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Bryan O'Neil Hughes is a photographer, a car buff, and the senior product manager for Photoshop. In Photo Workshop: Portrait of an Exotic Car, these passions combine at a workshop hosted by lynda.com and Adobe Systems.
In the first portion of the course, Bryan photographs a carefully lit Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and shares tips for photographing cars. He shows how to evaluate the lines of the vehicle and compose shots for the greatest dramatic effect. Along the way, he employs a variety of lenses and shooting techniques, from macro to high dynamic range.
Next, Bryan guides the workshop's attendees through his Lightroom and Photoshop workflow. He shares insider tips on how to take advantage of the features in Photoshop CS6, such as the revamped Crop tool, the Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift filters, the Content-Aware Move tool, and video editing tools.
So a couple of--I do a whole series of talks. I did on CS5 called Hidden Gems and the idea is things that people didn't know about. Now you guys don't know about CS6. So it's all hidden gems to you. But in that you're photographers, I want to show you a couple things that are--well, they were surprises to me after having used it for a few months. There's a new adjustment layer in here called Color Lookup. Now this was designed to freak you out, because it says Load 3D and all this crazy stuff.
There will be folks at lynda that explore exactly what can be done with this. But it can also be used to get some really cool looks quickly and easily. So there's a Film Stock one that I've played around with that's really cool. These are all just different--all different looks that can quickly and easily be applied. They're adjustment layers, so what you can do is you could take Film Stock, and then you could come over here, and you could change it to Overlay, and you could back down the opacity.
So just to take an idea. You can start getting some really interesting looks. Adjustment layers are insanely powerful, and this Color Lookup one has got some really cool presets in there. So check that out. I think you will like that one. The other one that's worth looking at is in the Gradient Map. There's a whole bunch of these. If you load the photo presets, these are remarkable. They're really--I mean look at that! I didn't do--that was a color image and just threw this Gradient Map Platinum effect on it, and that looks better than the black and white I did before.
You can just cruise through these and look at all of these different ones. These are really cool. We licensed these from someone who spent a lot of time building these out, and they're just a bunch of presets that are in here and they look great. For those of you who like black and white, I did two books on black and white using Lightroom and Photoshop. I did CS3 Lightroom 2 book, and a CS3 and Lightroom book and CS4 and Lightroom 2 book on black and white, but there hasn't been a lot change in black and white in either of those, but if you're interested in black and white, you will want to check these out, because you can get some really great monochromatic looks.
I think I like that. That Platinum one, just immediately taking my color image and doing platinum on there, which is really cool. Again, the power of this stuff is when you start applying different Blend modes and whatnot, and then coming in there and masking out the other areas of this. There's a lot of power in that stuff. So you should check those out. So this also falls under sort of image analysis, smarts, magic, and what we want to do is make the whole image black and white, but make her skins stay color.
The idea I'm going to show this is say we're shooting really any pictures of people. People always want to say, how do I just make the people brighter. How do I just make the people have warmer skin tones? How do I just brighten the people on an image? That comes up all the time, and it's pretty cumbersome. So the idea what I'm showing you here isn't to give you a mask that could be used for compositing or lifting something out. But one that's just good enough to take a picture of all of you, and then brighten all of your faces later.
So the way I'll show this is kind of quickly what I'm going to do is I'm going to make it black and white, I'm going to hit Auto, and make it look a little nicer. I am going to come into my Masks and in Color Range I now have a new option which is called Skin Tones, and it knows what the Skin Tones are. It knows all different types of people, and it also knows what faces are. So by cross-referencing with faces, I'll able to build a really good mask there. Now all I have to do is come over here and Invert that, and I have the look that I was after.
I didn't touch any selection tools. I just came in, I said Skin Tones, and I masked it off. It's really, really easy to use. Again, for those of you shooting events or shooting people, this is a really, really great trick. It works really well. The mask doesn't have to be perfect. It's just wants to get the Skin Tones a little bit beyond them.
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