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Photoshop Advanced Training Course

Course Description

This course is aimed at existing Photoshop users who need to improve their workflow by learning the more advanced features.

You will cover topics including Advanced Selections, Retouching and Color Correcting, Smart Objects and Smart Filters, Advanced Compositing, Color Profiles, Camera Raw, and more.

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Students should have completed our Photoshop Fundamentals course or have the equivalent experience prior to attending this course. Training available on Mac and PC.

View our full range of Adobe Photoshop courses, or see below for the detailed outline for Photoshop Advanced.

2 Days | $895.00

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Detailed Course Outline

  • Fashion Shot - Cloning vs. Healing

In this exercise, you will retouch some headshots by removing facial blemishes and "repairing" chipped teeth.

    • Using the Clone Stamp Tool
    • Using the Healing Brush Tool
    • Removing Stray Hairs

  • Fashion Shot - Dodging and Burning Blemishes

In this exercise, you will take retouching to the next level by using the Dodge and Burn tools.

    • Using the Dodge/Burn Tools to Touch Up Blemishes
    • Using Channels

  • Fashion Shot - Liquifying Retouching

In this exercise, you will straighten a model's smile and make her eyes the same size.

    • Using the Liquify Filter: Bloat, Pucker, Forward Warp Tools
    • Artistic Retouching of Facial Features

  • Correction Techniques on a Normal Images

In this exercise, you will use the Curves Tools to add contrast and vivid color to an image

    • Overall Color Correction using Curves
    • Customizing Curves Options for Fast Correction

  • Correction Techniques on an Extreme Images

In this exercise, you will take an old photo, which is badly damanged, yellowed, and faded and in a few steps we correct it to bring out its true colors.

    • Overall Color Correction using Curves
    • Setting Custom White and Black Points
    • Sampling a Current Color from the Image
    • Correcting that Color's Saturation and Brightness
    • Changing the Image using your New Color

  • Understanding Blending Modes

Blending Modes are another powerful tool that Photoshop has to offer. In this exercise, we will explore a few common blending modes and see how they work.

    • Using the Histogram Panel
    • Experimenting with different Blend Modes (Screen, Multiply, Overlay)
    • Using the Color Blending Mode to Tint an Image

  • Layer Masking and Compositing

In this exercise, you will use Layer Masks to non-destructively swap out the sky in an image

    • Adding the First Sky
    • Adding the Layer Mask
    • Viewing or Disabling Your Layer Mask
    • Trying Another Sky

  • Matching Tones in Composite Images

In the exercise, you will use an Adjustment Layer and a Clipping Mask to adjust the color tone of the sky in our composite so that it matches the other image making up the composite.

    • Matching Color
    • Curves Color Channels
    • Desaturating Color
    • Clipping Masks

  • Lifestyle Shot: Selecting the Skin

Making Selections is at the heart of retouching. In this exercise, you will use the Alpha Channel to select a person's skin.

    • Selecting the Skin using the Alpha Channel
    • Checking the Mask

  • Lifestyle Shot: Testing Selections

Testing your selections is a good way to temporarily boost the contrast of an image, so you can see what you did and didn't select.

    • Using Curves to Test Selections
    • Updating the Skin Channel

  • Lifestyle Shot: Balancing Skin Tones

In this exercise, you will balance out the model's skin tones so the image is more color balanced.

    • Quick Mask
    • Intersecting Selections
    • Curves

  • Lifestyle Shot: Adjusting Contrast

In this exercise, you will learn any easy trick for adjusting contrast without shifting color. This technique is useful for when the colors have been signed off on but you still need to adjust contrast.

    • Curve Adjustments and Blending Modes
    • Preventing Contrast Adjustments from Changing Saturation

  • Lifestyle Shot: Selecting the Shirt

In this exercise, you will select the models shirt. As the shirt shares a lot of edges with the skin you selected earlier, you can reuse that work to speed up your new selection.

    • Loading Selections
    • Roughing Out a Selection
    • Using the Lasso Tool
    • Redefining the Selection
    • Channels
    • Using Hue/Saturation to Colorize Shirt
  • Dealing with Color Profiles

In this lesson, you will learn about color management and color profiles, and how professionals ensure the correct colors are always displayed across different devices.

    • Color Management Preferences
    • Assigning Color Profiles
    • Dealing with Common Color Issues
  • Color Settings and CMYK Conversions

Choosing the correct profile for your conversion to CMYK is a often neglected but very important step. In this lesson, we will compare some profiles to see how different they look.

    • Converting to CMYK
    • Loading Color Profiles
    • Comparing Different CMYK Conversions
  • Prepping an Image for the Web

Preparing an image for the web is a slightly different process to preparing it for print. This exercise will walk you through a typical web preparation workflow.

    • Resizing and Resampling
    • Soft Proofing
    • Image Compression (JPEG)

  • Using Channels to Make Selections

In this exercise, we will use Alpha Channels to easily select the areas before doing the color change.

    • Using Channels for Selections
    • Using Levels to Refine Selections
    • Hue/Saturation to Change Color Of Clothing
    • Updating Channel Selections

  • Smoothing Skin with Blend Modes

In this exercise, you will smooth out the texture of a women's skin. When applied properly, you can achieve beautiful natural-looking results.

    • Smoothing the Skin using Blending Modes and Filters
    • Blurring Highlights and Shadows Independently
    • Adding Texture for a Natural Look

  • Smoothing the Skin with Luminosity

Experienced photographers know that the red channel often produces the smooth skin texture. We can take advantge of this in Photoshop by using the Channel Mixer set to luminosity to blend in a smoother tone.

    • Channel Mixer
    • Using Channels to Smooth Skin Tones
    • Luminosity Blending Mode

  • Modifying Light and Shadows

In this exercise, you will use a Curves adjustment layer set to the Color blending mode to add some warmth back to a photo.

    • Adding Warmth to a Photograph
    • Selecting Highlight Areas of an Image
    • Channels Selections

  • Sharpening Techniques

In this exercise, you will learn some new techniques to fine tune the sharpening of an image.

    • Comparing Smart Sharpen to Unsharpen Mask
    • Using Blend Modes to Improve Sharpening
    • Selectively Adding Sharpening with a Layer Mask
    • Using Smart Objects

  • Sharpening with High Pass

In this exercise, we use two different sharpening techniques - the Smart Sharpen tool followed by the High Pass filter, that can yield very natural results very similar to the original.

    • Using the High Pass Filter for Sharpening
    • Using Hard Light Blending Mode
    • Comparison to Smart Sharpen

  • Camera Raw Fundamentals

High-end digital cameras can save images in the RAW format, which contains extra data obtained for the camera's sensor. Adobe Camera Raw helps you process these higher quality RAW images.

    • Opening & Editing Raw Files
    • Camera Raw Workflow Options

  • Noise Reduction and the Camera Raw Filter

In this exercise, you will use the Camera Raw filter to reduce noise often found in digital photos.

    • Reducing Digital Camera Noise
    • Using the Camera Raw Filter

  • Real World Project: Product Shot (Bonus Lesson)

This Real Word project recaps several of the techniques already learnt, including selection methods and color corrections.

    • Selections using Paths
    • Selections using Channels
    • Paths
    • Matching Colors using Curves
    • Easy Selections with Channels
    • Intersecting Selections
    • Commercial-Style Color Correction
    • Loading Selections
    • Color Range Selections
    • Using Channels to Refine Color Range Selections

Our outlines are a guide to the content covered on a typical class. We may change or alter the course topics to meet the objectives of a particular class.



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