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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Another way that we can use filters is just to come up with perhaps a little but more subtle effects. Like, in this particular portrait of Shawn Stussy. The man behind the global brand, Stussy. Let's say that what I want to do here is add a bit of film grain. So, I will zoom in on the image a little bit and while I like the composition and whatnot here, I want to make this image perhaps a little bit more edgy. So, let's press Command+J or Ctrl+ J to copy that background layer. Let's name this new layer grain. And what we are going to do with this layer is we are going to add some film grain here. We are going to do so by navigating to our Filter pulldown menu and then by choosing Noise and then selecting Add Noise.
Now, once we do this, we can dial in the amount of the noise. We want it to be Gaussian and Monochromatic. That means no color. I am going to add a little bit more noise than is necessary and I'll click OK. Now, one of the nice things that you can do with a layer which has a filter applied to it is you can apply a blend mode. For example, let's apply Soft Light blend mode. Now when I do that, all of a sudden what looked kind of overly uniform and boring and uninteresting, becomes really intriguing.
Because with that Soft Light blend mode is doing is its blending that filter into the image and adding contrast. It's kind of tone mapping that grain across the image. Again, let's take a look at the before and after. Here's, without the blend mode. Uninteresting. Here it is with that blend mode, really interesting. A lot of times here what we are going to need to do is lower Opacity just find the sweet spot. But with this particular image, I kind of like it. This is a little bit too normal. This feels a little bit more vintage, a little bit more edgy, a little bit more in your face.
I think it kind of fits this particular portrait and makes this image even stronger.
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