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Course description

Welcome to the "Master Color in Photoshop CC"!

This course focuses on a role that color plays in photography medium.

We will target specifically photography, but the aspects of color we will discuss, closely relate to all branches of visual arts. We will start by examining the powerful impact that color has and it’s role in creating photographic artwork.

We will take a deep dive into color theory: we will talk about the color wheel - a visual system helping to organise colors, we’ll discuss the basic properties of color and the principles of color harmonies. Next we will focus on the meaning of color and its emotional impact.

The second part of the course addresses influence of color on photographic composition. We will discuss the role color plays in building Visual Weight and how we can create balance in photos by skillful color arrangement.
You will learn how color is affected by light and its direction and what kind of action we can take to get desired results. We will close this section by looking at color’s importance in storytelling.

The third part of the course targets post processing techniques and tools that can be used to enhance colors in images. You will learn how to convert effectively a RAW file with the Photoshop plugin Adobe Camera Raw and how to improve it further in Photoshop. We will take a non-destructive approach to color correction that allows you greatest flexibility within your workflow.

In the final part of the course I will walk you through two complete color grading exercises. Here we will put into action the theory gathered from the previous sections. First we will be working with a female portrait and we will quite dramatically enhance colors in the image. We will apply the basic principles of complementary colors harmony.

The second image we will be working with is a male portrait, and we will color grade this photo to get a cool, silvery and airy look built with desaturated colors.


At the end of this course you will understand the strong impact that color has on your images. You will learn how to make conscious artistic decisions to enhance your artwork, based on color theory.
I will show you the most powerful Photoshop techniques that target color grading, starting from RAW conversion. We will work with high quality supporting materials, so you will be able to follow me along and progress in no time.

What will I learn?

  • Make conscious artistic decisions to enhance images, based on color theory

  • Work with the most powerful tools that target color

  • Correct color with a non-destructive workflow

  • Evaluate an image and remove color cast

  • Creatively use Adobe Color Wheel tool to enhance images

What Students say

"I have taken many courses and most of them always end up focusing on " How to use the tools " and " How to apply certain techniques or effects " .. But in the end when we go and try it later for ourselves, we soon realize that it doesn't look very professional. The reason this keeps happening to you, is the lack of theory and concept about color and luminosity and composition. So no matter how well you learn how to use the tools, if you don't have the theory and concept, you end up using the tools incorrectly. This is why we struggle on achieving the strongly desired " Professional Look " we all want from our pictures. I really like and recommend this course because Kasia ( the instructor ) always focuses very heavily on the theory and concepts of photography. You will learn profound meaning of many things and learn how to achieve results by helping you develop your artistic side, rather than your dexterity with the tools. Kasia, I hope that you continue making courses this way and keep focusing on what I've just told you. Must instructors keep teaching us " How to use the tools " ... But what we really need to know is " Why " do we need to use the tools. If you need more detailed student feedback, just send me a message and I will happily tell you more about what is it exactly what we need and what we're looking for. Thank you all for reading and thank you Kasia for this great course." Sandro Cabrera

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"I enjoyed both learning and participating in this course and do intend to apply the knowledge gained to my own photographs. The course instructor is very knowledgeable and concise with her teaching and guidance." Ian Walker

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"I am a fan of the instructor. She is a great teacher." Theodore Mitchell

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"Detailed and informative." Elizabeth Adels 

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"Excellent, learned a lot!" Matija Galina

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"The course is very good. Especially for someone like me who is working in the field without prior knowledge of colour and without doing any course on colour." Larhubarbe Denis

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"very helpful. thank you." Naziullah Kamal

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"I just want to say, very very very useful thanks." Wilson Andres Oquendo

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"Kasia explains things so clearly and logically." Bryan Timmons

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"Excellent explanations of the complex concepts of color and the techniques to achieve outstanding color (HSL) effects through the use of layer masks and the appropriate PS tools. I would find a way to highlight the brush tool outline and the pointer, perhaps by making them a different color than they are in PS, so that we can see where you are with the brush and the pointer at all times. In addition, sometimes the flow values were not discussed or visible. Learned a great deal. I will take you other courses after I work on these images and then some of my own. Great job. Thanks, Larry." Larry Perfetti

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"Aborda os princípios básicos da cor, de forma clara e objetiva. Recomendado, para quem nunca viu sobre o assunto, mas já utiliza as ferramentas do Photoshop." Leonardo Teixeira Marinho

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"Super!! Very serious course. Good value for my money. Kasia Zmokla and Diana Kot are the two Queen Tutors of Udemy." Ronna Shoham

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"Sehr gut und interessant aufgebaut die Sprecherin hat zwar einen leichten Akzent, aber trotzdem kann man sie sehr gut verstehen." Maximilian Andre

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"Sehr gut und interessant aufgebaut die Sprecherin hat zwar einen leichten Akzent, aber trotzdem kann man sie sehr gut verstehen." Maximilian Andre

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"5 star" Supratim Bhattacharya

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"Its Very good for graphic designer thanks a lot trainer" Md Anowar Zahid

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"Clear explanations easy to understand" Marco Fontana

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  • Kasia Zmokla

    Instructor Bio:

    Kasia is a fine art photographer, designer and video creator with 20 years experience working in the Graphic Design industry. She worked full time for design studios in Poland, Ireland and Malta and independently as an artist, photographer and freelance designer for numerous clients around the world. Her work is displayed internationally including the Asia Contemporary Art Gallery in Singapore. Kasia is a founder of Digital Art Classes where she makes complex concepts easy to grasp. She is also an active contributor to several photo stock agencies including Alamy and Stockimo. Born in Poland. She received her formal training at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 2003.

    Kasia Zmokla

    Photographer & Educator

    Kasia Zmokla

Course curriculum

  • 01
    1. Introduction to the Course
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  • 02
    2. The Power of Color
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  • 03
    3. Color and Its Impact on Photographic Composition
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  • 04
    4. RAW Conversion for Color Grade
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    • RAW Evaluation
    • White Balance Adjustments
    • Exposure Correction
    • Removing Fringing
    • Noise Reduction
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    5. Hands-on Color Grading Exercise - Complete 1st Edit
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    • Color Grade Quick Intro FREE PREVIEW
    • Quick Cleanup with the Spot Healing Brush Tool
    • Setting the Stage for Dodge and Burn
    • Adding Depth to the Image with the Dodge & Burn Method
    • Selective Sharpening
    • Luminosity Adjustments
    • Targeted Color Adjustments with the Hue & Saturation Tool
    • Targeted Color Adjustments with the Selective Color Tool
    • Enhancing the Shadow Range
    • Final Touches
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    6. Hands-on Color Grading Excercise - Complete 2nd Edit
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    • Color Grade Quick Intro
    • Sharpening
    • Luminosity Adjustments
    • Dodge and Burn Preparations
    • Adding Depth to the Image with the Dodge & Burn Method
    • Targeted Luminosity Adjustments
    • Skin Tones Adjustments
    • Enhancing Highlights
    • Final Touches
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    7. Resources
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