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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 88 of 118

Introduction to Editing Video


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 88 of 118

Introduction to Editing Video


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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.

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!!!!