Photoshop Photographic Effects

Create realistic photographic effects in Photoshop. Add special looks to photos that mimic real-world gear & processing
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2013 English

Course Description

Join one of the world’s foremost Photoshop experts, Colin Smith. Colin shares his mouth-watering recepies, that will turn your photographs into jaw-dropping masterpieces. He reveals how to mimick the coolest traditional darkroom techniques and a whole lot more that would usually require thousands of dollars of special gear. He studied photographs that used special development processes and equipment, such as tilt-shift lens, toy cameras etc. He then deconstructed the looks and turned them into easy to follow photoshop techniques.

Learn how to change the time of day, the weather and even the environment. These techniques are just like magic! All of these original techniques stand up to industry standards, because Colin has used them in his professional work for years. You will be amazed at how easy these techniques are once you know the “secret sauce.” All the photographs have been taken by Colin, so there are no canned, stock photos. You won’t find these techniques in the user manual... or anywhere else.

Photographers and designers will celebrate this 
one-of-a-kind title in their learning library.


What are the requirements?

  • Photoshop CS2-CS6

What am I going to get from this course?

  • All instructors images are included
  • Learn Photoshop, while having fun
  • Paint with light, change the time of day or even the weather in your photographs
  • Stylize your photos with different film and processing looks without the need for plugins or actions
  • Go beyond the basic tools in Photoshop, with this project oriented training
  • Create professional quality special effects in Photoshop easily with the step by step tutorials
  • Mimic real world camera and lens effects
  • Use Layers, masks, channels, quick masks, filters, brushes and more

Who is the target audience?

  • Those who want to use Photoshop as a creative tool and move beyond just the basic theory and tool-based workflow
  • Photographers wanting to add a touch of creativity to their photographs
  • Designers who want to really make an impact
  • Enthusiasts who are looking to be inspired as they learn

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: Introduction by Colin Smith
Intro and what you will learn
Section 2: Creating Camera Looks
Simulate the effect of a zooming lens with a slow shutter speed
Create an effect that mimics a tone mapped HDR photo from a single image
Use HDR Toning to Create an effect that mimics a tone mapped HDR photo from a single image
Change your photo to look like it was shot with a plastic camera, such as a cheap Holga or toy camera
Create a split tone effect with color cast in shadows and highlights
Create a split tone effect in Camera Raw with color cast in shadows and highlights
Two methods of grayscale conversion for the best results. Also an explanation of what’s happening
Change your photo to look like it was shot in the 1800’s with the Frederick Archer style wet Process
A popular old-time look, both in faded color and sepia tone
Section 3: Changing the mood
Create a smooth, but detailed image, along the lines of a Dave Hill style
Apply some processing to give a photo a cinematic movie feel
Take a photograph from the middle of the day and make it look like it’s sunset
Create a glowing, soft, doubled feel that adds an amazing feel to a photograph
Create a romantic feel, by softening the highlights of a photograph and making the whites glow. Both landscape and wedding photos covered
Add a nice soft glow to portraits, for that glamorous touch
Section 4: Artistic Effects
Make the photograph black and white, except for a single colored object
Turn a photo into a cartoon, a fun effect
Learn how to make your photo look like different hand-painted styles, including a simulated canvas background

Turn a photo into a convincing pencil sketch. Also included colorizing and etching techniques

Change the color of a portion of a photograph without making any selections
Create a sunburst effect that Jimi Hendricks would love
Section 5: Special Effects
Fake a tilt shift effect. Make huge objects in photos look like miniatures
Add a depth of field effect to a sharp photograph. This goes way beyond just a simple blur
Create a lake of water in a dry place. Very believable and unbelievably simple
Create a rain effect. Add layers of rain to simulate distance
Take a plain boring sky and replace it with a nice cloudy sky. Some extra tips to add correct atmosphere and coloring so it looks real
Create beams of light and illuminate a subject realistically. Change a daytime shot into a night shot. Also learn to change the color of the lighting in a single move
Section 6: Wrap up
Thanks for watching from Colin Smith, and wrap-up

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Instructor Biography

Colin Smith, Leading Photoshop Instructor, Founder PhotoshopCAFE

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning digital artist who has caused a stir in the community with his stunning Photoshop work. Colin is also known as a pioneer of HDR photography. Colin is an Adobe ACP (Adobe Community Professional), He is founder of one the world’s most popular Photoshop resource sites,, which boasts over 30 million visitors.

With over 18 years of experience in the creative industry, Colin was formerly Senior Editor and Creative Director for VOICE magazine. He is a regular columnist for Photoshop User magazine. He has been featured in most major imaging magazines including, Computer Arts, Macworld, After Capture, PSD Photoshop, Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative, Digital Photographer, Web Designer magazine and a host of others.

Colin’s digital imaging work has been recognized with numerous awards, including, MacWorld Digital Design and 3 Guru awards at Photoshop World 2001 and 2002. He’s authored or co-authored more than eighteen books on Photoshop, including the best-selling How to Do Everything with Photoshop (McGraw-Hill/Osborne) and award-winning Photoshop Most Wanted, as well as being pominentely featured in the Hall Of Fame book, New Masters Of Photoshop and New Masters of Photoshop 2 (The only artist featured in both editions). Colin is also creator of the Photoshop Secrets Video training series ( He is in high demand across the United States as a lecturer, presenting his Photoshop techniques to Photographers and graphics professionals across the nation. He has been a speaker at such conferednces as WPPI, Flash Forward, NVision, Photoshop World, PIDE, PIDE, DL Expo, Creative Suite Conference, Cre8, Create Chaos, Deviant Art Summit and many more. In 2012 Colin was the featured speaker for a Multi-City Tour (Route CS6) Sponsored by Adobe. Colin has consulted such companies as Adobe Systems, Edison International, Apple and Disney Studios. 

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