My Photoshop Settings – A Quick Guide To Getting With The Gamut

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How I use Photoshop – An Introduction to my methodology

I’m going to share a few little secrets with you? Nothing too fancy or technical and something achievable for anyone with photoshop! ….if you follow my instructions exactly. Two methods of achieving perfect colour balance and saturation through a couple of simple adjustment layers.

Stick with me on this, I’m a keyboard shortcut heavy-user. I’ll be giving the commands, for Mac, so, if you have a PC, just remember, the command key is the control key. Let’s hope that this is as confusing as it gets.

I have been a professional Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator user for over 20 years, mainly through my work as a web & graphic designer. Don’t worry though, I’m going to go easy on you! I know how intimidating Photoshop can be and that words like “Layer Mask” & luminosity masks” can scare the living daylights out of new users.

Don’t let anyone tell you that learning this stuff is easy,  it’s not, but if you are passionate about photography and have a minds-eye on the results you aim to achieve, you are half way there. It’s just a case now of remembering the method, just like learning a new recipe in the kitchen.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

Ansel Adams

RAW over JPG

OK, first things first! If you are not using RAW files from your camera, then you are going to hamstring yourself from the off? Set your camera to RAW ..JPG just won’t cut it, even at 300 dpi, you just don’t get the meta-data and the image information. A RAW file contains all the ingredients that Photoshop loves from a photograph, its what the Camera RAW program inside Photoshop was designed around and its what the latter incarnation what we have now in Lightroom.

Those of you who already use RAW in Photoshop will know exactly what I’m talking about? You’ll see when you open a RAW file in PS, a very similar looking interface appears, just like Lightroom. Personally, I use both LR and PS for setting up my photograph file! depends on if I’m grading and viewing a single photo or a batch from a whole shoot. You don’t want to be using PS to be checking multiple files, its just inconvinient.

The essence of my workflow with both LR and PS is the smarter and not harder approach, let the tools do what they are designed to do and take the human error out of it. Through this guide, I’ll be sharing points on how to speed up your workflow and also to minimise destructive and easy to avoid mistakes (more keyboard shortcuts I’m afreaid.

 

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