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Adobe Photoshop Level II

Current users will get a more thorough grounding in Photoshop than they may have started with and be able to fill in any gaps in their knowledge. Efficient, non-destructive working methods are stressed, along with understanding the underlying principles of the tools being addressed.

This is a fast paced class that begins with basic principles but moves quickly through to an intermediate level by the end of the 2nd day. Students needing a slower pace are encouraged to take our Photoshop for the Non-Designer class.

What's New in Photoshop

overview of new features since the last update

Customizing Photoshop

clean-up Photoshop's menus

create your own keyboard shortcuts

create tool presets

make custom panels with configurator

recommended changes to Photoshop's preferences

Advanced Selection Techniques

mastering pen tool techniques for precise selections

using old school channel techniques to make fast accurate selections

using the new refine edge feature to capture wisps of hair

isolating selections via color range

transforming selections

saving selections for future use

Understanding Color in Photoshop

comparing CMYK, RGB, sRGB, AdobeRGB, Lab*, color spaces

understanding gamuts and color translation issues

using color management via color profiles

adjusting color settings for professional level work

assigning color profiles

converting from capture profiles to working profiles

converting from RGB to CMYK best practices

previewing printed color accurately on screen

Mastering Color Correction

working non-destructively

using Photoshop's tools to analyze color and tone problems

review of the histogram and info panels

determining white point, black point and midtone

understanding and using curves

understanding and using the blending modes in the layers panel

isolating color changes with clipping masks

using Lab* for color enhancement

color matching with solid colors and pantone swatches

overview of camera raw for color correction

down and dirty techniques for quick color fixes

Cosmetic Retouching

removing wrinkles, blemishes, acne, stubble, and cellulite

teeth whitening

evening out blotchy red skin

toning down hard reflections and shiny skin

fixing bloodshot eyes and bags under the eyes

deepening eye color

using non-destructive dodge and burn layers

using non-destructive cloning and healing techniques

restoring texture to retouched areas

Getting the Most out of Photoshop's Filters

overview of Photoshop's filter gallery

understanding smart objects and smart filters

using the displace filter for more realistic compositing

creating a bump map

using vanishing point for easier retouching

liquifying pixels for retouching and caricature

Automating Photoshop

creating and applying automated actions

building droplets for drag n drop photoshopping

create panoramas with photomerge

cropping and straightening scans automatically

using the image processor and image processor pro plug-ins

finding and applying scripts

Image resolution and file formats

understanding image resolution

resampling images-making the best of a bad situation

pixel dimensions vs document size

knowing the file formats and their best usage (.jpg, .psd, .png, etc)

using the save for web feature

“Excellent series. I feel ready to try many of these new techniques and confident I can do them.”