Digital Fundamentals Revisited
Adobe Photoshop Intermediate Class
Mind the Gap
Welcome to the first week of the Intermediate Course! It’s such an amazing thing that we’re all gathered from various walks of life simply to further our quest for Photoshop Perfection. Since everyone comes from a different background, there will likely be gaps in your knowledge. To ensure we are all speaking the same language, we will be taking some time to revisit my Photoshop Basic Course at warp speed. We will hit upon all the main topics as quickly as possible. I just want us all on the same page going forward.
You obviously know your way around Photoshop, and want to go into the more advanced techniques. That’s why you’re here, after all. Because of this, I am expecting to blast through most of these topics with relative ease. If you happen to have taken my Photoshop Beginnings Course, you can consider this a very quick refresher, before your mind gets turned to mush with all new information. This goes into a deeper explanation of resolution, bit depth, tonal range, and color spaces.
Some topics include:
- 8/16/32 bit depth and various file formats (JPG, PNG, RAW, TIF)
- Resolution and Scaling
- Pixelization and Anti-Aliasing
- Color Theory and Profiles
- Tonal Range
Learning Photoshop doesn’t have to be an arduous lifelong endeavor. Now that we have put together all the concepts you need in simple, easy-to-follow videos and write-ups, Photoshop Perfection is just a click away. Take that step by signing up for the comprehensive course.
Retouching Intermediate for Retouchers
Are you familiar with Photoshop, but still think that your images could be better? What if I told you it’s less about the tools, and more about the art training? From Fine Art to Graphic Design, there is a ton that you likely don’t know. Retouching Images is much more than know about tools and sliders. Would you like to find out how to make your clients and your portfolio look their best? If so, here’s how my course can help you succeed:
Digital Fundamentals Revisited
Adobe Photoshop Intermediate Class
Class Time: 2 Hour 30 Minutes
Homework Time: 30 Minutes
Supplemental Video Time: 23 Minutes
Digital Fundamentals Revisited Class Notes – PDF
This PDF outlines all the topics covered in the class in a very detailed way. Anything that was not clear to you at the time, can easily be referenced. I would also suggest printing double sided, and put them into a three ring binder. This way, when you finish all the classes, you will have a 100+ page book that you can reference as needed.
Digital Fundamentals Revisited Class Notes – “Right Click – Save As…”
Digital Fundamentals Revisited Homework
If you have not done it yet, you really should calibrate your monitors, and get into the habit. If you do not have a monitor calibrator, go pick up a ColorMunki (under $100). I would also suggest ordering some good paper (Ilford), and download the ICC profile for your printer/paper combination. You are taking this class because you are serious, so take it serious.
Digital Fundamentals Revisited Class – Video
This class will add to your toolkit of options when it comes to manipulating images. I take basic functions in Photoshop, and dig deeper into the available options. This class will mix the practical with the obscure. We will also compare the results of tackling the same problems, from a variety of different ways. Some good, some bad, some just strange. No matter how skilled you are at Photoshop, I guarantee there are topics in here that you have never heard of before.
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Introduction – Let me ensure that you actually know what your intermediate title suggests that you already do. This is just a little intro of what to expect.
Tonal Range and Bit Depth – Some basic information on Tonal Range and Bit Depth before I take this information a little bit further. Remember, not everyone’s skillset is the same, so I need to cover some basic topics as well.
Remove Banding – By adding noise to an image, it can help remove unwanted banding that comes from gradients while using 8-Bit Bit Depth.
DPI, PPI, and Resolution – My applologies. The audio was damaged. I need to re-record this video. Not sure when I will get to it, but it will be soon, I am sure.
Rich Blacks – When it comes to a four color image, the make-up of the Black content matters, It can either be cool, neutral, or a warm black.
Dmax – The Density Maximum of the blacks in your image won’t matter for your inkjet printer, but if you plan on printing in a magazine, it matters a lot.
Pixels, Halftones, and Inkjet – Your images are made up of tiny little dots. How they are reproduced depends on the medium it’s displayed on.
PPI Resolution – Understanding how your images are being displayed on screen can have a large impact on how you manipulate and reproduce them.
Color Modes and Profiles – Here, we will be going back to some basic color handling. RGB vs CMYK, and sRGB, vs AdobeRGB vs ProPhoto.
Raster and Vector – So far in these courses, I focus on Raster (pixel) based images. Here is where I start to introduce Vector (mathematical) based art.
Monitor Calibration – I am often asked about proper calibration for monitors. It is not as complex as it seems. This is a lead in to the next video on getting your monitor and printer to co-exist peacefully.
Printers and ICC Profiles – Properly calibrating your monitor is just one step. Getting your printer to reproduce the same images reliably in printed form is another important step for a predictable workflow.
File Formats – There are several different file formats, and each one can be used at the right time. If you use the wrong one, or have the wrong expectations, things can go wrong very quickly.
ISO Noise – Camera Noise is unavoidable. If you like to take low light and indoor pictures, this is a real bane for you. So let’s bring the topic out, into the light.
Supplemental Tutorials – Videos
These are simply suggestions of added videos that you could benefit from, that were partly covered in the full class. The videos below will give a full, and detailed information about each of the topics. They go beyond what is covered in the class.
8-Bit vs. 16-Bit – I have become a fan of the Photoshop Refine Edge tool. It’s easy to use, nice results, and better than anything else out there for fine masking hair against busy backgrounds.
Color Models and Color Spaces – I have become a fan of the Photoshop Refine Edge tool. It’s easy to use, nice results, and better than anything else out there for fine masking hair against busy backgrounds.
RGB and CMYK Color Spaces – I have become a fan of the Photoshop Refine Edge tool. It’s easy to use, nice results, and better than anything else out there for fine masking hair against busy backgrounds.