Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers, with Larry Becker

Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers is an in-depth class loaded with detailed lessons to help photographers master the fine adjustments necessary to make their images look just right.

Photoshop Elements 9 for Photographers is an in-depth class loaded with detailed lessons to help photographers master the fine adjustments necessary to make their images look just right. If you’re more than a beginner, and you feel like the automatic ‘fixes’ Elements offers don’t give you enough control, then this class is for you! Larry Becker takes you through numerous exercises to show you how to fix everything from portraits to landscapes, he covers photo finishing, hard-to-select objects, compositing, color correction, printing, and much more. Watch this class and you’ll be amazed how much of a Photoshop Elements expert you become.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:11)

Larry introduces himself and talks about what he will cover in the course.

Lesson 2: Camera Raw In Depth (Duration 14:22)

Beginning with an understanding of why Camera Raw contains more information, Larry shows how to use the Basic panel sliders in Camera Raw to correct images.

Lesson 3: Camera Raw Details and Presets (Duration 13:17)

Beyond the Basics panel are Detail adjustments and an option to select presets called Camera Profiles.

Lesson 4: Opening JPEGs and Camera Raw (Duration 08:46)

Larry corrects a JPEG image with a bad color cast using Camera Raw (and there's a secret to opening JPEGs as Camera Raw files.)

Lesson 5: Correcting with Adjustment Layers (Duration 07:45)

Without actually altering pixels of your image, you can make color correction improvements using Adjustment Layers

Lesson 6: Adjustment Layers and Masks (Duration 06:13)

Larry goes through more of the Adjustment Layer options and describes what they all do. And then he shows how to make targeted adjustments using the built-in Layer Mask in an Adjustment Layer to spot correct.

Lesson 7: Recompose Tool (Duration 13:36)

This magical tool allows you to change the aspect ratio of an image and keep all the essential elements unchanged. Tips for making it work better and when it probably won't work at all.

Lesson 8: Collages (Duration 09:39)

Using Layer masks to collage 3 images into one.

Lesson 9: Retouching Portraits/Skin Imperfections (Duration 14:09)

Gettings started retouching portraits starts with retouching small skin imperfections that everybody has.

Lesson 10: More Retouching (Duration 10:20)

Fixing highlights, eyes, and teeth using adjustment layers and their layer mask.

Lesson 11: Dodging and Burning (Duration 07:36)

Larry not only shows you the basics of dodging and burning but he has a method for working quickly and doing this edit on its own layer. Then he finishes with some skin smoothing.

Lesson 12: Correcting Camera Distortions (Duration 05:15)

In preparation for a compositing exercize, Larry shows how to correct the perspective of a background layer using the Lens Correction filter.

Lesson 13: Compositing Steps (Duration 10:26)

Removing a model from the background and placing her into a different environment using the Magic Extractor.

Lesson 14: Refining the Composite (Duration 11:37)

Matching the colors of elements from 2 different exposures helps to make a believable composite.

Lesson 15: Experimenting with Special Effects (Duration 07:59)

Some strategies for adding and controlling special effects using the various filters and photo finishing effects.

Lesson 16: Rich Black and White (Duration 05:15)

Using a Gradient Map adjustment layer, Larry shows you how to get a much better black and white image than simply desaturating the image.

Lesson 17: Smart Brush Automated Fixes (Duration 09:26)

Using the Smart Brush tool, automated fixes can be applied to specific areas of your images.

Lesson 18: Photo Merge (Duration 10:24)

Blending multiple images automatically to create panoramas or exposure blending.

Lesson 19: Adding Finishing Touches (Duration 07:10)

This module covers how to add vignettes for visual interest, creating a simulated matte, and adding rough painted borders.

Lesson 20: Sharpening (Duration 05:38)

Larry shows you the methods of sharpening that give you the most control.

Lesson 21: Preparing Images for the Web (Duration 09:06)

Choosing the right options in the Save for Web dialog box.

Lesson 22: Preparing Images for Printing (Duration 12:15)

Make sure you have the right resolution for output and then go through all the settings in the Print dialog box.

Lesson 23: Wrap Up (Duration 00:24)

Thanks for watching.

Meet Your Instructor: Larry Becker

Larry Becker is the guy behind the inexpensive photography solutions and DIYs featured on DTownTV. That's about all you really need to know, but if you're still curious about the…

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