This chapter is packed with videos designed to quickly get you up to speed with Photoshop CS6. You'll tour Photoshop's interface, learn how to optimize Photoshop for real-world productivity, and discover how Photoshop can be used to create compelling images.
Introducing Photoshop CS6
In this video you'll get a brief introduction to Photoshop CS6 and what will be covered in this course.
In this video you will see some sample before and after images that showcase the new features of Photoshop CS6. Also, we will discuss the new, darker interface. Please don't be afraid of the dark, the more photo work you do, the more this interface will be your friend.
This video is for Mac users only; the Windows users don't need to watch. Here we will look at the Window > Application Frame feature, which is on by default in CS6. You will see how to turn it off and learn some useful keyboard shortcuts.
Time to get nerdy. In this video you will see "Kelly's Favorite" keyboard shortcuts and advanced zooming and navigating techniques, along with a very important setting on the Zoom tool called "scrubby zoom."
This chapter contains a series of fun and easy-to-follow tutorials designed to introduce you to Photoshop and give you a taste of its capabilities.
Photoshop Project Explorations
When editing an image in Photoshop, it's common - and very normal - to make mistakes. In this video you'll see how easy it is to undo steps (even more than one) and step back in time using Photoshop's History panel and History Brush tool.
Adobe Bridge is a standalone application that ships with Photoshop. Many people launch it but don't know how to make use of its robust feature set. In this video you will learn how to quickly rename an entire group of images (or any file on your hard drive) using the all-powerful Adobe Bridge.
If you ever have an object on a complex background that simply isn't in the right spot and wish you could just pick it up and move it - well, in most cases, now you can with the Content-Aware Move tool. You'll also see how to use the awesome Patch and History Brush tools, which were added to Photoshop many years ago.
Photoshop offers a wide variety of special effects, and in CS6 these effects (applied through filters) are faster and more interesting than ever. In this video we will use three filters and some layers to create smoke.
Photoshop has a "magic" Patch tool that can remove crow's feet, wrinkles, bags under the eyes, blemishes, and even moles. The Patch tool can wipe the years away in seconds to quickly enhance the natural beauty of any portrait, as this video demonstrates.
In order to do perfect color correction, or merge elements from several images, you must master Photoshop's selection tools. This video will get you started on your path to becoming a selection master.
In this chapter you'll learn how to customize Photoshop's panels, keyboard shortcuts, menus, and preferences to suit the way you work.
In this video you will learn about some of the most useful settings that you might want to change before digging into Photoshop. You'll also see how to adjust the brightness of the new "dark UI" (user interface) and perform a more frequent Auto Recovery.
The majority of Photoshop's features and tools are organized in panels. In this video you'll learn how to manage and arrange them so that your work in Photoshop is as efficient as possible. Once you create a layout that works, you can save it as a workspace for future use.
One of the best ways that you can improve your efficiency in Photoshop is by using keyboard shortcuts. In this video you'll learn how to change any keyboard shortcut and even add a keyboard shortcut for a menu item that doesn't have one.
To align objects, create mock-ups, or add borders, you will need rulers, guides, and grids. Check out this video to see how it's done. You'll also get one of Kelly's favorite tips for working with grids.
This chapter introduces you to the basics of image editing. The important concepts you learn here will serve as the foundation of your Photoshop knowledge. We'll explore the mysteries of resolution and color and look at the importance of layers and masks.
Image Editing Concepts
This video will give you onscreen examples of how resolution affects quality and file size. You will also see how JPEG compression reduces file size but can damage an image over time. Another key to resolution and file size is knowing where your image will be used - web, print or mobile - and where your image was "born."
Most people today have a digital camera, or at a minimum a camera on their mobile phone. To begin editing and sharing those images you need to copy them to your computer, and this video will show you exactly how.
