Photoshop Quick Tips, with Rick Sammon

This fast-paced set of lessons is designed for those who want to get great results immediately, without using a stack of adjustment layers and super-sophisticated techniques.

Learn how to turn your snapshots into great shots in Photoshop in minutes, actually in about 3 minutes or less! This fast-paced set of lessons is designed for those who want to get great results immediately, without using a stack of adjustment layers and super-sophisticated techniques.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 00:40)

An introduction to the course from instructor Rick Sammon

Lesson 2: Creating the Panning Effect (Duration 03:34)

Here is a quick and easy method to add a sense of motion to a still image. It is a cool use for the Motion Blur filter.

Lesson 3: Wow Them With the Telephoto Lens Effect (Duration 02:50)

Got big glass? If not, this technique creates the effect of shooting with a long telephoto lens set at a wide aperture. It is a great effect for wildlife and portraits.

Lesson 4: Recreating the Original Scene (Duration 03:07)

Our eyes see 11 f-stops. Our cameras only see 5-6 f-stops. This lesson demonstrates how to recreate in Photoshop what we see with our eyes.

Lesson 5: Infrared Photoshop Style (Duration 01:22)

Sure, IR converted cameras are cool. But here is a quick technique for creating the IR effect in Photoshop.

Lesson 6: Correct Perspective (Duration 02:08)

If you do not have $1,500 to spend on a perspective control (PC) lens, this lesson is for you. Use the Transform tool to correct the keystone effect in seconds.

Lesson 7: Faking the Full-frame Fisheye Effect (Duration 01:40)

Love those fisheye shots with a curved horizon line? It is an effect you can easily create in Photoshop, from photos taken with a standard lens.

Lesson 8: Fading a Filter (Duration 02:19)

Have a creative bent? Use Fade Filter to create endless, custom and creative effects with any filter.

Lesson 9: Make Your Subject Stand Out (Duration 03:20)

Hey, if darkening the edges of an image was good enough for Rembrandt, it is good enough for us Photoshop Users. Check it out!

Lesson 10: Playing with Polar Coordinates (Duration 01:47)

This artistic effect, created with Polar Coordinates, is a big hit in my seminars and workshop. Works great with flowers.

Lesson 11: Magical Mirror Effect (Duration 03:20)

It is all done with mirrors. Well, except if you use Photoshop to create the magical mirror effect. Create a cool image and reflect on it for a while.

Lesson 12: Zoom It! (Duration 04:08)

Add pizzazz to an image by creating the in-camera zooming effect. Make your shots jump off the page (or your site) using the Radial Blur filter.

Lesson 13: Art History Brush Lesson (Duration 02:14)

There is no history lesson here, just a quickie on how to use the Art History Brush to turn a picture into a painting.

Lesson 14: Photoshop Diet (Duration 01:54)

Better than the South Beach Diet, the Photoshop Diet is free with Photoshop. Take pounds off your subjects with a few clicks of a mouse.

Lesson 15: Black and White and Color in the Same Image (Duration 02:41)

Reducing the color in a scene makes an image more creative because we remove some of the reality. Awaken the artist within with this cool technique.

Lesson 16: Outtake to Keeper (Duration 07:25)

Don not be so eager to press the delete button on your camera. Here is just one quick example of how to save a shot, especially if it is tilted!

Lesson 17: Hand Color an Image (Duration 03:19)

Learn how to use your mouse or stylus to hand-color an image using a Color Layer. Create your own works of art.

Lesson 18: Total Recall? (Duration 04:02)

Use the History Log, the Notes Tool, and Adjustment Layers for total recall. Never lose track of your adjustments and enhancements again.

Lesson 19: Make a 1960 Pop Art Poster (Duration 03:25)

Like the Pop Art work of Peter Max? Simulate that look with the Posterize effect and the Liquify filter. Cool man!

Lesson 20: New to Old (Duration 04:08)

Add film grain, darken the edges, and desaturate the high-tech images from your digital camera. Make 'em look as though they were taken with a film camera decades ago.

Lesson 21: Save A Backlit Shot (Duration 03:22)

Okay, so the Shadow/Highlight adjustment is a pretty basic adjustment. Still, it's a power adjustment that can improve your images. Try it, you'll like it.

Lesson 22: Simulating Rear-curtain Sync (Duration 02:25)

This is a cool effect that guarantees the motion effect you get with in-camera rear-curtain synch. In-camera, it can be hit or miss.

Lesson 23: Snapshot to Art Shot (Duration 03:34)

Take an okay snapshot and transform it into a creative image using the Diffuse Glow filter and artistic brushes. It's another quick and easy idea for creative image-makers.

Lesson 24: Suitable for Framing (Duration 08:24)

Add some creative presentation to your photos by adding a frame

Lesson 25: Basic Enhancements in the Enchanted Islands (Duration 15:53)

Follow along with these steps of a basic photo enhancement using pictures from the Galapagos Islands

Lesson 26: Fly-out Arrow Fun (Duration 18:09)

Take a tour of the fly-out arrows and explore the other menu options available in Photoshop

Lesson 27: Cool RAW File Image Processor (Duration 03:06)

Processing RAW files in Photoshop

Lesson 28: Fun with Photomerge (Duration 06:06)

A quick look at some of the fun you can have with Photoshop's photomerge feature

Lesson 29: Conclusion (Duration 00:25)

Don't forget to download the lesson images so that you can practice these techniques

Meet Your Instructor: Rick Sammon

Rick Sammon, a Canon Explorer of Light, has published 36 paper books, including Secrets of HDR Photography, Exploring the Light, and Digital Photography Secrets. Rick also has three apps on…

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