Photoshop CS3: Maximizing Productivity

Photoshop CS3: Maximizing Productivity


Total Run Time: 4.2 hrs

If you're already comfortable using the Photoshop tools, but want to fine tune your skill set to get even more out this versatile tool, these lessons were designed for you.


  1. Learn the proper Do's and Don'ts of recording actions.
  2. Discover how to speed up the batch image processing and streamline your next project.
  3. Explore the multi-uses of the Crop and Straighten commands to make better use of your images, illustrations, or drawings.
  4. Get more comfortable working with multiple layers for complex designs.
  5. See how easy it is to watermark an image to protect copyrights or indicate that it's a placeholder.

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These Photoshop CS3 tutorials start by understanding how to optimize your settings – preferences, workspace, etc. Then dive into helpful timesavers for multi-image processing, as well as creating picture packages, web photo galleries, and PDF presentations. You will be amazed at the speed demon tips you learn from Justin.

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Course outline

Chapter 1: OPTIMIZING SETTINGS (33 min)

  1. Working with the Preferences
  2. Customizing the Workspace
  3. Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Using a List of Keyboard Shortcuts
  5. Customizing Menus
  6. Working with User Interface Shortcuts
  7. Using Toolbar Shortcuts
Chapter 2: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTIONS (25 min)

  1. Exploring the Actions Panel
  2. The Do’s & Don’ts of Recording Actions
  3. Loading & Playing Actions
  4. Adjusting Action Playback Options
  5. Using Button Mode
  6. Saving & Sharing Actions
Chapter 3: BUILDING ACTIONS (49 min)

  1. Choosing When to Record an Action
  2. Recording an Action
  3. Testing an Action
  4. Correcting Flaws
  5. Editing Your Actions
  6. Using Stop Notes & Menu Items
  7. Using the Magical Undo
  8. Watermarking Photos
  9. Cropping Actions
  10. Framing Actions
Chapter 4: MULTI-IMAGE PROCESSING (42 min)

  1. Using the Batch Command
  2. Saving Your Batch Files
  3. Speeding Up the Process
  4. Using the Image Processor
  5. Using the Scripts Event Manager
  6. Understanding Droplets
  7. Creating Droplets
  8. Editing Droplets
Chapter 5: LET PHOTOSHOP DO IT (63 min)

  1. The Crop and Straighten Photos Command
  2. The Contact Sheet II Command
  3. Creating a Picture Package
  4. Creating a Web Photo Gallery
  5. Customizing Your Gallery
  6. Creating PDF Presentations
  7. Conditional Mode Change & Fit Image
  8. Using the Merge to HDR Tool
  9. Creating a Photomerge
  10. Exploring the Adobe Media Gallery
Chapter 6: BECOME A SPEED DEMON (41 min)

  1. Moving, Creating & Merging Layers
  2. Changing Layer Opacity
  3. Working with Blend Mode Shortcuts
  4. Working with Adjustment Layer Shortcuts
  5. Utilizing the Filter Gallery
  6. Working with Type Tool Shortcuts
  7. Changing Font Size & Color
  8. Using Quick Font Previews
  9. Working with Layer Comps
  10. Exporting Layer Comps
  11. Final Comments & Credits

Presenter Info

Justin SeeleyJustin Seeley is an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert and graphic designer with nearly a decade of experience in the creative media industry. A recognized Photoshop trainer known for his straight-forward teaching style and creative prowess, his techniques have been featured on podcasts such as the Adobe Creative Suite podcast and Photoshop TV, and his tutorials have appeared in publications such as Digit magazine.

Justin has been an avid Photoshop user since version 4.0 and hosts a variety of internet shows dedicated to teaching people around the world. He is the creator and host of the Photoshop Quicktips podcast which is consistently in the Top 10 Software How-To Pod-casts on the iTunes store. Justin is also the host and producer of the Photoshop Quick-tips: Special Effects and Quick Fixes training DVD.

In 2007 Justin co-founded the Photoshop Designers User Group, a non-profit organiza-tion which helps further the education of students and other members of the community. Justin serves as President and Lead Instructor for the group and also presents several free mini-seminars on a variety of digital imaging topics.

A member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Justin currently works for Murray State University as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Consultant. To learn more about Justin and his endeavors visit his websites at and