Photoshop Professor Notes - Volume 5
Retouching and Repairing Your Images ...
This is Volume 5 of 5 in my “Photoshop - Beginners to Intermediate” series. I have developed this series over many years of teaching at both the College and University levels in a variety of departments including the Multimedia Program, Graphic Design Program, the Fashion Program, and the Creative Photography Programs both daytime and evening diploma and certificate programs.
Lecture 1: Clone Stamp, Patch, Healing & Spot Healing Brush & Red Eye Removal Tool
Knowing how to properly use Photoshop’s retouching tools is essential to making your images look realistic when you are done. When viewers look at you images you want them to ask the question; “Was Photoshop used on this image?” as opposed to making the statement; “Photoshop was used to make this image!”. If you have ever had a great image of a family photo where everyone in the picture was smiling and had their eyes open except for that one person and you wished you knew how to fix that in Photoshop, then this lecture is for you.
Lecture 2: Modifying Your Brushes
When using most of the retouching tools in Photoshop you will notice that they are brush based. that means that the tool is a brush and the effect you wish to apply is done so in a painting manner. For example in the previous lecture description I mention about possibly replacing some’s closed eye for an open one. Using the Clone Stamp Tool, which is a brush, you can sample form one image and paint into another image. Learning how to modify your brushes will allow you to paint in a more organic fashion which will leave you with a more realistic end result.
Lecture 3: Understanding the Dust & Scratches Filter
Understanding how this filter works can save you lots and lots of time when trying to clean up old images that may have been scanned in and given to you to work on. We all have these old images. Some are colour and some would be black & white and if they have been sitting in a shoe box for the past 20 years or so, chance they will have dust embedded into them and the easiest way to clean them up is using this filter.
Lecture 4: Using the History Brush and the History Panel for Creative Work
So moving forward and building upon the last lecture, we can further enhance our image using the History Brush and the History Panel. You can do some pretty amazing things with this technique and I encourage you to do so.
Lecture 5: Using the Straighten Tool and Content-Aware to Fix Images
Using the Straighten tool is very straight forward but until you are shown that it exists and how to use it, you may be spending too much time using other methods to get that horizon to line up properly. The Content-Aware feature is just plain magic. This tool, when used properly, will assist you in ridding your images of unwanted objects with three clicks of a mouse button. Okay, maybe four.
Lecture 6: Understanding the Vanishing Point Filter
This is truly one Photoshop’s under used and misunderstood Filters. It’s not really a filter in the traditional sense - it’s more like a tool and it is very useful. It allows you to clone in perspective. What does that mean? You know how when you use the Clone Tool to clone say along the side of a building to clean something up. If you start from the front and work your way backwards, the clone job doesn’t look very real because the size of the clone brush stays the same from front to back but in reality it should get smaller as it travels towards the back - this filter will allow you to clone in perspective.
Lecture 7: Bonus Lecture - Finalizing the Panorama ...
In this final lecture we go over many of the previously discussed tools and techniques and add in more techniques in order to bring it all together. If the light has not already gone on, I am hoping that this will do the trick.
This lecture introduces the retouching tools available in Photoshop and how to best use them.
Modifying your brushes and saving these altered versions allows you to paint/retouch in a more effective manner.
This lecture demonstrates the proper use of this misunderstood filter.
This lecture discusses the History Brush and History Panel which will open up many more options for editing your photos.
In this lecture I discuss the some Content Aware retouching techniques and the tried and true Straighten tool.
This filter has been around to quite a while but few ever use it. Here I show how to effectively use it to clone in perspective.
This is a continuation from the Colour Balance section where I demonstrate many techniques to bring this image to it’s final stage.
John's background is in photography. He was first introduced to photography way back in highschool and has been developing film and making prints ever since. He has had a variety of jobs in the photographic industry ranging from motion picture lab technician to portraits & weddings to commercial studio work to medical photography lab technician to newspaper photographer and most recently shooting virtual tours and panoramic images.
John first started teaching, actually the unofficial teaching assistant, at the School of Modern Photography in Montreal back in the early 70's when he himself was still a student. The lead instructor recognized John's ability to explain photographic principals and lighting techniques to other students and asked him to participate as the unofficial teaching assistant. The same thing more or less happened when he studied at Dawson College years later.
When John moved to Toronto in the early 80's, he found employment with a portrait studio company and when he completed his training and probation period he became the new West Toronto Photography Trainer. He also helped develop the corporate training policies & procedures for that company's North American operation.
After working for the Metroland Group of Community Newspapers as a photographer for over 8 years, John began teaching at Humber College and in 2003 he recieved the Digital Imaging Training Centre's "Teacher of the Year" award. In 2005, John was the first ever recipient of the Dean Collins Photoshop Educator Scholarship Award presented by Scott Kelby, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), at the PhotoshopWorld Convention in Boston September 2005.</p>