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Lesson 107 of 118

Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 107 of 118

Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization


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Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization

In this lesson we're gonna talk about portrait workflow so I'm gonna take you all the way back to the very beginning of day one of this bootcamp when we talked about Bridge and then we went into Adobe Camera Raw and then we talked about all kinds of stuff that you could do in Photoshop. So we're gonna kind tie everything together with these next workflow segments. In this one specifically I'm gonna talk about portrait workflow so you're gonna see kinda how I look at the images after I shoot them, what I do in Bridge to cull them, and then how I bring them into Camera Raw to edit them, and then also go into Photoshop if I need to do some really advanced things. So the first thing here is Bridge. With Bridge, this is cataloging, organizing, and prioritizing the things that I need to edit. Then I'm gonna hop into Adobe Camera Raw and I'm gonna do basic adjustments like getting the exposure and the shadows and highlights looking good, chromatic aberrations, noise reduction, mild sharpening...

. And then we hop into Photoshop and that's where I would kind of hand off all of the basic stuff into Photoshop to get some of those advanced adjustments done, color grading, creating my artistic atmosphere and mood, and any artistic processing I wanna do with filters on top of that. Along the whole way I want you to keep these three things in mind, tone, color, effects and this is a very step-based process. We're doing tone-based things first, then we're getting into color-based things, and then we'll do our artistic effects that we're gonna do on top of that image. If you maintain this workflow the whole way through, you'll never ask a question about what you need to do and when and where. You do tone first, get that looking good. We do color, then we go into effects. So let's go ahead and jump into Bridge and we'll take a look at one of the photo shoots that I've done recently here. So here we are in Bridge, I'm gonna go ahead and open up this photo shoot here. This is from a recent shoot that I did for one of my friends. She's also a fellow photographer. We have a really cool kinda deal between the two of us that she shoots our family portraits, I shoot her family portraits and then we all walk away very happy with our final result. So it's a lot of fun, I have a lot of fun with these individuals. So first of all, what would I do just right off the bat? Well, because these are people, I would come in and I would make a new keyword and I'd call this keyword Alexander. That's their last name, Alexander photo shoot. Put this in the people category and then I click throughout the whole thing, shift click, and then click on their keyword so that they're keyworded so I always know that they now have keywords associated. If I wanted to go even further with that, I could keyword it down to every individual that's in that family so that I could keyword just the pictures of each individual child or just the pictures of the adults and break down my keywords into very specific categories of what I need to find and when. So if I were to put in here underneath this one, add a new sub-keyword, that sub-keyword would be parents. I could quickly go through here and look at any photos that have the parents of the Alexander shoot in them. We'll even include the kids in there too, that's not a problem. And then click that keyword. So if I ever need to filter this down based on keywords, if I just click parents, I have all the pictures of just the parents or the pictures of all of them together or if I had the pictures of just the individuals and just the kids. So I can weed things out and see things a lot easier with keywords. Keywords make your life a lot easier. After I've done that, what I would do is I would create a... After I've done that I would go ahead and go into my filmstrip view and take a look at all of these images individually and start looking at what images are gonna get prioritized to shoot. So, looking at the photographs, this is where I would start doing the control one, control two, control three, control four, control five. My winner winner chicken dinner would be control eight. Control six is it can get rejected. And that's how I would start looking at these images. So for this one, eh, it's okay, let's do control one. I'll then go to the next one, control, I don't really like the fact that I missed his knee and the bottom of his foot so control one. But if that's the only picture that I have of those two, I'm probably gonna go back to that one. So let me just control two that one, that will give me a little idea that yeah, I don't really like the fact that I cut off his knee there but I could probably creatively crop this in a way that could crop off more of those parts that I'm not necessarily worried about by fitting in a little bit less of the background there. And this one's just a funny one. She's so cute, we'll do control, that's a pretty good personality one, control two. Look at that, I know, look at that. They're just awesome kids, a lot of fun. This one, let's see what happens, if that's the only one I have of that family. That's the thing about shooting