Using Adobe Bridge you can view a slideshow of images and assign a rating as you go by hitting the numbers 1 through 5. This way, before you begin a project, you've narrowed down your selection of images to the best ones in the batch. Before or after rating it, it's also useful to batch rename your files so that they are easily identifiable, as this video demonstrates.
Once you start using your digital camera a lot, you will find that your hard drive quickly gets littered with loose, poorly named images. The more images you create, the more important organizing becomes. In this lesson you'll see how easy it is to rename, move, and organize your files in Photoshop.
When you practice nondestructive editing, the changes you make to an image are never permanent. This allows you to edit the image with unrivaled power and flexibility. In this video we'll look at the many ways in which Photoshop lets you nondestructively edit an image.
Selections allow you to control exactly where changes occur in an image, create composite images, or manipulate parts of a photo. In this lesson you will learn how to make rectangular and elliptical selections.
To make freeform or straight-edge selections, you will need to get comfortable with the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso tools. In this video you'll see how to do some subtle color correction by lassoing a selection and how to drop in a new background that blends using feathering.
The Magic Wand tool is one of the two most powerful and intelligent selection tools in Photoshop. In this lesson you will learn how to make color-based selections in your images with the Magic Wand tool.
Simply choosing Image > Mode > Grayscale does not make a compelling black-and-white photo. In this lesson you'll learn some high-end tricks for converting a color shot to a striking black-and-white image.
Layers are a core feature of Photoshop, giving you the ability to assemble different images together, create mock-ups, and make powerful image adjustments that remain fully editable after you save and close your file. In this chapter, we will break down Photoshop's layer features.
Layers and Masks
The first step on your path to mastering layers is learning how to remove a background. Dive into this lesson to see a super-secret one-click method for removing solid backgrounds. After the background is wiped out, we'll drop in a new one and even "ghost" it back so that the image is more subtle.
Combining several images into one final photo is a task every Photoshop user will undertake sooner or later. Images can be dragged and dropped on top of one another, copied and pasted, or selected and moved to a new layer. You'll see all these techniques in this video.
How many times have you taken a photo only to discover that one person is looking away or has their eyes closed, while everyone else looks great? Never fear - as long as you build a habit of always taking several shots, you can blend the best of each into one final photo.
Creating a mask hides a portion of an image without ever erasing the image data. Layer masks are used for hundreds of tasks, and in this video you will see how to create a popular effect: converting the background to black-and-white while leaving one object in color.
Some of the most useful image effects can be applied to the background of a photo by selecting the area, creating a layer mask, and running a filter (plug-in). In this video you will see how to create a high-end photography effect - depth of field - using a layer mask.
In many photos the overall shot looks great, but there is one area that is too light, too dark, or simply has odd color. In this video you'll see how to use layer masks to correct color and contrast in selected portions of an image.
Photoshop lets you add depth to an image through the thoughtful use of drop-shadows, glows, patterns, and much more. This video will guide you through the Layer Style dialog box so that you can choose effects that add polish to your images.
Products offered in several colors in a catalog are commonly shot once, then that original shot is edited to create an image for each color available, saving time and money. In this lesson we will lift the curtain and show you exactly how this is done.
Photo retouching can mean many things: anti-aging, removing imperfections, creating balance, drawing the viewer's eye to your subject, and so on. This chapter will guide you through the key skills involved in retouching.
The Red-Eye tool in Photoshop couldn't be simpler: One click on the offending area and the red is wiped out. You'll also see a more high-end way to remove red-eye, using the sponge tool to desaturate and the burn tool to darken the pupil.
In this video you'll see how easy it is to remove skin imperfections, blemishes, smudged makeup, and other imperfections, including the double-chin effect sometimes caused by poor lighting or people moving back to get in the shot.
Stories are all over the web showing before and after photos of some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood, and in this video you will see how to get that "Hollywood" skin, with flawless smooth texture and improved contrast.
Although Photoshop can make everyone look 10-20 years younger, you want to be sure that your images don't look too "worked on." The History panel can bring back all of the original if you've gone too far, or lightly blend the original back into your cleaned-up image so that your corrections make the image look better but natural.
