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Rich Harrington takes material from some of his books and courses and give you complete Photoshop class in bite-size installments.  The goal is for everyone … pro and amateur alike … to get a college level education — without any of the costs.

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Using Smart Objects before transforming - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 21 Smart Objects are a bit of under the hood Photoshop magic. Essentially, this powerful […]
Transforming objects with Puppet Warp - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 20 The Puppet Warp command is similar to the Free Transform command in that it […]
Resizing a photo with Content-Aware scaling - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 19 The Content-Aware scaling feature is a way to intelligently scale an image that allows […]
Resizing an object with the Free Transform command in Photoshop - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 18 The Free Transform command is another useful way to rotate and size an image. […]
Rotating the Photoshop canvas - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 17 Sometimes your image will need to be rotated or flipped. Loading your image upside […]
Perspective cropping in Photoshop - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 16 Some images will have visible distortion, which is often caused by the camera not […]
The most powerful way to crop in Photoshop - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 15 It is possible to crop and resize an image at the same time. I […]
Mastering the Crop tool - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 14 With the Crop tool you can change a viewer’s perception of an image. You […]
Changing the Photoshop canvas size - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 13 The canvas size is your work area. When you create a new document, you […]
Sizing digital images in Photoshop - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 12 Once you’ve acquired your digital images, you’ll need to size them for your project […]
What size to scan a photo? Think in pixels - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 11 People often get confused when determining which settings to scan with. Too little information […]
Acquiring images for Photoshop with a scanner - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 10 Many purists swear that shooting film adds richness in detail and color, as well […]
Downloading images from a digital camera - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 9 Acquiring images from a digital camera There are two major ways of downloading images […]
Acquiring images for Photoshop — JPEG vs. Raw - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 8 Shooting JPEG vs. Raw When digital cameras became commercially available, the memory cards used […]
Acquiring images for Photoshop with a digital camera - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 7 Some of the core tasks of processing digital images with Photoshop involve sizing, manipulation, […]
Get to know the Photoshop interface, part four - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 6 Let’s finish our overview of Photoshop’s interface. It’s important to understand the key panels […]
Get to know the Photoshop interface, part three - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 5 Let’s continue our overview of Photoshop’s interface. It’s important to understand the key panels […]
Get to know the Photoshop interface, part two - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 4 Let’s continue our overview of Photoshop’s interface. It’s important to understand the key panels […]
Get to know the Photoshop interface, part one - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t skip column 3 Mastering Photoshop’s interface Photoshops interface can be pretty intimidating. Among all those panels, tools, […]
Image mode & Bit Depth - Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don’t Skip Column 2 Choosing an Image mode Within Photoshop, you need to choose from one of eight […]

