unlocking the magic of photoshop
with mickie devries
april 10, 2017
may 8, 2017
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Have you ever heard photographers talk about frequency separation, cloning, changing a shirt color, replacing skies, etc., and wondered how in the world they do that?? If so this is the class for you! During this 4 week class we will explore and unlock the magic of Photoshop with comprehensive step by step pdfs and videos. You will walk away from this class knowing how to achieve your vision in post processing using techniques that push past your normal workflow and allow you to enhance and manipulate images. Mickie will record video critiques for each FP participant each week. The video critiques will allow Mickie to not only tell you what she loves about your photo, but also show you some tips specific to your image.
daily processing encouraged
6 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Photoshop software – Mickie uses the latest version of Photoshop CC, but any version CS5 or above should work for most concepts.
Mickie DeVries Mickie DeVries is a hobbyist photographer living in West Michigan. She is the mother of two, and a wife. Mickie concentrates on capturing her everyday, along with environmental portraits of her two children. The main focus of her artistic intent is centered around capturing children being children. Mickie’s portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• 5 PDFs
• 51 videos
• sky overlays, textures, and a light overlay
• Instructor-Led Online Q&A for Each Lesson
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
Please check the forum 1-2 weeks before class begins to get started on the preassignment. The preassignment introduces layers and masking. It is helpful to have read through this information before week 1 begins. Introduce yourself and read the pdf, and watch the preassignment videos on layers and masking.
Reading: In week 1 we will explore ways to enhance eyes, whiten teeth, smooth skin, and use liquify. We’ll also make, modify, and install actions.
Assignment: Make your own action or modify an existing one and pick one or more concepts from the week 1 lesson to edit one of your photos.
Reading: We’ll learn how to clone, how to extend your canvas and how to perform head swaps.
Assignment: Post an image that you used a cloning method to strengthen your photo along with the sooc shot. Post an image where you swapped heads also with the sooc shots involved.
Reading: In week 3 we will explore how to change the tones and colors in an image. This week will also cover how to add a matte finish to your edits and how to pop the color in your images.
Assignment: Post a before and after of an image where you manipulated the tones of the image. Post a before and after image where you corrected a problem area in your image such as neon grass, a color cast, or changed the color of an object in your image.
Reading: In week 4 we cover how to add sky, atmosphere, light, and texture overlays and how to modify and blend them. We also explore different blur filters to add interesting effects to your images. Lastly we explore the many uses for the warp command including but not limited to making hills out of flat land.
Assignment: Post a photo that you replaced the sky in, include your sooc shot also. Post a photo that uses a texture overlay, atmospheric overlay, or a light overlay. Post a photo that you either used a filter or warp technique to strengthen your shot.
Will you teach a beginning to end workflow in this class?
While I do have a bonus video in week 4 that shows my complete workflow, this class concentrates on specific skills in photoshop. Think of it as more of a tips & tricks class rather than start to finish editing in photoshop. If you are looking for start to finish editing in photoshop you might want to take Pure Photoshop before taking this class to get more of a workflow down first. I do however also address any overall editing issues in the full participation video critiques each week even if the editing moves past the material taught that week to give a more well rounded critique.
I’ve never opened Photoshop before, is this class for me?
The material is written for a beginner and steps you through each skill taught with step by step pdf’s with screenshots for each step. There are also corresponding videos to all concepts taught. If you have no prior experience with photoshop plan on spending more time with the material practicing, as working in photoshop is the key to mastering it.
What is the difference between Pure Photoshop and Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop?
Pure Photoshop concentrates on a clean workflow that gives a solid foundation for start to finish editing. It also covers the “why” behind color space, clipping, brightness values, color channels, etc. and goes into detail about layers, masking, and the photoshop tools.
Unlocking the Magic of Photoshop demonstrates and teaches very specific concepts in photoshop and does not concentrate on a workflow. Layers and masking are covered in the preassignment week and are reinforced throughout the course, the rest of the concepts taught can be found in the syllabus. This class concentrates less on the “why” things work the way they do in Photoshop and more on dramatic transformations.
I am a Lightroom user and want to be able to do the things in Photoshop that I can’t do in Lightroom is this class for me?
Yes! I use lightroom and photoshop together and love how they compliment each other. This class will not cover the lightroom side of editing, but there are some supporting videos to make sure you can properly get your images into photoshop from lightroom and back seamlessly. It’s a perfect fit for the lightroom user that wants to have more flexibility with editing by using photoshop.
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 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.
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