Ben Willmore a true Photoshop Guru (see his work in our Inspiration section) also writes for several magazines, covering issues such as color correction, production, efficiency, and special effects. Below you will find links to Ben's Photoshop Tips, Magazine Articles, his Archive of Photoshop Tips, some Color Management Resources, a service that provides Help With Problem Images, his latest Photoshop Books, and info about his Training Courses & DVDs. Enjoy!
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Ben's collection of tips and tricks on his website has been renamed “Insight Injections” The tips have also been recategorized as follows:
Copying and Pasting in Photoshop tips
Brushing up on Keyboard Shortcuts
Tips for using CS2 Bridge
Script: Opening RAW files as Smart Objects tips
Ruler and Guide tips
2000-2004 Tip Archive
The following is a listing of all magazine articles that can be accessed in their downloadable PDF form through individual links on the site directory above. Here are all of the magazine article titles, with PDF file size and 1-line subject blurbs:
- 12/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 1.8MB)
Impatient Retouchers Can Cheat.
- 11/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 500K)
Setting Up Photoshop CS2.
- 09/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 112K)
Learning From Histograms.
- 08/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 192K)
Ten Photoshop CS2 Changes.
- 06/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 366K)
Toning Down a Harsh Shadow.
- 05/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 100K)
Digital Photographers’ Frustration Fixer.
- 03/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 92K)
Shows how to work with masks that are attached to adjustment layers.
- 01/05 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 120K)
Shows how to fix the Print Size command.
- 12/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 96K)
How to use the Multiply blending mode.
- 11/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 124K)
Faded Fixes. Uses Adjustment Layers and Blend modes to rescue a wedding photo sent to Ben's Image Ambulance service.
- 10/04 Photoshop User Extraction Feature (7 pages, 1.1MB)
Reviews the plug-ins you can use to remove the background from a complex image as well as showing how to use Photoshop's built-in features.
- 09/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 120K)
Shows how to customize keyboard shortcuts in CS.
- 07/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 56K)
How to think about the workflow you use in Photoshop.
- 06/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 88K)
How to work with Raw files in the File Browser.
- 04/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 76K)
Advantages and disadvantages of JPG and RAW formats for digital cameras.
- 03/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 76K)
Convert channels into layers and pull your image apart into its RGB components.
- 01/04 Photoshop User Photoshop Mastery (1 page, 88K)
New archived tips are as follows and can be accessed in an archived directory listing.
| 05/19/03 - Type Tips
05/12/03 - History Palette Tips
05/05/03 - Layer Tips
04/28/03 - Layer Style Tips
04/21/03 - Color Correction Tips
04/14/03 - Palette Tips
04/02/03 - Retouching Tips
03/24/03 - Photo Tips
03/17/03 - ImageReady Tips II
03/10/03 - Collage Tips
03/03/03 - Adjustment Tips
RGB Working Spaces
If you're not all that comfortable with Color Management, you'll find a 23 page (2.5MB) handbook on the subject. Choose your ultimate output device from a supplied list to see how the default RGB Working Spaces relate to it. If your printer is not listed, you are welcome to send an ICC Profile for it and Ben will consider adding it to the list.
Problem Images - Help Center
This is the place to get help with all your problem images. As Ben says on the page: "I'm looking for images that you might have challenges with. The ones where you haven't been able to find a solution even after looking in a few Photoshop Books. If you're willing to send me the image along with a description of what needs to be done, then I'll take a look at it and then I just might use it in an on-line tutorial, or in a printed magazine or book."
Adobe Photoshop CS Studio Techniques
By Ben Willmore
If you're ready to go from Photoshop competent to Photoshop enlightened, this is the place to turn. In these pages, revered Photoshop instructor Ben Willmore explains the whys behind the how's so that you can unleash Photoshop CS' full creative potential. In a friendly, easy-going style that's long on information and short on techno-babble, Ben explains the concepts, features, and techniques that promise to make a real difference in the way you use Photoshop CS. Complex concepts like curves and channels are made crystal clear, and features new to Photoshop CS - like the very cool PhotoMerge function for creating panoramic composite images, support for nested layers, and more - are covered in the depth they deserve.
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How to Wow : Photoshop for Photography (Wow!)
By Ben Willmore, Jack Davis
If winning over clients means wowing 'em with Photoshop-enhanced photos, this is the book for you! Simple step-by-step instructions equal easy, elegant solutions in this streamlined volume geared exclusively to photographers using Photoshop. Just like your favorite cookbooks - the ones with short, clear-cut instructions and mouth-watering photos of the delectable concoctions - this book identifies challenges, provides simple recipes for overcoming them, and plugs in inspirational photos of the glorious results. The authors provide enough theoretical grounding so readers can use the program effectively but leave out the tech-heavy under-the-hood discussions that represent the core of other Photoshop tomes.
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1 Day Photoshop For Photographers Seminar
In this one-day seminar Ben teaches Photoshop speed tips that will let you perfect any image in record time. Plus, you’ll learn his favorite photo-editing techniques for retouching, restoration, and color correction.
8-Week Online Class
Photoshop expert and instructor Ben Willmore will guide you through a start-to-finish workflow that gives you ultimate control over the entire process and allows you to get the most out of your images. From optimizing tonality and color to precise retouching and photo merging, you'll gain a deep understanding of the marriage between your digital camera and Photoshop.
"If there could ever be a title called 'everything you need to know about color,' this is it!"
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Join Ben Willmore as he provides over 2 hours of training on the theory of color and the many different ways to adjust, change and improve color in an image.
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