Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features
Watching:

Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow


From:

Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow

New to Photoshop CS5 is the ability to choose brushes which have completely different types of tips. Now these different brushes can be used for some real creative purposes, say to turn a photograph into a painting. Yet for photography for the most part, we're going to take advantage of these brushes when we're doing things like masking, or working on retouching, or burning, or dodging. So, let's take a look at how we can actually use these particular brushes in a little bit of a functional way. Well, for starters, I'm going to go ahead and press the B key or click on the Brush tool here in the Tools panel.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 51s
    1. Welcome
      2m 14s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
  2. 17m 14s
    1. Introducing PDF watermarking
      2m 9s
    2. Adding a custom watermark to a PDF
      5m 16s
    3. Using the new Export panel
      4m 45s
    4. Improved batch renaming
      3m 9s
    5. Working between Bridge and Photoshop
      1m 55s
  3. 20m 11s
    1. Getting started with Mini Bridge
      4m 17s
    2. Creating a custom Mini Bridge shortcut
      2m 1s
    3. Working with Bridge and Mini Bridge
      2m 18s
    4. Finding and reviewing photos
      4m 15s
    5. Opening documents
      4m 22s
    6. Customizing the position and display
      2m 58s
  4. 16m 54s
    1. Sharpening enhancements
      5m 1s
    2. Reducing noise
      5m 23s
    3. Using Post-Crop Vignetting
      3m 51s
    4. Adding film grain
      2m 39s
  5. 4m 58s
    1. Selecting and modifying a Photoshop workspace
      1m 52s
    2. Creating a custom workspace
      3m 6s
  6. 6m 48s
    1. Adjusting layer style effects on multiple layers at once
      2m 41s
    2. Modifying multiple layers at once
      2m 34s
    3. Dragging content into Photoshop as a Smart Object
      1m 33s
  7. 20m 56s
    1. Making better selections using Smart Radius
      6m 21s
    2. Removing a model from a background
      10m 12s
    3. Changing the colors of a shirt
      4m 23s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow
      5m 52s
    2. Getting more efficient with brushes
      1m 54s
  9. 10m 17s
    1. Content-aware spot healing
      3m 17s
    2. Replacing backgrounds with Content-Aware Fill
      4m 19s
    3. Cleaning up multiple elements with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 41s
  10. 4m 24s
    1. Cropping and straightening a photograph
      2m 47s
    2. Auto-straightening a photograph
      1m 37s
  11. 12m 27s
    1. Accessing lens correction
      1m 10s
    2. Automatic lens correction
      2m 24s
    3. Working with the custom lens correction controls
      4m 53s
    4. Customizing lens distortion removal
      2m 12s
    5. Panoramic lens correction
      1m 48s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Toning HDR photographs
      5m 21s
    2. Blending HDR toning for a more subtle effect
      4m 34s
    3. Working with HDR Pro
      4m 52s
    4. Getting creative with HDR Pro
      4m 11s
  13. 20m 43s
    1. Working with the Target Adjustment tool
      2m 26s
    2. Working with the new HUD color picker
      5m 8s
    3. Creating a neutral density gradient
      3m 25s
    4. Changing a photograph to black and white using the LAB action
      3m 15s
    5. Launching Photoshop in 32-bit mode
      3m 1s
    6. New printing settings
      3m 28s
  14. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
Please wait...
Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features
2h 45m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Browsing and opening files from Mini Bridge
  • Adding custom watermarks to photos
  • Performing content-aware healing
  • Sharpening, reducing noise, and adding film grain in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Editing styles and effects on multiple layers at once
  • Selecting with a smart radius
  • Applying the HDR Toning adjustment
  • Making lens corrections to adjust for distortion
  • Auto straightening a photograph
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management
Software:
Bridge Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Using the new brushes in a photographic workflow

New to Photoshop CS5 is the ability to choose brushes which have completely different types of tips. Now these different brushes can be used for some real creative purposes, say to turn a photograph into a painting. Yet for photography for the most part, we're going to take advantage of these brushes when we're doing things like masking, or working on retouching, or burning, or dodging. So, let's take a look at how we can actually use these particular brushes in a little bit of a functional way. Well, for starters, I'm going to go ahead and press the B key or click on the Brush tool here in the Tools panel.

Next, I'll go to the Options bar. Here we can see that we have a whole new set of brushes. What we can do is click on one of these brushes, and then click out of this panel. You can see that this is showing me the angle of the brush and giving me a little bit of a preview of how this might look. Well, I can click on this top bar and reposition this, or I can move to an even smaller view if this gets distracting. I can also close this altogether by clicking on the X key. Well, let's make this a little bit bigger. What I want to do is have a few more controls with this brush here.

