Introduction to the Photoshop Interface

 

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

 

Lesson Info

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:

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

1Bootcamp Introduction 2The Bridge Interface 3Setting up Bridge 4Overview of Bridge 5Practical Application of Bridge 6Introduction to Raw Editing 7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface 8Global Tools Part 1 9Global Tools Part 2 10Local Tools 11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface 12Toolbars, Menus and Windows 13Setup and Interface 14Adobe Libraries 15Saving Files 16Introduction to Cropping 17Cropping for Composition in ACR 18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop 19Cropping for the Subject in Post 20Cropping for Print 21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop 22Introduction to Layers 23Vector & Raster Layers Basics 24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop 25Organizing and Managing Layers 26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes 27Screen and Multiply and Overlay 28Soft Light Blend Mode 29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes 30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes 31Introduction to Layer Styles 32Practical Application: Layer Tools 33Introduction to Masks and Brushes 34Brush Basics 35Custom Brushes 36Brush Mask: Vignettes 37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn 38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation 39Mask Groups 40Clipping Masks 41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw 42Practical Applications: Masks 43Introduction to Selections 44Basic Selection Tools 45The Pen Tool 46Masks from Selections 47Selecting Subjects and Masking 48Color Range Mask 49Luminosity Masks Basics 50Introduction to Cleanup Tools 51Adobe Camera Raw 52Healing and Spot Healing Brush 53The Clone Stamp Tool 54The Patch Tool 55Content Aware Move Tool 56Content Aware Fill 57Custom Cleanup Selections 58Introduction to Shapes and Text 59Text Basics 60Shape Basics 61Adding Text to Pictures 62Custom Water Marks 63Introduction to Smart Objects 64Smart Object Basics 65Smart Objects and Filters 66Smart Objects and Image Transformation 67Smart Objects and Album Layouts 68Smart Objects and Composites 69Introduction to Image Transforming 70ACR and Lens Correction 71Photoshop and Lens Correction 72The Warp Tool 73Perspective Transformations 74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop 75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface 76Making Your First Action 77Modifying Actions After You Record Them 78Adding Stops to Actions 79Conditional Actions 80Actions that Communicate 81Introduction to Filters 82ACR as a Filter 83Helpful Artistic Filters 84Helpful Practical Filters 85Sharpening with Filters 86Rendering Trees 87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters 88Introduction to Editing Video 89Timeline for Video 90Cropping Video 91Adjustment Layers and Video 92Building Lookup Tables 93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type 94ACR to Edit Video 95Animated Gifs 96Introduction to Creative Effects 97Black, White, and Monochrome 98Matte and Cinematic Effects 99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades 100Gradients 101Glow and Haze 102Introduction to Natural Retouching 103Brightening Teeth 104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool 105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes 106Advanced Clean Up Techniques 107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization 108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits 109Portrait Workflow Techniques 110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization 111Landscape Workflow Techniques 112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge 113Composite Workflow Techniques 114Landscape Composite Projects 115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace 116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos 117Bonus: The Mask (Extras) 118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR

Reviews

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!