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Photoshop: Nondestructive Exposure & Color Correction

Rich Harrington

About this course

Ever look at a photo and feel disappointed that it doesn't convey the original scene? This course reveals how to use Adobe Photoshop to enhance the color, contrast, and sharpness of a photograph to help ensure richness of real life is displayed. Using tools from adjustment layers to filters, discover how to nondestructively transform your photos. The course also covers how to work with raw images and perform special-case adjustments such as color matching and tinting.


Topics include:

  • Performing an image-correction triage
  • Cloning to an empty layer
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Opening a raw file as a smart object
  • Making selective adjustments
  • Recovering the detail in skies
  • Fixing exposure
  • Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
  • Adjusting hue and saturation
  • Controlling adjustment layers with masks
  • Adjusting shadows and highlights
  • Converting an image to black and white

Curriculum3h 40m

  • Exercise Files
  • Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • Using the Exercise Files
  • How to Approach to Color Correction in Photoshop
  • When & How to Move an Image from Lightroom to Photoshop
  • Preview
    Setting the Working Environment in Photoshop
  • Performing an Image Triage
  • Getting a Fresh Opinion
  • Determining Your Working File Format
  • Nondestructive Workflows in Photoshop
  • Work With a Copy of the Image
  • Converting Layers to Smart Objects
  • Opening Raw Files as Smart Objects
  • Cloning Parts of an Image Nondestructively
  • Preview
    Using Adjustment Layers
  • Using Blend Modes to Color Correct
  • Creating a New Document from Current State
  • Working with Raw Files Nondestructively
  • Essential Raw Adjustments
  • Recovering Skies
  • Selective Adjustments in Raw Files
  • Removing Spots & Making Local Adjustments
  • Using Graduated Adjustments
  • Using Radiated Adjustments
  • Fixing Perspective Issues
  • Fixing Lens Distortion
  • Multiple Develop Settings
  • Options When Saving Raw
  • Performing Primary Image Adjustments for Exposure
  • Fixing Exposure with a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
  • Fixing Exposure with a Levels Adjustment
  • Speeding Up with an Auto-Levels Adjustment
  • Save Time with Auto Tone & Auto Contrast
  • Preview
    Reading the Histogram Panel
  • Fixing Exposure with a Curves Adjustment
  • Refining Curves Using the On-Image Tool
  • Using Adjustment Presets
  • Using the Exposure Command for a 32-bit Image
  • Performing Primary Image Adjustments for Color
  • Using a Levels Adjustment to Remove a Color-Cast
  • Using a Curves Adjustment to Remove a Color-Cast
  • Adjusting Hue & Saturation
  • Boosting Color with a Vibrance Adjustment
  • Refining the Color Balance
  • Controlling Adjustment Layers
  • Limiting an Adjustment Layer Based on Color Range
  • Limiting an Adjustment Layer Based on Focus
  • Controlling Adjustment Layers with Masks
  • Clipping Adjustment Layers
  • Advanced Blending of Adjustment Layers
  • Using the Shadows/Highlights Command
  • Shadows & Highlights in a Raw Image
  • Applying the Shadow/Highlight Command to a Smart Object
  • Advanced Recovery with Blending Modes
  • Recovering Blown Out Highlights & Skies
  • Special-Case Adjustments
  • Using the Equalize Command to Fix Exposure & Contrast
  • Using Match Color with Two Photos
  • Preview
    Using Raw, HDR, & Gradients for Exposure & Contrast
  • Adjusting Color & Exposure with the Photo Filter Command
  • Tinting with the Gradient Map
  • Blending Smart Filters
  • Using Color Lookup Tables to Process Images
  • Enhancing Exposure with Perfect Exposure
  • Using the Selective Color Command
  • The Black & White Adjustments
  • Creating Black & White Images
  • Using Presets
  • Using the On-Image Tool
  • Combining Black & White Adjustment Layers with Blend Modes
  • Hand Tinting a Photo
  • Better Black & Whites with Gradient Maps
  • Using HDR to Create More Dynamic Black & White Images
  • Using Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Preview
    Which Files Can Use Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Making Basic Adjustments to Improve Tone
  • Adjusting the Tone Curve
  • Refining Color & Tone with the Targeted Adjustment Tool
  • Split Toning an Image
  • Conclusion

About this course

Ever look at a photo and feel disappointed that it doesn't convey the original scene? This course reveals how to use Adobe Photoshop to enhance the color, contrast, and sharpness of a photograph to help ensure richness of real life is displayed. Using tools from adjustment layers to filters, discover how to nondestructively transform your photos. The course also covers how to work with raw images and perform special-case adjustments such as color matching and tinting.


