The Inverse Command

There is a really good trick to using the inverse command effectively in Photoshop.  In certain instances it’s easier to select the area that you don’t want affected and then select the inverse command.  This is a good method to use when you’re working with more simplified backgrounds or bright blue skies.  I’ll walk you through this method using Photoshop.

Refining a Selection: The Inverse Command

To learn more I've created an exciting course called Practical Photoshop Selections with Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Inverse-command/147023/157103-4.html

Take charge of Photoshop and make better, more targeted image adjustments with selections—including hard-to-select objects like hair, fuzzy edges, and color ranges. Rich Harrington reveals the importance of precise selections, whether you're masking, changing color and tone, or even storing transparency, and shows you how to make them with the tools in Adobe Photoshop CC. Dive into the Select menu commands and the Marquee, Lasso, and Magic Wand tools, and then learn how to refine your selections with Expand and Contract, Smooth and Feather, Quick Mask, and other controls. Photoshop power users will also enjoy advanced techniques involving the Color Range command and alpha channel selections.

Topics in this course include:

  • What are selections?
  • Creating masks from selections
  • Moving a selection
  • Selecting with the Quick Selection tool
  • Transforming a selection
  • Using the Refine Edge command
  • Selecting a color or tonal range throughout the image
  • Making a selection with the Pen tool
  • Saving a selection as an alpha channel
  • Creating a selection from multiple channels with the Calculations command

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Inverse-command/147023/157103-4.html

Looping a Motion Graphics Background

In this tutorial, see how to generate a seamless loop of background footage for your video productions. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds course by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 32 minutes and shows how to create backgrounds for video projects using Photoshop and After Effects.

Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds table of contents:

Introduction
1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
Conclusion | lynda.com

Useful Websites for MoGraph Source Elements

Don't have a budget for your video production? Don't let that hinder you. This tutorial provides some excellent resources for source imagery that you can use for free. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds course by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 32 minutes and shows how to create backgrounds for video projects using Photoshop and After Effects.

Motion Graphics for Video Editors: Creating Backgrounds table of contents:

Introduction
1. Background Essentials
2. Gathering Source Materials for Backgrounds
3. Working with Gradients
4. Designing Backgrounds with Photo Sources
5. Designing Backgrounds with Video Sources
6. Designing Backgrounds with After Effects
Conclusion | lynda.com

Removing Distortion from a Video Shot with Upright in Photoshop

There are times when our footage can look a bit distorted and the perspective can be off.  In this movie I show you an example of when this happened with my footage.  Adobe has a number of ways to fix these issues and one tool I’ll explore with you here is called Upright.

Correcting for Lens Distortion - Removing Distortion with Upright

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Repairing and Enhancing Video with Lynda.com. 

http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Removing-distortion-Upright/149128/160032-4.html

Whether you want to fix a problem in post or simply give your video more style, this course will help everyone from motion graphics designers to video editors improve their footage. Rich Harrington uses Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and even Illustrator to correct problems you'd encounter in real-world projects, like lens distortion, camera shake, noise and grain, and overblown exposure. Plus, you'll learn advanced techniques for speeding up or slowing down your video, rotoscoping footage, and using the numerous creative color and texture effects in Photoshop and After Effects. If your footage has ever needed some extra attention, this course is for you.

Topics in this course include: 

  • Reviewing the retoucher's toolbox
  • Stabilizing footage
  • Fixing alignment
  • Retiming footage
  • Removing lens distortion
  • Using rotoscoping to enhance footage
  • Recovering exposure
  • Color grading with Photoshop
  • Converting to black and white
  • Creating a film or painterly look
  • Adding depth of field

You can check out the class here —  http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Removing-distortion-Upright/149128/160032-4.html