From Raw to a Perfect Photo - Develop & Process Like a Pro
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From Raw to a Perfect Photo - Develop & Process Like a Pro

Learn how to turn your digital negatives into a successful artwork in Adobe Camera RAW & Photoshop
4.4 (13 ratings)
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Created by Kasia Zmokla
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Visually evaluate an image and set an "action plan" for the edit
  • Create a complete set of Luminosity Masks with Free Photoshop Action
  • Develop a RAW file and prepare it for further post processing in Photoshop
  • Perform adjustments fast with Luminosity Masks
  • Work in a non-destructive way with the use of most powerful Photoshop Tools
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  • Ideally Photoshop CC, trial free version is more than enough
  • No prior knowledge of Photoshop is necessary, I will explain all the techniques in a simple way
  • We will work with high quality images provided as supplementary materials to help you move on even faster!

This online photo editing course will teach you how to develop your RAW digital negatives in Adobe Camera RAW and enhance further your photos in a seamless way, simply producing stunning images to impress your clients. Taking full advantage of the data stored in your RAW files allows great level of control and flexibility during the post processing stage.

Once you learn how to use this powerful Photoshop tool, you will be able to unlock hidden potential in your images. Regardless of what your level of experience is, this in-depth course is designed to teach you professional editing techniques in an easy, approachable way. I will walk you step by step through a complete photo editing workflow, making complex techniques easy to grasp. 

You will learn not only "how" to perform the adjustments - I will also explain "why" to apply them in the first place. As a photographer and educator I have full understanding of the entire photo editing process - starting with an image evaluation, through taking creative decisions and finally applying photo enhancement techniques to produce effective imagery. 

Unlike other photography classes that are focusing on "pushing sliders", this course teaches you how to approach your photo editing workflow in a comprehensive way. Behind every successful image stands a strong creative idea, an "action plan". 

With this course I will help you to elevate your work to a new level of professionalism and impact

When you join me in the course you will have at your disposal high quality supporting images to start the course on the spot without time wasted on searching for resources. I provide you with:

  • original RAW file and a high resolution
  • layered TIFF
  • Complete Set of Luminosity Masks Photoshop Action

You can access the supporting files anytime to see the final edit including every single step I have taken to obtain it. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to develop RAW files
  • Aspiring photographers who want to improve their photo editing skills
  • Artists who want to introduce digital techniques into their creative process
  • Anyone who wants to develop artistic skills in fields of creative photo processing
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Introduction and Resources
2 Lectures 03:21

This is a short introductory video.

Preview 03:21

Download resources here. All the files are strictly for educational purpose with this course.

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Developing File in Adobe Camera RAW
8 Lectures 01:08:10

This video is a quick evaluation of the original RAW file.

Preview 04:55

In this video we will perform a quick clean up of the RAW file.

Preview 06:52

This video is a deep dive into Noise Reduction tools available in Adobe Camera RAW.

ACR: Noise Reduction

In this clip you will learn how to correct perspective distortions caused by a camera lens.

ACR: Perspective Distortions Correction

In this clip I will show you how to correct exposure and white balance. 

ACR: White Balance

In this video you will learn how to perform a chromatic aberration corrections on a RAW file.

ACR: Chromatic Aberration Correction

In this clip we will save the adjusted RAW file and we will export a 16 bit TIFF for further Photoshop processing.

ACR: Saving & Exporting the 1st Exposure

In this video we will adjust the 2nd exposure for the sky and we will export it as 16 bit TIFF.

ACR: 2nd Exposure - Complete Adjustments & Saving to PS
Post Processing in Adobe Photoshop
11 Lectures 01:26:30

In this clip we will open as layers in 1 Photoshop file the 2 TIFFs exported in the previous part of the course from Adobe Camera RAW.

PS: Opening Exposures in 1 Stack

In this video I will show you how to load the Photoshop Luminosity Action provided with the resources.

PS: Installing and Loading LM Action

In this clip we will run the Photoshop action and create a full set of luminosity masks.

PS: Creating Set of Luminosity Masks

In this video we will merge with help of Luminosity Masks the 2 exposures exported from ACR.

PS: Merging 2 Exposures with LM

In this clip we will focus on extending luminosity range in our image with the Curves adjustment layer.

PS: Shadow Adjustments with Curves

In this video we will adjust contrast in our image with the Select Color Range Tool.

PS: Contrast Adjustments with Select Color Range Tool

In this video we will work on local luminosity adjustments.

PS: Local Luminosity Adjustments

In this video we will start working on color in our image with the Solid Color adjustment layer.

PS: Solid Color Adjustment Layer

In this clip we will further fine tune color in the photo with Selective Color adjustment layer.

PS: Selective Color Adjustment Layer

This video closes our workflow - we will polish our image here and add a few final touches. 

Once you are happy with your edit don't forget to run the 2nd action "Delete Channels". This will massively reduce size of your final file.

PS: Final Touches & Conclusion

What's Next?
About the Instructor
Kasia Zmokla
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(MFA) Artist, Graphic Designer and Photographer 20 yrs exp

Digital Art | Photography | Photoshop | Graphic Design

My name is Kasia Zmokla and I am very excited that you are reading this!

I teach in the Digital Art area on Udemy. I want you to be confident that I can deliver the best training there is, so below is some of my background in the Digital Art Field.

Professional Background

Professionally, I am a digital artist, graphic designer and a photographer with 20 years experience working in the Graphic Design industry. That consists of working full time for design studios in Poland, Ireland and Malta and independently as an artist, photographer and freelance designer.

I have received formal training at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 2003.

Along the way I have learnt best industry practices and developed my own creative techniques. If you are curious about my portfolio, feel free to have a look at the commercial design work and personal projects in the last Section of this Course.

My Fine Art photography prints are available at several international fine art galleries, amongst others at Asia Contemporary Art Buyer and Saatchi Art. I am an active contributor at many stock agencies including the prestigious world’s largest stock photo collection - Alamy and Stockimo.

I have also self published three photo books with Blurb.

Links to my professional portfolio are available in the last Lecture of the Course.


To sum up, I am absolutely and utterly passionate about photography and Digital Art and I am looking forward to sharing my passion and knowledge with you!