English 373: Adobe Photoshop exercises

Complete the following exercises in The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release). The numbers below correspond to the page where an exercise begins in the text, and the name with the file extension is the corresponding photo to correct. Following the photo name are notes to follow as you complete the exercise.

To open images in Camera Raw

To save your work

Caution If the text instructs you to flatten, merge, or discard layers, don't do so unless my notes say to! Also note that some exercises contain multiple methods for correcting an image. Perform only the method listed on this sheet.

Chapter 4: How to Resize and Crop Photos

  108 Basic Cropping for Photos BasicCropping.jpg Follow visual cues in the images provided to help you crop the photo.

Complete steps 1–3 and then skip to steps 11–12.
  114 Cropping to a Specific Size CropSpecificSize.jpg Complete steps 1 and 2 only.
  121 Resizing Digital Camera Photos Resize.jpg You won't see any obvious results here. The key to this exercise is learning to recalculate pixels for images coming from digital cameras.
  130 Straightening Crooked Photos Straighten.jpg In the Options bar, click Clear to reset your crop settings from the previous exercise before working on this photo.
  135 Resizing Just Parts of Your Image Using "Content-Aware" Scaling ContentAware.jpg To create the new document, on the File menu, click New. Set the Width to 8 inches, the Height to 10 inches, and the Resolution to 240 ppi.

Once both images are open, on the Window menu, point to Arrange, and then click Tile to see both at the same time so you can drag the image into the new, blank document.

Complete steps 1 and 2 only.

Chapter 5: How to Create Stunning B&W Images

  146 Converting to Black and White Using Camera Raw ConvertBW.dng The image will open in Camera Raw.

In Photoshop CC 2015 and newer, in step 1, the Rotate option has moved to the Transform Tool Transform Tool on the toolbar.

To save the image once you're finished, click Save Image, make sure the Format list is set to Digital Negative, and then click Save. (We're leaving this image as a .dng file.)
  150 My Three-Click Method for Converting to B&W 3ClickBW.jpg Stop after step 6. In step 6, you will see a live preview of the image as you drag the slider.
  154 Split Toning SplitTone.dng Open the image in Camera Raw. In the File menu, select Open As. Select the file. Choose Camera Raw from the drop-down menu above the Open button.

Open the image in Camera Raw. To save the image once you're finished, click Save Image, make sure the Format list is set to Digital Negative, and then click Save.

Chapter 7: Fixing Common Problems

  190 When Your Subject Is in the Shadows SubjectShadows.jpg Perform steps 1 through 4.
  193 Fixing Shots with a Dull Gray Sky DullSky1.jpg and
DullSky2.jpg
Use the Overlay blend mode. If you try the Color Burn blend mode, remember to change the Opacity of the gradient layer back to 100%.
  197 Using the Dodge and Burn Tools DodgeBurn.jpg Rename the layers, as shown in step 5. (Double-click the layer to rename it.)
  201 Fixing Reflections in Glasses Eyeglasses1.jpg and
Eyeglasses2.jpg
To see both images, on the Window menu, point to Arrange, and then click Tile.

In step 3, when you perform the Auto-Align Layersaction, if the alignment doesn't work well, step backward to undo the auto-alignment, and then try the correction manually.
  206 Fixing Group Shots the Easy Way Group1.jpg and
Group2.jpg
To see both images, on the Window menu, point to Arrange, and then click Tile. For the brush size, you might try 90 px or so.
  211 Making Really Tricky Selections, Like Hair Composite1.jpg and
Composite2.jpg
In Photoshop CC 2015 and newer, the Refine Edge button is now called the Select and Mask button. It appears in the same spot on the Options bar. Clicking the button opens a panel on the right side of the screen with the same options shown in the book.

Save both images as .psd files. In step 19, don't merge the layers.
  226 Saving Blurry Pictures Using the Shake Reduction Filter ShakeReduc1.jpg Perform steps 1 through 4.
  228 Saving Blurry Pictures Using the Shake Reduction Filter ShakeReduc2.jpg Perform steps 5 through 8.
  234 Removing Stuff Using Content-Aware Fill CAFill1.jpg Perform steps 1 through 4.
  236 Removing Stuff Using Content-Aware Fill CAFill2.jpg Perform steps 5 through 11. In the note within step 11, don't make the Camera Raw corrections.
  240 Moving Stuff Without Leaving a Hole by Using Content-Aware Move CAMove.jpg In step 4, the Structure and Color are located directly on the Options bar, not inside an Adaptation menu. (This change occurred between the CC 2014 version and the current CC 2015 version.)