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Adobe releases Photoshop pop culture survey in celebration of 30th birthday - To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Photoshop, Adobe conducted a survey looking at the current state of photography worldwide. This is a great indication of the way the public think about photography in today’s digital realm. I found the results interesting, and I’m sure you will, too! A total of 1,306 people over the age […]
Buy the 5day deal and add the charity bundle for $24. Get more from the 5DayDeal: Add the charity bundle - The 5DayDeal is in full swing. It wraps up on Tuesday. And there is a lot more to it than just the photography bundle! Charities benefit Buying the 5DayDeal already helps four charities — Obris, Make-A-Wish Colorado, Mercy Ships and the 5DayDeal Foundation. Do you want help out even more? Add the Charity bundle to […]
Adobe announces winners of Dungeons & Dragons contest - This morning, Adobe has announced the winner of its “Summon the Terror of Undermountain” contest, in partnership with Wizards of the Coast. The contest, which asked artists to create a scary Dungeons & Dragons monster using Photoshop, was announced in November. Will Kalkanis was chosen as the winner. He won $5,000 and will sit side-by-side […]
Photoshop + D&D = Crazy Contest - Adobe has partnered with Wizards of the Coast for a crazy Photoshop contest. They’re looking for people to design a scary Dungeons & Dragons monster. No, seriously. Instead of the normal 7-day trial, Adobe is offering a 30-day trial if you download from the contest page. A benefit in itself. The page also offers a Monster toolkit […]
Video: Preview of Photoshop’s updated Content Aware Fill - I’m glad to see that Adobe are actively improving a really useful feature in Photoshop. Content Aware Fill has been a really useful tool for me, and if you haven’t tried it, you should check it out (here’s a video from Rich Harrington to get you up to date on the basics). I use it to […]
Athentech announces Perfect Exposure and it’s FREE! - For the past several months I’ve been using Perfectly Clear in my workflow to edit my images. I love the product so much I became a Perfectly Clear Evangelist, touring across the US and London, teaching how to quickly process a single or multiple portraits (removing blemishes, smoothing skin, enhancing eyes and fixing exposure), enhancing […]
LRTimelapse 4.5 - David J. Crewe Time Lapse Photography Just Got A Powerful Update - If you’re a Time Lapse fan like myself than this is an exciting weekend. Gunther Wegner, creator of LRTimelapse, (arguably the best plugin/tool for your time lapse arsenal on the market), just sent out the press release detailing the specifics of the latest update to LRTimelapse 4.5 including use of some of the awesome newest […]
Photoshop is 25 Years Old Today - Today makes 25 years with Adobe Photoshop…. quite a feat if you think about all the ways the tool has affected the media landscape. From photographers and designers to architects and doctors, Photoshop has become synonymous with digital imaging. I’ve been a Photoshop user since 1991… it’s amazing how much has changed in that time. […]
Lightroom Mobile Released for Android Phones - Lightroom Mobile was just released today for Android phones. We’re working up our review shortly, but here’s some info for those of you who’ve been anxiously waiting. The release is specifically for Android phones (and won’t work with all Android phones). You’ll need Android 4.1 or up. Key Features Here’s what you can expect to […]
It’s Time to Download the Latest Version of Lightroom - A new version of Lightroom just came out… we’ll have more coverage of the features soon… but this an important (and free) update. Download Links You can get Lightroom 5.7 here (it’s a free update for all version 5 and Creative Cloud customers). If you use Creative Cloud, just launch the Creative Cloud app to […]
The Black Menu Bar is Finally Here! - Finally! Its been forever, but Apple has given us a dark mode in their new release of OS 10.10 Yosemite, bringing a black menu bar and a whole bunch of new features. Its surprising how much nicer the black menu bar is once you try it. When I first installed Yosemite, my eyes were always […]
Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Content-Aware Improvements - New in Adobe Photoshop CC, the Content-Aware tools you know and love just got better with color adaptation! Turning this option on tells Photoshop to better deal with gradients and color variation when healing a photo. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XOCegg0BU8&index=2&list=PLuQZzG-z6zBIaIYqGyjmf7GTfubVQCK2F] Stay tuned for more tutorials and features of Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the week. To see more […]
Adobe Adds More Cameras in this Free Camera Raw Update - Adobe has posted a new Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.5 plug-in. There are separate pages to download for both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC customers from Adobe Labs. The update is free. This plugin is considered a release, which means that it is considered “well tested.” However, Adobe would like to get additional community testing […]
Photoshop World Deal — Only $475 (Register By 6/2/2014) - If you want to learn more about Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography don’t miss Photoshop World September 3-5, 2014 in Las Vegas. Want the best price? Then you need to act now. We’ve partnered with KelbyOne (the producers) to get you a fantastic deal. Get 3 full days of training for only $475. That’s $224 off […]
Photoshop for iPhone and Android Now Shipping - Follow Rich on Twitter Photoshop Touch just made the jump from tablet only to iPhone and Android smartphones. Many have been anxious for this day (almost a year since the tablet version shipped). Photoshop Touch is now available for $4.99 USD (compared to $9.99 USD for the tablet). Android Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or […]
Adobe Shutting Down Photoshop.com Photo Sharing Service - By Adobe has just announced that they are closing down its Photoshop.com storage and sharing service as well as Photoshop Elements membership areas. They instead are migrating client accounts to their other service called Revel (formerly Carousel). Here are some quotes from the Adobe site/press release (as well as my commentary and analysis). “When we […]
Time to Update to Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 - I know you’ve been busy with the holidays, so you may have missed that a new Adobe Camera Raw plugin was officially released. It is only downloadable as an update through Adobe Photoshop CS6. Launch Adobe Photoshop. Choose Help > Updates. Run any updates that show up in the Adobe Application Manager by clicking the […]
New Photoshop Features Coming December 11 - [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2NaTV3FlCxQ] If you’ve listened to us on Photofocus, you’ve heard us talk about how Adobe Creative Cloud customers would get new features before anyone else. Be sure to watch the video to see what’s coming in the next Photoshop update. Make sure you sign up for the event on December 11 What can you see […]

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  1. This is Real — This won’t be a bunch of fluff and theory… rather practical knowledge and techniques so you can actually build a working foundation or fill in the holes you have.
  2. Read in Order — Unlike most of the articles here on Photofocus, this content should be read linearly.  This means that you should read each article in the order of release as they will build upon each other.  If you star later in the series… go back and read what you missed. Each episode is numbered and you can find a link to the series at the bottom of the page.
  3. Pace Yourself — Don’t rush, knowledge takes time.  By completing two columns or so a week you will retain the knowledge and it will become a part of your toolbox.  This column will come out every Sunday and Wednesday.
  4. Follow Along — Most columns will have a hands-on file that you can use. Reading isn’t enough, you need to actually follow along if you want to learn.

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