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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
In this movie I will show you how to artificially color an image inside of Camera Raw, and as a result we will be able to convert this version of this castle photograph into this high color variation here, which I think comes off as a fairly stunning eye-catching effect. I'll start where I left off in the previous movie, and by the way, if you have access to the sample files and you're working along with me, make sure that you open the version of this image that corresponds to your version of Photoshop. In my case, it's CS6. Now, because I went ahead and saved off the image as a Smart Object, I can double-click on the Smart Object layer here inside the Layers Panel in order to open the image directly inside Camera Raw.
Now, the first thing we want to do is switch over to the HSL/Grayscale Panel and then click on the Luminance tab in order to gain access to these subjective color sliders. And I'm going to increase the Luminance of the Oranges to 50%, and then I'll take the Yellows up to 100% so we have a very bright castle. Then I'll tab my way down to the Blues value and take it down to -85%, which darkens up that sky. This serves as a good jumping off point. Now what I'd like you to do is switch over to the Detail Panel here.
If you zoom in on a portion of the sky just by dragging around it with the Zoom Tool, and also press Ctrl+Alt+0 or Command+Option+0 on the Mac in order to zoom into 100%, notice if I take this Color Noise value down here to 0, we've got a ton of color noise inside this image. Now, this color noise is going to get worse when we artificially color the image, so what I recommended at this point is that you go ahead and crank this Color value up to 100%, and then you take the Color Detail value down to 0, so that we're not maintaining any color detail whatsoever.
Now, normally I wouldn't go with such a radical pair of values here, because you'd end up with your color bleeding into different areas. However, because we'll be artificially coloring the entire image, it really doesn't matter. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on a Mac to zoom back out. The tool that we're going to use to artificially color this image is this guy right there, the Adjustment Brush. Now, you might get away with a graduated filter which is a lot easier to apply, it involves less work, but it's a lot more generalized as well.
I want the castle to come off as being very warm indeed, and I want the sky to be extremely blue, and I don't want the colors to bleed between the sky and the castle. So if that's what you're looking for, then the Adjustment Brush is the tool of choice. Notice that it has a keyboard shortcut of K. All right, I'll go ahead and scroll down this list here, and what you want to do is click on the Plus sign for color in order to establish a warm color and nothing more. Notice that goes ahead and zeroes out all the other values.
Note that I have the Size for my brush set to 10 and the Feather is set to 50, Flow is set to 50, and Density is 100. I also have the Auto Mask check box turned on, which is going to help me significantly. Now what you want to do is start painting inside the castle like so, and it's not at first going to appear like it's making any difference, and that's because we're applying a very subtle change at this point. What we want is to see the mask as we're painting it, that's very important. So turn on the Show Mask check box.
Notice as I paint in here we're getting this wide overlay and it appears that I might be lighting up the sky slightly right there, that is to say the mask is sliding into the sky, which I don't want. But because there's so much white in the sky we're going to have a better time seeing what we're doing if we change the color of the mask. And you do that by clicking on this little White swatch. And I'm going to change the color to Red, and I am going to change the Opacity to 100%, like so. Leave Color Indicates set to Affected Areas and then click OK.
And now we no longer have the ambiguity we had before, we can see exactly which areas we're masking. Now I'm going to drag through this area here, and notice that you want to drag through the areas with that Plus sign in the middle of the cursor. That will mean that every once in a while you jump outside the lines, but otherwise you're not going to paint in the areas that you want to capture. I'll go ahead and paint through this area as well, and this is just a manual painting process, by the way. It takes a fair amount of scrubbing around in order to get it right. If you end up going outside the lines as I just did there and painting in a little bit of sky, then what you want to do is go up to the flyout menu in the upper right corner of this Adjustment Brush Panel and make sure that Separate Eraser Size is turned off, that will give you the best results in this case.
