Photoshop CS5 for the Digital Photographer II

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About This Course

Adobe's Photoshop CS5 is a powerful software solution that provides support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. If you know the basics of this powerful program, you're ready to master advanced skills including building collages, doing detailed editing, and restoring old photos. This class is perfect for you if you're already familiar with cropping, printing, and color adjustments, as well as the use of selection tools, and you want to take your photo-editing skills to the next level.

In these lessons, you'll explore a wide range of options including portrait editing, image distortion, and filters. In addition, you'll learn how to ma…

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About This Course

Adobe's Photoshop CS5 is a powerful software solution that provides support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. If you know the basics of this powerful program, you're ready to master advanced skills including building collages, doing detailed editing, and restoring old photos. This class is perfect for you if you're already familiar with cropping, printing, and color adjustments, as well as the use of selection tools, and you want to take your photo-editing skills to the next level.

In these lessons, you'll explore a wide range of options including portrait editing, image distortion, and filters. In addition, you'll learn how to make the most of Adobe's award-winning layers option by combining images with layers and combining layered work with CS5's tabbed windows feature—a great tool for multi-image work.

You'll also see how and when to use raw images, and you'll discover when to use JPEGs for outstanding prints and projects. You'll be amazed with the new HDR options and the dynamic results.

If you haven't fully unlocked the mysteries of Photoshop CS5, you'll find all the answers you need in this course. By the time you complete these fun, easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on activities, you'll be a true Photoshop guru.

Note: For students who have taken Photoshop for the Digital Photographer with CS3 or CS4

As of January, 2011, Our Photoshop for the Digital Photographer course has been substantially expanded, rewritten, and updated with CS5 and is now offered in a two-course format. If you've previously taken Photoshop for the Digital Photographer, here are some things to keep in mind if you're considering the new CS5 courses.

Photoshop CS5 for the Digital Photographer - Part I will be a review for most of you. It's updated and expanded and includes CS5-specific content, covering some subjects in more detail, but overall the basic information doesn't change that much from version to version. You will find these additions to Part I.

  • More detail on sizing, shaping, and image resolution
  • More extensive coverage of raw files and using the Camera Raw tool
  • More information on using Histograms
CS5 Part II builds on Part I and is a mix of some material from previous versions of the course and completely new topics, along with the new CS5 features. This material will be primarily new for returning students.

So which class to take? If you've taken one of my Photoshop for the Digital Photographer courses and feel comfortable with Photoshop and CS5 for basic work, you'll do well in Part II. If you'd like a refresher with updated material for CS5 and some expanded coverage, you may want to start with Part I. And, of course, students new to Photoshop should start with Photoshop CS5 for the Digital Photographer - Part I.

About The Instructor

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Beverly Schulz.

Beverly Schulz is a freelance photographer and a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography's Professional Photographer's program. She teaches a number of classes in digital photography and has more than 25 years of classroom instruction experience. Her writing and photography have been published in a number of magazines. She has traveled extensively and participated in onsite photography workshops as well as independent photo quests. In addition to teaching and photographic work, she provides consulting services for digital photographers and clients.

Syllabus

A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week 1

Wednesday - Lesson 01

Photoshop CS5 is an exciting release of Adobe's popular photo editing software. This is an excellent package for photographers to enhance and edit digital images, and in this class, we move into the advanced features for photographers. In the first lesson, we'll dive into a workflow for digital editing. Photographers often wonder where to start when working with an image, and you'll get a good idea of the options available and a sequence to follow.

Friday - Lesson 02

Today we'll look at tools to perfect portraits. Although you can use these tools to fine-tune any type of image, you'll find them especially helpful with the detail work associated with portraiture. You'll see how to smooth away wrinkles with the Surface Blur filter, remove red eye, and even turn gray hair brown! If only it were so easy in real life . . .

Week 2

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Distortion. You don't often strive toward distortion in photography, but with the options in Photoshop, you'll discover how it can work wonders! You'll see how to slim a waistline, trim loose edges, and accentuate the positive with distortion tools, including CS5's new Puppet Warp tool. You'll also find out how to correct an image by combining parts of two different photos, and you'll have a chance to get creative with the many brushes available in Photoshop.

