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Photoshop Cs2 Workflow Tutorial

Photoshop Cs2 Workflow Tutorial

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Photoshop CS2 workflow tutorial
I use Adobe Photoshop CS2; most of this tutorial should be similar for Photoshop CS Isuspect.  I would highly recommend Scott Kelby’s “The Photoshop CS2 book for digitalphotographers” – it’s a most excellent read and I firmly believe it’ll help you both become abetter Photoshop user, and more confident in your abilities in the realm of digital imageediting.  Much of what I have learned is from this book.
This tutorial is written with Microsoft Windows XP professional in mind as well as the Windows version of Photoshop CS2.
The first thing is to set up Photoshop’s Auto Colour to be more accurate.  This will probablywork well for 95% of your images from my experience.  This is detailed in Kelby’s book onpages 177-179.  I’ll guide you through this process in this tutorial.The first thing that I’d highly recommend that you do, although we won’t actually use it in thistutorial, is to set up accurate auto colour.  This step is optional, but can be sometimes behandy in replacing the manual colour balancing steps via the thresholds/curves techniquedescribed below if you’re in a hurry.  It’s not quite as accurate as the manual way.
The first thing to do is to bring up the Levels dialog box.  To do this, press Control + L for aPC, or Command + L for a Mac.  You will see the following window:
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Click on the Options button.  You’ll now see the follow window:Make sure to select both “Find Dark & Light Colours” and “Snap Neutral Midtones”.  In the“Target Colours && Clipping” section you will see Three options:
We will need to click on each of these options individually and enter in our settings.  Let’s startwith clicking on “Shadows” – you should see the following window:You want to enter in the value of 20 for the R, G & B sections and then click the OK button.Similarly, you will want to click on the “Midtones” and “Highlights” options.  For “Midtones” youwill want to enter in the value of 133 for the R, G & B sections, and for the “Highlights” you will
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want to enter in the value of 244 for the R, G & B sections.  When you are done, you will wantto tick the “Save as defaults” checkbox and then click the OK button.  We are done!With the auto colour set to our custom settings for increased accuracy, we can now proceedwith the rest of the tutorial.
The first thing that we need to do is open the image in Photoshop CS2 and I then get rid of any dust spots, etc.  I use the spot healing tool, the clone tool, and sometimes even the patchtool, depending on the image.  I usually select the zoom tool, and then click on the
Fit Screen
button, followed by the
Actual Pixels
button.  This gives you a larger working area on themain image canvas, making it easier to de-spot the image, with less having to drag thezoomed area around the navigator window.  For most dust spots, the spot healing tool doesjust fine.  Remember, you can change the size of the brush by using the
keys on your keyboard.For large areas where I’ve cloned, I’ll usually do a rough selection with the lasso tool, feather it (usually around 30 pixels), and then add around 1% Gaussian blur, followed by 0.3% noise.I find that this helps make the cloned area look a bit more natural.  Feel free to experimentwith the amount of blur and noise, depending on the image etc.
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