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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

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Martian Karen

Mark Wallace

Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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26. Martian Karen
We take Karen on Beans to the next level by using Adjustment Layers to change things up. We also use some artistic filters to add some dimension to the image.


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Class Introduction


Introducing Photoshop


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How To Open Files


Using The Home Screen


Exploring The Interface


Getting Additional Help


Understanding Workspaces


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Martian Karen

Alright, let's take our wackiness one step further. And what we're going to do is we're gonna make Karen into a martian. We're gonna learn about bit depth and some filters. So let's jump back into Photoshop. We're gonna pick up where we left off. What I'm gonna do here is the photo filter in the black and white filter that we created. I'm just gonna take those away. I'm gonna select both of them by hitting the photo filter shift in a black and white filter and then this delete button, I just want to get those out of there. And so we're back to just carry on beans. And so the first thing we want to do is we want to make Karen into a green martian and we can do that by going down here. We're gonna click on this and we're gonna click on hue and saturation. And so what we want to do is we want to click colorize and we're gonna change her to green. That's pretty green, it's pretty Marchini. And so that's pretty good. We can hide this. And remember we want this to apply to Karen not the bean...

s. We want her to be a martian on normal beans. Like all Martians are so we're going to option click between these layers so that that only applies to Karen, she doesn't look Marchionni enough to me. So I think we need to add a filter. Now, Photoshop has all kinds of really groovy interesting filters and they're right at the top by say filter, You can see that we have the filter gallery and establish some of these things that are just they're great out. What the heck? Remember when we talked about bit depth, I mentioned the fact that some of the filters and features aren't available on images that are 16 and 32 bit images. So let's see what's going on here. Our image. We click on mode. Sure enough. This is a 16 bit image. And so some of those filters are not available. So what we need to do is we need to take this down to an eight bit image that's going to remove some of the color. But for martian, Karen martian, it's not gonna matter at all. So we're gonna go down to eight bits per channel. You can't see any difference here. That's only really if you're doing some fine art printing or something, you're going to see a difference. And so now we can go again, make sure you've clicked on Karen, not the mask, but on Karen on that layer here and then go to filter. Now we've got all the filters showing up. So let's go to the filter gallery and right off the bat, we have a really cool filter. This is the half tone pattern. So this is in the sketch area of the filters so I can click on note paper, that's pretty cool or photocopy. But what I wanna do is I want to use an artistic filter. So I'm going to click the disclosure triangle here. And let's choose plastic wrap. Okay, this is going to put this weird sort of groovy plastic wrap over Karen. And if we hit okay, there we go. Now we have Okay, it's a martian Karen. It's something that we can learn from. If you're laughing you're learning, right? So we have created Marcin Karen learning using layer effects and styles layer, mask adjustment layers and filters. And uh yeah, all these fun things. So what we want to do this is sort of crazy. Nobody's ever going to make a martian Karen and maybe don't know, maybe you would need to make martian Karen. What we wanna do is learn how to use all of these techniques to do something real. And so in the next session, I want to show you an exercise that you can do at home. It's some advanced compositing. And so we're gonna do that next

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.