Dawn Bradley
Arts/AV Graphics Teacher

Photoshop for Photography: What do YOU think is most important tools for beginner students?

As a photographer and graphics teacher I have read many books and talked to many people about Photoshop for photography. It seems that everyone has different ideas on workflow and the most valuable tools in Photoshop. I had a discussion with a fellow graphics teacher about this the other night. We had very different approaches to teaching it. Now I would love to get opinions from my fellow EdEx gurus. Which tools do you cover first when teaching Photoshop for photography?

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Cindy Kringelis

Posted on 7/13/18 3:25:33 PM Permalink

​I like to start with Lightroom, particularly helping students with the import dialog and Library modules as those areas are essential but seem to be the most difficult. As for Photoshop, the first thing I like to teach is the roundtrip between Lightroom and Photoshop. That can help students start to view Photoshop as an easily-accessible additional module, just like Book and Print.

Dianne Curtis

Posted on 4/19/18 7:41:32 PM Permalink

People have different ideas on what tools are important because they are headed or teaching in different directions. If you are teaching photoshop to students who want to be graphic designers, then the most important tools are different than the​ tools you want to teach for architecture students or fine art students. It's important to show the overall versatility of the program and then you can be more specific in advanced classes. I like to show how photoshop can help artists in every line of work.

Lana Froemming

Posted on 8/9/17 4:04:31 PM Permalink

​As an enthusiastic photographer (first) who likes to expose & compose in-camera and Photoshop amateur (second) I find I do most of my RAW processing in ACR (I own CS5 I have not taken the plunge with a subscription). Assuming students understand photography...establishing a solid workflow, cataloging in Bridge, and sizing for appropriate output are the most challenging (currently).

Sir Shafiq

Posted on 4/14/17 5:16:50 PM Permalink

​i suggests the following

Basic level

1: Using of All adjustment layers is very handy if the photographer only want to change the color
​2: Using of all brushes tool ( spot healing, patch, content aware ( move, extend) dodge, blur and many more

Advanced level

1: Using masking
​2: Camra raw filters
​2: Filters for effects

Quick Editing Level

1: Use Adobe lighroom to quickly edit and fix image and camera raw filters

Mahathe Khan

Posted on 5/19/16 7:15:30 PM Permalink

Actually I need some manual regarding pen tools which will use for background change.

Sara Cartwright

Posted on 9/10/15 4:46:35 AM Permalink

Personally I think that Bridge is essential and that students need to know how to alter their images using the sliders. Without this functionality they will never really move past 'selfies' and smart phone photographs. They can do so many wonderful things if they learn how to use this function properly. Plus they can save their images in smaller sizes if they want to show them on the internet, too..

Brian O'Dell

Posted on 9/9/15 2:28:07 AM Permalink

I would say that it would depend on what you are looking to do with your images. Some of the things that I use are the obvious adjustments; curves, levels etc. Coloring I use Image-Mode-Lab Color (A and B Channels) and work in RAW as well. One really nice aspect of cutting out backgrounds is using your selection tools and then choosing Refine Edges. Really nice to see exactly what you are editing while temporarily removing all other sections of the image. Quick Selection + and - and Pen Tool with Feather Radius are beneficial as well for editing. Adjusting Colors and hues are all dependent on what you are looking to get out of the image concept. Hope this is what you were looking for. For adjustments on scratches, smudges, blemishes, I use the Patch Tool, Spot Healing, Clone Stamp and Dust and Scratch Filters. I like using layer masks for a lot of my edits in specific layers and images. Personal Preferences I Guess.

Randall Chambers

Posted on 9/8/15 2:44:10 PM Permalink

In my personal experience, if students already have a simple knowledge of computers then I would teach the basic principles of photography. Teach them the camera, lighting and all that. Then start in with photoshop, find a subject matter that they will be interested in and then go into the various tools. It's all going to depend on what you are doing in class and the final objectives.

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