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Adobe Photoshop Actions In Depth Course. Learn to edit, retouch, color correct. Beginners To Advanced. For CS5, CS6, CC
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Created by Ustin Kompaniets
Last updated 6/2017
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Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to use Adobe Photoshop (compatible with versions CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017)
  • What Photoshop actions are made for
  • How to install Photoshop actions
  • How to create professional Photoshop actions
  • How to modify existing Photoshop actions
  • Use Photoshop actions in your daily editing
  • Various editing techniques
  • Various retouching techniques
  • Various color correction techniques
  • Photoshop scripting with actions
  • Elements from which actions are made and combined
  • How to save lots of time inside Adobe Photoshop on repetitive tasks
  • How to make professional skin retouching in few minutes or less
  • Easily record any action
  • Few techniques of high-end retouch and editing of photos
  • How to use one-key shortcuts to make 10-100 operations in a few seconds
  • Add film effects to your photos
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Requirements
  • This course is suitable for beginners and advanced users or photographers. Everything is covered from essentials to advanced levels
  • You should have Adobe Photoshop CC already installed on your PC or Mac
  • This course is designed for Photoshop (compatible with versions CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2017)
  • This course is not designed for Photoshop Elements
  • Last software update is recommended but not necessary
  • This course mostly cover photography (wedding, portrait and other) but not web design
Description

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Updated in JUNE 2017! New BONUS videos, PDFs, infographics and 53 NEW actions added!
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ALL 142 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS ARE INCLUDED ($199 VALUE)!

Also you have access to 30+ RAW and JPEG images in resource files for your own practice.

You will enjoy this course on using ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS no matter if you are one of the beginners or advanced users of Photoshop.

Course is divided into easy to follow sections which are structured to bring you step by step from essentials of using Photoshop actions to more advanced techniques.

You’re going to learn how to rocket speed your retouching workflow with Photoshop actions.

You’ll also see how to spend twice less time on retouching with “shortcut” examples.

But wait, there’s more!

I’ll also show you how to improve your photography retouching process & how to use Photoshop actions in the right way.

You will notice results in just 7 days or less.

Really, just in that short amount of time – trust me.

And in this course I’ll walk you through this strategy, step-by-step.



No matter what kind of photography you are interested in overall retouching and color correction process is almost the same every time and can be easily applied to:

  • Portrait photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Love-story
  • Newborn photography
  • Architecture photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Food photography

And you can continue this list…


HOW TO SPEND LESS TIME ON POST PRODUCTION AND RETOUCHING

You should automate all the steps that you use most often.

And the only possible way to achieve this is to use actions in Photoshop.

Even if you’re not producing a lot of images and took photography more like a hobby I can bet that you wish to acomplish your retouching process faster everytime you do it.



POST-PROCESSING STEPS IN PHOTOSHOP WE WILL FOLLOW IN THIS COURSE:

  • Crop your image to the right format
  • Straighten the horizon
  • Content-aware scale – here you can change proportions of your image
  • Liquify tool – better to use it in the beginning
  • Clean the skin and background with patch and stamp tool
  • Frequency separation – add this on skin + use soft brush with color of skin (3% opacity) to paint when needed
  • Dodge&burn – use it with big, middle and small strokes to achieve natural results. Brighten and darken different parts of the image to add dimension effect
  • Brighten eyes + add some sharpening, add extra contrast to eyebrows, brighten skin around eyes with big soft brush
  • Whiten teeth
  • Add tonal contrast by “Image-Apply Image”
  • Brighten overall highlights on skin
  • Color correction – levels, curves, color balance
  • Color toning – add color mood, remember about color harmonies
  • Light correction – local brush, vignetting, local background light
  • Local sharpening
  • Resize (if needed), save for print&web by different folders, save PSD and JPEG
  • Create before/after example (if needed)


HOW TO USE ACTIONS IN PHOTOSHOP

I divided all post-processing into 5 sections for better understanding.

Here are all the actions we're going to cover in this course:



BASIC ACTIONS

This section is completely for improving image after Camera Raw or Lightroom pre-processing.


