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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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1 Class Introduction Duration:00:52
2 Introducing Photoshop Duration:02:37
3 The Class Materials Duration:01:36
4 How To Open Files Duration:01:42
5 Using The Home Screen Duration:02:35
6 Exploring The Interface Duration:03:30
7 Getting Additional Help Duration:01:36
8 Understanding Workspaces Duration:05:11
9 Tools and The Options Bar Duration:03:50
10 Why You Should Use a Tablet Duration:04:31
11 Finding Hidden Tools Duration:04:23
13 Selecting Things Duration:08:01
14 More Selection Tools Duration:12:25
17 Resolution and Bit Depth Duration:07:03
18 Photoshop Preferences Duration:01:31
19 Menu and Item Shortcut Keys Duration:02:39
20 Non-Destructive Editing Duration:02:57
21 Working with Layers Duration:12:19
22 Groovy 3 Exercise Duration:11:43
23 Layer Effects and Styles Duration:05:38
24 Layer Masks – Karen on Beans Duration:08:33
25 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:05:38
26 Martian Karen Duration:03:37
29 Understanding Smart Objects Duration:07:28
30 Smart Sharpen Duration:06:42
31 Understanding Histogram Duration:06:24
32 Adjusting Curves Duration:03:48
33 The Healing Brush Tools Duration:10:26
34 The Clone Stamp Tool Duration:07:47
35 The Burn and Dodge Tools Duration:05:55
36 Understanding RAW Files Duration:01:44
37 Adobe Camera Raw Duration:04:18
38 XMP Sidecar Files Duration:02:14
39 Camera Raw: Edit Duration:12:24
40 Camera Raw: Crop & Rotate Duration:03:13
41 Camera Raw: Spot Removal Duration:04:56
42 Camera Raw: Adjustment Brush Duration:08:17
43 Camera Raw: Graduated Filter Duration:05:40
44 Camera Raw: Radial Filter Duration:05:11
45 Camera Raw: Red-Eye Removal Duration:02:04
47 Neural Filters Duration:10:09
48 Portrait Retouching Session Duration:36:53
49 Scenic Retouching Session Duration:11:25

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XMP Sidecar Files

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.



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.