Photoshop Color Workflow by Dan Margulis

Photoshop color workflow

Photoshop color workflow can really enhance your photographs.

Dan Margulis is a published author and the creator of Photoshop Color Workflow. His book and tools can be an invaluable resource to photographers using Adobe Photoshop. Would this be a good tool to use in GC3400?

About the book (from http://www.moderncolorworkflow.com/the-book):

Traditional methods of color-correcting digital images date from when computing was slow, storage expensive and RAM minimal. Only the most important images could justify the cost of processing. The techniques that were valid in those benighted times don’t correspond to today’s needs.

In his first book in more than six years, Dan Margulis rethinks the process from the ground up. He suggests a radically different workflow for an age in which speed is critical and processing of multiple images is the rule and not the exception. His solutions are often highly automated, and all the automation is made available for free, including a powerful PPW panel that serves as a command central. Continue…

Photoshop manipulations for perfect photos

Since you are working on touching up your studio portraits this week, I wanted to share a link with some useful Photoshop manipulations that you might want to try out. If you aren’t that familiar with Photoshop manipulations, one of the best ways to get better at using the program is to practice on some of your favorite photographs. This article contains quick fixes for blemishes, sparkling eyes, Instagram-like effects, and more.

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21 Incredibly Simple Photoshop Hacks Everyone Should Know
These tips and tricks should be easy enough for anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Photoshop.

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Ways to fix flyaway hairs in Photoshop #GC3400

One of the more difficult studio portrait edits in Photoshop to do well is smoothing out flyaway hairs on your model. These are any out-of-place hair that detracts from the clean polished look of your model. This video from the Photoshop Training Channel is a great resource for fixing flyaway hairs on your studio portraits. Should be a good resource for GC3400 as you wrap up your studio portrait assignments this week!

HDR: in-camera or using layers?

HDR comparison

See the visual difference in dynamic range between the single exposure on the left and the HDR on the right. Image source- https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3538/3442297686_560b414beb_z.jpg?zz=1

As we move into shooting HDR images in #GC3400, I think this point by Jay Patel is important to consider. Googling HDR came up with this definition “High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of techniques used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than possible using standard digital imaging or photographic techniques.”

Our eyes have a larger dynamic range than a single exposure from our camera can reproduce. Therefore, in order to mimic the range our eyes can see, HDR becomes necessary. As photographers who favor HDR processing became more popular over the past few years, we have come to expect this sort of dynamic visual pop from our photographs. But what is the best way to create it- in camera or in post production? Continue…

Photoshop tutorial #GC3400

AdobeTV creates a wonderful collection of Photoshop tutorials for beginners and experts alike that cover all the different software found in Adobe Creative Cloud and used for your courses in ClemsonGC. This particular photoshop tutorial is one I ran across based on a recent student’s question on how to masking images into text. I hope that you find the information useful for your current and future Photoshop projects #GC3400.

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There are many ways to show a photograph within type or graphics. In this tutorial, Julieanne Kost uses groups and clipping masks:

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Using Photoshop manipulation to explore beauty ideals

Photoshop manipulation is a constant in the world of commercial photography, especially when it comes to the world of advertising. In our segment this semester on ethics, we explore how we feel as individuals regarding the use of Photoshop to alter models in advertising photography. Although the line is very clearcut for photojournalists, this is a very grey area industry wide within advertising as their are no set rules or boundaries regarding Photoshop manipulation. So we have to ask ourselves where the line is that crosses from positively affecting an image into unethical manipulation.

This is a really fascinating experiment using Photoshop to explore beauty ideals around the world. Which one appeals to you and why? Do you think that beauty ideals are partially or completely dependent on local culture? How does your culture affect the Photoshop edits you choose to make?

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What Happened When One Woman Had Her Picture Photoshopped In 25 Different Countries
“Make me look beautiful.”

That’s what Esther Honig asked 40 photo editors to do — in over 25 countries. Using the service-sharing site Fiverr, Honig, a human interest reporter, sent a picture of herself to be photoshopped around the w…

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Visual guide to Adobe keyboard shortcuts

At ClemsonGC, we are constantly moving between the Adobe Creative Suite programs. One of the more frustrating aspects of using all of the programs is the lack of continuity between the programs in regards to keyboard shortcuts. I was thrilled when I came across this great visual guide from Going Home to Roost and I look forward to printing out these to hang above my desk.

Regularly using Adobe shortcuts can drastically reduce the amount of time spent working on a project and therefore earn you more time playing out in the sunshine or spending time with your buds. So don’t miss the chance to print these out and increase your productivity as a designer today!

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Amazing photographs: 2014 WPPI awards

Feeling uninspired lately, never fear- these WPPI winners will definitely inspire you! There are many divisions including the (impressive!) high school division that compete surrounding the WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) event held in Las Vegas every year. Even if wedding and portraits aren’t your favorite categories, these photographs are inspiring and cover many types of photography we cover in #GC3400 including photojournalism, portraiture, and product photography.

WPPI winners for 2014

WPPI winners for 2014

I didn’t realize previously that they also have a videography division. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can see the winning videos for some fantastic examples of engaging videos built on gorgeous photography combined with sublime editing to tell a well-paced story.

So, which photograph inspires you? Continue…