Photoshop CS2: Advanced

Photoshop CS2: Advanced


Total Run Time: 8.1 hrs

The host, Deke McClelland, provides more than eight hours of detailed instruction for advanced Photoshop topics including 16-bit support, HDR integration, tools for adding sharpness and removing blur and noise, as well as how to apply duotones, spot colors, and gradients.


  1. Designed to help master the craft and unveil advanced techniques in Adobe's flagship graphics program.
  2. Learn how to integrate HDR, add sharpness and removing blur and noise, as well as how to apply duotones, spot colors, and gradients.
  3. Transform and edit layers non-destructively using Smart Objects, allowing a professional user to go back and revise without any loss in quality.

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Advanced Photoshop techniques are unveiled in this in-depth series. Become an expert in Adobe’s flagship graphics application by following along with your host, Photoshop guru, Deke McClelland.

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Course outline

Chapter 0: Setting up ‘Shop (25 min)

  1. Customizing Preferences
  2. Optimizing Color Settings
  3. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Working in Different Color Spaces
  5. Customizing the Info Palette
  6. Changing the Background Color
  7. Saving Preference Settings
Chapter 1: Advanced Levels and 16 Bit (46 min)

  1. Introducing Levels & 16 Bit
  2. Using the Levels Command
  3. Restoring an Image after Adjusting Levels
  4. Targeting Shadows & Highlights
  5. Setting the Black Point to Match a Target
  6. Setting the White Point to Match a Target
  7. Adjusting Flesh Tones by Setting the Gray Point
  8. Downsampling & Saving for Print
Chapter 2: The Bridge and Camera RAW (43 min)

  1. Viewing .DNG Images in Bridge
  2. Using the White Balance & Color Sampler Tools
  3. Adjusting Temperature & Tint
  4. Adjusting Exposure & Shadow Levels
  5. Adjusting Brightness, Contrast & Saturation
  6. Cropping & Upsampling Images
  7. Viewing Image Metadata
  8. Opening & Saving .DNG Images in Photoshop
  9. Editing Multiple Images at Once in Camera Raw
  10. Cropping a Group of Images
  11. Copying & Pasting Camera Raw Settings
  12. Accessing & Purging Cache Files
Chapter 3: The Wonders of HDR (37 min)

  1. Applying the Levels Command to 16 Bit & 8 Bit Images
  2. Applying the Curves Command to 16 Bit & 8 Bit Images
  3. Introducing HDR
  4. Downsampling with the Image Processor
  5. Using the Merge to HDR Command
  6. Adjusting the Exposure & Saving HDR Images
  7. Downsampling HDR & Adjusting Hue/Saturation
Chapter 4: The Art of Sharpen (51 min)

  1. Creating a Custom Sharpen
  2. Applying the Unsharp Mask Command
  3. Adjusting Basic Smart Sharpen Settings
  4. Adjusting & Saving Advanced Smart Sharpen Settings
  5. Creating a More Accurate Smart Sharpen
  6. Using the Fade Command
  7. Correcting Motion Blur
  8. Sharpening with the Emboss Filter
  9. Color Sharpening in Lab Color Mode
  10. Color Sharpening with the Fade Command
Chapter 5: Adding Blur and Removing Noise (39 min)

  1. Using Smart Sharpen to Fix Motion Blur
  2. Using the Dust & Scratches Filter to Get Rid of Stray Hairs
  3. Adding a Layer Mask to Bring Back Detail
  4. Using the Layer Mask to Paint Away Noise inside the Skin
  5. Using the Remove Noise Filter
  6. Blending Layers in the Layer Style Dialog Box
  7. Removing Compression Artifacts with the Reduce Noise Filter
  8. Working with the New Surface Blur Filter
  9. Getting Rid of Whiskers Using the Average Filter
Chapter 6: Mixing the Perfect Monochrome (53 min)

  1. Using the Channel Mixer to Create an Autumnal Effect
  2. Mixing Channels & Adjusting Blending Options
  3. Converting an RGB Image to Grayscale Automatically
  4. Creating a Grayscale Image Using the Channel Mixer
  5. Using the Color Range Command to Create a Layer Mask
  6. Balancing Source Channels
  7. Punching up Luminosity Values Using the Curves Command
  8. Flattening a Converted Grayscale Image
  9. Converting to Grayscale in the Camera Raw Dialog Box
  10. Cropping & Adjusting the Curves of a Grayscale Image
  11. Editing Curves in the Camera Raw Dialog Box
  12. Compositing Versions of a Grayscale Image
Chapter 7: Duotones, Spot Colors, and Gradient Maps (47 min)

