Paths

Photoshop: Photo Manipulation

Authors: Sorin Bechira, Kurt Jones, Dan LeFebvre, Gary Simon, Kasia Zmokla

This learning path will help artists become proficient in photo manipulation techniques. Through these tutorials, you’ll learn about color correction, masking, compositing and... Read more

Beginner

The first section of courses will teach the viewer the foundation for cloning, healing, and using basic tools in Photoshop to correct tone, hue, and saturation.

The Power of Healing in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Aug 1, 2014 / 59m

59m

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Have you ever taken a photo that looked great except for the some small distracting element that crept its way into the shot? Photoshop comes equipped with some really effective healing and retouching tools that allow you to make the edits you need to a photo by removing any unflattering or distracting elements. We'll begin by learning about the spot healing brush and how we can use it to remove blemishes from skin. Following this, we'll demonstrate how we can use the healing brush to not only remove unwanted facial blemishes but also other elements of a photo. Along the way, we'll discover the power of editing with the patch tool, the content-aware move tool, the clone stamp tool and other useful editing features to remove or re-position certain elements of an image. As we explore these tools, we'll also discuss editing non-destructively to preserve the original aspects of each image we work with. After watching this training, you'll be better equipped when it comes to removing any distracting elements from your own images while still preserving the originals. Software required: Photoshop CC 2014.0.0.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. The Power of Healing in Photoshop58m

Mastering Portrait Editing in Photoshop

by Kasia Zmokla

Jun 29, 2016 / 2h 32m

2h 32m

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At the core of professional photo-editing is a thorough knowledge of how to take advantage of Photoshop's most powerful tools and techniques. In this course, Mastering Portrait Editing in Photoshop, you will learn the basic principles of light, composition, and how to enhance a mood in your photos. This course takes a deep dive into specific techniques that allow you to work in a non-destructive way. First, you'll learn about photo evaluation with the Histogram Tool, working in a targeted way with Adjustment Layers, Masks, Layers, and Blend Modes. Next, you'll learn how to perform a quick clean up and how to convert a color image to black and white. Finally, learn how to enhance a photo with targeted adjustments and how to sharpen it in an intelligent way. When you're finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of enhancing key elements of the image through manipulating light and shadows and how to make creative decisions regarding the development stage. This knowledge will help you as you move forward to professional photo-editing. Software required: Photoshop.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Introduction to Creative Portrait Editing with Photoshop17m
  3. Edit 1: The Dreamer - Targeted Adjustments in Action52m
  4. Edit 1: The Dreamer - Polishing the Artwork30m
  5. Edit 2 - Shadowplay50m

Intermediate

After mastering the basics, the viewer will be taught more complex techniques for photo restoration, retouching, and working with layers.

Restoring Old and Damaged Photos in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Jun 17, 2016 / 1h 59m

1h 59m

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Since the invention of the camera, photographs have provided a window to the past. They are the closest solution to having a time machine and allow you to travel across the decades to revisit and understand important historical moments. But over time printed photographs can deteriorate due to chemical decay and weather conditions. In this course, Restoring Old and Damaged Photos in Photoshop, you'll examine a photograph taken in 1939 that has severely faded over the years. First, you'll learn how to analyze and prepare your photo digitally. Next, you'll edit the photo's tones by building contrast and adding adjustment layers. Finally, you'll learn how to restore the damaged photo and bring back details that appear to have been lost, healing pen markings, blemishes, and foreground scratches. After viewing this course, you'll have a stronger understanding of how to restore old black-and-white photos that have been damaged and faded over time, and you'll be able preserve cherished memories.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Analyzing and Preparing the Photo15m
  3. Editing the Photo's Tones46m
  4. Healing and Repairing the Photo56m

Interior Scene Reconstruction Techniques in Photoshop

by Sorin Bechira

Nov 5, 2015 / 3h 43m

3h 43m

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In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll learn some tips and tricks to remove unwanted elements and reconstruct some parts of this beautiful interior scene. Some of the key takeaways in this course include removing unwanted elements from the photo such as the people, lights, cables and protection fences. We'll reconstruct the missing and hidden parts of the cathedral. Once we've reassembled the scene, we'll use relighting and color correction techniques to provide a natural, untouched feel. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll be able to use these techniques to rebuild all types of interior photos and other photos. Software required: Adobe Photoshop CC.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Interior Scene Reconstruction Techniques in Photoshop3h 42m

