Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

Introduction to Editing Video

In this one we're doing something kind of unorthodox for photographers, but video in Photoshop. You'd think, do I need to be a videographer for that? No, not necessarily. The reason why is I'm gonna put this into perspective for you. Video is gonna be really important for you as a photographer maybe not now, but it definitely will be within the next five to 10 years, if not maybe even closer to one to two years. Video is moving so fast, and it's really important. The number one search engine in the world is Google. Guess what the number two search engine in the world is. YouTube. YouTube. The number two search engine in the world is YouTube. What that means for us as photographers is that maybe just by some stretch of our imagination we should get on board with video in some way, shape, or form, because it's really gonna help you in your business more than likely. Google likes to see video for SEO. You don't necessarily need to be a YouTube star but for SEO purposes, if you have a ...

blog, if you have a website, if you have something where people are going to, even if it's a business based website, Google loves video. Especially for SEO. That's a fancy term for search engine optimization. If you're trying to optimize your posts for the most engagement Google likes to see video, because of its ties with YouTube. Okay? How can we, as photographers, incorporate videos into our business? How do we incorporate video, and mainly, and when we get editing we'll see that, but on your website? On my website, f64 Academy, I do a lot of video, a ton of video. I probably do about at least 100 videos a year just on this website, and then on my other website, I think in two years I did over 650 videos. Every year I'm doing about 300 to 400 videos for my business in some way, shape, or form. I chose a different path for my photography path. My photography path is educating people. For educating people, video is my main way of interfacing with people. That's my perspective on video and where it works for me. But, this is on my website. So, what happens is this becomes an item that Google likes to see, because it sees you got a website that you update very routinely. Okay, so you got a routine website that's awesome. Wait, that website has video on it. Oh, you're routinely updating it with videos, awesome. Here's another thing, an animated GIF. An animated GIF is a video, and you can make those animated GIFs essentially in Photoshop as well. These are great for doing things on social media. If you're trying to get the attention of people while they're scrolling through something, as a photographer, an animated GIF, they're like dude, wait oh it moves. (audience laughs) Yeah, I'm telling you, we have very small attention spans. Animated GIFs can get people's attention. This happens to be on my website, but I do use animated GIFs on my social media engines as well, so that I can get people engaged with the things that I'm doing. On your social media platform, right here at the top of my Facebook page, this is a video. It's a 20 second video that zooms in and has different things happening as this video is zooming in and out, and there's even some video elements that are happening within the background there. It's not moving right now, but if you were to go to my Facebook page, my business page, Blake Rudis, you would see that interacting with you as you clicked on it. You can do those for yours as well. In a blog post. So, these are videos that happen in blog posts to gather people's attention, to get people's attention from the internet. Now if you look at my Facebook page, you can even see here that video takes a very prime space inside that page, with your experience in that page. It calls up the last video more so than it calls up my past post. Video is extremely important. As eye-catching ads, Creative Live. They do a phenomenal job with their advertisements. They always get me every time. I'm like scroll, scroll, oh look, an ad. Oh, a Creative Live ad, oh look at that, awesome. Hey, it's mine, cool. (audience laughing) But, they do a great job of getting your attention and pulling you away from the environment that you're in to get you to interact with their product. This is a rather new thing. Our photographer is now a videographer. She does a lot of these kind of day in the life things. She did a newborn session with our son Matthew, and she just showed up within the first 24 hours of him being born. She came in with one camera. She did a phenomenal job. Missy Moore, she does a phenomenal job taking pictures while doing the video. The video that we got back was amazing. We watch it over, and over, and over again. It's something that, you know, it was just a series of small, little snippets that she put together in between taking pictures that could then enhance what you deliver to your end client. Think about this from a client based perspective now. Every one of these could then become something that gets put on social media, that grabs the attention of other people around, and what are we gonna be more apt to share about something for us? Are we gonna be more apt to share those photos, or how about that video of when your son was first born? We shared the junk out of this video. We loved it. It brought tears, it still brings tears to our eyes, just capturing that moment. The pictures are great, but it's the video. It's that interaction that we have. We could see the excitement in our eyes and everything like that. These are things that you could deliver to people in your photography business. Here's something, if you don't believe anything I just said. Just get your phone out, not right now. Get your phone out when we're done with this and take two minutes to scroll through Facebook. Just count how many videos you see. There is a ton of video on there. We like to interact with things that interact with us. We like to move with things that move with us. Video is very important. You don't necessarily have to be a videographer though, to edit these videos. I'm gonna teach you some things in Photoshop that can get your juices going a little bit here when you're thinking about the videos that you take.

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

Lessons

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
Gradients
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
 
 
 
 

Reviews

  • 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