Photoshop: 5 Practical Techniques to Improve Your Skills

Improve your Photoshop workflow : Go from haphazard guesswork to confident use of professional methods.
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  • Lectures 5
  • Length 43 mins
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Are you a student or design hobbyist who knows the bare basics of Photoshop, but wants to bring their work up a notch? Or, have you taken a class in Photoshop, but now need a little extra boost to feel comfortable taking on clients?

This is the course for you. Use my techniques to take on clients and turn a profit!

Photoshop is the world's most popular and powerful image editor. Don't let your skills get rusty! Make the most of the software with tried and true methods.

Quickly change your game using the five methods I will teach you.

  • Retouch and fix blotchy skin without it looking "Photoshopped" fake
  • Refine complicated edges (like hair) with the Refine Edge tool
  • Create unique texture by subtracting an image's RGB channels
  • Sort, filter, tag, group, link, and organize layers
  • Record a custom action and apply it to an unlimited number of photos

Bring your work to the next level today.

This course can take you there. It will put a bag of design tricks in your pocket, useful both for amateurs with a hobby and freelancers seeking clients.

Each of the tutorials is in depth, and the relatively short course length is designed to give you the quick boost you need, without spending inordinate amounts of time exploring every option in the interface.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have Photoshop (preferably CS5 or later) and have at least a rudimentary understanding of the interface.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Manipulate, sort, filter and professionally organize layers
  • Mask out hair and other difficult objects with Refine Edge
  • Retouch faces effectively without creating an unrealistically smooth "Photoshopped look"
  • Record an action and apply that action automatically to an unlimited number of photos
  • Create interesting texture on logos and other shapes using Channels

Who is the target audience?

  • New designers who want to learn advanced practical techniques to impress clients
  • Amateurs looking to improve their skills to the professional level
  • Photographers who want to apply effects quickly to all of their images
  • Anyone who has basic understanding of the Photoshop interface!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Working with Channels and Layers

Texture can be created on type and shapes by finding your own unique image, and subtracting the RGB values. To do so, follow these three main steps:

  1. Place your image on a new layer on top of the shape
  2. Make selection of RGB values in the Channels panel
  3. Select your rasterized shape layer and press "Delete"

There are some important guidelines to follow to make layers maximally organized and manageable.

  1. Name each layer with a unique description
  2. Group similar adjacent layers and name the groups
  3. Link non-adjacent layers that you wish to edit as a group
  4. Lock layers that you do not want to affect with subsequent edits
  5. If you have dozens or hundreds of layers, use color tags to further categorize them
Section 2: Retouch Blemished Skin and Mask out Hair

To use frequency separation to retouch skin:

  1. Create two duplicates of your base image
  2. Blur the first duplicate (middle layer)
  3. Use Apply Image with source of middle layer and blending mode "Subtract"
  4. Change resulting top layer to blending mode "Linear Light"
  5. Use Lasso tool and blur on middle layer to smooth out discoloration
  6. Use Clone Stamp on top layer to smooth out texture and edges

Bring up the Refine Edge dialog box to refine your selection.

  1. Adjust your view mode (I often prefer Black & White)
  2. Use the Refine Radius tool to let Photoshop do most of the work!
  3. Leave Smoothness low
  4. Use Contrast as an offset to Feather
  5. Make the output a New Layer with Layer Mask
Section 3: Make Photoshop Do the Work for You

Go to the Actions tab (or find it under Window > Actions) and record your edits to make a new action that Photoshop can repeat automatically. It is best to keep these actions relatively simple if you are going to apply them to many different images.

  1. Record new action
  2. Bring up the Image Processor
  3. Select the folder, action to apply, and output format
  4. Let it run!

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Instructor Biography

Dan Morton, Digital Media Professional

Having worked professionally as a graphic designer and later, as a documentary film videographer and editor, I am a digital media enthusiast.

I have used Photoshop to design professional Hollywood film pitch packages and impress freelance clients.

I developed my partiality for pixels while working at Hyperion Media Group in Los Angeles. I am proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and DaVinci Resolve.

I hold a BA in Film and Media Production from Taylor University.

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