Topics include:

  • Performing an image-correction triage
  • Cloning to an empty layer
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Opening a raw file as a smart object
  • Making selective adjustments
  • Recovering the detail in skies
  • Fixing exposure
  • Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
  • Adjusting hue and saturation
  • Controlling adjustment layers with masks
  • Adjusting shadows and highlights
  • Converting an image to black and white

Curriculum3h 40m

  • Exercise Files
  • Welcome
  • What You Should Know Before Watching this Course
  • Using the Exercise Files
  • How to Approach to Color Correction in Photoshop
  • When & How to Move an Image from Lightroom to Photoshop
  • Preview
    Setting the Working Environment in Photoshop
  • Performing an Image Triage
  • Getting a Fresh Opinion
  • Determining Your Working File Format
  • Nondestructive Workflows in Photoshop
  • Work With a Copy of the Image
  • Converting Layers to Smart Objects
  • Opening Raw Files as Smart Objects
  • Cloning Parts of an Image Nondestructively
  • Preview
    Using Adjustment Layers
  • Using Blend Modes to Color Correct
  • Creating a New Document from Current State
  • Working with Raw Files Nondestructively
  • Essential Raw Adjustments
  • Recovering Skies
  • Selective Adjustments in Raw Files
  • Removing Spots & Making Local Adjustments
  • Using Graduated Adjustments
  • Using Radiated Adjustments
  • Fixing Perspective Issues
  • Fixing Lens Distortion
  • Multiple Develop Settings
  • Options When Saving Raw
  • Performing Primary Image Adjustments for Exposure
  • Fixing Exposure with a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment
  • Fixing Exposure with a Levels Adjustment
  • Speeding Up with an Auto-Levels Adjustment
  • Save Time with Auto Tone & Auto Contrast
  • Preview
    Reading the Histogram Panel
  • Fixing Exposure with a Curves Adjustment
  • Refining Curves Using the On-Image Tool
  • Using Adjustment Presets
  • Using the Exposure Command for a 32-bit Image
  • Performing Primary Image Adjustments for Color
  • Using a Levels Adjustment to Remove a Color-Cast
  • Using a Curves Adjustment to Remove a Color-Cast
  • Adjusting Hue & Saturation
  • Boosting Color with a Vibrance Adjustment
  • Refining the Color Balance
  • Controlling Adjustment Layers
  • Limiting an Adjustment Layer Based on Color Range
  • Limiting an Adjustment Layer Based on Focus
  • Controlling Adjustment Layers with Masks
  • Clipping Adjustment Layers
  • Advanced Blending of Adjustment Layers
  • Using the Shadows/Highlights Command
  • Shadows & Highlights in a Raw Image
  • Applying the Shadow/Highlight Command to a Smart Object
  • Advanced Recovery with Blending Modes
  • Recovering Blown Out Highlights & Skies
  • Special-Case Adjustments
  • Using the Equalize Command to Fix Exposure & Contrast
  • Using Match Color with Two Photos
  • Preview
    Using Raw, HDR, & Gradients for Exposure & Contrast
  • Adjusting Color & Exposure with the Photo Filter Command
  • Tinting with the Gradient Map
  • Blending Smart Filters
  • Using Color Lookup Tables to Process Images
  • Enhancing Exposure with Perfect Exposure
  • Using the Selective Color Command
  • The Black & White Adjustments
  • Creating Black & White Images
  • Using Presets
  • Using the On-Image Tool
  • Combining Black & White Adjustment Layers with Blend Modes
  • Hand Tinting a Photo
  • Better Black & Whites with Gradient Maps
  • Using HDR to Create More Dynamic Black & White Images
  • Using Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Preview
    Which Files Can Use Camera Raw as a Filter
  • Making Basic Adjustments to Improve Tone
  • Adjusting the Tone Curve
  • Refining Color & Tone with the Targeted Adjustment Tool
  • Split Toning an Image
  • Conclusion