Pure Photoshop: A clean workflow for beginners
with Lisa Harrison
august 8, 2016
september 26, 2016
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This Photoshop course is a 4 week workshop for the photographer who is ready to develop a consistent clean workflow, using Photoshop, ACR & Bridge. No prior experience in Photoshop is necessary. I will give you a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental tools. We will cover color management, white balance, histograms, exposure, identifying color casts, correcting skintones, basic retouching, cropping, resizing, sharpening and more. No actions here. You will be in control every step of the way. Each week builds upon the next and consists of a PDF and multiple videos. (Are you an alum of Lisa’s old course, Photoshop Fundamentals? If so please contact us before signing up to find out more about overlap between the old course and the new course.)
daily practice encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
We all know a strong foundation is the best place to start. You will get the most out of this course if you’re working with technically sound images. Not quite there yet? That’s okay. I supply a folder full of images that workshop participants can pull from throughout the course.
My videos and PDF’s were created using the Creative Cloud. You will need to install Photoshop CC and Bridge CC to follow along seamlessly. We will not cover Lightroom at all. This is strictly a Photoshop workshop. However, what you learn in ACR can be applied to Lightroom.
You should have a calibrated monitor.
Lisa Harrison lives in Vermont with her husband, 2 children and black lab. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, skiing and boating. Lisa loves natural light and clean processing. She is mainly capturing images of family and friends these days. Lisa is also the Intro to Natural Light instructor. Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants: Jodi Arego, Kristen Ryan and Jessica Nelson.
• Pre Assignment: 1 PDF, 4 Videos
• Week 1: 2 PDFs, 6 Videos
• Week 2: 2 PDFs, 15 Videos
• Week 3: 1 PDF, 13 Videos
• Week 4: 1 PDF, 6 videos
• Basic workflow action set with instructional video.
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
• Personal Written Critique of Weekly Assignments by Instructor & TAs
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Week One: Basic Photoshop Tools
Reading: Color Space (In-Camera, ACR, Bridge & Photoshop), ACR Basics, Intro to Layers, Intro to Selections, Intro to Masking
Assignment: Creating a layered document (placing images, layers, selections, masking and brush opacity).
Week Two: Working With Light
Reading: Histograms, Levels, Curves, Blend Modes and light, Blend Modes and Contrast, Highlight & Shadow Recovery, Dodge & Burn, Selective Brightening & Darkening, Vignettes
Assignment: Building upon week 1 and using adjustment layers and other tools to correct exposure and add depth and dimension to our images. We will use layer masks to selectively apply adjustments.
Week Three: Beautiful Color
Reading: White Balance, Color Balance, Skintones, HSL Panel, Saturation and Vibrance, Blend Modes and color
Assignment: Building upon weeks 1 & 2. We will correct skintones and selectively deal with other color issues. As well as enhance the color in our images.
Week Four: Retouch and Prepare for Print and Web
Reading: Crop & Straighten, Cloning & Patching Basics, Skin Smoothing, Preparing for Print, Preparing for Web, Sharpening
Assignment: This week we will put it all together. We will put the finishing touches on our images and prepare them for their final destination.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, instructors and TAs are present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor and TA critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.