Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos

with Bryan O'Neil Hughes
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Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos
Video duration: 0s 1h 37m Intermediate


In this course, Photoshop senior product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes takes you on an insider's tour of the key photo-enhancement features in Adobe Photoshop CS6, providing details on how they work, background into their evolution, and insights into how to use them more effectively.

The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.

The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.

Topics include:
  • Reinventing the Crop tool
  • Rediscovering the Auto button
  • Getting the most out of curves
  • Understanding Smart Sharpen
  • Building blur and softness
  • Working with a graphics tablet
  • Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
  • Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
  • Using presets


- Hi, my name is Bryan O'Neil Hughes. I'm the Senior Product Manager for Photoshop and I wanna welcome you to Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos. In this course, we're gonna talk about accelerating your workflow, making your images look great, and getting the absolute most out of Adobe Photoshop. We're gonna start by talking about Camera Raw. And we'll talk about how Camera Raw isn't just for raw files, but for jpegs and tiffs as well, and what a great time saver this can be. Next, we'll talk about the Crop tool and the many changes that we've applied to Crop and what it means to better compositions in Photoshop.

Next, we'll talk about Auto and how all of the new places that Auto functionality can be adaptive means a much better start to your images and much better results faster. Then we'll talk about Curves and how it doesn't have to be intimidating. By using existing content and the On Image tool, we'll really lower that barrier of entry to Curves and show you how powerful it can be. Then we'll talk about sharpening and how less is more with sharpening; when to sharpen, when not to, and which tools to use for the best possible results.

As we go on to Blur, we'll talk about how to synthesize shallow depth of field and how doing so doesn't require complex selections, masks, or layers. Then we'll talk about local adjustments and how a huge part of Photoshop's power comes in brush-based tonal adjustments to your image. Now you can really polish your work using the Sharpen, Sponge, Dodge, and Burn tools. Then we'll talk about the family of Content Aware technology found in Photoshop and how it's both magical and really useful.

Next, we'll move on to Liquify, where we'll see that Liquify can be used for wild manipulations, or, more often than not, subtle detailed modifications to your image. Direct manipulation of water, fabric, hair, and details of your image. Then we'll talk about Lens Correction and how we can automatically remove distortion for still and video images. And we'll wrap things up by talking about presets and how they not only save a lot of time and can give you consistent results, but you can also use them to break out of a creative barrier and achieve a new look quickly and easily.

So, I'm really excited to share this with you. Let's go ahead and get started.

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