Basic Correction

  • Temperature – changes the color temperature. You can use it when there are 2 or more different light sources in the shot. This is often seen in movies and music videos when background has “cold tint”, and the main objects are “warm”
  • Exposure – this actions helps to fix over- and underexposed areas locally
  • Vibrance – I use this to add vibrance to vivid objects such as flowers, grass, leaves. Or to reduce it
  • Contrast – enhance or reduce contrast in different parts
  • Sunlight – emphasize sun in images, where it already has place
  • Warm Shine – makes the skin glowing and frequently used with previous action
  • Fog – this action is dedicated to add some fog or smoke to your image. It is very handy to part foreground from background
  • Vignetting – this one adds vignette


Basic Skin Retouching

  • Brighten Face – makes face brighter
  • Highlights & Shadows Recovery – this actions helps to recover lost details in highlights or shadows locally
  • Brighter highlights & Deeper Shadows (+Brush) – gives you the ability to paint on selected areas with a brush
  • Adding Contrast And Depth Just On Skin – this action works like magic adding more depth to skin


Final Basic correction

  • Color Noise – adds color noise
  • Film Grain – imitation of real 35mm film grain
  • Sharpen + Clarity – local pre-sharpening


ARTISTIC ACTIONS

This actions are not used on every single photo, but I like to add them sometimes to achieve more artistic look and feel on photo.

  • Anaglyph & Glitch – set of actions to achieve a look of stereoscopic photograph in different colors, producing a stereo effect when the photograph is viewed through correspondingly colored filters
  • Particle dispersion – add particle dispersion to some parts of your image
  • Double Exposure – combines two images into one, producing “ghost images”
  • Cross-process – shifts different colors in RGB channels and produce a fairytale look and feel
  • Painting effect – creates painty look with one click
  • Light leaks – this action adds light leaks on top of image
  • Double light – you can achieve a look similar to photographs taken with two different light sources (warm&cold)
  • Remove White – this action removes all the white color from image. Very handy to cut dark objects like text from white background


RETOUCH ACTIONS

These actions are used mostly for portraits, skin and faces of people.

  • Quick Retouch 5-in-1 – I use this portrait action when don’t need to do a high-end retouching. So the approach is pretty simple – it have 5 main steps to follow to improve portraits
  • Skin color – this can help to shift color of skin. Very handy after global Raw conversion in Lightroom. Fine-tune the skin
  • Skin (4 actions) – actions dedicated to make skin look better
  • Eyes – this can brighten eyes and/or change their color
  • Teeth whitening – simply whitens teeth
  • Blusher – yes, sometimes I add a bit blusher. It can be handy when model don’t use make-up
  • Frequency Separation – must have action in arsenal of every portrait photographer. One of my best photoshop actions for portraits and it will improve any portrait by making skin soft as silk and softening shadows
  • Dodge & Burn – number 2 in arsenal. This action is very universal for any kind photo, because you can use it to add extra dimension, soften skin, perfect vignetting and much more.


COLOR ACTIONS

Actions to create color mood on your photos, they are used to colorize and tone

  • Sepia & vintage photoshop actions – replicates the old polaroid look of vintage images
  • Pastel colors – adds soft pastel toning
  • Color fall – “indian summer” look – transform green vivid colors into autumn colors
  • Change color – helps you to replace colors on image
  • Creative color toning – adds toning effects on top of your photograph


EXPORT ACTIONS

  • Sharpen+ (Method 1) – action for final sharpening of your image
  • Sharpen+ (Method 2) – advanced sharpen technique action to export and prepare image for print
  • Sharpening + Resize – adds sharpness to images and then resizes them for web. You can choose different image sizes for your needs
  • Changing Color Space – simply converts image to sRGB color space with one click and leave all your layers untouched (no flattering)
  • Batch Export – automated action to save stack of images to desired folder and file format
Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone who is using Adobe Photoshop (beginners to advanced)
  • Photographers
  • Designers & illustrators who want to save time on editing (mostly course is not about design)
  • Photoshop beginners who want to quick start with actions and learn basics of retouch portrait, skin retouching, hair retouch, beauty retouching and other essentials and elements
  • Photoshop advanced users who wants to get more useful tools and techniques to speed up color correection, retouching, post-processing and other time-consuming operations
  • If you are using Adobe Lightroom, but desire to take your skills to the next level for achieving better results on final picture in less time
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Photoshop Actions Introduction
10 Lectures 14:08

Retouch, color correction, toning, export

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Preview 01:53

(see ARTISTIC ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

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(see RETOUCH ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

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(see EXPORT ACTIONS section for in depth examples)

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14 Lectures 25:21

Hello and welcome to Adobe Photoshop Mastering Actions Course!