Chapter 9: Sharpening Techniques

  288 Sharpening Essentials Essentials.jpg  
  290 Portrait Sharpening Portrait.jpg Don't complete the tip.
  291 Moderate Sharpening Moderate.jpg  
  291 Maximum Sharpening Maximum.jpg  
  292 All-Purpose Sharpening AllPurpose.jpg  
  292 Web Sharpening Web.jpg  
  293 Coming Up with Your Own Settings OwnSettings.jpg  
  295 The Most Advanced Sharpening in Photoshop Advanced.jpg  
  297  Smarter Smart Sharpen SmartSharpen.jpg  
  299 High Pass Sharpening HighPass.jpg  

Chapter 2: Camera Raw—Beyond the Basics

  038 Double-Processing to Create the Uncapturable DoubleProcess.dng In step 9, the Refine Mask option has changed names. On the Select menu, click Select and Mask instead.

Save as a .psd file when finished editing the photo.
  052 Automatically Fixing Lens Problems LensProblems3.dng Perform steps 5 through 10.

In step 9, you will find the Distortion slider after clicking the Straighten Tool Straighten Tool in the toolbar, and then clicking the Manual tab on the Lens Corrections panel.

Save as a .dng file when finished editing the photo.
  058 Fixing Chromatic Aberrations Chromatic.dng Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  060 Edge Vignetting: How to Fix It EdgeVignette1.dng Perform steps 1 and 2. Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  061 Edge Vignetting: How to Add It for Effect EdgeVignette2.dng Perform steps 3 and 4. Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  066 Adjusting or Changing Ranges of Color RangesOfColor.dng Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  068 Oh Hallelujah, It's a Regular Healing Brush! HealingBrush.dng Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  070 Finding Spots and Specks the Easy Way Spots.dng Open the image in Camera Raw. Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  072 Reducing Noise in Noisy Photos ReduceNoise.dng Open the image in Camera Raw. Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.

Chapter 3: Camera Raw's Adjustment Tools

  088 Retouching Portraits in Camera Raw RetouchCR.dng On page 90, step 5, the Exposure should be set to +0.85, not to +85 as shown in the step. (The screen capture does, however, show the correct setting.)

Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.
  093 Applying Selective Color in Camera Raw SelectiveColor.dng If you notice that your image doesn't turn black and white when you paint, set the Flow to 50, as shown in the screen capture.

Save as a .dng from Camera Raw when finished editing the photo.

Additional Required Exercises (instructions appear in the folder of images)

  A1 15-Second Fix for Underexposed Photos Underexposed.psd Stop after step 3 and remember not to flatten the image.
  A2 15-Second Fix for Overexposed Photos Overexposed.psd Start at step 4 and remember not to flatten the image.
  A3 Instant Red-Eye Removal RedEye.psd The photo doesn't match the text, but the technique works the same.
  A4 Creating Photo Collages Drag images Collages1.psd and Collages2.psd into Collages3.psd. In step 8, use Myriad Pro instead of Helvetica Neue. Set the font to 8 pt. Save Collages3.psd once you're finished editing.
  A5 Removing Blemishes Blemishes.psd  
  A6 Removing Dark Circles Under Eyes Dark Circles.psd  
  A7 Reducing Wrinkles wrinkles.psd  
  A8 Whitening Teeth Whitening Teeth.psd In newer versions of Photoshop, the Hue/Saturation dialog box doesn't show the word Edit next to the color list. To change to Yellows, click the list that reads Master.
  A9 Removing Distracting Objects RemoveCranes.psd If you notice the Clone Stamp tool isn't working, right-click the Clone Stamp icon in the Options Bar, and then click Reset Tool.
  A10 Color Correction Using Curves Curves.psd Step 8 is for information only. In the tip within step 11, note that the options are now immediately available on the right side of the dialog box.