Centre for Contemporary Photography

Photoshopping Images by Les Walkling - Sunday July 30

Photoshopping Images

Sunday July 30, 2017
10am - 4.30pm

As distinct from capturing an image in the camera, Photoshop allows us to make an image, or create an image, or substantially refine or evolve an image. It allows us to combine images and design around images, even analyse images, but most importantly, it allows us to magically transform our images. It is not only the world’s leading image editing program, it is an indispensable tool in the imaginative visual realisation of our thoughts, feelings and associations. While other programs can perform some of the same tasks as Photoshop, such as the processing of camera RAW files, Photoshop can do so much more. This one day course is dedicated to that ‘so much more’. Topics covered include:

Befriending Photoshop
• Navigating Photoshop without losing your way
• Taming Photoshop’s complexity and eliminating confusion
• Are you a Slider, a Curve control freak, or a Blending Mode aficionado?
• The famous five colour and density correction fundamentals
• Image salvation, resurrection, and conservation
• Nondestructive versus destructive image editing

Managing Photoshop
• Choosing the right colour space and bit depth
• Customising Photoshop workspaces
• Making sure Photoshop’s settings and preferences are correct
• Understanding channel and layer operations
• Navigating layer masks and local corrections
• Automating repetitive Photoshop tasks through actions that work

Compositing Photoshop
• The three requirements for combining images together
• Refining selection and masking techniques
• Making a composite not look like a composite
• Working creatively with blending modes - colour and tone equivalence
• Luminosity masking - good enough for Hollywood, good enough for me
• Creative image distortion

Imagining Photoshop
• Superior B&W images from colour originals
• Portrait retouching and hand colouring
• Freaky Photoshop separation techniques
• Substituting and enhancing luminosity
• Split toning colour and B&W images
• Enhancing the 3rd dimension with Reverse Overlay Masking

The course is organised around practical exercises that present unique solutions to common imaging problems, such as how to darken an image without destroying its colour. Photoshop poetics go hand-in-hand with fast and furious processing, while key concepts such as nondestructive editing significantly enhance our creative practice. Though not essential, participants are encouraged to bring along a laptop with a recent version of Photoshop installed. Detailed course notes, video tutorials, and Photoshop Actions are provided.

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