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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 32 of 118

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 32 of 118

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020


Lesson Info

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

today, we're gonna talk about tonal adjustments and adjustment layers. What I mean by a tonal adjustment is one that is not designed to a just color instead is designed to adjust the brightness of your picture, so that means you want to brighten it, darken it, add contrast, reduced contrast, were. Do anything that's not related to color. Eso. Let's just don't dive right in and get in a photo shop and do as much as we can. Now the first thing to think about is if you're going to be adjusting the extremes of color, meaning things that are very close toe white or very close to black. And your original image was captured as a raw file, not as a J peg, not as a tiff, not a something else. But it captured the raw data that your camera's sensor collected, and you have all of that data available. Well, then you want to adjust. That image will. It's still a raw file, and that means you should do things in Adobe camera raw. I'm gonna show you an example. Here I have a raw file that I'll double c...

lick on, which brings it into camera and If you see how bright the highlights or bright areas are, it looks like there's pretty much almost no detail down here with just the exception of a few lines. Well, if I take this image all the way into photo shop, but I just choose open image ignoring camera now, there's nowhere nearest much information available here because there's a large number of things that happened to the picture once it gets into photo shop. And it just what happens is, let's say in the highlights. Your images met out of three pieces red, green and blue. Well, if there's only information that your camera captured in one of those three colors, that information doesn't usually make it the Photoshopped camera rocket still use it, but Photoshopped can't. It just wasn't sent there only where we had information and all three colors would get something. And so let's see what happens. We attempt to adjust this. I'm just going to actually use the camera raw filter, and you can get that from the filter menu with. The difference is I'm not working on a raw file because the moment and images all the way open into Photoshopped. It's no longer a raw file. It's only raw before it went through Adobe Camera once it came out the other side. It's a normal image now, so if I do the camera raw filter, I want to get this highlight detail to show up. So I'm gonna bring the highlight slider all the way to the left, and I noticed that it pretty much didn't do anything. Then we learned a trick. If you happen to have watched the class on camera on, that is, if you lower this the highlights all the way down and you wish you could go further, you could take the exposure slider in lower it and see how much you can get. And you can see that there is a little bit of information there in the brightest part of the picture. But by the time I've done, this theme is just starting to look rather dull. Now there's a lot I could do to it, and I'll just move around some sliders to try to brighten up the rest of the picture and tried to adjust it overall. But I don't find this toe Look all that great. Now I'll click OK and I'm gonna open that image a second time. I'm gonna go over here and I'm just so it doesn't complain. The image is already open. Let's go over here and duplicate this image. I'll call it non wrong, and then I'll close the original before I duplicated it. All right, then, let's go back to bridge. Let's open that image one more time. A double clicking since it's a raw file comes into camera and I'm gonna do the same process. I'm gonna bring the highlights down. I'm gonna bring the exposure town and right away. Right now, I can tell that the image looks more normal when I do this. It doesn't look quite as hazy and and just not as it's nice looking. And so I can go over here like, for instance, on the other one. I needed to bring my whites up dramatically to make the rest of the image look normal. Now I don't At this point, I didn't move these anywhere near us far. I did move the highlights as far as I could in the exposure down, But once I've done that, the other sliders I didn't need two minutes later all that much I'll click open image, and now we have two images that we could look at side by side. Then here, I'll tell it to tile them to up so that right next to each other. And so this is adjusting the exact same picture. The image on the right was ignoring camera. The image on the left was taken advantage of all the information that was contained within that raw file, and I dramatically prefer the image on the left. I might adjust the blue sky, little bits, a little overdone for my tastes. But there's a simple control in camera where you could, like, um, bring down the saturation on the blues, and that would be no problem. So I show you this because we're about to get into tonal adjustments and Photoshopped and I want to make sure that you are aware that that doesn't mean that I'm replacing Adobe Camera raw with these features and Futter shop. I try to get as much out of my images as I possibly can in adobe camera or light room. Light Room has the same features as camera when it comes to adjustments, because that's the only time when it can look all the way to the original data the camera captured. Once an image is opened in photo shopped. A lot has happened to it to simplify the data that is there and just make it ready for photo shop. In the process, you lose some and your highlights and shadows that you could have taken advantage of had you adjusted that image in camera raw.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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Madelaine Enochs

Ben's class has been extremely helpful for understanding how everything works in photoshop. I am so grateful for his classes. Easy to understand and thorough. Thank-you Ben!