Adobe Camera Raw 8 Video Workshop – 25 New Tutorials on Adobe Camera Raw Image Processing and Workflow

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Welcome to a new video series for artists, designers, and photographers – anyone who wishes to master Camera Raw image processing. This set of 25 all-new video tutorials contains over 4.5 hours of the most comprehensive training available on the Camera Raw 8 Photoshop Plug-In. In this series we cover the raw processing controls from top to bottom. Starting from the ground up, we guide any professional artist, designer or photographer through a complete understanding of each and every control. Then we dive deeper, digging into important details no other videos touch, such as the complex relationships between local and global adjustments, how Smart Objects work, as well as a deep dive on working with RGB files. So even if you are not a photographer, understanding the Camera Raw plug-in and knowing how to use it as a filter will make your image editing much more dynamic.

Watch this online series anytime, day or night, and you will find thousands of tips and techniques that help you master the processing of your digital photos. The complete online series is only $29.95.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out what customers from all over the world have said about the companion Lightroom series, by clicking here. If you’d like to read an impartial review on the tutorials in general, check out what the Imaging Resource Newsletter said, here.

The new video titles for this series are:

Tutorial
Total Running Time
1
The Camera Raw Plug-In Overview 7:50
2
The Camera Raw Workflow 16:26
3
Basic Plug-In Navigation 9:31
4
The White Balance Controls 10:55
5
The Crop Tool 5:03
6
The Basic Tone Controls 18:31
7
The Presence Controls 7:53
8
The Parametric Tone Curve 15:35
9
The Point Curve 6:18
10
The Detail Panel – Noise Reduction 23:48
11
The Detail Panel – Sharpening 9:02
12
The HSL Controls 9:04
13
Grayscale & Split Toning 9:51
14
Lens Corrections – Profiles & Color 17:09
15
Lens Corrections – Upright & Manual 12:30
16
The Effects Controls 9:22
17
The Spot Removal Tool 13:15
18
The Adjustment Brush 17:07
19
Graduated Filters & Radial Filters 9:29
20
The Camera Calibration Controls 10:08
21
Presets & Snapshots 10:48
22
Working With Multiple Images 8:45
23
Working With Smart Objects    (Check out the free sample movie, here.) 17:19
24
Working With RGB Images 15:33
25
Camera Raw Preferences & Defaults 9:51
 
Total 4:51:12

The full set of chapter markers can be found here.

Online access to this entire series is only $29.95. Please read the instructions below, and then click the Buy Now button to purchase. (You can use credit cards on Paypal, too… having a Paypal account is NOT required.)

IMPORTANT! In order to receive your login instructions, you must find and click the “Return to Merchant” link on the Paypal confirmation page! If you somehow do not get to the confirmation page, e-mail me (georgej@gmail.com), and I’ll be happy to send you the link.

(Note that if you purchase using Paypal, you are not purchasing a DVD! This is online access + download links. DVD’s will be available on Amazon in a few days.)

An internet connection is required to download or view the tutorials. The online versions will probably not stream very well over a 3G or 4G mobile device connection. Download links for both desktop or iPad versions of the video files are included in your confirmation e-mail after purchase.

The Flash plug-in or an HTML5-compatible browser is required to view the online version of these tutorials on a desktop or laptop computer. The videos will probably play fine in your browser just as it is, but if you need a Flash plug-in update, you can download the latest version for free, here.

Finally, minimum screen resolution for viewing these tutorials is 1280 x 960 (unless you’re on an iPhone! :-).

If you would like to purchase the DVD from Amazon.com, click here.

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Thanks! And enjoy the tutorials!

{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob Young July 27, 2011 at 4:18 AM

Hi George, Working my way through the ACR tutorials. It’s excellent information and very well presented. I am learning a lot about how the tools work together. The HSL Grayscale tutorial was very helpful. Thanks very much. I am looking forward to seeing what you do next.

Lynn Human August 1, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Hi George, Thank you so so much for these wonderful Camera Raw Tutorials. I’m only on number 7 and already upgrading to cs5 and inspired to get out and take pictures. Your method of teaching makes it so much fun and so easy to learn what is usually a rather dry read. A great group of Tutorials for a ridiculously inexpensive cost once you see the quality of tuition. Thanks again Lynn

Stan August 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Most enlightening – I don’t have Lightroom with all the bells and whistles; I work in Photoshop Elements, but the principles are good anywhere and I will look at the tools I have in the light of the B&W conversion tutorial. Many thanks for making it free!

Jim Lenz October 29, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I am amazed at how useful and informative all of George’s videos are. I have them all and this is another one that I will watch multiple times. Thanks.

Peter Bruckshaw December 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Dear George, I’m very pleased with your camera raw tutorial. I am working with cs3 and raw 4.6 as opposed to your raw 6.3. I suppose when I get to the adjustments they are the same. I came across your tutorial by searching Goole for “camera raw tutorials” Regards Peter

George December 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Good to hear, Peter!

I think you’ll find that many of the controls are similar. The giant, notable exceptions are in the Detail panel, in the Lens Corrections panel, and in the general 2003 raw processing itself. In later versions of ACR, a new raw processing version (2010) was introduced, and it is a vast improvement over the original process. When shooting raw, that feature alone would probably make the upgrade to CS5 worth the money. (In fact…. at some point, it’s possible that upgrading from CS3 to a newer version will become much more expensive and restrictive…. so IMHO, perhaps better to upgrade now, while you can….)

So, when you get to the tutorials on Detail and Lens Correction, you may just want to skip past them, until you upgrade. Other than that, you should have more or less the same controls.

