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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 91 of 118

Adjustment Layers and Video


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 91 of 118

Adjustment Layers and Video


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Adjustment Layers and Video

Just like any other photograph, we're gonna be using things like adjustment layers on this. And with specifically when we wanna modify the look and feel of an image when we use an adjustment layer on the top, it automatically applies itself to the image and we have that adjustment layer above it and that's how it works. Well in video it can be a little bit tricky to think about things like that because if it's in the same video group it might add itself to the end instead of onto the top. This is where that thief, the clipping mask, is really important. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and make a new adjustment layer, and let's do a curves adjustment layer. By default it may already add that clipping mask there for you. If it doesn't and you've got this going on, your curve may show up at the end instead of at the top of the video. If, maybe if it's outside of the video group. Let's try this, if you put it outside of the video group then it shows up on the top in its own vide...

o area. This is one of those things that you have to think about and where it's gonna end up because sometimes it doesn't end up at the top of the video. Right now, because it's at the top of the video it will edit the video. But if you put something in that video group and it ends up on the other side, like another video, for instance, and you want that to be on the top, you have to know where your layers are in that palette. So let's just make sure that all of our adjustment layers are there with a clipping mask to ensure that it is affecting that specific video. If we had multiple videos in here we might wanna have that above because it's in the same video group. Those adjustment layers would be affecting all the videos in that video group. So what we're gonna do is we're just gonna take a curves adjustment layer, pull this down, make it darker, and make it brighter. That's increasing and decreasing the intensity of the contrast within this video. If we wanted to test that to see what's gonna happen, we press play. That curves adjustment is working on the entire video. It's not just working on one frame, it's working on the entire photo. So now with that increased intensity we've got a really nice kind of look for this image. I can add in as many other adjustment layers as I'd like here. I could do something like the HSL adjustment layer. And the hue saturation adjustment layer, if I use a targeted adjustment tool, I can maybe change the color of this water, bump this up and make it a little more on the blue side, increase the saturation of that blue to make it a little more rich. And again, like I said before, if you're gonna bump up the saturation like that you might wanna round it off a little bit with a little bit of darkness there by adding a little more value to it. If I can click on my yellows now and bump up the saturation of those yellows, maybe alter that yellow a little bit to make it a little bit more rich, and enrich the darkness of this. So if I go back to the beginning and press play that hue saturation adjustment layer is working on the entire video. Not just that one frame but the entire video. Our preview didn't look that great, so I'll turn that preview back up to 100%, move this back over here and press play. Now it looks a little bit better. Look at the video before. Look at it after. This is more like video that you would get off of your cell phone or your camera or something like that. And a lot of times our cell phones have these pre-built video editors inside them that gives us really cool effects, but here you do it in Photoshop to get more control over it. I mean look at the amount of color that we added to that, really made this a lot more vibrant. We made it a lot more rich just by using two adjustment layers. If you wanted to color grade this, we could go in, we could add a gradient map, maybe make it black and white. Or because we're using a gradient map we can change this to any colors that we want. I'll use this color because it's accessible. Drop the color down and then drop the opacity. So now it's color graded with that yellow or that cream color and the blue. If I want to change those colors I can either choose any of the gradients that I have within here or click on the color and change the color grade of this image. (mouse button clicking) You can see it working kind of on the fly as we edit this. Press OK, press OK. Now because the opacity is down pretty low it's kind of hard to see. But color grading is really important when it comes to video. With this image, maybe not quite as much, but if you've ever seen any TV production-type quality films, movies, basically anything that's gonna be a blockbuster movie is gonna have some type of color grading in it somewhere. Where you go to a place it's hot, how do you show hot without having fire there? You add a really red color grade to the image and it'll feel hot, feel a lot warmer than it actually is. How do you add the sense of cold to something without actually putting ice or water there? Well, you add a blue color grade to it. So you can manipulate the viewer as they're looking at your video just by color grading, just like we've talked about color grading when it comes to a photograph.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
  • Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
  • Smart Objects, Transforming, Actions, Filters, and Editing Video
  • Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


