Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Adobe Libraries

Let's talk about the Adobe libraries. The libraries are over here and that we've put here, because we've saved this workspace this way. We have colors, color themes, layer styles, and graphics. Now, at any time during your workflow, you might find something that you're doing specifically in the realm of maybe graphic design work that works really well for you that you really like. Under my library, if I go to graphics, there's something that I use quite a bit when it comes to my video tutorials that I do for my website. And that's making this template for a bar that goes across my image with text in it to tell the viewer what they're about to see over top of an image. So if I go ahead and drag this and drop this onto my canvas here, that is a, something's that stored in my Adobe Creative Cloud library that allows me to go to it at any time right there within that library's field. So now, I can move this around and get this fit right exactly where I want it to be. And now, I've got that...

band across there with all the layer styles that would've been in there to begin with. And notice how there's a little cloud icon right there. That's telling me that that's coming from the Adobe Creative Cloud. It's coming from a series of assets that I have created that have then been uploaded to the Cloud. At any time, you see this little button right here that says Add Content or Create a Library from the Document. If this document has a bunch of things going on it, I can create an entire library just for things that are happening in that document. Or I can create just the content that's happening within this area and add it to that library and have access to it whenever I want on any of my images. Now, from maybe, like, a workflow standpoint for someone who's doing maybe portrait or landscape work, this might not be very effective. But for design work or maybe you do portrait work and you have clients and you have the same type of thing that you do on every one of those images and you just maybe alter the text a little bit or change the text a little bit. This gonna be a place where you can put those assets so you can always have access to them. And they don't appear nowhere, okay. They appear, or they don't exist nowhere. They exist within the Cloud and they can appear whenever you want them to. But to get to there, if we open up the Creative Cloud. Remember I said this is your command center for Photoshop. You'll see here, listed under Assets. And this actually comes with 20 gigabytes of storage for you and you can put whatever you want in there. So if I were to just say Open Folder, there is actually a folder in my folder structure within Windows, under my File Explorer here called Creative Cloud Files. I can store files there that maybe I like, these are some of my favorite images that I've ever done, so maybe I want access to them over every computer that I have. So if I'm not at home, I don't need to worry about it. They're all stored on my Creative Cloud in that file catalog. Right now, I'm on my PC. I'm on my laptop that I use when I'm doing events. But if I go home and I go onto my PC, I can see exactly what's happening in that Creative Cloud file because they're connected and they're linked. And I know that because if I go right here and say View On Web, I can see exactly where those exist on that website on the Adobe Creative Cloud. And I really encourage you to navigate through here. You get a lot of stuff when you get your CC package. You get Photoshop, you get Lightroom. And that's all people really think when they get that photographer's bundle. But now, you also get 20 gigabytes of storage on the Cloud. You also get the ability to collaborate with people from these areas as well. You also get ability to make your own website through the Adobe Portfolio, which is actually a pretty cool thing. It's better than nothing, I should say that. It's good, if you know how to use it. It could be a good way for you to represent yourself so you're not just saying, 'Hi, I'm Blake Rudis, here's my card.' And it goes to, you know, I don't know, maybe just has my phone number on it or something like that. So it gives you a place that you can send people to, a call to action, so to speak. And you can put whatever you want in that website. Same thing here too. If I go into this file. Let's say I'm working with a client and I upload a file to this folder, I can click on this and I can send a link. I can share that link to them. And when I share that link with them, right now, this is set to private, but I can open up that privacy, so that I have other options. When I send them this link, do I want them to have the ability to save this in their Creative Cloud? Do I want them to be able to download this image? Or do I just want them to be able to make comments? So let's say you're collaborating with somebody else within a design atmosphere and you want them to see what you've done. This can be a good opportunity to say, 'Hey, can you just leave some comments on here?' Or if you have a client that you want to be able to see a photograph that you've done from their set, all they can do is show comments and they can't download that item. Another thing that's really interesting here is we go to those libraries. If we open up that library, we go to that My Library. And we open up that graphic that we had there. Which was this one, the Sharpening Adobe Camera Raw. We open that up. This should... It did it before. When I open it up, it will show you what it is that creates that that item. It's not doing it at this point. Obviously, it doesn't do that now. Let's try this one. Nope, not doing it now. But a lot of times, it'll show you the details, the layer styles. This always happens when you're, you know, in the middle of production. It shows you the layer styles, what styles were used to create that, and even sometimes the fonts that were used to create and that if those fonts are widely accessible.

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:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• 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.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


Bootcamp Introduction
The Bridge Interface
Setting up Bridge
Overview of Bridge
Practical Application of Bridge
Introduction to Raw Editing
Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
Global Tools Part 1
Global Tools Part 2
Local Tools
Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
Toolbars, Menus and Windows
Setup and Interface
Adobe Libraries
Saving Files
Introduction to Cropping
Cropping for Composition in ACR
Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
Cropping for the Subject in Post
Cropping for Print
Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
Introduction to Layers
Vector & Raster Layers Basics
Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Organizing and Managing Layers
Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
Screen and Multiply and Overlay
Soft Light Blend Mode
Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
Introduction to Layer Styles
Practical Application: Layer Tools
Introduction to Masks and Brushes
Brush Basics
Custom Brushes
Brush Mask: Vignettes
Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
Mask Groups
Clipping Masks
Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
Practical Applications: Masks
Introduction to Selections
Basic Selection Tools
The Pen Tool
Masks from Selections
Selecting Subjects and Masking
Color Range Mask
Luminosity Masks Basics
Introduction to Cleanup Tools
Adobe Camera Raw
Healing and Spot Healing Brush
The Clone Stamp Tool
The Patch Tool
Content Aware Move Tool
Content Aware Fill
Custom Cleanup Selections
Introduction to Shapes and Text
Text Basics
Shape Basics
Adding Text to Pictures
Custom Water Marks
Introduction to Smart Objects
Smart Object Basics
Smart Objects and Filters
Smart Objects and Image Transformation
Smart Objects and Album Layouts
Smart Objects and Composites
Introduction to Image Transforming
ACR and Lens Correction
Photoshop and Lens Correction
The Warp Tool
Perspective Transformations
Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
Making Your First Action
Modifying Actions After You Record Them
Adding Stops to Actions
Conditional Actions
Actions that Communicate
Introduction to Filters
ACR as a Filter
Helpful Artistic Filters
Helpful Practical Filters
Sharpening with Filters
Rendering Trees
The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
Introduction to Editing Video
Timeline for Video
Cropping Video
Adjustment Layers and Video
Building Lookup Tables
Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
ACR to Edit Video
Animated Gifs
Introduction to Creative Effects
Black, White, and Monochrome
Matte and Cinematic Effects
Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
Glow and Haze
Introduction to Natural Retouching
Brightening Teeth
Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
Advanced Clean Up Techniques
Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
Portrait Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
Landscape Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
Composite Workflow Techniques
Landscape Composite Projects
Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • A superb course and excellent overall job, beautifully presented and easy to grab the material, in total the material the style and the whole set of classes is just great love to g back and watch again and again