library you already have if you already have Photos on your computer. And you'll have to switch back to your other library when you're not working in this. And there are really two ways to do that. We'll go ahead and quit Photos right now. They all involve quitting Photos first. If you hold down the option key, when you launch photos, you will get this screen here and you choose your previous library or you can open the library that we've provided you, or you can open other Photos libraries, too.
So, all of that is available by holding down the option key as you launch the application and that will allow you to switch back and forth. We'll go ahead and cancel this right now. The other thing you can do is go into your pictures folder, find your original Photos library and then double-click on it like we did to launch this. Now, as you're looking at the exercise files, you will see an original shot and for some of them, you will see an edited shot.
The way that you know that you have an original and edited pair is, of course, you'll see two versions of the shot. The original will be marked as a favorite with a heart and it will have "original" in its title. The edited version will have the same first part of the title, but then it will have the name of the editing extension that we used to work on it. You double-tap or double-click on each of them and you can see where we started and where we ended up and if you wish to follow along while you're watching a particular training, then go ahead and choose the original version, hit the return key to go to edit mode, and then follow along with me.
When you're done working on that image, you can go ahead and click done. And it will be edited with your changes. Now, if you wish to keep the original version and have your edited version and my version also, then what I suggest before start editing any of these images is that you highlight it, you hold down the control key and you duplicate the photo.
You can give it a name by clicking on it, going to command-I, and changing the title up here and you can say, "my edited version," or whatever you wish. And then, you will have three versions. The original, what I produced, and then what you worked with. I don't want to confuse you by leaving this here, so I'm going to go ahead, I'm going to hold down the control key and I'm going to delete this photo. I've also provided some extra shots for you to play with.
Because, what I really want is for you to experiment with these extensions and have lots of fun. So there are lots of images in here you can just play with. You can experiment with. You can edit. Just go crazy and not worry about having to mess with images in your personal library. And those are all here for you. I'm going to go ahead and minimize this right now. So all of this is within this container. And again, if you have access to the exercise files, you can download it.
Double-click on it, follow along. Experiment with the other shots and just have a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to showing you some of these techniques and you'll like working on the images that we've provided in the exercise files.
- Using the Luminar editing extension
- Working with layers
- Adjusting images
- Using DxO OpticsPro
- Applying lens corrections to photos
- Using Pixelmator Retouch
- Using Pixelmator Distort
- Using different Affinity Photo editing extensions
- Using Haze Removal
- Using Polarr image editing tools
- Adding text to photos