In days 2 and 3 of the course, Dave covered the lay of the land, the Photoshop interface, making checklists and setting up your workspace and preferences for your specific work. I was pretty familiar with these topics but did learn a few little tips that will expedite my work.
I did learn a few important things from Day 4's, Working Non-Destructively. The one tip that was most relevant was that working from a Camera Raw file is a very non-destructive way to work. Although I have been shooting in raw and jpg since the first of the year, I have not been using these raw files. Mostly due to lack of knowledge and understanding. I figured that one of these days I would learn how best to use these files. Maybe this is my big chance.
Dave recommends that when you open a raw file the setting should be to 'Open in Photoshop as Smart Object'. This way you can always jump back to the raw file if you need to. He edits most of his work in Adobe Camera Raw and says it is often all he needs. How nice! My real goal us to take great pictures that need little it no editing. Until then...
I opened the close-up image of this artichoke in in Adobe Camera Raw and made a few minor edits including adjusting exposure and clarity and removing a blemish with the spot removal tool. The image then opened as a Smart Object in Photoshop. I was able to take it back into Camera Raw to make another adjustment (just for fun) as well as make a few tweaks in Photoshop before saving both the .psd and the .jpg file. The .psd file is huge as you probably know, almost 300MB. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I feel like I would need to be incredibly selective about what I save and what I toss and I know my workflow will definitely need to change. More about this later.
I could not resist another image using the oil paint filter. I started with the raw file, opened as a smart object and applied the filter. More about smart objects in a few days.
Day 5 is the first of two days about 'layers'. I definitely need this information and I'm sure I will learn a lot. Thanks for checking in on this most recent journey of mine.