With your purchase you will get not only a comprehensive step-by-step course on Photoshop CC, but also my hand-crafted actions, which you can start using straight out of the box

Introduction
00:39

Download resources for this lecture

How to use course materials and downloads
03:59

1) Custom menus

2) Custom actions panel

3) Custom workspace

4) Reference windows

Preview 10:52

Download this PDF guide to see a few options how to install actions in Photoshop Elements

[April 2017] How To Use Photoshop Actions in Photoshop Elements
00:01

Lesson on how to install actions. In download section you will find all photoshop actions that we will use during this course.

Adding Actions to Photoshop
00:56

Actions Troubleshooting
00:57

What is "Action"
01:02

Saving and Loading Actions
01:19

Recording an Action
01:19

Editing an Action
01:12

Stepping Through An Action
00:35

Button Mode
00:37

How to record menu commands
00:42

Recording Photoshop Tools
01:11
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Basic Actions
11 Lectures 14:32

If you haven't download actions yet, just go to download section of this lesson and download basic actions.

Intro
00:10

Temperature Exposure Vibrance
01:55

Contrast
01:17

Sunlight, Warm Shine, Fog
02:06

Vignetting
01:18

Brighten Face
01:02

Highlights & Shadows Recovery
00:52

Brighten & Darken With Brush
01:03

Adding Contrast And Depth Just On Skin
01:17

Adding Grain And Color Noise
02:00

Sharpening
01:32
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Artistic Actions
10 Lectures 41:52

Download artistic actions from Download Section of this lesson

Intro
00:14

Double Exposure
02:38

Glitch
00:55

Cross-process
01:18

Learn how to achieve stereoscopic anaglyph effect

[May 2017] Anaglyph action
02:40

Add particle dispersion on your images

[May 2017] Particle dispersion action
10:14

[May 2017] Painting effect (pen sketch action)
08:49

[MAY 2017] Light leaks action
03:10

[MAY 2017] Remove white action
01:40

Create a double light source effect

[JUNE 2017] Double light action
10:14
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Retouch Actions
11 Lectures 23:17

Download Actions for this Section from download part of this lesson.

Intro
00:16

Quick Retouch 5-in-1
01:55

Skin Color
03:11

Skin, Eyes, Teeth, Blusher
02:29

Dodge & Burn
03:40

Frequency Separation
03:23

Your help needed
00:56

Sharpening + Resize
02:31

Changing Color Space
01:06

Batch Export
03:27

Conclusion
00:23
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Color Actions
4 Lectures 10:01

Learn to add sepia and vintage color toning to your images

[MAY 2017] Sepia & vintage Photoshop actions
03:17

[MAY 2017] Color fall action
01:14

With this action you can easily change colors of different objects and re-paint hair, nails, etc.

[JUNE 2017] Change color action
03:12

[JUNE 2017] Creative color toning action
02:18
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BONUSES
2 Lectures 01:25:40
BONUS TRAINING: How to Promote Yourself As a Photographer
01:21:58

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[MAY 2017] Channel contrast trick
03:42
About the Instructor
Ustin Kompaniets
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Hi! My name is Ustin Kompaniets.

I am professional photographer, Photoshop expert, retoucher and filmmaker with 10+ years of experience.

You will learn next topics in my courses :

Photography
Composition
Photoshop
Actions
Lightroom
Retouching
Web design
Video essentials
Editing
Marketing
SMM
Design

I'm always glad to answer your questions in course discussions, so feel free to ask me anything about covered topics ;)

Hope you'll enjoy and see you inside the courses!