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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

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Adobe Camera Raw

Mark Wallace

Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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37. Adobe Camera Raw
This plug-in for Photoshop is a tool that can stand on its own. Mark gives an overview of Camera Raw and explains why you should use it.


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


Introducing Photoshop


The Class Materials


How To Open Files


Using The Home Screen


Exploring The Interface


Getting Additional Help


Understanding Workspaces


Lesson Info

Adobe Camera Raw

Adobe camera Raw is the software, it's a plug in for Photoshop, it's pre installed. When you install Photoshop, you install the adobe camera Raw plug in and it is what we use to interpret and develop all the raw files that will be using. It's also used as a filter. And so even if you don't have a raw file, you can still use some of the features of adobe camera raw to develop your images. And we're gonna spend quite a bit of time looking at adobe camera raw. But let's look at some file types here on the computer. And so notice that I have files have different file extensions and so we have PSD files. That is a photoshopped file. A PSD file is a Photoshop file. A DMG file is a digital negative. That's a raw file specifically from a, like a camera, D N G. Digital Raw C R W is a proprietary raw file from a Canon camera. The original camera camera Raw R A W. So that's sort of abbreviated their cr three is a newer version of Canon's camera Raw. So, and from C R W camera Raw to see our 22 Cr ...

three. So we have that and so you can see all of these different raw files, we even have this one right here red eye dot N E F. That's a Nikon Raw file. And so it depends on which camera brand you have, They all have different file extensions, but those are all raw files. The other thing that you'll notice in the class materials as we have all of these little files that say x M p and they happen to be named the same as some of the other files beach dot DMG. It's a raw file and then there's beach dot X M p. It goes together with that, same with cami skin and Fannie and Wanna and all of these different things have X M p files. And so we're going to talk about x M p files in the next session for now. What I want to do is we're gonna take wanna, we've been working with the Jpeg file this entire time. Now let's take a look at the raw file. So open wanna dot J R dot DMG. So I'm gonna double click on that. It's going to go into Photoshop and then it's going to open camera raw. Now camera raw is broken up into many different sections. So over here, on the right hand side, I'm gonna zoom this over here and then zoom in so you can see these icons. So we have different sections of the edit section, the crop and rotate section. We have the spot removal section, the adjustment brush section, graduated filters, radio filters, red eye removal snapshots, presets and then more stuff. The nice thing about this is a lot of these things, Almost all of these will behave in a similar way to things that we've already covered in this class. The other thing that you'll notice is some of these have a little dot next to them. So this one has a little dot next to it. This one has a little dot next to it. This means that in this raw file there have been adjustments that have been made in this section. So I've done something in the edit section, I've done something in the crop and rotate section. This is telling me, hey you've made changes here but not in any of these other sections. So if we go back here to the camera raw section, I'm going to click on the edit section. If I open the basic section you can see I've moved these sliders around to change exposure and contrast and highlights. That's why this has a little dot there, it's telling me I've made changes. But the thing is I have made these changes but guess what? I can make these changes again and again and again and again as many times as I want forever and make different versions of the same thing. So I'm gonna hit cancel right now and then next, what we're going to do is we're gonna talk a little bit more about those sidecar files and then we're gonna dive into adobe camera raw and we're going to walk through the process of editing an image and go through each of those sections one by one

Class Description


  • Navigate and customize the Photoshop interface.
  • Edit images using non-destructive techniques.
  • Use layers and layer masks to create composite images.
  • Retouch portraits using advanced retouching techniques.
  • Develop scenic photos using tonal and color correction techniques.


The perfect workshop series for Adobe Photoshop beginners. This class assumes that you are new to Photoshop and want to learn how to retouch and adjust your images.

This workshop is a comprehensive overview ofAdobe Photoshop. By the end of this workshop you’ll have the skills you need to edit your images using Photoshop.

These sessions are jam packed with hands-on activities which allow you to learn by doing. Sample files are included with the workshop so you can follow along with hands-on exercises.

The sessions begin with a solid foundation and add new techniques and principles until you have mastered your post-production workflow.

By the end of this workshop you’ll have a clear understanding of the Adobe Photoshop interface, and the most commonly used tools. You’ll be able to edit scenic and portrait photos. You’ll have a solid understanding of color correction and skin retouching.

This workshop has everything you need to master Adobe Photoshop.


  • Photographers with little or no experience with Photoshop.
  • Photographers with limited or no experience with Lightroom or other post-production software.
  • Portrait photographers who want to know how to do basic skin retouching.
  • Scenic photographers who want to know how to do basic color and tonal corrections.
  • Photographers who want to know how to do basic compositing.


Adobe Photoshop 2021
Adobe Bridge 2021
Adobe Creative Cloud (all apps)


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a strong social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time interacting with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.

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Mark did a great job at explaining things and going over them multiple times throughout the lessons. My only issue was that sometimes it went a little faster than I could keep up and I needed to rewind it a bit and start again. But from someone who has never worked in photoshop before I 100% recommend this class to anyone trying to learn.