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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Overview of Lightroom Workspace

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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace


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

Overview of Lightroom Workspace

This is adobe light room. Light room is a separate purchase. Doesn't come with photo shop, but there is a bundle where you can get photo shop in light room together. Which is, I think, notice the photographers pant plan. And I use light room to organize my pictures because they really like that. I could view every single picture that I've ever put in the light room, even when I don't have the hard drive that contains the originals with me. And so I don't have the hard drive that has these originals. Um, at least a lot of these originals. Eso in light room. How do we do similar things? Well, first off on the left side of your screen is gonna be your folder list. We can navigate that if you find something that's not found in here. You are looking for a particular folder. It's not in the folder list. There's the import button at the bottom, which is how you get light room to pay attention to a folder. Here are thumb Now, in the lower right is where we can change the size. And just like wi...

th bridge, I can hit the space bar to view an image large that he had escaped to get back to this view. But in light room, it's a little different. If you want to change the name of a file to change the name of a file, go to the right side of your screen. There's a little triangle against the edge of your screen, which will either expand or collapse the panel that's over there and in the area called meta data. Right there is gonna be your file name, and you can type in a new one there, and it would rename your file. Now, sometimes we're gonna need to send our images from light room here to photo shop, and to do so, we go to the photo menu and under the photo menus, a choice called Edit In. And here I can say that it in photo shop. If I do, it's gonna open it, just like when I double click on a file Enbridge. It's gonna bring it into Photoshopped. But there are also special choices that are found at the bottom of the menu. Some of these choices will Onley be available when I have more than one image selected because one of them is called Merged to Panorama and Photoshopped. That'll stitch multiple images into a seamless composite, but it needs multiple images to work. You can also open things, layers and photo shop, where you get one layer for each image. But we need more than one image selected for that. Those same choices that you just saw here in light room by going to the photo menu and choosing edit in are also available over in bridge. So let's return Enbridge. If I select an image, we have a tools menu in Here is where we have the choice to do things in photo shop and we have photo merge, which is what is going to stitch things into a panorama. There's load files into Photoshopped layers and other choices. So if you ever see me go to this menu Enbridge, then if you're in light room instead, we'll switch over there. You want to go to the photo menu and choose edit in to find a similar command. Now, if I tell it to edit this and photo shop, it's gonna need the original file to be available, and I think this particular folder is on the internal hard drive that I have, so I should be able to open it. And I'm gonna choose photo edit in and then edited Photoshopped. Sometimes it takes a moment, but it should open Photoshopped. So now let's take a tour of the Photoshopped interface and learn how to come to test, um, eyes it and just get comfortable in here. So on the left side of photo shop is your tools panel, and when you choose one of these tools, let's say choose the paintbrush. Then at the top of your screen, there's a horizontal bar that we call the Options bar. The option bar shows you all the settings for that particular tool, so what you see at the top of your screen will always change based on what tool you have selected. So then, after you've dialed in the settings that are found up there at the top to customize that tool on the right side of your screen, you'll usually find the layers panel and the Layers panel is where the actual change is going to happen. That's where if your images made out of multiple pieces, you can choose which piece of that image should end up being changed by targeting whatever's in the layers panel. So let's talk about these panels in how to move around because yours might be configured different than mine, and this is not the set up I usually work with. This is more the defaults. So when it comes to these panels, if you ever see me use a panel and you don't find it on your screen, then go to the window menu under the window menu. It lists every single panel that's available in photo shop. The ones that have little check boxes next to him are the ones that are currently visible. But if I need something else like I need the brushes panel, choosing it there is going to make it visible. And so, if you ever see me using something that's not found on your screen, head up to the window menu to make it visible. Then when it comes to these panels, there's a lot of things we can do with them first. If I don't need a panel for a while, like up here, I have the swatches panel, and I'm just not gonna need it for the rest of this class I can double click on the name of a panel and that'll collapse it down, and I could go to the next panel below that double click on its name, collapse it down as well, and so I can make it so my my screens