Photoshop Tips and Tricks with a Difference from Kevin Kubota
As I write this, I have literally just finished watching the first 2h 45min of “How to Photoshop Everyone” by Kevin Kubota and thought it best to write this review whilst it is still fresh in my mind.
Who is Kevin Kubota?
Kevin has been described by American Photo magazine as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world…quite an accolade! When you see his work, his business and his dedication to creating some of the finest imaging tools available, you start to realise this is quite justified.
His company, Kubota Image Tools, is based in Bend, Oregon but his business is world-wide through his websites. I have been using his Photoshop Actions since around 2005 and swear by them for much of my workflow. Not only does he shoot weddings (although now retired I believe), portraits and commercial work, he also teaches photography and digital imaging and creates some excellent products designed to help up and coming, as well as established professional photographers enhance their work and business.
How to Photoshop Everyone is no different but at the same time, so very different!
Rather than create the same old style of tutorial video, Kevin has incorporated his training into a fun, action packed story-line that sees him styled as a chef, wanderer, recluse and other characters.
To be honest, it took me about 10 minutes to get used to this style of training but very soon I was engrossed in the story whilst being taught some very useful things about Photoshop. Some of these tutorials are based around Photoshop CS5 so it may be worthwhile either upgrading or downloading the trial version prior to watching this.
Saying that though, most of the things Kevin teaches are relevant to most versions of Photoshop as you will see below.
So, what do you learn?
This DVD will take you through an entire workflow in Photoshop that is relevant to all types of photographer whether you shoot weddings, portraits, commercial or stock…it’s good for all.
- Work Flow
- Using Layers
- Layer Masks
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Removing Blemishes
- How to Automate
- Recording Actions
- Using Actions
- Adding the Art
- How to Work Faster
- …and much more…
It is all taught in a way that is easy to follow with screen recordings at important sections which also show the before and after of each image worked on.
If you don’t want all the hullabaloo of the “movie” version, there is a second DVD included which is pure Kevin and the tutorials totalling over 5 hours of training in this set. I recommend watching the “movie” version first and then using the straight tutorials as a refresher DVD.
All in all this DVD is great for beginner or intermediate photographers and Photoshoppers and I think you will learn a lot in an easy-to-understand way. Just ask yourself how long it would take to learn all this yourself or even to research it all online.
How to Photoshop Everyone has it all in one “fun to watch” place!