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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
With this photograph, I want to take a look at how we can correct this distortion, or how we can combine lens corrections with Photoshop in order to come up with the best results. Now, this particular image was captured with a fisheye lens, so there is quite a bit of an exaggerated distortion here. I kind of like that on this side of the image. I like this steep line here of the surfer dropping into this wave. But let's say that what I want to do is a level out the horizon over here. Now, keep in mind that I'm going to be showing you this technique with a really super wide-angle fisheye lens, yet this technique will work in less dramatic situations, as well.
Well, for starters, I'm going to create a virtual copy of this image. To do so, I'll press Command+Apostrophe on the Mac, Ctrl+Apostrophe on Windows. There, we can see the virtual copy. Then to the copy, I'm going to enable my Profile Corrections. In this case, it's picking up my camera make and also the lens, this 15 millimeter fisheye. Now here, I may want to change to the distortion to a little bit one way or another. Now, let's say that I want a bit of a bend here, but nothing quite so dramatic as I had before.
So, I'll modify that to one point here, so that we have our before and then now our after. Well, how could I combine these two images together? What you can do is hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and then click on both images to select those two. Next, right-click or Ctrl+Click and choose Edit In, and then choose Open as layers in Photoshop. And here, you can see it's open up these images in Photoshop, and we have each of these different photographs on a different layer.
If we turn off the eye icon of one of these layers, you can see that we have the two versions of this image. Now in this case, I like the horizon over here, but I don't like the surfer, or the waves over here. So, what we can do is we can go ahead, and let's reorder these layers. We'll put this one underneath for now, and will turn on the visibility of both. Then I'm going to click in this top layer. I'll go ahead and name this one flat, just for the more flat horizon there. Next, I'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon, and then I'll go to my Mask panel and click on Invert.
This will then create a mask filled with black, concealing all of the lens correction that was made in the Lightroom. Next step, I'll grab my Brush tool, and here with the Brush tool what I'm going to do is try to find a way to bring these images together. So here, I'll make my brush bigger by tapping the Right Bracket key, and then I'm going to go ahead and simply paint with white. I'm going to paint with white down in the lower portion of the image. You can see that what we're doing here is we're trying to find a spot to kind of disguise this a little bit here.
It's going to be tricky. You're going to need to go back and forth until you get it just right, painting with black, painting with white until you have little bit of a better horizon there. In this case, all that we're doing is bringing in one portion of the image here, one that has a little bit of a different perspective. So, what this does for us is it gives us the ability to make some lens corrections, and then to mask those lens corrections into particular areas of our photograph. And once again, keep in mind that I'm showing this with a fisheye lens.
You could choose it with other lens, as well. You may discover that there will be a particular area of a photograph, perhaps a person's ear, or their nose, or a leg, or whatever it is that you need to correct. You can then use this technique to make the correction and then to combine two different images together in order to come up with the best results.
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