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Part 2: Photoshop  ~ Essential Tasks and Concepts

 Using Undo and the History panel (6:45 min.)

Learn how to access your document’s history in Photoshop, as well as how to undo changes. Explore the History panel and see how to move through states with shortcuts and increase the maximum number of states that Photoshop can hold in memory.

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Removing a person from the background with masking (6:10 min.)

Learn how to get highly accurate selections of people in order to mask and then remove them from a background. See how the Quick Selection tool works, and then refine the mask edge with the Brush tool.

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Changing the color of an object (7:16 min.)

Learn how to change the color of a car within an image. Deke McClelland uses the Targeted Adjustment tool within the Hue/Saturation adjustments panel to change the color of a car from red to gold without changing the rest of the image colors. Applies to the CC and CS6 versions of Photoshop.

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Swapping heads in a family portrait (4:07 min.)

It’s very difficult to capture everyone smiling at once for a group portrait. Learn out how to combine images to get the perfect group portrait shot in Photoshop, as well as how to use the Auto-Align Layers feature to align photos with different zoom levels so that they’re the same size.

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Understanding resolution (4:38 min.)

Resolution is a fundamental concept in Photoshop. This lesson will help you avoid getting thrown for a loop when you go to print your image or save it for the web.

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Removing blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch tool (12:47 min.)

Learn how to remove distracting elements in a photograph so the viewer can focus on the person in the image. Julieanne Kost uses the Clone tool, Spot Healing tool, and Healing Brush tools to enhance the image without compromising the character of the person. Applies to the CC and CS6 versions of Photoshop.

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Sharpening and perfecting your photos with Smart Sharpen (6:52 min.)

Learn how to work with the Smart Sharpen filter in Photoshop in order to achieve a fine level of control over the sharpening in an image. You’ll see how to use the Amount, Radius, and Reduce Noise sliders to modify your images.

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