Overcoming the Fear of Photoshop Tutorials

Learning Photoshop is a huge undertaking because the danged program is so big, complex, redundant and just plain overwhelming to a beginner. I heard there were over 6K buttons and I know there must be TEN ways to do anything. After getting numerous requests for one-to-one training (I am retired, y’all and I might want to go out and take pictures the day we were going to have class) I decided to just write up some tutorials like I was sitting next to you and telling you how to do stuff.

 
 
This Clapper Rail had distracting sticks in the foreground and blobs of dark color in the background.

This Clapper Rail had distracting sticks in the foreground and blobs of dark color in the background.

Overcoming the Fear of Photoshop

In this tutorial you are introduced to Adobe Camera RAW, learn to set up Bridge for reviewing your images and try out the Majik of Content-Aware in Photoshop.

 
Osprey was flying against a milky white boring sky.

Osprey was flying against a milky white boring sky.

Layers and Selections

We select a bird in flight and change the background to something dramatic using selection tools and layers.

 
Baltimore Oriole had a messy distracting background

Baltimore Oriole had a messy distracting background

Layer Masks

In this tutorial, we learn to make a Layer Mask and change a busy background to something more pleasant

 
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Basic Editing

There are so many simple things you can do in post-processing to improve your bird photography. I use the $9.99 a month Photoshop plan, which includes Photoshop (with a Bridge plug-in for Adobe Camera RAW) and Lightroom. Opening up shadows the right way, sharpening, fixing crooked water, reflections and horizons plus the Majik of Content Aware Tools.