Day 136, Thursday

Today I will be working on InDesign. I am on Chapter 1 and merging into Chapter 2. I’m learning about working with PDFs, mostly how to print and create them. We first talked about how to save documents. We talked about where it was, which was under ‘Save As’. We talked about the format settings. He explained how the bottom one helped with saving back to an earlier version of the template:

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Also when you press ‘w’, you can see what the project looks like, or Preview mode:

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It hides content that is not on the pages and only shows what’s on the page. It is how it will look when you get ready to print it or share it. We went over where the print was. Under File. But when you pull it up, it looks different than normal:

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It has the normal things like the amount of pages you can print and the printing options. But there are other options like the list on the side that is different:

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Setups can be about paper size and how it’s positioned. Output is how it looks. Graphics are pretty much explained by the title. Color Management has things like Color Handling. And there is a summary about the options and about the printing. There is also a preview setting:

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It can change on what you put:

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We talked about export and went over different export things. It’s located under File. I moved into Chapter 2, which is about creating documents. To create a document you click on ‘New’ or go into ‘File’:

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When you pull it up, you get settings:

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You can determine the paper size and how many columns there are. You also do print or web. You can choose a custom or letter type of paper. You can also choose Facing Pages, which puts the print on both sides. Or Primary Text Frame, which I never understood and we’ll go over it later on anyways. All I know is that it is used for books mostly. There were a lot of changes in the settings and his looked different than mine, like some settings were missing from the settings. After that you can hit ‘OK’ to put it out:

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I learned that Margins kind of separated the paper from the looks of it. The settings in the New Document can control how big/small or tall/short the margin can be. After that lesson, we went onto talk about Ruler Guides. You can drag the ruler down to the page (represented by the blue lines):

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Sometimes called the Spread Guide, since it spreads across the page. You can also drag it from the side to make it become vertical:

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If you want to change the value of the measurements, you can go into the settings and change it again. It’s in Preferences and under ‘Units and Measurements’:

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It can help with finding if things are place in the right area and if they line up. We also went over different zooming styles. There is also a thing called Snap to Guides, which put the frames to line up with guides you set up. It’s located under ‘View’ and under Grid and Guides: Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 2.45.17 PM.png

We moved onto adding text frames. You can do that by using the Type tool, which is the one with the giant T on it. Then you can just click and drag it to create a text box:

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Day 135, Wednesday

Today I will be working on InDesign on I’m still on Chapter 1 and learning the basics is what I’m doing. I started learning about Graphics. We learned about how to put in some graphics. Like an Illustrator file. I hit File and Place when I had no objects selected. I could click what I wanted and then drag it out to what size I wanted:

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Sometimes you can place it into a spot:

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I put it into the little slot but it was too big. I had to click and drag to make the image fit in the space:

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I learned that when you put in a picture it links it. We talked about where to find the links that you used. It is located on the right hand side of the screen:

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We started going over the Selection Tool, which can help move things around. He likes to call it the Black Arrow Tool. I learned that when you drag and certain green lines appear you see things called Smart Guides. Smart Guides help line up certain things to make them look more proper. I also learned about these things:

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It’s called the Content Grabber and helps move the picture. It can move the picture to different sizes but it does not change the frame size:

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Also, if you double click on the picture it will change to the picture frame not the actually frame:

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It can help move the picture but not the image. Next, we started talking Text Wrap and how it can fix the text behind the picture. This can reshape how the way it moves around the text and how close it can get. It is located under ‘Window’ as ‘Text Wrap’. It looks like this when you pull it up:

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Going to the picture that was not fitting in it’s frame. To fix that you can also Go to ‘Object’ and into ‘Fitting’. In ‘Fitting’, there is something called ‘Fit Content Proportionally’. It’s a quicker way of fitting it into the frame that it had been put into.

In Career Center, we went over more Soft Skills. We went over how to act like an Involver and how to handle work situations correctly, instead of how most people react to it in the real world.


Day 134, Tuesday

Today I moved all of the pictures from the camera to Lightroom. And now I’m searching for a course on I’m going to try to work with Adobe InDesign. I already like the guy’s voice. I had to take a small quiz about InDesign and how much I already knew, which is basically nothing:

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I started on how to open exercise files in this and how sometimes it will want to update or sometimes some will be lost. We went into the InDesign Preferences to change the colors of the background. I went through InDesign and Preferences and into Interface:

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I moved into Chapter 1, which is about leaning the basic controls basically. I didn’t mean to out basic twice but it happened. We talked about the Starting Work Space, which kind of the files laid out for you. There’s not much here right now:

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We went over how to create a new file in here, which is the New button:

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Once you click on that, it’ll pull up a thing like Photoshop and how the measurements come up and other settings like that. I don’t really know how to describe it:

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Once you put in all of your setting, you’ll see what you are working with. When I put it in, I saw this pop up:

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We went on about Templates and how he had a template ready. So I opened that one up. I already like how this looks already:

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We talked about the Type tool and how it works. It is over on the left hand side, labeled as the T:

