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Part 4: Photoshop  ~ Image Adjustments

Introducing adjustment layers (3:34 min.)

Adjustment layers offer you a way to edit your images nondestructively in Photoshop. Explore the basics of adjustment layers as a tool for making selective adjustments to your images.

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Improving tonal quality with Levels (7:36 min.)

Find out how to capture the entire tonal range of an image and preserve as much detail as possible using a Levels adjustment layer in Photoshop. Explore how to use the histogram to find over- and underexposed areas in your image, as well as how to preview changes.

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Reading a histogram and using the info panel in Photoshop CC (9:22 min.)

Learn how to keep an eye on your data as you correct color, tone, and contrast in your images in Photoshop CC. The histogram gives you a visual representation of where the pixels (or data) lie in your images, while the Info panel gives you the exact color values of any area you move your mouse over in an image.

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Increasing midtone contrast with Curves (5:11 min.)

The Curves adjustment in Photoshop allows you advanced control over the midtones in your images. Learn the basics of modifying curves and see how to increase contrast and avoid posterization. Also explore Curves presets and the basics of blend modes.

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Shifting colors with Hue/Saturation (5:43 min.)

Learn how to change the color in an image using a Hue/Saturation adjustment. Find out how to modify both individual and multiple color ranges, isolate and modify specific colors with the Targeted Adjustment tool, and use the Adjustment Brush to change select areas of an image.

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Controlling which layers are affected by an adjustment layer (3:53 min.)

Learn how to isolate the effects of an adjustment layer so that only a specific layer or a group of layers is affected. Topics include changing the stacking order of adjustment layers, creating a clipping mask, and creating layer groups in Photoshop.

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Lightening and Darkening image areas with Dodge and Burn (9:46 min.)

Learn how to lighten and darken image areas in Photoshop CC. You’ll learn how you can use the Dodge and Burn tools to subtly increase the contrast in selected areas of a photo to draw the viewer’s eye and make a more compelling image.

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Converting color to black and white (3:37 min.)

There are several ways to convert a color image to black and white in Photoshop. Learn how to use adjustment layers to convert an image, as well as how to adjust specific color channels, use presets, and make subtle adjustments using the Adjustment Brush.

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Creating traditional darkroom toning effects (2:56 min.)

See how to emulate darkroom toning effects in Photoshop using the Gradient Map adjustment layer.

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