Photoshop's Dodge tool lightens and the Burn tool darkens, with intelligence. You can use the Dodge and Burn tools to subtly increase the contrast in selected areas of a photo. With practice, the refined area you create will draw the viewer's eye and create a much more compelling image, as this lesson demonstrates.
High-end retouchers rarely make destructive edits to images. Instead, they use new layers to clone all the skin repairs. This way, the original shot is always preserved. If you want to retouch like a master, watch this video.
Most images need a little color correction, but some require major work. Fortunately, Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is here to save the day. The ACR plug-in is not new, but it is woefully underutilized, and in this chapter you'll learn how to use ACR to get the best color, contrast, and detail out of any photo.
Creating Beautiful Digital Images with Adobe Camera Raw
In this video you will see why you should be using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) on every digital shot and learn about the easy, powerful, and robust tools available in ACR.
The histogram gives you a visual representative of where the pixels (or data) lie in your images, while the Info panel gives you the exact color values of any area you mouse over in an image. In this video you'll see how to use both of these tools to keep an eye on your data as you correct color, tone, and contrast in your images.
Once you understand how useful Metadata is, you will want to apply it to every image you create or import to make the files more searchable. In this lesson you'll learn how to build reusable metadata templates in a few simple steps.
Not only is Adobe Camera Raw easy to use, it is efficient. If you have the same subject in the same environment, you can correct one image, then copy and paste those corrections to a series of images. This video shows you how.
Not only can Adobe Camera Raw crop your images, it can also apply a beautiful burnt corner effect called "post-crop vignetting." In this video you'll see how to use this effect to give your photos a little something extra.
In this video you'll see how easy it is to boost the hue, saturation, and luminance of selected colors in your image to get the exact shade you desire or the shade you saw on the day you took the shot.
Sometimes when you correct an entire photo you lose detail or tone in a certain spot. In this lesson you'll learn how Adobe Camera Raw lets you use the Adjustment Brush to bring back any detail, color, and tone that you desire.
When you correct an image, portions like the sky can be lost completely. In this lesson you'll learn how to use the Targeted Adjustment tool to narrow down the color range in any part of a photo in order to lighten, darken, or preserve the original color and tone.
For a long time creating type in Photoshop was not a common practice, but with the smartphone and tablet revolution, it is becoming much more common. In this chapter you'll gets lots of techniques and tips for working with text.
Working with Type and Creating Mock-Ups
Photoshop typography has never been more powerful than it is in CS6. In this video you'll see how to add text, size it, experiment with typefaces, and position and align your text.
In this lesson you will get an overview of the buttons and options in the Character panel. You will also see how to run a spell-check, use fractions, and exactly position type if you are doing mock-ups for devices or the Web.
In this video we'll take a tour of the settings in the Paragraph panel. You'll also see how to justify type and use space after, a little-known feature that is essential for formatting paragraph type and very easy to use.
New to Photoshop CS6 is the ability to create character and paragraph styles, which are essential in any page layout application. In this video we will create several styles to be reused in other Photoshop documents.
Character styles apply to an individual letter or word or to a highlighted block of text, not to the entire paragraph. They enable you to apply boldface, italic or even rollover text (to create global settings for all static words and their corresponding rollover word). In this video you'll see how to create a character style and how styles save you time for global edits.
Mobile layout is the next big challenge for the design industry. Fortunately Photoshop CS6 makes creating buttons for mobile devices easier than ever with the addition of vector layers. In this lesson you'll learn how to create new shapes in a few easy steps.
Watch this video to see "Kelly's Favorite" keyboard shortcuts for type. These shortcuts also work in InDesign and Illustrator, and the shortcuts to increase or decrease type size also work in Microsoft Office.
To create realistic type in an image (such as engraved text on a building or statue) you can use layer style blending modes. This video also shares a super-secret power-user trick for masking type with the detail of the underlying image.
