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Photoshop for Photographers: The Essentials

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  •   01 Adobe Bridge: Basic Navigation

  •   03 Camera Raw: Basic Sliders


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About The Class

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Overwhelmed by Photoshop? Ready to start editing your photos more efficiently? Join creativeLIVE for a three-day course that will give you an in-depth understanding of the Photoshop skills every photographer should know.

Award-winning photographer Ben Willmore has taught hundreds of thousands of photographers worldwide how to harness the power of Photoshop, and he’s ready to share his unique insights and style with you. You’ll learn about optimizing images, sharpening, retouching, black and white conversion, directing the viewer's eye, and much more. Ben will take the guesswork out of Photoshop by covering which menus and tools are essential -- and which you’re better off ignoring.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the core, everyday Photoshop skills that every photographer needs to produce professional-grade work.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2

Topics Covered

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Adobe Bridge: Basic Navigation

  2. 02

    Adobe Bridge: Organizing Images

  3. 03

    Camera Raw: Basic Sliders

  4. 04

    Camera Raw: Adjusting for Exposure

  5. 05

    Camera Raw: Adjusting for Contrast and Color

  6. 06

    Camera Raw: Localized Adjustments

  7. 07

    Camera Raw: Optimizing an Image

  8. 08

    Photoshop: Work Flow Options

  9. 09

    Photoshop: Resolution

  10. 10

    Photoshop: Quick Overview

  11. 11

    Photoshop: Black and White

  12. 12

    Photoshop: Focus Bracketing

  13. 13

    Photoshop: Panorama Stitching

  14. 14

    Photoshop: Curves

  15. 15

    Photoshop: Curves Continued

  16. 16

    Photoshop: Shadows and Highlights

  17. 17

    Photoshop: Curves for Colors

  18. 18

    Photoshop: Hue and Saturation

  19. 19

    Photoshop: Adjustment Layers

  20. 20

    Photoshop: Adjustment Layers Before and After

  21. 21

    Photoshop: Layers

  22. 22

    Photoshop: Layers - FX and Masks

  23. 23

    Photoshop: Compositing

  24. 24

    Camera Raw and Photoshop: Retouching

  25. 25

    Photoshop: Retouching Continued

  26. 26

    Photoshop: Content Aware, Selective Focus

  27. 27

    Photoshop: Textures With Layer Masks

  28. 28

    Photoshop: Creative Treatments

  29. 29

    Finishing Techniques and Workflows

  30. 30

    Finishing Techniques and Workflows Continued


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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  • Creativelive Student

    February 2014

    Very authoritative and informative class. He commands PS and shares what he knows in concise and precise methods. It was too much for me to keep up with. I am not a techno guy and I decided early on that buying this course, and his next one, was what I needed to do. I watched the whole course and tagged a few areas to review. OK, a LOT of areas to review. Great job and I am looking forward to part 2 in April. Thanks for presenting these courses as you do. I a guy who sure wouldn't gamble on an unknown course, so previewing it is the way to go!! Good luck in your venture. I am looking forward to more great classes from other great photographers. Keep up the great work!!

  • Creativelive Student

    March 2014

    This is one of the best courses I've taken on any topic, not just PS or photography. Ben is a fantastic instructor. He introduces a new concept and then reinforces it with great examples and with well done repetition of key points along the way. Really really impressive. He does a super job of finding analogies to explain the concepts that underpin key parts of PS (e.g. comparing curves to a series of dimmer switches) and also teaching tons of super useful keyboard shortcuts in the midst of showing larger processes. Excellent.

  • Creativelive Student

    February 2014

    Hurray for Karen and the detailed notes! I understand now why it took awhile to get them together and up on the lesson page. A superb job. Ben teaches well and Karen's notes finish the job superbly. -- And the collection of keyboards shortcuts? I'm almost tempted to say it's worth the price of admission, by itself. This is, by far, the best organized, best assembled, best presented Photoshop course I've seen. I just wish I'd encountered Ben, back when he was actually writing Ps books. Would have saved me much aggravation.

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