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To make a text box, you can click and drag how big/small you wanted it and it’ll put that in place. We talked about how you can type text in there or place some text in there. I went in the File and into Place. After that you can place any text that you in the folder you want. After that, hit okay and it will place it for you:

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Sometimes there are moments where the text is not the right size and this where the top panel comes into place. It contains the Font and the Size:

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So the tiny text I have can become bigger and easier to read:

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After that, we talked about Color Swatches of the template. It actually took me a bit to find it.:

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I clicked on Paper or White. Apparently InDesign likes to call it Paper. We moved onto Fonts, which is next to the size. I clicked on the Font and typed in the font the man wanted but I did not have it but I now know where the Font is. He also told us where the Zoom tool is:

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You can click and drag to zoom in.


Day 133, Monday

Today I will be working on some pictures I took over the weekend. I put them into a folder and started to put them into Lightroom:

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There was an experiment that I wanted to try with some pictures. In some pictures, the pictures would be completely black so I kept them just to see if I could do anything with them. So for these I used the Tone options and I saw the pictures but they would need some work. Here are the rescued pictures. In these there is much work to be done (yes I take a lot of pictures of my cats):

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I started working on this:

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I started working with the Tones to lighten up the picture. I started wit the Exposure and Contrast, which helped significantly. After that I used the Highlights and Shadows. After that I saw the difference:

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Next, I messed with the Hues and I accidentally made my dog different colors:

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I tried to see if there was something the Guided Upright could do. The change was minimal:

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I moved onto this picture:

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I used the Tones again. This time the Shadows and Whites were the biggest changes:

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I used the HSL options and used the Saturation to take away the red in his eyes:

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I changed pictures:

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I used the HSL to bring a lot of color into the picture by using the Saturation and Luminance:

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Next, I tried this picture:

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I tried to make only the flowers have color but it didn’t really work in Lightroom. So I put it in Photoshop and pulled out the brush. I clicked on the black and white and inverted it so I could brush on the effect:

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I work with this picture and how bad the light in this was so I worked on it and used the HSL:

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Day 133, Friday

Today I will be working on my own pictures from a long long time ago. I started with this picture:

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So I wanted to work in Photoshop and so I moved it over there. I cropped it into a smaller picture so the wide open background wasn’t so noticeable:

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I used the Spot Healing Brush on it on some minimal things:

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I, then, went back into Lightroom and worked on the colors of the picture. I choose to work with Temperatures and Vibrance. This gave the water and blue look to it:


But I didn’t like the yellow tint of the grass. So I went into the Saturation and fixed that:

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I used the Guided Upright to straighten it out. It was showing white and so I cropped it:

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I worked with the Basic settings and the HSL settings to try and get a different look from the dreary and dark to just slightly better:

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I started working with this picture:

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I cropped it and started working with the colors with Vibrance and HSL. I, then, moved it into Photoshop. I started working with the Spot Removal Brush to work with some minimal things:

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After that I looked at it for a bit and worked with the colors:

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I started with this one:

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I used the Guided Upright and made the boards seemed lined up:

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I just moved onto this picture:

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I moved into the Basic settings (mostly Temperature) and brightness. For the Temperature, I used more towards the Yellow and Purples to create this different color. Mostly because I don’t really use Purple and Yellow together:

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After this, I started messing with the Hue and Saturation settings in this picture. I got more pink tint:

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Day 131, Thursday

Today I will be working on Lightroom even though I’m almost done with it. I’m on Chapter 19, which is a longer Chapters than the others but normal sized and Chapter 20, which is smaller. Chapter 19 is about Slideshows and how to make them. To get to the place to make Slideshows, you go over to the Slideshow Module:

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When you get to the place, this pops up (I’m struggling to control WordPress right now, it’s doing some weird stuff with galleries and my pictures):

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There are many things on the side that I can through:

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In the Options, you can change Stroke size from Small to Big. And you can also create Shadows:

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In the Layout panel, it changes how the size and form of the pictures look? I worked with it and realized that the picture would become smaller:

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The first part of Overlays is about the Identity plate, which used my name and freaked me out. You can scale it and make its opacity different:

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There are other things like Stars (ratings), Text Overlays, Shadows, which I’m assuming is for the text:

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In Backdrop, which is the background settings, you can mess with the colors and and angles that the lights come in. It’s kind of hard to explain but once you control it you kind of click and know what and how it works:

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Titles is what is in the beginning and the end of the video, mostly credits or other things you want to state:

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Music is where you can insert music into your slideshow:

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Playback is how you want it to play. Automatic and Manual. There is also Slide Length and Crossfades. If you have music in the slideshow, there is an Audio Balance. There is also Pan and Zoom. There are options to play on repeat and to randomize the pictures:

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When you get done you click ‘Create Save Slideshow’:

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I summed up Chapter 19 in the panel descriptions. I moved onto Chapter 20, which is about printing. Print is in the line:

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Here’s what panels I’m gonna learn about (probably closely related to the others):

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The Layout Styles are like the others but the settings change for each one. Yet, I will stay with the single image:

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The Image Settings are how you want to position the picture in the paper:

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In the Layout, it moves the picture and how big or small you want it:

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There are guides to help you:

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The Page section is like a Title page where the names are put:

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There are more Print “advanced” settings. I say advanced because I don’t really mess with it since I have no knowledge with this stuff:

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After you are done with that you can hit this button:

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At the end I took a test over it.