  1. Bootcamp Introduction
  2. The Bridge Interface
  3. Setting up Bridge
  4. Overview of Bridge
  5. Practical Application of Bridge
  6. Introduction to Raw Editing
  7. Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
  8. Global Tools Part 1
  9. Global Tools Part 2
  10. Local Tools
  11. Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
  12. Toolbars, Menus and Windows
  13. Setup and Interface
  14. Adobe Libraries
  15. Saving Files
  16. Introduction to Cropping
  17. Cropping for Composition in ACR
  18. Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
  19. Cropping for the Subject in Post
  20. Cropping for Print
  21. Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
  22. Introduction to Layers
  23. Vector & Raster Layers Basics
  24. Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
  25. Organizing and Managing Layers
  26. Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
  27. Screen and Multiply and Overlay
  28. Soft Light Blend Mode
  29. Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
  30. Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
  31. Introduction to Layer Styles
  32. Practical Application: Layer Tools
  33. Introduction to Masks and Brushes
  34. Brush Basics
  35. Custom Brushes
  36. Brush Mask: Vignettes
  37. Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
  38. Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
  39. Mask Groups
  40. Clipping Masks
  41. Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
  42. Practical Applications: Masks
  43. Introduction to Selections
  44. Basic Selection Tools
  45. The Pen Tool
  46. Masks from Selections
  47. Selecting Subjects and Masking
  48. Color Range Mask
  49. Luminosity Masks Basics
  50. Introduction to Cleanup Tools
  51. Adobe Camera Raw
  52. Healing and Spot Healing Brush
  53. The Clone Stamp Tool
  54. The Patch Tool
  55. Content Aware Move Tool
  56. Content Aware Fill
  57. Custom Cleanup Selections
  58. Introduction to Shapes and Text
  59. Text Basics
  60. Shape Basics
  61. Adding Text to Pictures
  62. Custom Water Marks
  63. Introduction to Smart Objects
  64. Smart Object Basics
  65. Smart Objects and Filters
  66. Smart Objects and Image Transformation
  67. Smart Objects and Album Layouts
  68. Smart Objects and Composites
  69. Introduction to Image Transforming
  70. ACR and Lens Correction
  71. Photoshop and Lens Correction
  72. The Warp Tool
  73. Perspective Transformations
  74. Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
  75. Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
  76. Making Your First Action
  77. Modifying Actions After You Record Them
  78. Adding Stops to Actions
  79. Conditional Actions
  80. Actions that Communicate
  81. Introduction to Filters
  82. ACR as a Filter
  83. Helpful Artistic Filters
  84. Helpful Practical Filters
  85. Sharpening with Filters
  86. Rendering Trees
  87. The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
  88. Introduction to Editing Video
  89. Timeline for Video
  90. Cropping Video
  91. Adjustment Layers and Video
  92. Building Lookup Tables
  93. Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
  94. ACR to Edit Video
  95. Animated Gifs
  96. Introduction to Creative Effects
  97. Black, White, and Monochrome
  98. Matte and Cinematic Effects
  99. Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
  100. Gradients
  101. Glow and Haze
  102. Introduction to Natural Retouching
  103. Brightening Teeth
  104. Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
  105. Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
  106. Advanced Clean Up Techniques
  107. Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
  108. ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
  109. Portrait Workflow Techniques
  110. Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
  111. Landscape Workflow Techniques
  112. Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
  113. Composite Workflow Techniques
  114. Landscape Composite Projects
  115. Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
  116. Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
  117. Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
  118. Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


a Creativelive Student

Amazing course, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a beginner's course for photographers. The problem isn't Blake's explanations; they're top. The problem is the vast scope of this course and the order in which the topics are presented. Take layers for example. When I was first learning Photoshop (back when we learned from books), I found I learned little or nothing from, for example, books that covered layers before they covered how to improve/process photographs. These books taught me how to organize, move, and link layers before they showed me what a layer was actually for. Those books tended to teach me everything there is to know about layers (types of layers, how to organize them, how to move them, how to move them two at a time, how to move them two at a time even if there are other layers between the two you're interested in, useful troubleshooting tips, etc. ) all before I even know (from a photographer's point of view) what it is the things actually do. The examples of organizing, linking, and moving mean everything for graphic designers from Day One, but for photographers not so much. Blake does the same thing as those books. Topics he covers extremely early demand a lot of theoretical imagination for a photographer who doesn't already know quite a bit about what he is talking about. Learning about abstract things first and concrete things later only makes PS that much harder to understand. If you AREN'T a beginner, however, this course is amazing. I thought it would be like an Army Bootcamp, taking you from zero and building you into a fit, competent Photoshop grunt. Now I think it's more like Army Bootcamp for high school varsity jocks. It isn't going to take you from the beginning, but the amount you'll get out of it is nonetheless more than your brain can imagine. I've been using PS for years to improve my photographs, and even to create the odd artistic composite or two. The amount I've learned in the first week is amazing, and every day I learn something -- more like many things -- which I immediately implement to improve my productivity and/or widen the horizons of what I can achieve. If you ARE a photographer who's a Photoshop beginner, I'd take very seriously the advice Blake gives in the introduction: Watch one lesson, and practice the skills and principles you learn in that one lesson for two weeks. THEN watch the next lesson. You can't do that of course without buying the course, so it's up to you to decide whether you'd like to learn Photoshop and master Photoshop all from the same course. Learning it first and mastering it later will cost more money, but I think you'll understand everything better and have a much more enjoyable ride in the process. As for me? I'm going to have to find the money to buy this course. There is simply way too much content in each lesson for me to try to take on all at once, but on the other hand I don't want to miss anything at all that he has to share.

Robert Andrews

Blake Rudis is the absolute best in teaching photoshop. His knowledge and how he presents the instruction is clear and concise - there is NO ONE BETTER. Yes, his classes require some basic skills, and maybe I'd organize the order of (or group) the classes in a different order, but, let me be clear - if anyone is to be successful or famous in the Photoshop world, it should be Blake Rudis. I strongly recommend his teaching. I started photography and post processing in 2018, and because of this class, I'm know what Im doing. The energy you get when you create something beautiful is profound, it makes you bounce out of bed (at 4AM) like a 5 year old, to go create. It's a great ride! Thanks Blake, & Thanks Creative live.

Esther Gambrell

WOW!!! I've been purchasing CL classes for several years now and have watched HOURS of "How-To Photoshop" classes, but this is the first one I've actually purchased because of the AWESOME BONUS content!!! SERIOUSLY??!!?!? A PLUG-IN??? But not only that, Blake is SO easy to understand, and he breaks down concepts in different ways to connect with different people's learning styles. I REALLY appreciated this approach because I am a LEFT-BRAINED creative that has an engineering background, so I really connected to what Blake was saying. THANK YOU FOR THAT! There are TONS of Photoshop courses out there, but I found this one to be the most helpful in they way Blake teaches concepts so that you know WHY you're doing what your doing. I feel like he taught me how to fish with Photoshop to feed me for a lifetime instead of just giving me a fish to feed me for one day. This is the BEST overall PS course out there!!! Thank you!!!!