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Image Processing Classes

The image processing tutorials deal with the use of image processing tools and techniques. The points made during the tutorials will be richly illustrated using actual edited images. In general, the underlying principles apply to all higher end image editing software but will be demonstrated using Photoshop. The lessons learned are readily transferable to Corel and GIMP. Unless noted in the tutorial description the concepts demonstrated are not available in Lightroom.

Image Processing – Layers (4 hours)
Layers are fundamental to high end image processing. Students will see how to use and manipulate layers as a foundation for a non destructive editing workflow. Tutorial content includes layers, masks, blending modes and layer styles. There will be many examples of the use of layers in both simple edits and complex composites.

Image Processing – Selections (4 hours)
Selections offer a mechanism to allow or restrict image processing operations. This tutorial will start with the shape selection tools and progress through the more complex edge detection and color selection tools ending with the use of channels for complex selections. Selection tools do not exist in isolation and have little value unless something is done with the resulting selections so time will be spent illustrating and elaborating on how selections are used in the overall editing process.

Image Processing – Adjustments, tools, filters (4 hours)
Students are guided, in detail, through the non-destructive use of adjustment layers. Examples will be used to illustrate how adjustment layers play a major role in image manipulation. Additional time will be spent exploring many of the availale tools and the array of built in filters available in Photoshop.

Image Processing – Skin Retouching (4 hours)
This tutorial deals with the many aspects of skin retouching. Students are introduced to the various healing, patching and cloning tools. Some time will be spent examining the use of third party tools to streamline the process. A significant amount of time will be devoted to the frequency separation technique for skin retouching.

Image Processing – Workflow (4 hours)
During this tutorial, students will see many stages of image processing starting with preprocessing in Lightroom or Bridge and ending with preparing images for delivery to a client (or the web). It represents the culmination of the concepts learned thus far along with exposure to additional imaging tools such as Adobe Camera Raw, liquify and additional finishing techniques such as sharpening, softening, split toning. It is illustrated by editing several images from start to end.