Lesson 06:

The Power of Photoshop Adjustment Layers

In this series I walk you through my most used photoshop adjustment layers. Adjustment layers allow you to make edits to your photo non-destructively making it easy to go back and make changes if something doesn't look quite right as you progress.

 

01: Curves

Lets get started with curves, an essential for editing in Photoshop. 

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02: Selective Color

Selective color is a very versatile tool allowing us to adjust the shades of specific colors in our images. It also allows you to push colors into the shadows, midtones and highlights.

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03: Hue/Saturation

Lets take a look at the hue and saturation adjustment layer, it gives us amazing control of all the colors in an image.

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04: Color Balance

Lets take a look at the color balance adjustment layer and how we can use it to color grade our images in Photoshop.

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05: Gradient Maps

Gradient maps make for quick and powerful color grading. Its name is pretty descriptive it essentially applies a gradient overlay onto your image based on luminosity. Watch the lesson and I'll show you how I like to use it.

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06: Channel Mixer

The channel mixer adjustment layer is powerful but a little confusing, I'll do my best to explain it in this lesson. I have a few specific uses for it like enhancing freckles or darkening a particular color. You can use it to adjust the tint of your image but I prefer other methods for most color grading.

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07: Levels

The levels adjustment layer is an essential. Lets take a look at how you might use it to fix the tint of your image as well as adjust the contrast.

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08: Black & WHite

Don't be fooled the black and white adjustment layer isn't just for creating black and white images. Lets take a look.

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Todays Assignment:

Download the RAW files available (or use your own) and create a full edit implemnting the editing techniques in these lessons! Send you results to me along with any questions.