I've got a really good feeling about the coming year. How about you?
As usual, I have included many tutorials that I found in the past week. All are worth your time, so check them out.
What Are JPGs
In this digital world we live in, you see the ubiquitous JPEG everywhere—practically all images you can find online are in this format. Short for Joint Photographic Experts Group, JPEG pictures are compressed images that have the .jpg file extension. Basically, JPEGs or JPGs compress images in order to make their file sizes smaller.
What is the RAW File Format
This Adobe Photoshop Tutorial Video is going into detail about what is so good about the RAW File Format. When you shoot, the picture taken by your DSLR Camera is stored in the RAW File Format, which essentially keeps your image quality exactly as the camera sees it. The Raw file is made up of ones and zeroes that your computer can process. If you know little about the Raw File Format, then you will soon discover why professionals use it… exclusively.
LAB vs RGB
This is a video from Phlearn showing how to use LAB Color. As this demonstrates, LAB is not very good for actual color correction. However, it is interesting to just see how it works, if you have never experimented before.
South Park Photoshop
If you did not know, South Park recently did an episode about overuse of Photoshop on girls. While the point is taken, clearly this is why I do not actually watch this show anymore. It just isn't funny.
Color Lookup Tables and Photo Filter Tutorial
This is a fairly quick video explaining Photoshops (relatively) new Lookup Table and the old Photo Filter. This wanders away from standard retouching, and into more artistic color. While I personally find a Photographic Gradient Map will give more interesting results, to each their own.
Making Colors Come to Life
In another Phlearn video, Aaron shows some advanced color and gradient manipulating techniques. If you have a few minutes, you may learn something here.
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