a little less cluttered. Double click again. I'm one of those, and it will expand again. You can change the order of the tabs that make up these panels because these air independent panels that happen to be grouped together, and if I just click on the other tabs, I can switch between them. But if I want to change their order, just click on the name in drag, and you can easily put patterns on the far left and put colors on the farm right, for instance. Or if you don't like how these air group together, maybe you need to use the patterns panel and the swatches panel at the same time. Then click on the name of one of these panels and drag it to an open area of your screen, and it will become its own independent entity. You could then group it with one of the other existing panels just click on its name once again in dragged where you see some panels combined together. Here I see three tabs of different panels. I'll drag it to that area. I see a blue box indicating I'm gonna included in that grouping, and I can easily put it there or again drag it out to an open area, my screen. If you want to get rid of a panel because you just never plan on using this particular one, then go to the upper right and there's little horizontal bars that indicate there's a side menu. And I can close this particular panel if I want to close a grouping of panels like Here's three of them that a group together go to the same little side menu and there'll be a choice of clothes Tabb Group. And that means close. All of the ones that are grouped together where the tabs are, are right next to each other, and therefore I can really clean up my screen if I want to get rid of various choices and I'm not going to use all that often, then you'll notice that some of your panels appear is icons like these, and if I click on one of those icons, it will expand to let me use the panel. And then if I click the icon again, it'll go away. Well, if you would like your panels to show up that way, therefore you can access them quickly and make them disappear. All you need to do is grab one of your panels that air here, let's say the past panel in Drag it into that section where you see just icons. If I do that, I have now put that particular panel here is the past panel as its own icon. Therefore, I can quickly access um, so if I want to do the same with the channels panel, I can pop it down there, too. Expand, It collapses. Whenever panels expanded, you can grab any edge in control its size. Then you can move entire groupings of panels. Here you see the layers panel, and above it is properties and adjustments. But there is this kind of dark grey bar above that. If I were to grab that bar instead of the actual tabs, I could move all those things that are grouped together and put them somewhere else in my screen I personally prefer toe often have these on the right edge of my screen. I'll move it over there and tell. I see a blue bar to indicate that that's gonna snap to the edge of the tools panel that it's there. And now I've put everything in the left side of my screen. I find that to be more convenient because I always have to come over here to grab my tools, and the options are always up here in the upper left. So now I have my other panels there, and I just have my image on the right. It's a personal choice of how you set these up, but you should know, double click on a panel to expand or collapse it and then drag the name of the panel to rearrange these. If I want a entire new section of these little icons, I could just grab any one of these panels dragon, and then drag it up against something so you see a vertical bar going the entire height of my screen. I gotta be near an existing panel to get that. Then it's there in to get her to appear as an icon go to the very top edge, you're gonna find a little double arrow. It's really kind of hard to see, but it's right there. If you click that double arrow, it means collapses down to a Nikon, and it expects that you might not recognize the icon to began West. So puts the name there. But if you grab the edge of this and pull it in, you can get just the icon. And that's what happened to these. If I were to grab its edge and Poland get names or if I click, it's little double arrow. They become full size again. So that's kind of how to navigate around. Once you get your screen set up the way you'd like it to be, then you might want to save. This is a workspace, a workspace. We'll remember the position of all the panels in which ones were visible. You can do that in many different areas of Photoshopped, but one of them is an icon knew the upper right of my screen right up here. And if I click there, there's a choice to create a new workspace, and so I'm gonna call this complete guide, so I remember why I created it and you can have it. Remember various settings. You can also customize your menu bar that's up here, and if you have, you could save that as part of it. You can customize your keyboard shortcuts, or you can even customize which tools appear in your tool panel. Eso You could include that. But once I choose save, then if I ever mess up and I want to have a different layout, maybe one layout for retouching, another one for painting and so on. I could save them up here and then quickly switch between them just by going to this menu and completely reconfigured my screen. So this is how I often have my screen set up, and I've saved it as a work space. Once I moved everything around into a custom fashion. Then I ended up saving. That is a workspace via this menu.

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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