Retouching Techniques for Photographers in Photoshop

by Dan LeFebvre

Sep 11, 2015 / 3h 50m

3h 50m

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In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll learn some advanced photograph retouching techniques. We'll start by removing some wires from the sky. From there, we'll tackle a variety of challenges that many photo retouching projects encounter such as removing buildings, comping in another photo to help add believability to the background, color correcting certain areas and cleaning up anything that might detract from the photo without making it appear as if it was edited. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll have tips and techniques you'll need to be able to tackle your own photo retouching projects.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Retouching Techniques for Photographers in Photoshop3h 48m

Mastering Layers in Photoshop CC

by Gary Simon

Apr 8, 2016 / 1h 35m

1h 35m

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Photoshop layers allow you to create complex, detailed, and beautiful designs. Whether you would like a basic understanding of Photoshop layers, or a comprehensive understanding, this course, Mastering Layers in Photoshop CC, is perfect for you. First, you'll discover how to create and modify layers at the most basic level, including blend modes and different styles. Next, you'll move onto more advanced topics such as masks, adjustment layers, and smart object layers. Finally, you'll create a poster while utilizing much of what you learned about layers. By the end of this course, you'll have a gorgeous poster design as well as a deep knowledge of layers in Photoshop that will help you create your own great designs in the future.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview1m
  2. Mastering Layers in Photoshop CC31m
  3. Advanced Layer Topics30m
  4. Layer Poster Project32m

Advanced

The final section of this path will include advanced photo manipulation techniques such as compositing multiple photos to create one image.

Full Body Photo Manipulation and Retouching in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Aug 26, 2013 / 2h 26m

2h 26m

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If you have ever looked at a model on the cover of a magazine, odds are that model has been retouched and manipulated to some degree in Photoshop. We'll begin this process by focusing on our subject's neck and chin where we'll use Liquify in Photoshop to reshape both features. Following this we'll spend some time pealing away some weight from her face by using the clone stamp to reduce some of the shadows. From there we'll move on to the body where we'll jump back into Liquify to trim the waistline and thin down the figure. Following this we'll tackle repositioning the right arm and slimming it down some. As we continue to sculpt our model's body we'll also resize and reshape her chest area to fit the manipulations that we have made to her figure. Finally, we focus on removing some unwanted folds in her dress and applying final touchups to her overall form. After watching this tutorial, you'll be able to use Photoshop to retouch and manipulate models for your own projects with added confidence while having a lot of fun. Software required: Photoshop CC 14.0.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Full Body Photo Manipulation and Retouching in Photoshop2h 25m

Creating Persuasive Imagery Through Photo-manipulation in Photoshop

by Kurt Jones

Apr 27, 2014 / 2h 1m

2h 1m

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We'll begin this process by establishing our visual topic, examining some conceptual sketches and discussing some visual parameters that will provide us with a road map to follow as we develop our photo-manipulated image. Along the way we'll spend several lessons in Photoshop weaving together various images to construct our project. From here we'll see how smart objects, smart filters, layer masks, blend modes, and adjustment layers can help us achieve the look and feel we are aiming for on this project. In addition to these helpful tools and features, we'll also spend time painting and applying some textures to refine our photo-manipulated image and make it shine. After watching this training, you'll have the inspiration to create your own photo-manipulation projects whether they're for editorial articles or ad campaigns. Software required: Photoshop CC 14.2.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Creating Persuasive Imagery Through Photo-manipulation in Photoshop2h 0m

Photo-bashing an Interstellar Space Craft in Photoshop

by Sorin Bechira

Sep 17, 2015 / 1h 47m

1h 47m

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In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll use basic techniques to create a thematic space cargo. Along the way, we'll learn several tips and tricks such as learning how to find images and know which images to choose. We'll also learn how to merge them all together to create an original concept. We'll use only photo-bashing techniques, so no drawing skills or Wacom tablet required. By the end of this Photoshop training, you'll be more comfortable working with perspectives, surface reshaping and lighting to make a great presentation layout for concepts. Software required: Adobe Photoshop CC .

Table of contents
  1. Introduction and Project Overview1m
  2. Photo-bashing an Interstellar Space Craft in Photoshop1h 46m

What you will learn

  • Document setup
  • Color correction
  • Healing/Cloning -Filters
  • Masking

Pre-requisites

Users should have a basic understanding of the Photoshop interface and how to navigate the different panels.