Friday - Lesson 04

Photoshop gives you lots of options for editing images, and in this lesson, we'll turn to the task of restoring old and damaged photographs. You'll see how to reverse the effects of time as well as how to add hints of color to black-and-white images.

Week 3

Wednesday - Lesson 05

In this lesson, we’ll explore advanced ways to use text, special effects, and layers. You'll master the art of creating text from images and building multilayer documents with sophisticated edging for both text and image components to draw your viewer's attention right where you want it. You'll also see how to professionally blend layers together by refining edges with CS5's updated Refine Edge technology.

Friday - Lesson 06

Editing your images isn't all about painstaking details and procedures. It can be a lot of fun, too! Photoshop offers countless special effects and filters that you can use to show off your images. You'll see how to sharpen and blur photos as well as how to salvage an image with these miraculous fixes!

Week 4

Wednesday - Lesson 07

Working with layers is one of Photoshop's most powerful capabilities. In this lesson, you'll see how layers work from beginning to end. You'll build a quickly modifiable business card and a collage as you learn how to use Adjustment and Fill layers to your advantage. You'll also see how to arrange, link, and lock your layers for just the look you want.

Friday - Lesson 08

As we continue our discussion about layers, you'll see how to add patterns, blend layers with colors and effects, and group them for great framing options using Photoshop's tabbed windowing feature. Using layers in Photoshop is like supercharging a race car—and you'll be in the driver's seat!

Week 5

Wednesday - Lesson 09

You're going to have fun with this lesson! Today we'll explore the fun and fantastic features of advanced Photoshop editing. You'll see how to patch, clone, fill, and even work magical proportional adjustments with the high-end repair tools Photoshop provides. We'll work with Content-Aware Scale and CS5's new Content-Aware Fill, so you'll know how easy it is to create sophisticated adjustments, even when you need to change the image significantly.

Friday - Lesson 10

Panoramics are a beautiful way to show off wide scenic shots, and in today's lesson, you'll see how Photoshop helps you blend these to provide seamless imagery. You'll also learn how to add colored borders to make your images just the size you want. With all these options under your belt, you'll see how to create customized photo cards with your own captions and add watermarks to protect your images.

Week 6

Wednesday - Lesson 11

As you work through this lesson, you'll create dazzling images from ordinary ones using Photoshop CS5's new HDR Processing tools. You'll see how to combine several images to get the best exposure from each one, and you'll learn how to create the effects of multiple-image combinations from just one original. We'll work with both color and black-and-white imagery, and I think you'll find the results are surprising. You'll also get some tips on how to shoot for HDR work, so your work will be easier when you're back at the computer.

Friday - Lesson 12

In our last lesson, you'll have an opportunity to put Photoshop CS5 to work! We'll walk through three separate approaches to improving an image with highly sophisticated editing tools. You'll see real-life applications for the tools and features we've discussed in class, and you'll discover ways to put the class material to work on your own images. You'll also have a chance to analyze differences in workflow and see what works best for you.


Requirements

Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).

This course is written for Windows, but Macintosh users will find the software is quite similar and are welcome in this course. Mac users will need to be comfortable with the normal Windows/Mac conversion for keyboard differences. Photoshop Extended is NOT necessary for this course, but can be used. All coursework and examples are based on Windows using standard Photoshop CS5 software.

Students should feel comfortable acquiring digital images, either with a digital camera, using images scanned onto CDs, or scanning film prints. Basic computer skills, such as using a mouse, creating and accessing folders, downloading and saving files will be briefly reviewed in this course, but should be familiar to the student.

In addition to Internet access for classroom participation, students will need Adobe's Photoshop CS5 installed and functioning to take full advantage of the course.

Adobe's Photoshop CS5 (Windows Vista/7/XP)
Adobe's Photoshop Extended CS5 (Windows Vista/7/XP)
Adobe's Photoshop CS5 (Mac OS X)
Adobe's Photoshop Extended CS5 (Mac OS X)

Windows requirements:

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (Service Pack 2 recommended); or Windows 7
  • 1GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage
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