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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.
Here, I have an adorable photograph of my youngest daughter Sophia. What I want to do is I want to make this image a little bit more nostalgic. Perhaps a little bit more timeless. So, I want to convert this to black-and-white. Then add a little bit of a tint and perhaps a couple other things as well. Well, what we can do in order to do this is to click on the Black & White adjustment layer icon. Then we can dial in our black and white conversion. We know how this works, right. Click on the Target Adjustment tool. We can click and drag one way or another, controlling the different tones in the photograph.
Well, there is also an option to add tint. If we click on the Tint check box, you notice that there is a color swatch showing me how this image will be tinted. Well, if I click on that, I can open that up, and I can control the intensity of the tint. Here, you can see I'm making it more or less. As I move closer or further away from this gray on this side over here. I can also change the overall color of the tint, and I can choose different types of colors as well. Well, the interesting thing about this is we can find just a really nice subtle tone there.
And this case, gives us this nice muted kind of brown look to the image. We'll click OK. Well, now that I have done this. I have a different type of a black and white conversion, which is really kind of fun to work with. Now, if you ever find that the Tint control is a little bit frustrating or it's hard to find the right color, well, keep in mind that you can always click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation. Then what you can do here is you can swing that hue one way or another, if you want to subtly modify that, perhaps making that a little but more red. You can also change the overall saturation.
So, if you want to pull it out, so it's really subtle, just a little tint in the background. That can be helpful as well. Now, the last thing that I want to do with this image because I'm going for this kind of timeless feel is perhaps add a little bit of film grain. So, I'll click in the Background layer, press Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC, navigate to the Filter pulldown menu and then select Noise. I am going to add some noise here. The kind of noise that we want to add is going to be Gaussian. Monochromatic. That means without color. Then we want to go ahead and lower the Amount here.
I am just going to click and drag this Amount down until I have much smaller amount. All that I am interested in doing is just trying to find a sweet spot for the Amount. So, I'll bring this way down here, something pretty low. That looks pretty good. I'll click OK. Now, in this layer if we look at our before and then after, we have a little bit of this film grain type of effect which kind of gives it a little bit more of this timeless feel. All right. Well let's take a look at our before-and-after. Hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, click on the eye icon of your Background layer. Here is the original image, and then here is the final completed photograph.
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