Fixing Tone and Color Problems
Part 2 picks up on the discussion of the concepts of tonal range, contrast, and brightness by explaining how to make the adjustments in Adobe Camera RAW II. If you wanted to know what the difference is between the Exposure, Brightness, and Shadows sliders in ACR II, you'll find the answer here.
Adobe Photoshop is a very flexible tool. There's usually more than one way to do things. You can use menus to invoke commands. Keyboard Shortcuts are keystrokes and they can be used to quickly invoke Photoshop commands.
TLR Landscape Sharpener is the latest creative sharpener from The Light's Right!
This is no simple sharpening action that creates a layer and applies USM sharpening. This is a sophisticated sharpening tool for Photoshop CS3/CS4 that combines three sharpening effects in one Smart Filter layer to target lighter and darker pixels separately and then add a contrast boost to reduce the effects of haze, UV, etc.
Fixing Contrast and Tone Problems
Uwe Steinmueller, the well-known photographer who runs www.outbackphoto.com, suggested that we collaborate on a series of tutorials that start from the basics and proceed to more advanced techniques for adjusting tonal balance, contrast, and brightness. It sounded like a good idea, so this is Part 1 in the series. This tutorial explains the concepts of tonal range, contrast, and brightness. It also demonstrates some of the common problems photographers face.
TLR Portrait Sharpener is the latest Photoshop tool from The Light's Right!
This is no simple sharpening action that creates a layer and applies USM sharpening. This is a sophisticated sharpening tool for Photoshop CS3/CS4 that combines two kinds of sharpening and skin smoothing. The result is an action that sharpens the details in a portrait like hair, eyes and eye lashes, mouths and teeth, jewelry, etc. without sharpening skin texture.
Colin Smith has put together a 70 page CS4 Super Guide that's a free download.
There is no technical reason why sharpening effects should only be visible at 100% in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw. It doesn't work that way in Photoshop. To paraphrase Bruce Fraser, beware the perils of 100% zoom.
Photoshop Support is a site where the main resource is links to tutorials and tools. There's a news feed, too.
Someone exercises some editorial judgment over the links. I haven't clicked them all. There's hundreds, if not thousands of links. But I have not found any tutorials that were light on content or just banner advertising come-ons.
The site can be slow to load. It's hosted by Hostway, and they're infamous for overloaded Web servers. There is also lots of image files, which will also delay page generation.