Colour fundamentals for photo editing
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Colour fundamentals for photo editing

You won't ever be frustrated again editing photos when you grasp these colour fundamentals.
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6 students enrolled
Created by Paul Naude
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn what the primary colours of light and ink are (they are different)
  • Learn how colour is defined digitally which is quite important to understand most colour editing tools
  • Learn how to best set and change brightness and contrast
  • Learn to use a histogram effectively
  • Learn to use colour levels as a more faster method to correct brightness and contrast optimally
  • Learn to use colour curves which can be used as a all in one tool or just for fun to create artistic images
  • Learn where to find free quality stock images and photographs
  • Useful resources will be provided.
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  • Basic computer usage is required
  • Prior knowledge of photo editing is not required but will be useful since this course will benefit both groups
  • Access to a computer (Windows/Linux/Mac)

In this course you will learn the fundamentals of colour that underpins digital photo editing, from how colour is formed and defined to how to measure and manipulate it effectively to save time making drastic improvements easily, using free or professional software. 

In this course freely available photo editing software will be provided for practical purposes in case you do not have access to software such as Photoshop, Paintshop Pro etc., although the fundamentals are not linked to any particular software.

You will be surprised how many otherwise useless digital images can be rescued or given a second life if you understand how to read colour channel information off a histogram and identify what information is still usable of the image to repair, modify or improve it.

I will also share my favourite free stock photo and image sources on the internet and provide ample practical examples to experiment with in each lecture to ensure you get hands on experience to cement in your newly acquired knowledge.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone editing photos and images in digital form
  • Hobbiest and progressing photo editors
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Curriculum For This Course
10 Lectures
2 Lectures 06:24

Colour fundamentals - don't even bother with Photoshop or any other photo editing software until you grasp the fundamentals about colour, and colour reproduction on screen and print. It will save you endless hours of frustration with almost perfect images and even let you save images that you otherwise would have given up on.

Auto colour correction for images can be very useful when in a hurry, but it will stay a one-fits-all solution. You can do better than that.

Preview 03:21

How to change the colour of an image without any skills
Fundamentals of colour
4 Lectures 50:04
Primary colours of light

Digital definition of colours

Brightness and contrast

How the histogram works
More about colour
3 Lectures 23:47
Colour levels

Colour curves

1 Lecture 01:36
Free photo editing software and recommended reading
About the Instructor
Paul Naude
4.5 Average rating
5 Reviews
23 Students
2 Courses

Almost all successful people will tell you that if you want to know what your are passionate about, ask yourself what you are willing to do right through the night, even if there is no big benefit, need or motivation to.

For me its creating a clear visual message using the right photos and images. Adding the right image to any presentation, blog post, online tutorial or website is what can keep me going for hours.

My photo and image editing skills made that possible and makes me strive to learn more and more techniques everyday to get to what I want faster. I also love finding new software and apps with which to do interesting things, but nothing beats that personal touch to an image.

Apart from being an engineer with most of my experience being in simulation and analysis and the sales and support thereof, I enjoy teaching complicated material and always strives to make things simpler and easier to learn to people who otherwise wouldn't.

Visual aids are always a great tool to help me transfer knowledge and sell a product. I have created many blogs in which I expose people to advanced technologies, to help them get started instead of deciding its too complicated right away. I love technology and can't help myself but to share it with others. I also know that today our human creativity is our biggest asset and heaven forbid that it would ever be possible for a computer to be creative too!