The 2018 Beginners’ Workshops Finale – Week 4

The Wakefield Camera Club Summer Workshops finale saw the return of Ken Fisher for the Advanced evening. With the mix of enthusiasm, humour and knowledge that the returning members and new guests had enjoyed during the previous three weeks Ken gave an insight into many of the new features of Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 and an introduction to topics submitted by the attendees. Although Ken focuses on Photoshop much of the content can also be achieved using the cheaper product from Adobe, Photoshop Elements. Many of the clubs members use Photoshop Elements.

Below is a list and short introduction to each of the topics covered. Also, where possible there is a link to Ken’s LiveLink Training Youtube channel for a video tutorial. If you have not subscribed to Ken’s mailing list, you should!

Ken has also produced an eBook which covers the Wakefield Camera Club 4-week Summer Season, you can get your copy here

Select Subject lets you select the most prominent subject in an image in a single click. Powered by advanced machine learning technology, Select Subject is trained to identify a variety of objects in an image—people, animals, vehicles, toys, and more.

📹 – Ken’s LiveLink “Select Subject” Video

Enhanced Brush Presets Working with brush presets is much easier in this release of Photoshop. You can now organise brush presets into folders—including nested folders—in the greatly-streamlined Brushes panel (renamed from Brush Presets in earlier releases).

You can now choose to work with and manage brush-enabled tool presets and their attributes, accessible only from the Options bar in earlier releases of Photoshop, in the Brushes panel. Any brush-enabled tool preset can be converted into a brush preset; all of its attributes—such as opacity, flow, and blending mode—are preserved. Once you’ve converted brush-enabled tool presets into brush presets, you can choose to remove them from the tool presets list.

📹Ken’s LiveLink “Enhanced Brush Presets” Video

Frequency Separation How to retouch an image using Frequency Separation to separate the colour and detail of an image and edit them independently.

📹Ken’s LiveLink “Frequency Separation” Video

With Smart Objects, you can:

  • Perform nondestructive transforms. You can scale, rotate, skew, distort, perspective transform, or warp a layer without losing original image data or quality because the transforms don’t affect the original data.
  • Work with vector data, such as vector artwork from Illustrator, that otherwise would be rasterized in Photoshop. 
  • Perform nondestructive filtering. You can edit filters applied to Smart Objects at any time.
  • Edit one Smart Object and automatically update all its linked instances.
  • Apply a layer mask that’s either linked or unlinked to the Smart Object layer.
  • Try various designs with low-resolution placeholder images that you later replace with final versions.

📹Ken’s LiveLink “Smart Objects” Video

The Pen Tool is all about drawing “paths”. To make selections with the Pen Tool, we simply convert the path or paths we’ve drawn into selections. It always begins, though, with a path.

📹Ken’s LiveLink “Pen Tool” Video

Using Perspective Warp Photoshop lets you easily adjust perspective in images. This feature is particularly useful for images having straight lines and flat surfaces—for example, architectural images and images of buildings. You can also use this feature to composite objects having different perspectives in a single image.

📹Ken’s LiveLink “Perspective Warp” Video

Adding Mist using a mixture of layers, gradients, cloud filters and blend modes Ken showed how you can add mist to an image, fill instructions can be found in the eBook.

Finally, a number of members asked about Luminosity Masks but the clock was against us so ken has kindly sent the links to two of his videos 

📹 – How to create Luminosity Masks

📹How to use Luminosity Masks

Sadly an excellent 4-weeks comes to an end but I am sure we are eagerly awaiting Ken’s return in 2019.

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