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Using the Image ProcessorUsing the Image Processor
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How to use the image processor built into the Adobe Photoshop software to batch process multiple graphic files and convert them into usable file formats for actions and other batch processing. JPG files are not able to have batch options run on them without a dialogue box appearing for every image save, to get around this dialogue box you must first use the image processor to convert the images to a different image file format.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Crop and Straighten CommandCrop and Straighten Command
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How to automate splitting images that have been scanned on a single scan into their own compositions by using the automate, crop and straighten tool built into Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop will automatically detect the edges of each image and while cropping and straightening the images, will put them all in their own compositions.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Creating a DropletCreating a Droplet
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Some free tips on how to create a droplet with Adobe Photoshop. A droplet is an executable Photoshop action that is a mini application stored on your computer that allows you to drag and drop an image, multiple images, or folders of images onto the droplet to have Photoshop launch and batch process the images using the predefined actions. The Interlace Flicker Removal action is used in this example to batch process some tiff files. Also covered in this tutorial is using the Image Processor script to convert JPG to TIFF files for better batch processing.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Batch Process CommandsBatch Process Commands
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Some free tricks on how to use the batch processing commands in Photoshop. Batch processing allows you to execute actions on folders of images or photos to take the monkey work out of your life and leave it in the capable hands of the Adobe software to automate the tasks. Using Photoshop CS3 Extended, Richard walks you through executing the batch command.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using Seamless PatternsUsing Seamless Patterns
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A few free tips on how to use unique seamless patterns using the design tools in Photoshop. Seemless patterns are useful for creating backgrounds or other elements for use in video. Create your own seemless patterns from scratch and then store them in a library.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Restoration in ActionRestoration in Action
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Some free tricks in photo restoration. Whether working in documentary, broadcast, or corporate video, displaying historical images can play a primary role in many of these projects. Learn how to fix these historical images by using hue and saturation adjustments, contrast effects, and blemish removal techniques.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using the Healing BrushUsing the Healing Brush
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Some free tips on how to effectively use the healing brush. The healing brush is one of the most useful brushes for correcting physical damage of a photograph or video clip. The clone stamp tool is also used to mend imperfections and create the desired effect for tattered images.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using the Shadow / Highlights Command - 2

Using the Shadow / Highlights Command - 2
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Part two continues to cover teaching tricks on how to use the shadows/highlights filter to adjust an image. The shadows/highlights command can not be used through an adjustment layer but in Photoshop CS3 can be applied through smart filters onto a smart object to give you the ability to apply this tool in a non destructive way.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using the Shadow / Highlights Command - 1

Using the Shadow / Highlights Command - 1
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How to use the shadows/highlights filter first introduced in Photoshop CS to make adjustments to under and over exposed areas of troubled images by harnessing this usefull tool. Going through all the advanced options of the shadows/highlights controls panel, gain complete control and get professional results when adjusting your graphics. Additionally color correction and contrast are adjusted to finalize the correction to the photo.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
The Power of Adjustment LayersThe Power of Adjustment Layers
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Unlocking the power of adjustment layers to make non destructive adjustments to your graphics, photos and images. An adjustment layer allows you to perform the same functions, apply the same filters, or use the same tools that you would directly to the image but without altering the original image.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
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
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