  1. Monochrome & Multi-Ink Monochrome Images
  2. Converting Images to Duotones
  3. Adjusting a Duotone Curve to Balance the Inks in an Image
  4. Editing a Duotone
  5. Loading Preset Duotones
  6. Inspecting the Independent Channels of an Image
  7. Adding Spot Colors to an Image
  8. Saving an Image
  9. Using Gradient Maps
  10. Working with Deke’s Predefined Gradients
  11. Modifying Adjustment Layers
Chapter 8: Advanced Retouching Techniques (46 min)

  1. Rotating a Canvas & Using Variations
  2. Creating a Gradient Selection & Filling with History
  3. Painting with the History Brush
  4. Using the Healing Brush Tools
  5. Using Color Range to Generate a Selection to Make a Patch
  6. Filling in Seams of a Patch with the Healing Brush
  7. Retouching Using the History Brush, Cloning & Fading
  8. Adding Noise with the Healing Brush & Fading Opacity
  9. Moving & Transforming a Selection from One Image to Another
  10. Adjusting the Levels of One Image to Match Another
  11. Merging Two Layers Using the Healing Brush
  12. Using the Liquify Filter to Retouch an Image
  13. Softening Transitions & Bolstering Shadows
Chapter 9: Vanishing Point (61 min)

  1. Preparing to Use the Vanishing Point Filter
  2. Creating a Grid
  3. Adding Planes to a Grid
  4. Editing an Image inside Vanishing Point
  5. Healing Transformed Areas
  6. Retouching Using the Stamp Tool
  7. Pasting & Compositing with Vanishing Point
  8. Adjusting Masks for Better Composites
  9. Accounting for Different Perspectives
  10. Pasting Text into Vanishing Point
Chapter 10: Smart Objects (37 min)

  1. Placing an Illustrator® File as a Smart Object
  2. Using Illustrator to Edit the Contents of a Photoshop File
  3. Importing an Image into a Composition
  4. Converting a Standard Layer to a Smart Object
  5. Duplicating & Transforming Smart Objects
  6. Applying Warp Transformations to Smart Objects
  7. Modifying Smart Objects in the Liquify Dialog Box
  8. Changing the Color of Smart Objects
  9. Applying a Color Overlay to a Single Smart Object
  10. Grouping Layers & Making Final Transformations

Presenter Info

Deke McClellandIn 1985, Deke McClelland oversaw the implementation of the first personal computer-based production department in Boulder, Colorado. He later graduated to be artistic director for Publishing Resources, one of the earliest all-PostScript service bureaus in the United States.

These days, Deke is a well-known expert and lecturer on Adobe Photoshop and the larger realm of computer graphics and design. He serves as host to the interactive Video Workshop that ships with Photoshop CS as well as the exhaustive and entertaining Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS. His other DVD- and CD-based video series include Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS and Total Training Presents: Photoshop Elements 3 Unleashed and QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign CS—Making the Switch.

In addition to his videos, Deke is creator of the tutorial One-on-One series, published by Deke Press in association with O’Reilly Media. These full-color titles include 12 classroom-style lessons with two hours of video tutorials produces by Total Training. Titles include the bestselling Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One, Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One, and the upcoming Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows One-on-One. Deke’s other books include Photoshop CS Bible, Photoshop CS Bible—Professional Edition, Photoshop CS For Dummies, and Photoshop Elements 3 For Dummies (both Wiley).

In 1989, Deke won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Computer Book. Since then, he has received honors from the Society for Technical Communication (once in 1994 and twice in 1999), the American Society of Business Press Editors (1995 and 2000), the Western Publications Association (1999), and the Computer Press Association (1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, and twice in 2000). In 1999, Book Bytes named Deke its Author of the Year. In 2002, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, sponsored by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

In addition to his other credits, Deke is an Adobe Certified Expert, a member of the PhotoshopWorld Instructor Dream Team, a featured speaker for Geek Cruises’ Mac Mania and Photoshop Fling events, a regular speaker for The InDesign Conference, and a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.