Key Workflow Essentials

When retouching an image, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by Photoshop’s extensive interface, but there are a few useful tools that can really speed up your workflow and make your whole use of Photoshop a lot better.

These include making actions, understanding curves and automating your workflow, all of which Karl explains and demonstrates in detail in this photography class.

At the end of this class you’ll be able to quickly and efficiently edit multiple images using these procedures, saving you time and increasing your productivity.

In this Photoshop class we cover the following:

  • Photoshop tutorial: How to quickly edit multiple photos in Photoshop
  • Reading and understanding histograms
  • Using curves for color adjustments
  • Sharpening tool: Using the Unsharp Mask
  • Adding text to an image in Photoshop
  • How to apply effects to text in Photoshop
  • Actions: How to create actions to speed up your workflow
  • Using automated scripts in Photoshop

If you have any questions about this course please post them in the comments section below ?


  1. hi, I have 2 question please,

    usually I export my images for website by “saving them for web” option…can I do the same thing with “script” and “image processor” ? and how?

    for “Packshots” with same background color and for different background colors images, is there a way to process all the images at the same time for “cropping, color & white balance, resizing, exporting for web, etc.”


    1. Hi Peter.
      1. Yes – that’s covered in the Photoshop for Photographers class and I believe in one of the individual class sections.
      2. Yes by writing your own ‘Action’ this is covered in the Photoshop individual class sections too.

      1. thanks for your reply…yes sure I saw the video for creating Actions and was easy to do it …just i’m bit confused, because for example If I have several different products packshots and they’re all different in background and product’s colors, how the PS will be able to adjust the colors, white balance and the other parameters in order for all the images to be accurate for each image ? can that be done accurately ?

        thanks 🙂

        1. Hi Peter, no that can’t be done easily unfortunately. Actions are most useful when the task required is very specific, similar and repeatable.

  2. Yet another great and well explained course. Particularly liked the creating actions bit, will save loads of time on repetitive PS tasks.

  3. Excellent course – thank you Karl. One basic question; Can you recommend an ideal monitor brightness setting for processing and retouching?

    1. Hi John, on my Eizo I set it to 120 cd/m2 which is higher than recommended, or I should say it is the limit of what is recommended, but I find it works for me in terms of exploring shadow detail and retaining highlight detail. It will of course depend on the monitor, some monitors only have a percentage 1-100% and they never seem to match even on the same type of monitor so I’m afraid that’s difficult to gauge. One test would be to photograph a colour checker card and look at the histogram and check it looks correct and then bring that picture up on screen and adjust the brightness until you are happy it looks real.

  4. Great and useful information! Especially the scripts and the actions can really help speed up workflow. Thanks for all the tips and tricks!

  5. Hi Karl,

    Very nice learning Photoshop from your trainings. The best I have come across so far.

    How to I insert a photologo to my pictures instead of a text?



    1. Hi Jonathan, you would need to create the logo as a PNG file or a layered tiff so that it is just the logo and no background and then you can drag that logo/layer into your new image as a layer and move it and scale it as required. If you have your logo as an Indesign or Adobe Illustrator file then it should be no problem to generate it as just the logo with no background. If you had a graphic designer create the logo for you then just ask them to supply it you in this format.

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