Video – Photoshop 101, Class 2: Control your Contrast & Color – 05/27/20


So, have you ever asked yourself,
What makes a good color print, and how do I use
the basics of Photoshop to achieve my desired results?”


If so, then this video is for you! Using the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) method, you’ll learn how to take well-exposed digital images and improve them, sometimes dramatically, with just a few key but critical functions.


When it comes to a good color print, it’s essential that you know what you’re aiming for before you can properly use the tools in Photoshop. I mean, what IS color, anyway?? Get ready to find out…


I’m going to show you how to use Levels and Hue /Saturation to take care of your Contrast and Color needs, both globally and locally, using the acronym K.I.S.S (Keep It Super Simple) to drive home this point:


With a well-exposed image, these 2 tools may be all that you need
to properly optimize your image for Contrast and Color,
both globally and locally.




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This video was recorded live on 05/27/20,
via the San Diego Photoshop Meetup group:

Here’s more info about my free live & online Photoshop Meetups:


Total video length: 1 hour & 24 minutes long



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Questions? Please contact me – also, feel free to comment and tell your photography friends!


Thx again, and cheers,


John Watts ?



1 thought on “Video – Photoshop 101, Class 2: Control your Contrast & Color – 05/27/20

  1. Hi John,

    I watched your Class 2 Contrast and Color video.
    Great content and many useful examples.
    I learned a lot and appreciate your generosity to share your experience for free.

    A few questions I have but maybe it’ll be answered in next few videos.

    First one, I see that your copied the background and then added layers.

    How to connect , link or group the new layers like hue/sat and levels to this
    background copy layer so that you just have to press the “eye” on the
    background copy layer to show all of the adjustments together as one group showing
    the image before and after ?

    Looking forward to seeing videos on the Camera Bridge/RAW
    and layer masks.



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