Day 130, Wednesday

Today I will be working on Lightroom courses but I will be leaving for Career Center at 2:15. I’m starting on Chapter 18, which is about Web Galleries. We learned about areas in the Web Gallery settings. We went over Layout Style yesterday, which os the different styles you can have for your web look:

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Today, we are going over the other settings. Like Site Info, which can mess with the titles where can put the author name and URL:

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Color Palette is the color of the Background and Text mostly:

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There is Appearance, which has Row Height, which is kinda how much is on a row:

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There is Image Info, which is kind of like Site Info. Output Settings has stuff like Quality and Copyright:

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Upload Settings is like you would expect how you wanted to Upload it:

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When you are done, you can use the Upload Settings and it will upload the Website. In Career Center, we did soft skills


Day 129, Tuesday

Today, I am working on Lightroom courses. I’m starting on Chapter 17, which is about making a book. I’m pretty sure this is not your normal book. Haha. I started and clicked on the Book area and it started to introduce me:

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We talked about different way of getting it printed like a PDF or Blurb, which I have never heard of:

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He explained how it could be printed by someone or you can print it by yourself by the settings above. The size is the size of the book or pictures:

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The cover describes what covers to can get for the book. Here are the options:

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There were also paper types on it with different types:

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At the bottom there is a price like if you wanted to use Blurb:

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There are different settings when you switch the Book choice, like PDF. There some things that are the same like the Size and Cover settings but things like Quality and Resolution and Sharpening stuff:

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I checked the JPEG setting and it’s the same as the PDF settings. After you are done you can create the book by clicking ‘Create Saved Book’:

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We moved onto an other lesson which is about Auto Layout. It is located under the Book Settings. It shows how it is viewed like having the left one blank and right one have the photo:

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There are others options in the preset too:

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You can also create your own Layout by clicking ‘Edit Auto Layout Preset’. When you click this, a box will pop up and you can create your look:

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When you are done, you can click done and it can create the look:

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We moved onto the next lesson which is about the Page Layout. It was underneath the Auto Layout section:

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When you click on the blank grey square, you can get different layouts for the pages:

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You also have options to Add Pages and Add Blanks so you can put in pictures:

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We, then, moved to the next lesson, which is also the last lesson of the Chapter. It is about the Text and Background settings. Yet, the Text and Type go together:

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Text gives you settings to adjust the text on the pages:

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Type is about the Text style and size. Like you would use in a Word Document:

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Then, in the Background setting, there is Graphics. There is a control that is how much you want on there and there is a place where you can see the effect:

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In the end, you can either send it to Blurb or Export Book to JPEG/PDF:

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We moved onto Chapter 18, which is about sharing your work. This is located at the end of the row:

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As soon as I did click on this, this is what popped up. I did look interesting:

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It creates a Website? I’m slightly confused at what this does. On the side, there are Layout Styles and different styles:

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There are different options like Classic:

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And Track:

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I really like the Square and Track Galleries looks. The others are nice too but not my taste. There is also some other Galleries online but I will not do that today. After it is done, you can click on ‘Create Saved Web Gallery’ much like the Book one:

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After you click that, it looks like the Book one. They are closely related:

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Day 127, Friday

Today I am working on my pictures from last Friday. I started working on this picture:

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I started working on the basics like Tones. Clarity was tuned up as well:

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I started working on the Hue/ Saturation/ Luminance area and gave it some color:

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It really did help the picture with the colors and went from kind of sad to a vibrant scene:

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I started working on this and realized that the picture seemed off balanced so I used the Guided Upright technique:

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After that I can work on the colors of the picture. I used Tones again but I tried Saturation to make the brick color seem more colorful:

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Yet, I wanted to get rid of the plants in the front and use the Spot Removal Brush on it. And maybe also Crop it a bit. I moved the picture into Photoshop. I finished with the Spot Removal Brush:

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And after that I saved it and cropped it:

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I went into some other pictures that I had left and started straightening the pictures using Guided Upright:

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For this picture I used Guided Upright and cropped it:

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In the end, I cropped all three of them:

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I cropped and used the Guided Upright for the others:

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I worked on this picture and used the Guided Upright, it was really out of place. I used the Constrain Crop and it came out like this:

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Yet, it was still off center so I used The Y and X Scales and it came out like this:

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I started in this one and tried to fix the brightness of the picture:

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I used Tone Curve for this one and then Saturation:

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I went back to some picture and continued to work on Guided Upright:

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Yet, for some of them I have to crop them to fix them:

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