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Fixing SaturationFixing Saturation
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The common problem of over saturation and how to uncover and correct this issue by using subtle adjustments inside Photoshop. Over saturation can lead to color bleed and non broadcast safe colors. The NTSC colors video filter can cause posterization, there are other ways to accomplish fixing over saturation that does not cause some of these problems.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using the Levels Adjustment - 2Using the Levels Adjustment - 2
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The second part of the series showing how to use the levels adjustment to fix color balance, luminance, brightness and contrast of a photograph inside of Photoshop. Richard takes a photo that has faded and uses a levels adjustment layer to correct the individual RGB levels on a per channel basis for a much more precise level adjustment.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using the Levels Adjustment - 1Using the Levels Adjustment - 1
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Dealing with the common problem of image exposure using the levels adjustment to fix color balance, luminance, brightness and contrast of a graphic inside of Photoshop. Further explained in this tutorial is the ability to use the levels adjustment layer that is non destructive to the original image.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Fading FiltersFading Filters
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Harness the fade command to get new design options and maximize the filters available in Adobe Photoshop. The fade command allows you to use blending modes as well as make opacity changes to a filter, this can give you entirely new results you did not know came with your software. Some of the filters used to demonstrate this trick are glowing edges under the stylize menu, rough pastels under the artistic menu, smudge stick, smart filters, dark strokes under the strokes menu and film grain.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Designing Lower Third Graphics - 2Designing Lower Third Graphics - 2
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Part two of the series continues to walk through designing a lower third graphic in Photoshop. Richard adds a logo or bug to the design, adds layer styles, creates text, adjusts the font and text style, creates the alpha channel for the lower third and exports the file as a layered tiff.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Designing Lower Third Graphics - 1Designing Lower Third Graphics - 1
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Some important features of designing and creating your lower third title graphic in Photoshop. Richard show you step by step how to create and customize your own lower third titles. Some of the features covered in this tutorial are the title safe overlay action, using a gradient background, softening the edge with a vertical motion blur and creating a gradual ramp blend.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Exploring GradientsExploring Gradients
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A look at the powerful gradient editor inside of Adobe Photoshop to create gradual blends between colors. This tip is great for creating backgrounds for DVD menus, lower thirds and other graphics. Richard shows you how to create, customize and store gradients inside Photoshop.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Perfect Alpha Channels - 2Perfect Alpha Channels - 2
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The second part of the tutorial series on Perfect Alpha Channels covering some common compositing problems that you might face when using alpha channels in Photoshop. Some of the problems Richard addresses are the black fringe that can sometimes appear around a glow when an image has an alpha channel premultiplied with black, exporting a clean alpha channel for an NLE and using image calculations to chroma key an image from the contrasting background.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Perfect Alpha Channels - 1Perfect Alpha Channels - 1
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Alpha channels in Adobe Photoshop. Richard explains RGB channels and how a forth channel can be created, called an alpha channel, to work with the Red, Green and Blue channels to store the transparency of the graphic. Further topics covered are the basics of keying, compositing, creating and refining alpha channels.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Effective Layer MasksEffective Layer Masks
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How to use layer masks and why you will never have to use the eraser tool on a graphic ever again using layer masking to mask or hide pixels in your image instead of destroying them. This technique allows you to go back in the future and adjust the mask and reveal elements that would have otherwise been erased. Richard uses the blur tool and the smudge tool to soften the layer mask and create the appearance of a more believable composite.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Refine Edges CommandRefine Edges Command
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The refine edges command and quick selection tool available in Adobe Photoshop CS3. The refine edges command enables you to improve a selection that has been made while the quick selection tool is a smart version of the magic want tool that detects edges of color for selecting more complex regions.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Organizing LayersOrganizing Layers
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Create a more professional layout for your images in Adobe Photoshop by using the precision of the alignment and distribution tools. By selecting multiple images or grouping them and simply using the align and distribute tools you can quickly construct the graphical layout you desire. Additional tips in this tutorial include using the pixel lock tool to paint on a locked image, merging layers to copy, create clipping mask, using a layer group sets hierarchy, and more.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Sizing ImagesSizing Images
