Photoshop CS5 Essential Training

with Michael Ninness
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Photoshop CS5 Essential Training
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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating image adjustments with Camera Raw
  • Adding keywords, ratings, and other metadata to images
  • Filtering a large collection of images down to the "keepers"
  • Cropping, correcting perspective, and straightening images
  • Creating, naming, hiding, and deleting layers
  • How to make selections and masks quickly
  • Improving mask quality with Refine Edge
  • Techniques for combining multiple images
  • Non-destructive editing techniques with adjustment layers and Smart Filters
  • Retouching essentials, such as blemish removal and body sculpting
  • Color correcting images
  • Using the essential blend modes, layer effects, and styles
  • Creating contact sheets and web photo galleries
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- Hello, I'm Michael Ninness and welcome to Photoshop CS5 essential training. Over the past several years, Photoshop has evolved into three distinct software applications that together, make up a complete solution for modifying and managing your digital images. These three applications are Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, and of course Photoshop itself. So while this course is named Photoshop CS5 essential training, I will in fact introduce you to all three of these components, and you'll see first-hand when and why to use each of them. I've developed this course around a mantra, Camera Raw for global, Photoshop for local.

And this means I recommend almost always starting with Camera Raw, to make overall adjustments to your images, and then jumping to Photoshop when you need to make adjustments to specific areas. This is why the first six chapters of the course begin with Bridge and Camera Raw, instead of jumping straight into Photoshop. With Camera Raw, you never have to worry about making a mistake or ruining your images as it provides a nondestructive, streamlined, and structured workflow, with a very user friendly interface. Simple, fun to use sliders make it easy to adjust exposure, recover highlight and shadow details, and achieve optimal color and tone.

Camera Raw also provides nondestructive crop and straighten tools, allowing you to freely experiment with different compositions. The best part about Camera Raw is that you'll start making your images look awesome right away without having to learn dozens of Photoshop features first. After watching the first six chapters, you'll be ready to move on to Photoshop to accomplish things at the local pixel level, like masking and combining multiple images, retouching and removing unwanted details, as well as using layer effects, filters, and blending modes for creative effects. My goal is for you to be able to achieve professional results as quickly as possible.

So let's get started with Photoshop CS5 essential training.

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