Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Effects

with Chris Orwig
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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Effects
Video duration: 0s 7h 50m Intermediate


In Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Effects, Chris Orwig flexes the muscles of this powerful program to create unique and eye-catching photographic effects. A passionate photographer, Chris demonstrates how to enhance images through adding light for emphasis, adding drop and directional shadows, and using motion blur and film grain creatively. He also covers how to add a distressed look to create a vintage-style photograph, use infrared and solarization, apply creative layer blending, and much more. The course culminates with a step-by-step look at some real-world projects that utilize the techniques. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding light and drama
  • Applying graffiti and reflections to surfaces
  • Using lens blur and focus to enhance portraits
  • Masking multiple images and adding elements
  • Combining images with multiple depths of field
  • Applying border and edge effects


(piano music) - Hey good morning! My name is Chris Orwig and I am a pro photographer and I'm also on the faculty of the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where we are right now. And it is a beautiful morning. The sun has just risen, and the ocean air is crisp. It's a wonderful winter morning. And I'm going to be your host and guide on this training adventure. And I'm really excited about this one, and here's why. What we're going to do is take a look at how we can use Photoshop from a photographic perspective.

What that means is, we're going to take a look at how we can use Photoshop in order to create more compelling photographs. So what do we actually cover in this training title? Well, we're going to cover a wide range of creative effects. But some of the creative effects that we'll be covering are how can we add light to our photographs? Or work with shadows? Or how can we add a bit of film grain in order to create a nostalgic or a vintage effect? We're going to also look at some other, traditional photographic effects. Like infrared or soft focus. Now one of my favorite things to do in Photoshop is to blend layers together, or blend multiple exposures together.

And at one point in this training title, I'm going to provide you with some realistic composite inspiration. Now, this is going to be really fun and we're going to kind of look at how someone can put together a realistic composite in Photoshop and then, we're going to build our own realistic composite. We'll also spend some time adding borders or edges around our photographs. And then, near the end of the training title, we're going to spend some time working on these little mini-projects that will illustrate a concept or theme, like simplicity, or speed, or strength. Now, throughout the entire training title, my hope is this, I hope that it provides you with quite a bit of information, some really good techniques.

But even more, I hope that this training title provides you with a ton of inspiration. And that's something that I can get passionate about. So for me, it is a huge privilege to partner with you in this training adventure. So I hope that you enjoy this one, and I look forward to working with you. Let the adventure begin.

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