Essential Photoshop Tools With Sef McCullough

Essential Photoshop Tools With Sef McCullough

2 Seasons

Did you know most photographers only use about 20% of the Photoshop Workspace? Don't be held back by what you already know and learn (almost) every tool within Adobe Photoshop with high-end, commercial retoucher, Sef McCullough.

Adobe Photoshop is the world's best imaging and graphic design software for photographers and retouchers. This tutorial is designed to be the ultimate reference guide for anybody who wants to learn Photoshop. Get started by learning the layout of the workspace then follow along as Sef walks through and thoroughly demonstrates each tool in the toolbar. He'll give you suggestions on when to use each tool, when to avoid a tool, and provide little known tips and tricks to make your retouching projects easier.

Even expert retouchers have something to learn from this tutorial! Expand your understanding of destructive versus non-destructive workflows and learn best practices plus shortcuts for using every tools and applying them to your projects.

This tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop CC 2019 20.0.4.

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Essential Photoshop Tools With Sef McCullough
  • Introduction

    Episode 1

    Welcome to Essential Photoshop Tools with high end retoucher, Sef McCullough. In the training series, follow Sef in learning the most essential tools for your Photoshop retouching workflow.

  • The Layout

    Episode 2

    Begin the exploration of Adobe Photoshop by examining how to open a project and explore the main layout of the application. Identify panels, how to customize them, and define their basic functions. Navigate through the tool and option bars, to begin building a foundation for understanding Photosh...

  • Navigation Tools

    Episode 3

    To build a solid foundation for understanding Photoshop, explore how to effectively use its navigation tools. Examine the relationship between the hand and zoom tools to quickly move about your images. Practice flick-panning and rotating your view, to create better access during your retouching w...

  • The Move Tool

    Episode 4

    With a firm grasp of how to navigate around your images, transition into moving an image layer, or selection. Distinguish a background layer from standard layers. Learn how to activate transform controls to enable scale and position adjustments of a selection within your Photoshop project.

  • Transform Tools

    Episode 5

    Begin to apply direct transformations and manipulations to your imagery using Photoshop’s transform tools. Learn to adjust scale for your images, learning the value and impact of a non-destructive workflow. Apply best practices in working with layers. Follow high end retoucher, Sef McCullough, as...

  • Selection Tools

    Episode 6

    With a global look at viewing, moving around, and manipulating an image, work through a series of examples on creating specific selections within your composition. Compare the marquee and ellipse tools for broad quick selections. Contrast those with the organic control of the lasso tool and geome...

  • Automated Selection Tools

    Episode 7

    With a variety of selection methods in hand, develop an automated selection process for clean, precise, and fast results. Leverage the power of Photoshop using select subject, to quickly isolate exactly what you want with a click of a button. Using color range and focus, apply a strategic method ...

  • The Crop Tool

    Episode 8

    Compare cropping versus scaling an image. Evaluate cropping in a non-destructive workflow. Consider cropping as a means to manage project file sizes. Utilize the straighten tool to correct horizon lines within the constraint of cropping. Leverage the power of content aware, expanding the boundari...

  • The Brush Tool

    Episode 9

    Dive into the native Photoshop paint brush toolset. Learn to adjust color, saturation, hue and brush size. Compare and contrast opacity and flow settings, as well as your ability to control your paint strokes, to refine your command and control of the tool. With a solid foundation for using the p...

  • The Pen Tool

    Episode 10

    Follow high end retoucher, Sef McCullough, in a step by step demonstration of using the pen tool to create powerful, dynamic, and precise image masks. Learn to create paths, adjust points in paths, and adjust path settings for more complex workflows. Practice creating a clipping mask using the pe...

  • Masking

    Episode 11

    Mastering usage of the pen tool is critical in creating effective, high quality masks. In this section, define masking and follow a practical application. Develop your skill in creating high quality clipping masks to isolate and control any creative aspect of an image.

  • Two Pass Clipping

    Episode 12

    Create a method of clipping paths that is efficient and maximizes your time during retouching. Form good habits as you learn professional workflow for two pass clipping. Apply a rough and then refined approach to form precise isolations to your images for powerful, effective masking.

  • Measurement Tools

    Episode 13

    The measurement tools allow you to create important creative decisions. Learn how to effectively use the eyedropper tool with the sampling ring for color assessment and matching. Utilize the Color Sample tool to get more accurate feedback of color data. Leverage the note tool to leave targeted fe...

  • The Clone Stamp Tool

    Episode 14

    With solid fundamentals around navigation, layer manipulation, and masking, move into one of the key components of a retouchers workflow - the clone stamp tool. Practice retouching imagery focusing on how to duplicate and eliminate elements, with an emphasis on forming good, non-destructive workf...

  • The Spot Healing Brush

    Episode 15

    A foundational component of any retouching work is repair or cleanup of an image. In this section, differentiate the use of the spot healing brush from the clone stamp tool. Practice working with skin cleanup in a portrait image. Leverage the power of Photoshop’s ability to interpolate pixel info...

  • The Eraser Tool

    Episode 16

    Transition to subtractive tools within Photoshop. Focus on the basics of using the eraser tool and how it affects your image data. Practice with more advanced eraser methods, using the background eraser for quick compositing results. For more measured and automated results, use the magic eraser t...

  • Blending Tools

    Episode 17

    Follow high end retoucher, Sef McCullough, as he creatively demonstrates how to use the blur, sharpen, and smudge blending tools. Expand your understanding of destructive versus non-destructive workflow for your retouching workflow. Learn best practices for using these tools when applying them to...

  • The Dodge & Burn Tool

    Episode 18

    Congratulations! You have completed Essential Photoshop Tools with Sef McCullough. In this final section, follow Sef as he defines and demonstrates the process of dodging and burning. Establish intentional retouching process, lightening and darkening the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights or your...