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Photoshop Toolbox II: Actions, Automate and More
Become a better photographer today!
Harness the hidden potential of Photoshop - Actions, conversion, and compositing. In Lewis Kemper's second Photoshop course, you will learn important techniques for automating Photoshop, converting images from color to black and white, and compositing multiple photos into one realistic image. This course is open to both Mac and Windows users with the full version of Adobe Photoshop.
- Spotting and Retouching
- Black and White and Toning
- Increasing Depth of Field
- Creating Motion
- Compositing Techniques
- Learn how to create Actions, use Photoshop's Automate features, and more.
- Learn sharpening, compositing, and color-to-B&W conversion techniques.
- Learn how to increase or decrease depth of field.
What You Get
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.
- Learn at your pace, with structure.
- Be guided by a real pro instructor.
- Get your photos critiqued every week.
- Join students from around the world.
- Go far beyond any book or DVD.
- Make great pictures, again and again!
Lewis Kemper specializes in nature and wildlife photography, and has taught over 100 workshops and classes on landscape photography and/or the digital darkroom.
He is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines.
His work is represented worldwide by Getty Images, Index Stock Imagery, Stock Connection, AFLO Japan and DRK Photo. Lewis's computer-enhanced images have been used in advertisements, cards, bookmarks and calendars. He is the photographer of Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest, published in 1996.
He also runs a custom digital printing service to create fine art prints for photographers.
Lewis has been honored to be included into Canon’s Explorers of Light program, which recognizes 78 of the country’s most influential photographers.
Sample Photos by the Instructor
© Lewis Kemper
© Lewis Kemper
Examples of Student Photos
View photos by previous students. You can make pictures like this too!
© Barb J. Beck
© Barb J. Beck
Lesson 1: Actions
Learning the power of Actions - how to save yourself valuable time and let Photoshop do the work for you!
Assignment: Build some Actions from the tips and suggestion given to you. Prepare images for next week's lesson.
Lesson 2: Spotting and Retouching
Learning how to use the Rubber Stamp, Healing Brush, and History palette to spot and retouch your images.
Assignment: Use these tools to fix some of your images.
Lesson 3: Sharpening
Learning several techniques for sharpening your images. Receive two sharpening actions from the instructor to use for sharpening your images.
Assignment: Sharpen images with Unsharp Mask and with an Action and compare the results.
Lesson 4: Automate
Learn how to use the features of the Automate Menu to create contact sheets, do batch processing, a picture package and more!
Assignment: Create a contact sheet from a folder of your images, and create a picture package page.
Lesson 5: Black and White and Toning
Converting color images to black and white with tonal controls; toning and tinting images, and using warming filters.
Assignment: Convert some color images to black and white; tone an image.
Lesson 6: Increasing Depth of Field
Increasing depth of field through multiple shots and reducing depth of field by blurring layers.
Assignment: Combine multiple images to create depth of field; using the blur filter and a layer mask, reduce the depth of field in an image.
Lesson 7: Creating Motion
Creating motion with the Radial Blur filter and more.
Assignment: Use the Radial Blur filter along with layer masks to create the illusion of motion.
Lesson 8: Compositing Techniques
Making selections; using Quick Mask; running Blur and Levels on masks to smooth out blends.
Assignment: Using some of my images and some of yours to create a believable composite image.
Review: Voting on Best Work
© Lewis Kemper
© Lewis Kemper
- Photoshop CS2, CS3 or CS4 (no Elements). Please Note: Lessons are supplemented by the instructor with videos on CS4 techniques.
- A Mac or Windows-based computer
- A digital or film-based camera
- Completion of Exposure & Color Correction Toolbox course suggested, but not required
Is this course intended only for digital photographers or can photographers who use regular, film-based cameras participate as well?
This course is open to any photographer who wants to learn how to use this digital image-editing software. Whether you shoot with a digital camera or scan in images shot with a film camera, it makes no difference.
What version of Photoshop® is required?
You will need a full version of Photoshop® (no Elements): CS2, CS3, or CS4. But a note on CS4: Lessons are supplemented by the instructor with videos on CS4 techniques.
What Photoshop skills should I have for this class?
This is not
an introductory course. You should be somewhat familiar with the program. Actually if you can create adjustment layers, layer masks and know what the tools on the tool bar are, you should do fine. I am only concentrating on teaching you the best methods for dealing with exposure and color correction. We are not going to cover the tools for cloning, sizing, etc. This class is designed for the person who has been using Photoshopfor the digital darkroom and want to expand their knowledge so that they will be become masters of advanced techniques. So if you want to harness the real power of Photoshop, then this class is for you!
Are there any other requirements? Do I need particular computer equipment, for example?
No. All you need is Internet access (which you have if you are reading this on the Web). Whether you use Mac, Windows XP or another operating system, you will be fine. I also recommend a graphics tablet. It is not necessary, but I liken a graphics tablet in the digital darkroom to the tripod in photography. You can get by without one but you will have better results when using one!
What Photoshop skills should I know for this course?
Since this is not an introductory class, you should be somewhat familiar with the program. Actually if you can create adjustment layers, layer masks and know what the tools on the tool bar are, you should do fine. I am only concentrating on teaching you the best methods for dealing with exposure and color correction. We are not going to cover the tools for cloning, sizing, etc. This class is designed for the person who has been using Photoshop for the digital darkroom and want to expand their knowledge so that they will be become masters of advanced techniques. So if you want to harness the real power of Photoshop®, then this class is for you!
© Lewis Kemper
© Lewis Kemper
Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.
Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.
For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.
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