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Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 11 of 118

Introduction to the Photoshop Interface


Adobe Photoshop CC Bootcamp

Lesson 11 of 118

Introduction to the Photoshop Interface


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Introduction to the Photoshop Interface

Now we're gonna get in to the nuts and bolts of Photoshop and talk about probably the sexiest topic, interface and setup. No sarcasm at all (laughs). So setting up Photoshop is a really, actually it's very important. It's important for workflow, it's important for workflow efficiency. If you go in to my garage, it's probably gonna be a nightmare for somebody who has a nice, clean garage, but you're not gonna know where my tools are. If I go in to your garage, same thing. I'm not gonna know where your tools are. So you need to set up Photoshop in a way that's most efficient for you. And I relate a lot of this to kitchens. The best kitchen is not the biggest kitchen. We all might disagree, cause a big kitchen is nice. Cause everyone starts to hang out now in the kitchen more so than the living room, but the biggest, the best kitchens are the ones that are the most efficient for the chef that's using it. And each kitchen in gonna be different. Where you put those pots and pans matters. So...

if this is your kitchen, you might put your pots and pans in this drawer. I might put mine in that drawer over there. But I probably wouldn't wanna put my Tupperware way over here where the pots and pans should go, because that might need to go more near towards the sink, because I'm gonna be doing my dishes and emptying the leftovers into the Tupperware. Maybe I think about this too much, I don't know. But my wife and I moved in to our new house a few years back I was putting the boxes in the kitchen, in the places that I wanted those things to go. So she walks in, she's like, "Why are we doing this?" I was like, "Because we have to set this up "in the most efficient way possible." She's like, "Oh, there ya go." You know, cause that's how I think. I think about efficiency, I think about workflow. And I don't just think about that in terms of what I do in Photoshop. I think about it even down to the things that I'm doing when I'm brushing my teeth in the morning. You know, what do I do first? So once you, but you set things up for yourself so that you know, successfully, where you need to go in your kitchen to get the pots, to get the pans, and put it to the closest place possible that you're gonna need to use it. Photoshop is no different. When I'm working in Photoshop, there's different places to put your pots and your pans. And some of those are more efficient places than others. Some places I like to separate out, you'll see that I put a lot of my working stuff over here. And I put some of my tools over there. I like to have my tools in one place and the working document stuff in another place. And if we look at this, these are our cabinets. These are the places where we can put our pots and our pans or, if we're in a garage, these are places that we can put our tools so that we can work in a more efficient way. In Photoshop our cabinets aren't cabinets. We call them toolbars. We have menus, and then we have windows. Of all the things that could be modular based, the only two that are actually modular based that you can, you can modify to your liking, are the toolbars and the windows. The menus are solid, they're in place, they're already predefined by Photoshop. So once we get in to Photoshop, you're gonna see how this works. Now before we talked about Adobe Camera Raw, and we talked about Lightroom. So now we need to just, first let's just talk about how to even open Photoshop, okay? So that'll help us transition in to what we need to do once we get in to Photoshop. So, we're in Bridge at this point. If we wanted to open up Photoshop, all we'd have to do is double-click on an image, or we could right-click on that image and say open with, and then open with Photoshop CC 2018 as my default. Because I'm working within Bridge. Another way that we could open Photoshop is to go in to our folder structure that we have for our images. If we just go in to our desktop and I go in to any one of my folders, I can right-click on an image, and I can say open with, let's say properties. And I can have that set to open with Photoshop. So for me, I like to have everything that's an image set to open in Photoshop. I drive my wife, drives her nuts. She does not like the fact that a JPEG opens in Photoshop. She's like, "I just wanna look at it. "Why does it have to open in Photoshop?" I open PNGs, I open JPEGs, I open TIFFs, I open PSD documents. Cause I want, that's my command center. I want everything to open through Photoshop, because that's what I'm using to edit my images. If this was set to the default that would be in something like Windows, I could just go and change this to Photoshop and have the default set for Photoshop. It'll be a little bit different for a Mac, but you can associate what you want your images to open in. I prefer everything to open in Photoshop. It just makes my life easier. I don't have to think about it. That way, if I double-click on anything, I can open it up, and I'm right inside Photoshop. Another thing that you're gonna find along with Photoshop and opening Photoshop is going to be, right when you first get it, when you first get Photoshop, there's this thing called the Creative Cloud. It's the thing that you sign in to to get in to your version of Photoshop. So if you've never used Photoshop before, you have the option to put it on two computers at any given time. So I have three laptops. One of them's my travel laptop, one of them's my work station that I use as a laptop when I go on seminars or events like this, and the other one is my desktop PC. So if I log in to Photoshop on all three of those, by the time I get to the third one, it's gonna say, "Hey, you need to log out of all your other machines "before you can log in to this one." And all that's handled through the Adobe Creative Cloud. It'll even pop up when you try to open up Photoshop. But this is like, the Creative Cloud is your command center for all things Adobe and what you actually own within Adobe's ecosystem of programs. So by default, if you have the CC photographer's plan that comes with Photoshop CC and Lightroom, you will have the option to install this. Now you'll see here that I don't even have Lightroom installed on my machines. I'm probably one of the only people on the planet that doesn't use Lightroom. I strictly use Bridge, my own folder structure, and Photoshop. I don't go in to Lightroom at all. I have my own purposes for that. For me it's not a matter of, you know, being hoity-toity or holier-than-thou or something like that. It's because it manages my images in a way that I don't, I'm not comfortable with. So I have a very strict system on how I manage my images that I've been doing since I started photography, and I'm very comfortable with that. And I'm not a big fan of cataloging. So that's why I don't really jump too far in to Lightroom. But this is where you can open up any of your programs that you own. So right here we see that Adobe Camera Raw, which we already covered, is already automatically installed in to Photoshop. It's part of Photoshop as a plugin. So if we needed to open up Photoshop, we could even come in to the Creative Cloud and we could open it up here. Another thing to note about this, as far as versions of Photoshop are concerned, is this right drop-down next to it. It's got a couple things here. You can view tutorials, other versions, or install. So at any time, if you wanted to uninstall Photoshop, you could do that. I don't recommend it, cause I love Photoshop (laughs). But if you go to other versions, you can see all the other versions of Photoshop that were there before, and even install them. Which is really awesome of Adobe to do that, because a lot of programs, they just stay with what's most up-to-date, and you can't see the history or go back and install those things. So it's really nice that we have that access available to us.

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!