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Photoshop Mastery: Ultimate Mastery

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About The Class

Part of the Complete Photoshop Mastery Bundle.

Throughout this series, we've covered many huge topics (retouching, adjustments, collage, etc.). In this final installment, we fill in the gaps between big thoughts with the more subtle concepts that are essential to taking full control of Photoshop. This is the stuff you rarely see taught, but true experts use on a daily basis. I'll start by revealing a bunch of hidden and hard to find features that you probably don't know exist because you have to type odd keyboard shortcuts or go through other loopholes to find them. I'll then show you how far you can push your adjustments before they start to lower the quality of the image. We'll do that by popping the hood in Photoshop to reveal how those adjustments may be harming the underlying integrity of your image.

I'll then show you how to manipulate Photoshop's features to get them to do things they were not designed to do. This way, you can extend Photoshop further than even the programmers envisioned. I'll also talk about many of the little features that never get covered in classes but are overly useful. Finally, we'll dive into a few geeky features that are not for the faint of heart like variables, apply image and calculations.

Whether you're still fairly new to Photoshop or you're an advanced user, there is sure to be techniques in this class you will want to add to your mental toolbox.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.0

Topics Covered

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Lab Mode

  2. 02

    Lab Mode: Color Separation

  3. 03

    Lab Mode: Selections

  4. 04

    Hacking Photoshop

  5. 05

    Hacking Photoshop: Knockout Shallow and Deep

  6. 06

    Hacking Photoshop: Selections

  7. 07

    Knowing Your Limits: Histograms in ACR

  8. 08

    Knowing Your Limits: Histograms in PS

  9. 09

    Printing and Flattening Your Image

  10. 10

    Scratch Disks and Memory Space

  11. 11

    Hidden and Hard to Find Features

  12. 12

    Classic Features

  13. 13

    New Photoshop CS6 Tips

  14. 14

    The Little Stuff: Cropping, PDFs, Proof Setup

  15. 15

    The Little Stuff: Layer Panel Options

  16. 16

    The Little Stuff: Scaling, Defringe, Noise Reduction

  17. 17

    The Little Stuff: Printing Prep, Red Eye, Panoramas

  18. 18

    The Geeky Stuff: Layer Comps

  19. 19

    The Geeky Stuff: Advanced Blending Options

  20. 20

    The Geeky Stuff: Apply Image and Calculations

  21. 21

    Introduction to Variables

  22. 22

    Variables: Baseball Card Template

  23. 23

    Variables: Engagement Announcement Template

  24. 24

    New Features in CC: Resizing and Shake Reduction

  25. 25

    New Features in CC: Camera Raw

  26. 26

    New Features in CC: Miscellaneous


Meet Your Expert

Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame who has taught over 100,000 Adobe Photoshop® users on all seven continents. His bestselling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Ben as one of America’s favorite Adobe Photoshop® instructors, and he is often the top-selling speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for numerous digital imaging publications, including Photoshop User magazine, and his award-winning books have helped helped hundreds of thousands of design and photography professionals make the transition from blindly following step-by-step techniques to “Ah-ha! I finally GET Photoshop!” ... read more

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100% of students recommend this class.
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  • RDM Photography

    RDM Photography

    May 2015

    I have always enjoyed watching any of Mr Willmore's courses, engaging and entertaining with a gentle professionalism, with a good pace of delivery for the target audience. What I so enjoy is that the underlying theory is 'correct' with obvious care and understanding of the terms used and this speaks volumes as to the instructor's commitment. I have always learnt something from these courses and this was no exception.

  • Jose A De Leon

    Jose A De Leon

    September 2015

    This is by far the best investment I've made. Ben is a qreat teacher. I watch repeatedly the videos over and over until the concepts become second nature. Since I bought the complete bundle, I can go back when ever I want and watch again. My Photoshop skills have improved exponentially. I'm extremely happy I made this purchase.

  • Lemmi Kann

    Lemmi Kann

    October 2017

    I just started to get familiar with Photoshop and know the basic. After watching just first three lessons I am totaly blown away - I can see how much far I can go with editing my photos, what possibilities I have. I edited some of my photos and they look way better now! Ben Willmore is excellent lector and I encourage the beginners to buy this class too. It's easy to understand and follow if you already know what is layer and mask.

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