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Photoshop — Intermediate

This 16 Week Photoshop For Photographers course is an extended version of the previous 8 week version. This is an intermediate level course and requires a solid foundation in the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop.

Course Description:
This course will examine the technologies used to create digital photographic images, the use of Adobe Photoshop to manipulate images, and workflows to optimize photographic images and reduce editing time. Topics will include Digital Photography Basics, a quantitative approach to color correction (color correction “by the numbers”) to produce consistent, dependable results. Additional topics may include Grayscale Conversions, the benefits of shooting in camera raw format and using Adobe Camera RAW, optimizing workflow using Adobe Bridge, selections & masking techniques, and compositing of multiple images.Register via Web Advisor on the Blue Ridge Community College Web site or call the Continuing Education Office at (828) 694-1751

Text: Photoshop Artistry: For Photographers Using Photoshop CS2 and Beyond; ISBN-13: 978-0321346995

Requirements:
Students must have fundamental skills with Adobe Photoshop. Experience may be obtained via a course such as the Adobe Photoshop CS3 course offered by BRCC or by experience obtained via the day to day use of Photoshop. This course will be using the CS3 version of Photoshop but the techniques learned will be fully transferable to prior versions of Photoshop as far back as version 7.

Students are required to bring 10 to 15 images to work with during this course. Students will use these images to practice the techniques learned during demonstrations. These images should be in JPEG or TIFF format and represent a typical photograph that the student would take. To learn the color correction by the numbers technique it is suggested the images should be relatively well exposed and include clearly discernible neutral and shadow areas. More complex images will be covered but it is nest to begin with images without significant troubles such as very poor exposure of monochromatic subject matter.

During the Digital Work-flow section of the course the student will be responsible for brining to class 20 raw images to work with. These images should represent typical images that the student would take. The RAW files should also contain 5 to 10 images that have been taken in the same lighting conditions, this will help students learn the benefits of applying the same processing settings to multiple RAW files to speed processing times.