with children, they can be just here, there, and everywhere and all over. So you take what you get. Now me, personally, when it comes to me and my family, these are the types of ones that I print, especially with my middle son William, he is just crazy so getting his personality in those pictures is something I'm never gonna forget. If I had him just do that fake smile, that fake half smile, then it's just like yeah, okay, that's not the William that I know. So as a parent, I do appreciate these pictures. Not everything has to be perfect, these are still good pictures that you can deliver. This is a really good one of them so I can control three. Another good one of them. I think this one's a little bit better, let's just do control three on this one. This one we got a photo bomb from one of the kids, control one. That's pretty cute of them two, control two. Control two. I don't really like her face in the back, she looks scared, control one. That I could probably do some really awesome artistic looks with so I'd probably control three this one and then maybe even control seven it so that that tells me okay, this is something that I could probably do a really artistic portrait because of the natural look on her face and those big, beady child eyes. Another good one here, control three. Again, kids just having fun, control two. A little bit better but a little bit blown out, control two. This one, again, right now it doesn't look that great but I know that I could do some artistic processing on this to really focus the eyes right into their interaction. So I could control three that one. That's a pretty good one, control three. Again, just having fun, control, that's kinda fun, making an animated GIF out of that one. (audience laughing) Control three. That's kinda cute, control three. That's a good one, control three. That's pretty good, control three. There's one I have in here of her that is just phenomenal. This one I'd probably control two, it's blown out. Control one, I can use that. This one, do some really awesome artistic processing on this one. There's a lot of character in this one, there's a lot of interaction between her, what's happening with the rest of the area around her so control three. That would probably even be a control four because I could definitely do something with that. I like the portrait that's here. Don't like the fact that it's dead center but I could always crop it later, control three. Again, just family interaction, this could be a good print to deliver to them, control three. Control three. Control two. Control one, I could crop the photo bomb out in the bottom right corner. This, I could probably brighten it up and still get a lot of that. What I was going for here is I like the light on the side of their face but it was a little blown out too much. I know my camera well enough that I know that even though this is kind of underexposed, I can still go and brighten up those areas in Adobe Camera Raw and not lose them and still have that beautiful light that's on the side of their face. So a lot of times we just don't show, especially if you're photographing another photographer, like, yeah, just don't look at this one. (laughing) But I know that I could do something with this that would take it a little bit further so maybe control three on that one. I'm a little less critical with myself on landscape, on portrait photography as I am on landscape photography. Landscape photography, my control threes and my control fours are a lot less because I want that one very perfect image. Now when I'm delivering photos to clients, especially in a portrait shoot like this, I need to consider that I'm gonna have a lot more control threes 'cause if I were to treat a portrait shoot like my landscape shoots, this family would get one picture. And I don't think they'd be pretty excited about that. So that's why I would probably do a little bit more on my control threes and my control fours here as I'm culling through these images in Bridge. I like that one, control four. They're all good faces there. These ones are good. I don't like that sign over there so that's something that if I was gonna deliver this image I'd get a little bit more nitpicky with and I'd probably get into Photoshop and do some cloning with that to get rid of that so we'll just move to the next one. This one's kinda cute, just their interaction but I got a good one of their faces so control two. I like this one. This one the B's right above his head. Good job, Blake. We'll just do control three on this, control two on that one. Of these three, this one would probably be the best, control three. Control one, I could probably just delete that one, control one. That's kinda fun, control three. Don't like how it's cropped, control one to delete. That wouldn't be a bad one to deliver. That probably wouldn't be a bad one to deliver, again. Eh, don't like the side view on that one, I'd probably control one that one. This one's pretty good, control three or control four on that one. She was just so much fun. Getting to know the kids when you're doing a portrait shoot is very important. The first probably 15 minutes of hanging out with them, I was just hanging out with their kids because you can't really have the parents focus on keeping those kids in line, that's kind of your job. So if the parents are upset and the kids are running around doing stuff, then when they go to take those