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Photoshop for Photographers: The Essentials

with Ben Willmore

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  •   01 Adobe Bridge: Basic Navigation

    33:58
  •   03 Camera Raw: Basic Sliders

    18:24

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About The Class

your adobe orientation.

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

    33:58
  2. 02

    Adobe Bridge: Organizing Images

    47:54
  3. 03

    Camera Raw: Basic Sliders

    18:24
  4. 04

    Camera Raw: Adjusting for Exposure

    32:10
  5. 05

    Camera Raw: Adjusting for Contrast and Color

    21:45
  6. 06

    Camera Raw: Localized Adjustments

    40:44
  7. 07

    Camera Raw: Optimizing an Image

    43:52
  8. 08

    Photoshop: Work Flow Options

    33:15
  9. 09

    Photoshop: Resolution

    25:55
  10. 10

    Photoshop: Quick Overview

    18:41
  11. 11

    Photoshop: Black and White

    17:46
  12. 12

    Photoshop: Focus Bracketing

    36:09
  13. 13

    Photoshop: Panorama Stitching

    27:17
  14. 14

    Photoshop: Curves

    41:40
  15. 15

    Photoshop: Curves Continued

    27:58
  16. 16

    Photoshop: Shadows and Highlights

    14:52
  17. 17

    Photoshop: Curves for Colors

    34:13
  18. 18

    Photoshop: Hue and Saturation

    39:43
  19. 19

    Photoshop: Adjustment Layers

    37:44
  20. 20

    Photoshop: Adjustment Layers Before and After

    38:13
  21. 21

    Photoshop: Layers

    39:27
  22. 22

    Photoshop: Layers - FX and Masks

    38:42
  23. 23

    Photoshop: Compositing

    31:59
  24. 24

    Camera Raw and Photoshop: Retouching

    35:35
  25. 25

    Photoshop: Retouching Continued

    31:47
  26. 26

    Photoshop: Content Aware, Selective Focus

    23:06
  27. 27

    Photoshop: Textures With Layer Masks

    31:08
  28. 28

    Photoshop: Creative Treatments

    16:24
  29. 29

    Finishing Techniques and Workflows

    31:06
  30. 30

    Finishing Techniques and Workflows Continued

    22:40

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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  • 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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