Lesson 1 | Introducing the Workspace: Navigating, Windows, Drop downs, Tool Bars, Opening, Saving, Closing, Golden Rules, Rulers, Grids and Guides, Zooming. Understanding Image Files: File Formats (PSD, TIFF, and JPEG, RAW), Image Size, Resolution, Canvas Size, Crop Tool, Rotation, Aliasing and artefacts, Colour Modes, Bit Depth. Tools: Brushes, Marquees, Text, Histograms, Colour Picker History: Undo/Redo, History Panel.
Lesson 2 | Layers: Understanding layers, Layer menu and panel, Adding deleting and flattening layers, Compositing with a selection, Opacity, Basic Blend Modes. Adjustments and Adjustment layers: Levels, Curves, Hue/Saturation, Colour Balance, Black and White. Layers and Masks: Understanding masks, Using brushes to create masks Selections: Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Polygonal Lasso, Magic Wand, Colour Range Selections, Refining Edges, Converting Selections to masks and masks to selections.
Lesson 3 | Understanding RAW: Advantages and disadvantages of RAW, NEF, CR2, XMP and DNG, Managing unsupported RAW, Adobe Camera Raw workspace. RAW adjustments: White Balance Slider, White Balance Tool, Exposure sliders, Cropping and Straightening, Adjustment Brush. Lens Corrections: Lens Correction Filter, Transforming and warping, Grids and Guides, Lens correction in RAW. Basic Retouching: Cloning, Spot Healing, Healing, Sharpening, Unsharp Mask, Sharpening in RAW. Screen vs Print: Workflow, Print Workflow.
Lesson 4 | Critique Session: Assess Worksheet 3; Compare prints and screen images, How to assess images visually and using data. Practice and recap:Correct a colour cast/creative colour adjustment, Correct exposure/ creative tone adjustment, Spot removal. Mini class project: Instagram Rip-Off (creatively use adjustment layers, masks and blend modes). Introduce requirements for Day 5 Project: Brief 1.
Lesson 5 | From Camera to Print: Full workflow for a straight image from RAW file to print ready image (See Brief 1). Double Exposure Project: Assessing and selecting appropriate images, Creative use of Adjustments, Selections, Masks, Clipping Masks, Blend Modes and other tools.
“I have learnt how to open and modify my pictures in Photoshop. I still have a lot to learn and it will only be done during practice.- ” Michelle Pretorius
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