pictures it's gonna be forced and there's not gonna be a lot of fun. So I'd get on the ground with the kids before we even started the shoot, just talk to them, get to know what their interests are, ask them what they like, what's fun, get some fun shots with them just so that they're comfortable with the camera so that when I say okay, we can have some fun, but how about you go over there with mom and dad and smile for me. They're like okay, cool. And then they go ahead and do it. That way the parents don't have to be trying to corral the kids and screaming at the kids, "Hey, just smile, dang it," because I know that's what I do to my boys. (audience laughing) But she's very good with that. I learned a lot, she photographed us first, so I was less concerned with how she was photographing us and more concerned with how she was treating our children so that when I went to photographs hers I was like okay, this is how I'm gonna, and it helps, it definitely helps, take those notes. Next, this one I don't really care too much for. That's kinda cute, control three. There she is. I told her to shoot my like Harry Potter would. But yeah, so then if I look at these images and I look now at my star ratings over there, I can see what my ones are. If I take away these check marks and just look at my ones, what do I have listed here as my ones? These are all the images that I'll do a second pass on. After I've labeled it a one, I wanna be sure that that's something that I wanna delete. After looking at my images, if I label something a one and then realize, well, I don't have any other photos like that, can I make that work? If I really needed to make it work, would I have to do a head swap? That's a pain in the butt but if I needed to make it work because I didn't have that pose anywhere else, that's where I'd wanna consider doing something like that. So with this one, I've got plenty of poses with them hanging out so this one I could definitely delete. And if I wanted to really let myself know that, I would control six this one so that it's red for reject. This one, control six 'cause we got another good one. This one we already had a good one of them so control six. That can remain a one. We already had a bunch of them together so control six. I had a better one there. Didn't really like that one 'cause we had another better one. So these could all go. So then after I control six them, I could right click on them, right click, and I could just delete them if I don't want them. If I wanted to save them I could but I just know that I don't need to have those included anymore. Then I'll look at my two stars. Take a look at those two stars and see what I've got in the two stars. This one, I didn't have any other picture of the two of them together so I'm probably gonna have to get a little bit creative with the crop on this one. So I'm gonna have to bump this up from a control two to control three. That's just to tell me, hey, process this one. So then I'll look at this one, we have plenty of her with her funny character so we can just do control one. And once I control one, notice how it disappears. What it's doing is it's going into that bucket of one star images. This one's actually kinda cute so I might actually wanna three star that one. And then this one we had plenty of them, control one. And then control one, control one, control one. That's actually kinda good, I kinda like that one so I might control three that one to keep that one. Control one, control one, control one. So now I could go, if I wanted to I could go back to that bucket of the ones. These are the ones that I just know that I'm not gonna do anything with. So now after doing this shoot, after however many, I took maybe, I even think I took even more pictures than this. This is a cold version of the cold version. I took about 150 pictures, we narrowed that down to just a couple for demonstration purposes. Now I've got all my three star images here and my four star images. I would select both of these together, unlike what I did with the one and twos, because now with the four and the three star, these are the ones that I'm gonna wanna bring over to Adobe Camera Raw and start editing. Bridge is not an editor. It can't edit my images. The only thing that can right now at this point is gonna be hopping over into Adobe Camera Raw before we go into Photoshop. So I will batch edit these in Adobe Camera Raw. A lot of times people use Lightroom. If you use Lightroom, this might be not something that you'd do. If you use Bridge, the next transition is to go into Adobe Camera Raw which would be the equivalent of just after you've culled them in Lightroom, doing your basic settings in Lightroom. So I'll grab all these, press and hold shift, right click, open in Camera Raw.

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.

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!!!!

Sonya Messier

I'm been using Bridge, Adobe Raw and Photoshop for 12 years. I thought I knew those programs until I started to follow Blake and do this Photoshop CC Bootcamp. This course is AMAZING. I love the way Blake teach, brakes down concepts and tools... excellent teaching qualities! I'm half way in this course and I change all my workflow already. Much better results and better use of what Adobe offer me. This course is an investment! When I will be done, I will listen it again. Great job and congratulations on your success Blake!