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Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

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XMP Sidecar Files

Mark Wallace

Photoshop for Beginners: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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38. XMP Sidecar Files
What are XMP files and what do they do? Mark explains how to use XMP files to store develop settings and use them between applications and computers.


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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

XMP Sidecar Files

Let's talk a little bit about sidecar files. What the heck are those? Well if we go and look here in the class materials I mentioned before, we have these little X. M. P. Files that show up an X. M. P file is an adobe Sidecar file. Now with the sidecar file. What you can do as you can take those files and you can save it alongside your original file. So if you have a raw file and an X. M. P. File, that X. M. P file is going to store all of the developed settings that you have made in that raw file. And so then if you take the raw file and the X. M. P. File with it and you put it on a different computer or maybe you use it with a different application, that different application or other computer can then see what you've done with that raw file. So I've included those X. M. P. Files in the class materials so that when you open the raw files that I've included, it includes all of the developed settings that I've made. Now. Some raw files allow you to save the developed settings inside an...

d they're embedded inside the raw file. Some files don't, so to be safe, if you're not sure. Always use an X. M. P. Sidecar file. Now, if your geeky like me, you want to see what's inside those. Well, let's take a look. So I've opened the wanna dot X. M. P sidecar file, you can see it's an Xml file here and it just has all of the data. This is very, very geeky stuff. If I go down here, you can see all the version, but it has all this stuff in here that uh, that adobe wants to know. So it's gonna ask things. It's like, hey, the sharpness, is this the radius, is this the detail, Is this the shadows are here. Every single little thing that you've done in adobe camera raw is saved. Profile names. All that kind of stuff is saved. So it's all the information about your raw file that can be used by other computers or other applications. Or maybe if you just want to archive that image and save the develops that you've made, it's all in that sidecar file. That's what those are. All right. Now, we're ready to take some time and dive into adobe camera Raw.

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.