Hacking Photoshop By Ben Willmore

2 hr 8 min

Join Photoshop Hall of Famer Ben Willmore as he shares some of his greatest hacks for performing color corrections, applying textures to photographs, removing backgrounds, retouching portraits and so much more!

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Join Ben as he introduces the class and jumps right in to showing you how to hack Photoshop.
Ben shares tips for making selections, performing color corrections, utilizing adjustment layers in unique ways.
This lesson demonstrates a cool hack for creating natural looking colorized B&W images, how you can master the color lookup adjustment, and take advantage of Match Color.
This last segment on hacking adjustments shows how you can convert an image for printing with only 2 colors, a neat trick for applying textures, and using layers in unconventional ways.
Removing backgrounds is a common chore in Photoshop. Ben shows how to make selections and remove the background with a hack.
The Background Eraser tool can be hacked to get the best results and work with a mask.
Ben wraps up the background removing segment with more techniques for refining your results when removing backgrounds.
Here's how to separate the color and tone in an image from the detail so that you can work on them individually for better results.
Ben wraps up the class with some techniques for retouching an image where objects bump up against the edge of a photo.
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Ben Willmore


Photoshop Hall of Famer, Ben Willmore, has taught over 100,000 Photoshop users on five continents. His bestselling books, DVDs, and hit seminars have established Ben as one of America's favorite Photoshop instructors, and he is often a standing-room-only speaker at design and photography conferences throughout the world. He writes for num...

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  1. Profile photo of Hani Latif Zaloum Hani Latif Zaloum

    Ben’s knowledge is simply superb! In my humble opinion, and I am a certified expert in Photoshop, Ben is one of the best if not THE best photoshop guru.

  2. Profile photo of Damian Williams Damian Williams

    This is got to be the best photoshop lesson I’ve ever had or seen. Ben you are awesome man.

  3. Profile photo of adcphotographs adcphotographs

    WOW! Just when you think you know Photoshop. This course was awesome!

  4. Profile photo of Soundtrap Soundtrap

    Just wanted to thank you, Mr. Willmore, for all the great hacks/tips! You are very to-the-point and extremely easy to understand/follow. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future. Thank you!

  5. Profile photo of Darlanne Darlanne

    I clicked on this course randomly and started watching. I’m SO glad I did. I cannot believe the invaluable tips and tricks. Awesome course!

  6. Profile photo of idiophonics idiophonics

    Ben always brings the heavy stuff to the table. Great job.

  7. Profile photo of Richard Brigleb Richard Brigleb

    Ben is absolutely the best. Knowledgeable, concise and a voice that’s easy to understand.

  8. Profile photo of Helen Helen

    I cannot find the lookup color download. Where is it on your new website?

  9. Profile photo of Allun Hamblett Allun Hamblett

    This is my first time viewing lessons from Ben. WOW! What a GREAT instructor. I’ve learned so much even though I thought I was pretty experienced. I am so looking forward to additional courses by Ben.

  10. Profile photo of Christine.Andert@gmail.com Christine.Andert@gmail.com

    Wow… just when I thought I couldn’t’ learn anymore… amazing!

  11. Profile photo of Mark Lehr Mark Lehr

    Absolutely fabulous…probably one of the best courses I have watched.

  12. Profile photo of 769273 769273

    Following up on my previous comment. The process works in PS6 and in PSCC, but not PSCC2014!

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

  13. Profile photo of 769273 769273

    The auto blend layers, stacking option with texture did not work for me. I tried many combinations, but no luck. Anysuggestions

  14. Profile photo of kd@keithdouglas.com kd@keithdouglas.com

    Well done as always

  15. Profile photo of Ali Sabeel Ali Sabeel

    Awesome course
    Thank you Ben
    Thank you KelbyTraining

  16. Profile photo of William Brown William Brown

    In lesson 3, Ben refers to downloading a file to use with the color lookup table, and he states the file is available for download here. It appears that the file is not here, however.

    Any chance we could get the file?

    1. Profile photo of Aaron Westgate Aaron Westgate


      These downloadable images have been added to the course. Click on the “Course Files” link to the right of the video player.

      Web Editor – KelbyOne.com

      1. Profile photo of Corinna Corinna

        Thank you for adding back the downloads feature! This is one of the best photoshop courses I have watched. I learned so much! :)

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