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Advanced Adjustment Tips & Tricks in Adobe Photoshop


Advanced Adjustment Tips & Tricks in Adobe Photoshop


Class Description


  • Precisely match the color of two objects
  • Change black objects to any color.
  • Add drama to dull overcast skies.
  • Apply multiple adjustments in a single adjustment layer.
  • Utilize uncommon settings such as Knockout.


Are you looking to up your adjustment skills so you can be more effective and efficient by utilizing a wider range of advanced features? Do you run into features in Photoshop that you do not utilize such as Knockout Deep, Knockout Shallow, Pass Through mode and wonder how you could utilize them? Then this class is for you.

Ben has been pushing Photoshop to its limits for over 30 years. Learn his best tips and tricks for getting the most out of Photoshop’s adjustments.

You’ll be able to tackle a much wider range of challenges once you expand the range of features you use on a daily basis. You’ll also reduce guesswork while increasing the precision of your adjustments.


  • People who are generally experienced using Photoshop, but want to push their skills to a more advanced level.
  • Those who want to tackle difficult tasks efficiently.
  • People who want to understand the more powerful and less commonly used features in Photoshop.


Adobe Photoshop 2021 (V22.5.0)


As a photographer, Ben Willmore has shot in all 50 states and explored over 80 countries. He has been pushing Photoshop and Lightroom Classic to their limits since the beginning. Ben is part of a select group of non-employees that Adobe trusts with pre-release beta versions of their software so he can have a voice in the future direction of their software. He has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging that have been translated into 9 languages, has written over 100 articles for major magazines, and was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. He has been a featured speaker at events on all seven continents where he has taught well over 100,000 people.


  1. Limit Brightness Range of Adjustments

    See how Photoshop’s Blending Sliders can limit the brightness range an adjustment will affect so that it does not affect the shadows and/or highlights as much as the rest of the image.

  2. Change Black Objects to Color Using Curves

    Most adjustments are ineffective at changing black objects to color. Curves is up to the task, if you know how to limit the brightness range being affected.

  3. Change Color of Object using Hue and Saturation

    Learn to precisely isolate a range of colors and then shift it to any color you desire. This is a great way of fixing red blotchy skin.

  4. Changing Color of Highlights or Shadows Using Curves

    Learn to harness the power of Curves and add color to the brightest or darkest areas of any image.

  5. Matching Colors of Objects

    Explore two methods for matching the color of multiple objects. You’ll see why the easiest method will often fail you and learn when you need to harness the most powerful adjustment in all of Photoshop-Curves!

  6. Saturation Maps

    Create a unique adjustment layer that will allow you to create a unique selection that varies based on the saturation of your image. That way you’ll be able to add contrast to the mellow colors without affecting the vivid areas within an image.

  7. Using Equalize to Extract Detail

    Use an uncommon approach to extracting detail from overcast skies. The same trick can be used to generate a crazy amount of shadow detail from overly dark images.

  8. Automated Color Correction and Matching

    Learn to transfer the warm feeling in one photo to an otherwise blandly ordinary image. Also see how to quickly color correct old faded photos.

  9. Counterbalanced Adjustments in Lightroom or ACR

    Learn which adjustments in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw should usually be paired together for more effective results. You’ll be able to produce much more dramatic black and white images with these techniques.

  10. Clipping Indicators in Photoshop

    See how you can create special layers that will indicate where your image has lost detail in the brightest or darkest areas of an image.

  11. Expanding Non-Destructive Options

    Learn of an alternative method for applying adjustments non-destructively so you can do so using choices that are not available as adjustment layers.

  12. Combining Adjustments into a LUT

    See how a single Color Lookup Table (or LUT) can produce the same results as dozens of individual adjustment layers combined and allow you to hide your “secret sauce” when sharing layered files with others.

  13. Multiple Masks Using Knockout

    Learn to have more control where an adjustment applies by applying multiple masks to an adjustment layer using a feature known as Knockout Shallow.