So, I'm going to go ahead and open up this panel here, which allows me to really dial into my different brush settings. Now as you can see here, there are a number of different types of brushes. As we click though these different brushes, we get a bit of a preview of these down below. We can change these settings in order to control how this brush will actually paint and how it will interact as we make different types of brush strokes. What I'm interested in doing is trying to find a brush that I think might work in regards to burning and dodging with this particular image.

So, I'm going to go ahead and look for a brush that might work, for example, like this Flat Angle Brush. In this case, what I'm going to try to do is reduce the Thickness there a little bit and also change the Angle just a touch. This brush has a nice fluidity to it. Let me show you what I mean. I'll go ahead and click on New layer icon, and simply make a few brush strokes here. Why don't I do this in the background over here, and you can kind of see how this travels there. It has just a nice kind of trail off and a little bit of a natural bend to it. That can work well when we're burning and dodging, because the brush isn't completely uniform or consistent.

Well, let's delete this layer. Now that we know how this brush works, let's say that what we want to do is we want to add a little bit of dimension to this photograph. Let's go ahead and close this panel, and then let's click on the Adjustment layer icon here and choose Curves. Now with Curves, what I'm going to do is go ahead and just darken this up a little bit and then invert my mask. I can do so by going to the Masks panel and clicking on Invert. Next, I'll make my brush smaller by pressing the left bracket key. All that I'm interested in doing is just starting to paint in a little bit of these shadows. Now I'm going to paint in these shadows in a way that's a little bit too dramatic here, but I'm going to do this to kind of exaggerate or show you how you could start to work with this tool in order to perhaps add a little bit of dimension to this photograph.

You can kind of see how I get these really nice, fluid brush strokes here. I'm going to go ahead and just make my way around the image, adding a few of these little brush strokes in a couple of different areas of the photograph, and just looking to try to bring out some of the shadows that are already there. All right. Well, now that I have that, what my next step, of course, is going to be to soften these brush strokes out quite a bit. I can do so by going to the Feather control on my Masks, and here all I'm going to do is simply increase this, so that these brush strokes become just really, really subtle.

Let's look at our before and after. Here is before and then after. All right. Well, that's our burning. What about dodging? We'll click on the Adjustment layer icon, choose Curves. Here we'll go ahead and brighten this up a little bit and also add a touch of Red here and then perhaps a little bit of Magenta and also a little bit of Yellow. So, this is really nice because you can control the tone or the color of how you're actually burning and dodging. In this case, I'm just going to try to find a nice sweet spot for this tone, and then invert my mask. Go to Masks and here choose Invert. All right.

Well, next, we'll go ahead and make sure we're painting with white. This time, all that we want to do is just paint over these highlight areas. We want to try to follow this the way that the light is traveling here. I'm going to go ahead and paint into these areas. As you know, what we're going to do eventually is really blur this out. So, why then use this type of the Brush? What this can do for us is give us from the get-go brush strokes that are a little bit more fluid. They're little bit more following the way light actually works and travels and whatnot. So, again, I'm just going to go ahead and make my way through here, working on highlights and bringing those out just a little bit here.

Next step, go to Feather this out and we'll increase this Feather amount. Now as we do that, that's looking really nice except the color isn't very good. Double-click the Curves Adjustment. Here what I'm going to do is go back to that Red channel, and I'm going to pull out some of that Red. I'm going to the Blue-Yellow channel and bring up some of the Yellow there. It'll make those a little bit more golden in this case. Let's just see if we can have a good, nice, golden point on those. Then, of course, the RGB Composite mode, and then we can brighten them up a bit more.

Here we have our before and then after, adding a bit of dimension to this photograph. Let's take a look at the overall before and after. We can do so by holding on the Option key, then clicking on Eye icon of our Background layer. Here we have before and then after. So, along the way, while we learned a little bit about these brushes, we also learned a nice trick about burning and dodging, which you can use. That is simply using a Curves adjustment and then creating a mask to bring tone into specific areas.

But most importantly, what I'm trying to do here is just show you one of many different ways, how these brushes can actually be relevant to photographers, in particular, how these brushes can help us make adjustments to specific areas of our photographs. All right. Well, let's go ahead and zoom in on this image all the way so we can actually see our before and after a little bit more clearly. Here we have it, the final before and then the after.

There are currently no FAQs about Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features.

Share a link to this course
Please wait... Please wait...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Welcome to the redesigned course page.

We’ve moved some things around, and now you can



Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked

Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.