Creative Digital Processing Photoshop Video Tutorials
Make Your Images Pop!
Photoshop is an invaluable tool to make images pop. I've been using it for over a decade now and have learned the ropes from many hours of work, and plenty of trial and error. But with me as your guide, you can take a considerably shorter path! Each lesson in this set of fourteen videos is brief enough to be watched in one setting while also packing in plenty of useful information.
Topics covered include black and white conversion, blending images, optimizing photos for internet presentation, adjusting color and white balance, and much more.
- Ian Plant
- Introduction to Layers and Masks. This introduction to using layers and masks in Photoshop teachers the fundamentals of working with layers and vector masks, the cornerstone of advanced digital image processing. Quicktime Movie, 47MB, 14:36 minutes.
- Working With Adjustment Layers. Demonstrates my personal Photoshop digital image processing workflow using five basic adjustment layers to optimize photos in terms of color, saturation, and contrast. Quicktime Movie, 49MB, 14:00 minutes.
- Introduction to Black & White Conversion. Introduces basic black & white conversion techniques using Adobe Photoshop, and demonstrates advanced techniques for fine-tuning conversions. Quicktime Movie, 24MB, 8:49 minutes.
- Basic Blending Techniques. This introduction to blending multiple exposures shows how to merge exposures using the layer masking techniques discussed in previous tutorials, and includes tips for making blends look realistic. Quicktime Movie, 29MB, 12:46 minutes.
- Advanced Blending: Channel Selections. Teaches advanced techniques for making difficult multiple exposure blends. Channel selections are often an elegant solution to challenging exposure blends. Quicktime Movie, 25MB, 12:55 minutes.
- Multiply Mode Blends. RAW files often lack color, contrast, and saturation, appearing washed out, especially in highlight areas. This tutorial teaches how to use multiply mode blends to easily add drama and punch. Quicktime Movie, 33MB, 13:07 minutes.
- Creative White Balance Processing. Sometimes a single white balance setting can't capture the range of tones and colors seen by the eye. Learn how to double-process a raw file for creative white balance effects. Quicktime Movie, 36MB, 8:42 minutes.
- Optimizing Photos for Web Presentation. Introduces resizing, sharpening, and color optimizing photographs for presentation on the Internet. Includes discussion of sRGB conversion and file size optimization. Quicktime Movie, 38MB, 9:22 minutes.
- Cloning, Patching, and Fills. Explains several easy ways of removing footprints, blemishes, sensor dust, and other distracting elements. Includes a discussion of cloning, patches, and content aware fills. Quicktime Movie, 41MB, 8:26 minutes.
- Removing Lens Flare. Demonstrates techniques for removing lens flare, and includes a field technique that, when combined with some easy Photoshop processing, allows flare to be easily removed. Quicktime Movie, 46MB, 10:51 minutes.
- Wildlife Photography Techniques. Introduces basic techniques for adding some character to wildlife photos, including background blurs, catch-lights, and techniques for toning down highlight areas. Quicktime Movie, 41MB, 9:45 minutes.
- Selective Color Adjustments. Selective Color is a powerful tool that allows darkening blue skies for drama, optimizing the colors and hues in digital images, and adding color to sunset skies. Quicktime Movie, 38MB, 10:01 minutes.
- Removing Digital Noise. Teaches basic and advanced methods of removing digital noise and chromatic aberrations using layer-masking techniqes. Quicktime Movie, 44MB, 10:10 minutes.
- Creative Blurring. How to add creative blurs, including background blurs for macro, motion-blur effects for wildlife, and the "Orton" technique for creating dreamy images. Quicktime Movie, 41MB, 11:23 minutes.
All videos are provided in QuickTime Movie format and display at a 1280x600 resolution. Chances are, your computer already has a media player capable of reading and displaying QuickTime files. If not, you can download a free copy of the QuickTime media player from Apple.
Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) will not permit downloads from the web, as Apple only permits video downloads from the Apple iTunes and App Stores. (You may open the video files in Safari but you cannot save the videos to your device.) To view these videos on an iOS device, purchase from a computer and then sync the file over iTunes to your device.About the Author: Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, and a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine. Ian’s work also appears in many other books, calendars, ad campaigns, and magazines available worldwide.