G.

Steven February 11, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Very thorough and clear tutorial, happy that I found it, really good video, thank you.

John March 1, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Great set of tutorials. I watched all of your podcasts on Lightroom and was quite disappointed when you stopped producing them. But having experienced your presentation style and knowledge of the software, I knew this series would be great too. Thanks.

George Ingram April 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I’ve looked at three tutorials so far and I find them very enlightening! I’ve been using Photoshop for a few years – all self-taught (self-fumbling), so your instructions and tips are going to save me lots of time and get me to do a lot better job. Much appreciated!

Len May 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Getting a 27 inch imac. Would a fusion drive make a different with Lightroom 4 and CS6 extended? Plus how fast a processor do I need. Would appreciate your opinion. Thank you.

P.S. Have purchase several of your videos and will in the future.

George May 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Hi Len,

First, I would read these:

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/optimize-performance-photoshop-cs4-cs5.html

https://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2011/05/how-to-tune-photoshop-cs5-for-peak-performance.html

Now…. for my personal opinion, I would say yes, an SSD as your boot + application drive will definitely make things faster. Finally, from my POV, the difference between the base-line iMac, and upgrading to the fastest processor available is usually only a couple of hundred dollars, and well worth the upgrade. So I would go for it.

I hope that helps! George

Dave Shogren December 10, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I was recently taking a LR course in MPLS and the instructor recommended your videos. I am a PS CC user….will you be generating a DVD to cover the new CC PShop. Thanks

George December 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Hi Dave,

I’m just putting the finishing touches on a new Camera Raw 8 series that will be out soon. It does cover the raw workflow, Smart Objects, and ARC as a filter, but it’s really about ACR…. not specifically Photoshop CC.

Hope that helps! George

Paul Beiser December 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Hey George, Just started into the CR8 tutorials – excellent as always. While I rarely use CR, it’s great to work my way through these and I always learn something new about bringing out the best in my images, and take some of these techniques back into Lightroom. Look forward to the later sections on CR as a filter. It was great buying this as an Xmas gift for myself :-) All the best, Paul

George December 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Thanks, Paul! Good to hear you’re getting a lot out of the videos.

Jack Pohler December 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Hi George,

I recently purchased the ACR set of videos. I use Lightroom and also have the LR videos. I thought that maybe this set might be redundant, but was very happy that the material was new. I think that I have all of your available sets and thought that now would be a good time to offer my response. The video format works much better for me than printed material. I learn much better from seeing than I do from reading. Your series are complete. I purchased books because they were generally more detailed. Being able to get the broad presentation as well as the details that I want in a video format is a big plus for me. Finally, I think that you’re a master of contrast. (Sounds like an honorary degree) I think that the things I learned from you regarding contrast, have done more to improve my post-processing skills than anything else I’ve previously encountered. Thanks for all your efforts. They’ve done much to make my photography more enjoyable and successful. I’m not sure what’s coming next, but I’m already looking forward to it.

Joel Schilling January 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I have been using Camera Raw for several years. George’s tutorial have increased my knowledge and given me more insight to all the tools. I highly recommend the videos to new and old users of ACR.

Joel

Jack Martin February 10, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Been using Lr4 and CS5 and just upgrade to Photoshop CC and Lr5. Still didn’t know what I was doing. Then I watched the ACR tutorials and things started to click. Very well explained and should help my post processing tremendously.

ron fucci February 25, 2014 at 6:10 AM

I have the LR 5 video series and it’s terrific. I see a prior comment in the blog comparing the new ACR videos to LR – although I can’t tell if this comparison was to LR4 or LR5 of your series. Is there a significant difference between the LR5 and ACR 8 series? Thanks

Ron

George February 25, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Hi Ron,

There is a significant difference in the workflows, which are detailed in videos 1, 2, 3, and in 21 through 25. But many of the demonstrations of the actual processing controls are shared between the two series, because the controls are identical.

George

Rosemarie Weir February 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Is the sample movie having a lot of traffic ? I have tried a couple of times today and it will not load. Of course it could be just my connection which doesn’t cooperate with videos but usually loading happens and the playback is painful

George February 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Sorry if the mulita server is running a bit slow today, Rosemarie!

Here’s an alternate link that should be a lot faster:

http://topdownvideos.com/training/sample-acr8/

When you purchase, I always give you links to both servers, in case one is backed up.

Hope this helps! George

LPowell April 8, 2014 at 2:44 AM

Are there now two different versions of Adobe Camera Raw 8 Video Workshop, the original for CS5-6 and a new version for CC? The reason I ask is that I’m using CS5.5 with ACR 6.7. If you still offer both versions, I’d be interested in the older version that features Process 2010.

George April 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Sure! If you purchase the new series, I’ll also give you access to the older series if you wish. It’s still available online, but not really for sale any longer.

George

Pete Bullmore November 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

George, Glad to have found your excellent ACR tutorial!! Your in-depth coverage is really helpful and a joy to work through! I HIGHLY recommend it for beginners and even semi-adept users.

Joyce Cruzat December 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I am a hobbyist photographer, who tried to learn Photoshop, but has now decided to work with Elements 13 because of its updated and improved functions. I am interested in learning Camera Raw 8 because it is now a part of the Elements 13 workflow. In the previous write-up it specifically says that your training does not include its use with PSE 13. Since PSE 13 is now a more robust “little Photoshop” will you ever include it in your ACR training? I intend to purchase your ACR training anyway just to be able to use it more efficiently as a plug-in for my PSE 13 editing.

George December 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Its a good idea Joyce, I’ll look into it!

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