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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Color Theory

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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40. Color Theory


Class Trailer
1 Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 04:05 2 Bridge vs. Lightroom 06:39 3 Tour of Photoshop Interface 18:21 4 Overview of Bridge Workspace 07:42 5 Overview of Lightroom Workspace 11:21 6 Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents 08:19 7 How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:10 8 Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders 13:09
9 Developing Raw Images 30:33 10 Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs 09:12 11 How to Save Images 03:37 12 Using the Transform Tool 04:48 13 Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020 06:03 14 Selection Tools 05:55 15 Combining Selection Tools 07:37 16 Using Automated Selection Tools 17:34 17 Quick Mask Mode 05:07 18 Select Menu Essentials 21:28 19 Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 13:00 20 Align Active Layers 07:29 21 Creating a New Layer 06:15 22 Creating a Clipping Mask 03:02 23 Using Effects on Layers 11:24 24 Using Adjustment Layers 16:44 25 Using the Shape Tool 04:39 26 Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool 04:39 27 Masking Multiple Images Together 15:15 28 Using Layer Masks to Remove People 10:50 29 Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky 10:04 30 Adding Texture to Images 09:11 31 Layering to Create Realistic Depth 05:35 32 Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:29 33 Optimizing Grayscale with Levels 10:59 34 Adjusting Levels with a Histogram 03:37 35 Understanding Curves 06:18 36 Editing an Image Using Curves 18:41 37 Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 07:19 38 Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode 07:14 39 Editing with Blending Modes 08:04 40 Color Theory 05:59 41 Curves for Color 16:52 42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments 08:59 43 Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment 13:33 44 Match Colors Using Numbers 16:59 45 Adjusting Skin Tones 05:25 46 Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw 10:52 47 Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush 07:53 48 Retouching with the Clone Stamp 06:51 49 Retouching with the Healing Brush 04:34 50 Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools 13:07 51 Extending an Edge with Content Aware 03:42 52 Clone Between Documents 13:19 53 Crop Tool 10:07 54 Frame Tool 02:59 55 Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools 08:14 56 Paint Brush Tools 13:33 57 History Brush Tool 06:27 58 Eraser and Gradient Tools 03:06 59 Brush Flow and Opacity Settings 04:17 60 Blur and Shape Tools 11:06 61 Dissolve Mode 09:24 62 Multiply Mode 15:29 63 Screen Mode 14:08 64 Hard Light Mode 14:54 65 Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes 11:31 66 Smart Filters 11:32 67 High Pass Filter 13:40 68 Blur Filter 05:59 69 Filter Gallery 07:42 70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 04:43 71 Combing Filters and Features 04:45 72 Select and Mask 20:04 73 Manually Select and Mask 08:08 74 Creating a Clean Background 21:19 75 Changing the Background 13:34 76 Smart Object Overview 08:37 77 Nested Smart Objects 09:55 78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects 09:08 79 Replace Contents 06:55 80 Raw Smart Objects 10:20 81 Multiple Instances of a Smart Object 12:59 82 Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects 05:42 83 Panoramas 13:15 84 HDR 11:20 85 Focus Stacking 04:02 86 Time-lapse 11:18 87 Light Painting Composite 08:05 88 Remove Moire Patterns 06:11 89 Remove Similar Objects At Once 09:52 90 Remove Objects Across an Entire Image 05:46 91 Replace a Repeating Pattern 06:50 92 Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel 10:27 93 Remove an Object with a Complex Background 07:49 94 Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes 12:27 95 Warping 11:03 96 Liquify 14:02 97 Puppet Warp 12:52 98 Displacement Map 10:36 99 Polar Coordinates 07:19 100 Organize Your Layers 11:02 101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss 02:59 102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep 12:34 103 Blending Options: Blend if 13:18 104 Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image 06:27 105 Layer Comps 08:30 106 Black-Only Shadows 06:07 107 Create a Content Aware Fill Action 08:46 108 Create a Desaturate Edges Action 07:42 109 Create an Antique Color Action 13:52 110 Create a Contour Map Action 10:20 111 Faux Sunset Action 07:20 112 Photo Credit Action 05:54 113 Create Sharable Actions 07:31 114 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1 10:23 115 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2 07:57 116 Image Compatibility with Lightroom 03:29 117 Scratch Disk Is Full 06:02 118 Preview Thumbnail 02:10

