The biggest problem that I have had with Photoshop is trying to have a framework that relates all the different things that you can so with Photoshop.

I have come across two texts that have been helpful to me .

Scott Kelby’s 7 Point System for Photoshop
The first one is Scott Kelby’s 7 Point System for Photoshop. This is good in one sense that he outlines seven steps to follow to come up with really good images. However, it is bad in the sense that one step may involve a variety of offshoots that need to be investigated further.

Step 1 involves making your first set of non destructive adjustments in Camera Raw. this brings up questions like:

  1. What is camera raw?
    1. Does my camera take pictures in camera raw?
  2. How do I find out about it?
    1. Books?
    3. YouTube?
  3. How long will this take me?
    1. Four to twenty hours. Arghhh!

Step 2 is getting to know how to do a few things with curves really well in camera raw mode. This means that you do not have to become a pro at using Curves as you would with Photoshop.

Step 3 is using the Photoshop shadows/highlight control to fix up any tonal problems that we did not get in the Camera raw mode in step one.

Step 4 is painting with light – the ability to control the light in your image. this enables you to bring out detail in areas where it would otherwise be lost.

Step 5 is using Channels adjustments to to let you pick from three versions of your image (all three of which have more color vibrancy and contrast.

Step 6 is using Layer Blend Modes and Layer Masks. Best thing is that they are really fun to use!

Step 7 is to use sharpening techniques. In this methodology the sharpening is the last step that you do.

July 30, 2014

Scott Kelby’s Scott Kelby’s 7 Point System for Photoshop came out in 2008. At the time it was the best selling Photoshop for that year.

He never got around to preparing a book for 7 Point System for Photoshop in Camera Raw.

But he did produce a nice 12 page set of notes in a pdf format as part of a presentation for photographers.

You can download them from here:



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