This chapter looks at Photoshop's tools for working with 3D and video, which are greatly improved in version CS6.
3D and Video Editing
The 3D features of Photoshop CS6 now offer editable text, paths, masks, and selections. In this lesson you'll see how easy it is to create 3D type and control its appearance using the new Properties panel.
No video training series would be complete without showing off those "just for the fun of it" features. In this chapter you'll learn some of my favorites.
Just for Fun
This is a tip I stole directly from Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director at Adobe Systems. I'm sure everyone has needed to get rid of strangers in their beautiful vacation shots, and in this video I'll show you how to do it.
Photomerge has been built into Photoshop for many versions, but it is still a mostly undiscovered feature. In this video you'll see how you can choose several shots (taken without a tripod) and have Photoshop automatically blend them together into one seamless panoramic image.
Photoshop CS6 includes some major changes to the functionality of the Crop tool. Adobe added the Rule of Thirds guides to the Crop tool in CS5, and in CS6 they've now added the proportion for a Golden Ratio, Golden Spiral, Diagonal, and Triangle.
Photoshop CS6's Crop tool has added settings for getting exactly the size, ratio, and resolution you would like, as well as crop presets to allow frequently used sizes to be saved and reused. This lesson explores these useful features.
Taking shots at a low angle (yes, I'm short) can cause a distortion in your image, especially when you photograph buildings. In this video you'll see how the new Perspective Crop tool can quickly make your image look like it was shot from head-on.
If you use changeable lenses or use Photoshop's Photomerge to create panoramic images, you will love the new Adaptive Wide Angle Correction, which can correct bowing at the edges of your images. You'll see how it works in this video.
Iris Blur, Tilt Shift Blur, and Field Blur have been radically improved in Photoshop CS6. If you've never used these filters before, check out this video to see how to create radial depth of field and an optical illusion of miniature.
Puppet Warp does exactly what it implies: It allows you to take objects or people in your photos and manipulate them as if you were a puppet master. Check out this video to learn about one the coolest tools in Photoshop CS6.
The clone stamp tool is used to paint (or clone) one part of an image over another. In the last few versions of Photoshop this tool has been quietly improving, and in this video you'll see what it can do in CS6.
HDR (high dynamic range) images can take the best highlight detail and the best shadow detail from several photos captured at different exposures and merge them into one rich, detailed image. Photoshop CS6 includes some powerful tools for creating HDR images, as this lesson demonstrates.
You put a lot of work into your images, so when it comes time to print or share them, you want to get the best quality you can. This chapter will show you how.
Outputting Your Images
In this video you'll see out how easy it is to automatically generate a web photo gallery. Photoshop can take a folder full of images and create a web page with transitions, navigation buttons, filenames, and much more.
Preparing images for the web can be a confusing task until you get the hang of Photoshop's "Save for Web" feature. In this lesson you'll learn how to use Save for Web to test different file formats, compression settings, and color options so you deliver an ideal web image.
Images can be delivered to two primary types of devices: screens or printers. Color management affects the display and output of your photos on the intended device. In this video you will see how to select the proper color settings for high-end print, and what color settings Photoshop has as the default.
Determining the best resolution and dimension for an image can be a bit of a challenge at first, but once you see what each option in the Image > Image Size dialog box does, you'll be well on your way to resizing images like a pro. This lesson walks you through these important settings.
In this video we'll explore the Print dialog box, which has been much improved in Photoshop CS6. The dialog box itself is scalable and has a much larger print preview, and it lets you scale your image, add descriptions, change your color handling, and print multiple copies.
This video looks at the Mixer Brush, which is a relatively new tool to Photoshop. Using this brush you can create hand-painted works of art, either from scratch or by using a photograph as your source image.
The Art History brush can blend and spatter your photographs into an abstract image. In this lesson we'll use it to create a painting, add a layer mask to reveal the original photo, and stroke a selection to create a glow effect.