And then you want to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac in order to switch to the Eraser on the fly and then paint away those areas of red in the sky. I'm going to paint this guy back in a little bit. We want to make sure that we're filling in as many gaps as possible. If you end up missing a very bright highlight or a very dark shadow, don't worry about that too much, you can leave those alone, because they're not really going to get infused with much color anyway. So I'll just keep painting my way over here. It's a fairly laborious process, of course.
And I'll paint up this wall of the castle and up into this region. And I don't really need to worry about the flagpole, because it's very bright, it's not going to matter if we infuse it with color or not. This looks actually pretty darn good. You can be as fussy as you want, cover as much area as you like of course. Once you finish, go ahead and turn off the Show Mask check box so you can once again see the image, and then click on this Color Swatch right there in order to bring up the Color Picker dialog box. And by the way, all of these instructions work exactly the same in Camera Raw 6, which ships with Photoshop CS5 or Camera Raw 7, which ships along with Photoshop CS6.
And I'm going to go ahead and reduce the Hue value to 30, and then I'm going to take the Saturation value up to 66 in order to create this effect here. And notice by the way, you're not replacing colors inside the image rather you're infusing this area with color. So in our case the Hue value of 30 degrees equates to Orange, as you can see up here in this color field. And notice even if I were to crank that Saturation value up to 100%, we are still left with all kinds of Hue variations going on inside the castle.
That is too much, however, so I'm going to back it off to 66% as before and then click OK. Now, ideally we'd have the option of inverting our existing mask in order to capture the sky, but that's not something Camera Raw allows us to do. You have to manually paint in another mask. And you do so by selecting this New option right there and then you want to just start painting once again, this time inside the sky. Now, I'm going to go ahead and turn Show Mask back on so we can see what in the world we're doing, and so we can keep track of whether we're painting into the building here, which is going to happen.
You are going to end up painting into the building a little bit. But that's okay, we'll just go back and erase those areas in a moment. I'll paint around the flagpole, and Camera Raw, as you can see, does a good job of not selecting that flagpole, which is a good thing, because I don't want to color it. And then I'll just paint around this figure down here. That's the part that's a little bit difficult to tell if you're not masking, because after all the figure is wearing a red coat. But I'm pretty confident that she's out of the picture here. Now, at this point I do have some bleeds going on into the castle, so I'll Alt-drag over this region here, that would be an Option-drag on the Mac.
I want to Alt-drag or Option-drag down this portion of the castle as well, and then you want to Alt-drag or Option-drag over these shadows in this wall of the castle over here on the right-hand side. Now, we also have some drift over in this far right area, including around this metal mesh, which is housing a light that lights this castle at night. That looks good! Now I'll just go ahead and fill in the rest of the sky and you do that just by scrubbing around with a brush. If you like, you can make your brush bigger by pressing the Right Bracket key a few times.
But I'm just going to stick with my current brush here and paint up like so into this region as well. Now it looks like I've missed a little sky right there, but if I paint it in, then I end up getting a little bit of the castle, and if I Alt-drag up the castle, that looks like I've got what I want. Now I'll turn off the Show Mask check box so I can better see what I'm doing. That's not the color I want, so I'll go ahead and click on this Color Swatch and I'll dial in a Hue value of 240, which is blue, by the way. That gives us way too much blue, as you can see right here, so I'll take the Saturation value down to 25% and then I'll click OK.
Now, I want the sky to appear a little more dramatic, so I'm going to increase the Contrast value to 100%. You'll have to scroll up to that value to find it, and then I'll also increase the Clarity value to 100% as well. These are the same values that you'll work with inside of Camera Raw 6, even though the order of the options is a little different. Now I'll just go ahead and click OK in order to accept that final effect. You may have to wait a few moments for Photoshop to apply your changes.
Now I'll go ahead and zoom in slightly on the image here and I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to switch to the Full Screen Mode. And that's how you take a standard development of a photograph and transform it into a high saturation, artificially-colored variation inside Camera Raw.
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