Lesson Info

Color Theory

in this section. We're going to take a look at color adjustments now when it comes to color adjustments, there are a bunch of choices, but there are two general varieties were going to use. One of them is what I would call a warm, cool adjustment, which is where we're gonna have sliders. Where if I move it in one direction, my image is going to become warmer. That means more yellow, orange, red. And if I move the same slider, the opposite direction we get the opposite, which is it's going to become cooler, which means more blue Scion green. And that's what I call a warm, cool adjustment. Then the second type of adjustment is quite different in its one, where it's going to spin colors around a color wheel. Um, meaning it's good for color manipulation. Where if I will have a blue car and I wanted to be a red car, then I'm going to go for the kind that spins things around a color wheel. But before I get into any of these, I want to mention that you should always trying to get the most out...

of your images when you're if your images captured as a raw file do so in adobe camera raw because it's the only time when photo shop has access to all the information your camera captured in. Therefore, if I wanted color correct a picture, first place I'm going to go to is camera. If I want to make slight changes to the color, I'm going to do it in camera. And it's only when I get to something that is difficult or impossible to do in camera that I'm going to rely on the techniques we talk about here in this lesson. But I bring that up because a lot of people assume that I just skip Camera rock is I don't use it in this particular lesson. Well, it's because this class is about photo shop, but we got to get into those adjustments. So let's take a look. Eso first. Let's take a look at what I would call a warm, cool adjustment and one of those would be color bounce. If I use color balance, you're gonna find there are sliders and you're gonna find a warm color on one end of the slider, like red or magenta, where yellow and you're gonna find a cool color on the opposite side of the same ciders like Scion green and blue. And the reason why you find that with these sliders is every color has an opposite. We're in this case. The opposite of Red is Scion, and that's why they're on opposite ends of the same slider. And what that means is any time that you increase the amount of red in the image, it's like having a seesaw teeter totter. If you're increasing one side, you're automatically decreasing its opposite in, so in here. If I move this to Wards Green, there is no way for me to move it towards green and towards magenta the same time. Because the two colors are opposites, Green absorbs magenta ed. The opposite of blue is yellow. Now notice in here that we have the colors of red, green and blue. Well, you're gonna find that many adjustments and photoshopped that are warm, cool adjustments. Will Onley show you those three colors, for instance, here is levels, and it offers the choices of Red, green and blue war. If I come in here and use curbs, it also offers red, green and blue Well, any time you see those choices on Lee. Those three choices isolated where you don't find purple and yellow and other colors in the same menu, but instead it's just red, green and blue. That's because your picture is in RGB mode, and that means behind the scenes. It's made out of red, green and blue, and it's allowing you to adjust those components. But the main thing to keep aware of is any time you see those three colors, all three of them have opposites. And if I were to go into color balance, I'd see those opposites. And so it would be useful over time if you were eventually to remember the opposite of red, green and blue because it is so common that you find those three colors listed in Futter shop. But it's not gonna list their opposites, and that means I might choose in menu called Blue. Even though I'm thinking about its opposite color. I want to make something look more yellow, but I just don't have a menu called Yellow. I have one code blue. If you know that they're opposites of each other, then reducing the amount of blue is the same is increasing the amount of yellow. So one way to remind yourself of the opposites is to either go to the adjustment I just showed you or to come up here to the window menu and open the info palette in the info palette. With default settings, you'll usually find RGB, which stands for red, green and blue directly across from their opposites, which is sai in magenta and yellow. And I often have this panel open when I'm adjusting the color of a picture. So if I just glance up at it, if I don't recall the opposite of red, green and blue, I just glanced right over there to see what they are. Now, if you're gonna end up using this panel, I like having be small because I don't need to know the information that usually appears at the bottom, and I don't want it hogging my screen real estate. So I'm gonna go to the side menu of the info panel. And remember, I got that panel to appear by going to the window menu. This lists all the panels you could possibly have. Then I'll go to the side menu, the info panel and choose panel options, and I'm gonna turn off these checked boxes that are found at the bottom in by turning those off when I click, OK, that panel become smaller and therefore, I don't mind leaving it open on my screen. It's not hogging the space so much.

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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