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This tutorial helps you resize photos and images more quickly and teaches how to get these graphics into the proper size and aspect ratio for video editing. Various methods are explained such as the crop tool, resizing an image for use in broadcast with non-square pixels, pixel aspect ratios or pasting into a new image to convert the pixel aspect ratio.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Camera Raw InterfaceCamera Raw Interface
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How to use the 16 bit workflow in Photoshop for film and video. The new file formats are utilized through using the Adobe camera raw dialogue box, this enables you to unlock and develope those raw camera image files captured by high end digital still cameras.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Working With Document PresetsWorking With Document Presets
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The document presets for video in Photoshop will help setup your graphics for the proper tape format. In the New Document dialogue box there is a Film and Video preset category with many different sizes for the most commonly used film and video formats.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
CS3 Setting PreferencesCS3 Setting Preferences
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How to set your Photoshop preferences to utilize Photoshop as a film and video tool. Some of the settings covered in this video tutorial are the Adobe Color Picker, Image Interpolation, Interface Tool Tips, Palettes, File Handling, File Compatibility, Memory Performance, Painting Cursors, Units and Rulers, Guides and Slices, Plug-ins, Font Type, Color Management and other Photoshop Options.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
CS2 Enhancement Filters - 2CS2 Enhancement Filters - 2
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Part of this series going over more new filters in Photoshop CS2. Richard places a logo over his photo graphic and uses the image warp tool to transform the graphic. Additional features discussed in this tutorial are the font text preview in the font list, multiple layer selection, layer groups and zoom scrolling.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
CS2 Enhancement Filters - 1CS2 Enhancement Filters - 1
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Learn a few new filters in Photoshop CS2, specifically the filters that work well for touching up video frames. The first filters Richard reviews are Smart Sharpen and Reduce Noise. This is a great technique for cleaning up footage with grain that has been shot with a 16mm camera or use remove JPEG artifact for DV footage that has artifacting from compression.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
File Navigation with BridgeFile Navigation with Bridge
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Using Adobe Bridge to browse and open images for Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Bridge is a file browser built into the Adobe CS packages. Richard walks you through Adobe Bridge and takes a look at many of the features available with this new application. Features covered are the Adobe Stock Photos browser, using comp images, Photoshop actions, contact sheets, web photo galleries, and more.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Pixel Aspect Ratio and Video PreviewsPixel Aspect Ratio and Video Previews
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How to use non-square pixels in Adobe Photoshop for images so your graphics have the correct pixel shape for video. The ability to use non-square pixels for your pixel aspect ratio in Photoshop was introduced in CS, improved in CS2, and continues to this day in the current versions of Photoshop.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Smart Objects and Smart Guides - 2Smart Objects and Smart Guides - 2
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Part two of Smart Objects and Smart Guides showing the new ability of Photoshop to continuously rasturize graphics and images using smart objects by using the place tool under the file menu. Richard goes beyond explaining how this works and shows a real world example to show where you would use this tool.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Smart Objects and Smart Guides - 1Smart Objects and Smart Guides - 1
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Photoshop has the new ability to continuously rasturize graphics and images using smart objects. Richard uses the Place command in the File dropdown menu to import various file formats as smart objects that will allow you to scale images up to their original sizes once they have been scaled down without losing any image quality. This also allows you to import vector data and not lose any of the vector information once the file is in Photoshop.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using Video Actions - 2Using Video Actions - 2
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Part two of Using Video Actions, learn how to use the built in video actions in Photoshop to automate various tasks and speed up your workflow for video projects. Some of the actions covered in this tutorial are Alpha Channel from Visible Layers, Alpha Channel from Visible Layers Inverted and DVD Slideshow (NTSC / PAL) (Standard / Widescreen) (Inset).

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using Video Actions - 1Using Video Actions - 1
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How to use the built in video actions in Photoshop to automate tasks and speed up the creative workflow for your video projects. Some of the actions covered in this tutorial are Title Safe Overlay, Interlace Flicker Removal, Broadcast Safe Luminance and Broadcast Safe Saturation.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
New Document PresetsNew Document Presets
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Some of the settings behind the scenes in the Photoshop presets and how to get rid of some of the new document presets that you do not use. The Photoshop package contents contains the Default New Doc Sizes.txt file which can be edited to give you the presets you desire.

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Richard Harrington
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