A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Photos - Coming Soon!
I’m currently working on my next video series for release in late August entitled ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Fixing Photos’. It will be based on the ‘Basic Photo Edits’ chapter from my previous series ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Photoshop Elements 9’, detailing the basics every user needs to know, expanding into additional topics that I’ve not discussed before.
This is a great opportunity for me to work with photographers who use Photoshop Elements 10 to enhance and adjust their images.
I’ve organised the series into six structured chapters, as I’ve set out below:
- Course Introduction
As always, my series come with a full introduction of the topic. This includes an overview of what I’m trying to achieve, information to assist PC and Mac users who are following along, as well as detailed instructions of how to install and get the most from the project files.
- Working in the Guided & Quick Edit Modes
Although the vast majority of this title will be recorded inside the Full Edit Mode where we wield the most power, the sheer scale and intuitiveness of the Guided and Quick Edit modes make them impossible to ignore. Here we’ll see how to adjust skin tones, enhance colours in a dull looking picture, and create a depth of field effect.
- The Basics of Tone
Tone refers to light, the single most important aspect of photography. I’ll explain how we can manipulate shadows, midtones and highlights to produce stunning and realistic edits, as well as ways to adjust brightness and contrast by using the tools and commands available.
- The Basics of Colour
I’ll use the 3photoshop Colour Wheel to introduce you to colour, and more importantly, how colour works in Photoshop. We’ll then make a number of adjustments to colour using commands such as Hue/Saturation, Photo Filters and The Smart Brush. We’ll end with a video demonstrating how to remove colour altogether to produce sharp and visually attractive black and white shots.
- Levels & Curves
These commands sit at the top of Photoshop Elements’ image-adjustment tree because they offer the most refined ways to produce great looking edits and enhancements. That comes with a price though. They are much harder to master owing to the manual nature of how they work. There lies our challenge – I offer you a chapter’s worth of videos to do just that – show you how they work! I can’t pass you a secret value that will always work, but I can explain how to read a photograph, and get you thinking like an expert.
- Fixing Common Problems
The final chapter will cover everything that isn’t incorporated into previous videos, including how to deal with lens distortion, red-eye, noise, and unwanted details. We’ll also look at some popular options that give you the power to improve the look of your photographs, including panoramas and sharpening details.
The course is being recorded for beginner’s but I’m satisfied there’s something for everyone – no matter what their level of experience. If you want us to keep you posted on release dates and latest news, please join our mailing list.
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