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The Quick Mask Mode

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Runtime - length of the film: 4m50s
Language: english
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Many users don't even know that there is such a thing like the Quick Mask Mode or never used it. It's a useful selection tool and you shouldn't underestimate it.

Learn how to use it in this video by Kate. She will explain where to find the tool, how to set up the selection mode, the color of the selection and the transparancy.

In addition she will explain how the brush will affect the selection you create with the Quick Mask Mode and some addition information.

Adjusting Angled Images

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Runtime - length of the film: 4m22s
Language: english
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When photographing without a tripod, one often gets angled images. To straigten them up is really ease, once you know how to. Learn it from Kate Breuer in this video.

Kate Breuer shows different solutions to straighten out angled images. She explains a way to adjust the angle in Lightroom using the Crop Overlay Tool.

As an alternative, she uses Photoshop's cropping tool and the ruler to straighten out the image, either estimating the right angle or letting photoshop set the rigth degree to rotate by.

Create a Movie Scene

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Runtime - length of the film: 6m23s
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In this video Kate Breuer shows, how to create a cinematic effect, that makes your pictures look like they were taken out of a movie.

She adds a hue/saturation adjustment layer to create the brown-golden color typical for movies and to add some contrast and satuartion.

In the next step, she adds some black bars at the top and bottom to make the viewer think of 16:9 movies at television.

Finally, she draws in some back lighting by painting with a white, smooth brush on a new layer.

Learn how to make your own images look like cinematic art!

Pencil Effect

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Runtime - length of the film: 5m52s
Language: english
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If you want to convert a photography into a drawing, but are unable to draw properly, this is the right video for you. In this video, Kate Breuer show the technique.

She starts from a normal photograph and shows, how to create a drawing from it, only by using the Photoshop on-board techniques and filters.

She creates a black & white edition and two different colored editions, using opacity and layer masks. In addition, she explains, what is important about the original photograph to achieve a result, that looks real.

Learn how to do this with only a few easy steps and make others look at your photo-based drawings with amazement.

Digital Powdering

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Runtime - length of the film: 6m42s
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Retouching the skin is one of those topics, where every retoucher is of a different opinion, on what the best solution is. There are many ways to do it - each of them with different advantages and disadvantages.

In this video Kate Breuer shows an efficient and good-looking way to smoothen the skin. At the beginning of her video she shows, how to get rid of the pimbles and acne. Next step is the technique of digital powdering.

Digital Powdering is a combination of two filters and the layer's blending mode. It smoothens the skin without loosing the structur of the pores. The result is nearly perfect skin without having to retouch for more than a few minutes.

The Lab Color Booster

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m19s
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Mike Le Gray invites you to share one of his favourite tips. Prepare to be amazed when you see the difference these few short steps can make to your colors!

Many photographers like to keep their 'trade secrets' just that, but Mike takes as much pleasure from teaching as he does shooting. To this end, he gives us one of his very best and guarantees that you'll incorporate it into your workflow the moment you finish watching this tutorial!
 
So, fire up Photoshop, find a photo that needs fantastic color and get ready for some fun!

Dataformats

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m34s
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In this film Karsten Franke gives us a Photoshop video tutorial explaining the various data file formats in Photoshop and their specific functions for a certain situation when saving, printing, and sending your images, while taking into consideration image, output or file size attributes. Franke demonstrates with practical step-by-step instructions the various standard data formats available in Photoshop such as, TIFF, PSD, and JPG. He also discusses two formats more specific to printing such as, EPS and PDF. Another topic covered are the various compression modes available and examples of appropriate situations any individual mode should be implemented. This is a very useful tutorial for new photographers or photographers who want to get optimal results for their professional images.

Adjusting Eyes

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m58s
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In this film for FotoTV, Karsten Franke shows us how to Enhance Eyes using Photoshop Quick Mask Mode - as all photographers know, the eyes are one of the most important parts of a portrait, and usually the first thing we notice. Therefore, a small amount of enhancement on the eyes can go a very long way to producing a portrait with real zing.

Frankes's step by step tutorial shows an example of the Quick Mask mode being used to select the pupils of the eye so they can be adjusted using an adjustment layer. 

The Patch Tool

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Runtime - length of the film: 3m48s
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Karsten Franke gives step-by-step instructions regarding image repair with the patch tool. The patch tool is another Photoshop repair tool that combines the selection behavior of the Lasso tool with the color blending properties of the healing brush tool. In a previous Photoshop tutorial with the healing brush tool, Franke worked with empty layers for his adjustments, but here with the patch tool, empty adjustment layers are not possible, therefore a copy of the background layer must first be made. Franke shows that repairing parts of an image takes only a few seconds by following two simple steps. First select an area that you want to use as the area to be fixed. Then, drag the patch tool selection to another part of the image that has about the same color and texture as the area you want to replace. Release the mouse button and the patch tool completes the job. In conclusion, this tool is ideal if your image has cracks, or stains, or blemishes etc. It is very similar to the healing brush tool except with the patch tool you can define a selection where you want the effects applied.

Repair with the Brush Tool

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m49s
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This Photoshop tutorial with Karsten Franke shows how to remove dust spots, scratches and imperfections using Photoshop’s Healing Brush Tool. Franke starts with the necessary steps to preparing an image before retouching by pointing out the best way to protect your original image is to do all retouching work on a duplicate layer of the original image. The healing brush tool corrects imperfections, causing them to disappear into the adjacent image by painting with sampled pixels from an image or pattern. Additionally, the healing brush also matches the texture, lighting, transparency, and shading of the sampled pixels to the pixels being healed in either aligned or non-aligned mode. As a result, the repaired pixels blend realistically with the rest of the image. In conclusion, Franke notes that working with the healing brush is similar to using the clone stamp tool. However, as you move the healing brush over the area to be "healed" it produces a temporary blurred effect until the computer has time to calculate the finished result. For those not yet familiar with this tool the healing brush speeds up retouching immensely, brushing away imperfections, producing natural, almost magical results.