Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate
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Adding highlights with Lens Flare


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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Video: Adding highlights with Lens Flare

We're almost done with the project. Just one more ingredient missing here. We need to add some highlights to the scene, and we're going to do so by applying the lens flare filter a couple of times, but we're going to apply lens flare inside the context of a real highlight. So lemme show you how that works. I'm going to switch over to this image. And this is a fragment of a photograph that I shot in which I captured a flash in a mirror. And so basically, we have just this burst of light. We're going to convert this burst of light into blackness and then put the lens flares inside that blackness.
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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 1h 1m
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
    2. Content-Aware Fill and Color Adaptation (CC 2014)
      7m 44s
    3. Combining two layers with a layer mask (CC 2014)
      5m 37s
    4. Content-aware healing (CC 2014)
      10m 17s
    5. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    6. Using Content-Aware Patch
      7m 17s
    7. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      3m 45s
    8. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      7m 41s
    9. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    10. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    11. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    12. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 12m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      8m 8s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 58s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 9s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 50s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 34s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 9m
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting and modifying path outlines (CC 2014)
      6m 5s
    6. Isolating selected layers (CC 2014)
      6m 39s
    7. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      6m 31s
    8. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      8m 49s
    9. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    10. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    11. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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Photoshop CC One-on-One is back, and this installment teaches you how to build on your basic knowledge and achieve next-level effects with this premiere image-editing program. Industry pro Deke McClelland shows you how to seamlessly move and patch areas of a photo with the Content-Aware toolset; stretch the brightness of a scene with automatic and custom Levels adjustments; create intricate designs with text and shapes; and morph an image with layer effects and transformations. Deke also shares his techniques for sharpening details, whether addressing noise and highlight/shadow clipping or camera shake, and converting a full-color image to black and white. The final chapters show you how to best print and save images for the web, making sure all your hard work pays off in the final output.

Topics include:
  • Performing automatic retouch, scaling, and more with the Content-Aware tools
  • Editing the histogram
  • Customizing a Levels adjustment
  • Making channel-by-channel Levels adjustments
  • Sharpening with the Smart Sharpen, Emboss, and High Pass filters
  • Working with vector-based type
  • Kerning and tracking characters
  • Creating text on a path
  • Drawing and customizing shapes
  • Creating depth, contour, and texture with layer effects
  • Liquifying an image
  • Simulating an infrared photo
  • Adjusting print position, size, and color
  • Creating the perfect JPEG image
  • Downsampling for the web
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Adding highlights with Lens Flare

We're almost done with the project. Just one more ingredient missing here. We need to add some highlights to the scene, and we're going to do so by applying the lens flare filter a couple of times, but we're going to apply lens flare inside the context of a real highlight. So lemme show you how that works. I'm going to switch over to this image. And this is a fragment of a photograph that I shot in which I captured a flash in a mirror. And so basically, we have just this burst of light. We're going to convert this burst of light into blackness and then put the lens flares inside that blackness.

So just stick with me here. We'll see how it works. First thing we need to do is convert everything that's white to a selection outline and deselect everything that's black. And you do that by switching over to the channels panel. Learn more about this when we check out masking in a future course. But for now just go ahead and press the Ctrl key, or Cmd key on the mac, and click on the thumbnail for RGB. For the simple Ctrl click or Cmd click its going to go ahead and select that splash of light now switch back to the layer's panel and press ctrl+ shift +N or Cmd +shift+ N on the mac in order to create a new layer and call it splash then click Ok.

Now I want you to press the d key to make the foreground color black, and then press alt +backspace, or opt+ delete, to fill the selection with black. Now it's going to look horrible, but it's not meant to exist like this in this image. This image is just here to help us get started. Now press ctrl+ d, or cmd +d on a mac, in order to deselect the image. And armed with a rectangular marquee, right click inside the image and choose duplicate layer and then go ahead and send this layer to your progress file which is in my case is darker scene. And now click OK.

Now press Ctrl+Shift tab or Cmd+Shift tab on a mac. In order to switch over to my image at hand, and you can see that that blackness has turned white on us, just as it was in the original photo there, and that's because the splash layer has fallen behind in vert one. We want it to be up here above star maker, so go ahead and drag it up the stack. And I need to reposition it slightly as well. So press Ctrl+T or Cmd+T on the Mac to enter the free transform mode. Because this is the best way to get the positioning exactly right.

And then turn on that delta option there. And change the x value to 60 which will send the layer 60 pixels to the right. And then tab to the y value and change it to negative 50, which will send it 50 pixels upward. And that may seem strange that a negative value moves things upward and the positive value moves them downward, but that's the way the y value works. Now press the Enter key a couple of times, that would be the Return key on the Mac, in order to change the position of that layer. Now, we're going to want to pile on a couple of applications of lens flare.

So we might as well convert this image to a smart object, by right clicking inside the image window and choosing convert to smart object. Now, I'll press shift tab in order to hide the right side panels. And I'll go up to the filter menu, choose render, and then choose lens flare. Now when the Lens Flare dialog box comes up, I want you to change the brightness value to 120% as you see here. And then, inside this dinky little preview, I want you to drag this cross to about this location so Near the top-right region of the sort of black blobbiness in the background, and I believe right there's where I want it.

Then I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that effect, and you should fill in the upper-right region pretty nicely. And now let's repeat the filter, which we can do by going up to the filter menu and choosing the first Cmd, lens flare. And because we're working on a smart object, that's going to force the display of the dialog box. We can stick with these same settings, but we need to move this guy around back to where I had him a moment ago. Which is over here to the extreme left-hand side of this thing. Notice there's this kind of arm that comes off. We want to go ahead and put the lens flare more or less in the center of that arm.

Then click okay in order to create more highlight. And you can see how this is adding highlight to our scene, especially. I'll go ahead and press Shift+tab to bring up the right side panels, and I'll also right-click on a empty filter mask and choose delete filter mask, just to keep my layers from being too confusing. We can keep the whites and drop out the darks, by going up to the blend mode popup menu and changing it from normal to screen. And now you notice all we have is highlights. And the highlights exist inside the confines of that Splash layer.

I want to change the second application of lens flare. I want to tone it down, so go ahead and double-click on this top slider icon in order to bring up the blending Options dialogue box and take the opacity down to 70% and then click OK. Now let's colorize the effect and we'll do that with this splash layer selected by dropping then to the fx icon and choosing color overlay which is a great method for colorizing any layer. Obviously, we don't want to replace all the colors in the layer with red so go ahead and click on the color swatch and the color I came up with As the hue value of 270 degrees, a saturation of 10% and a brightness of 50%, then click OK and now change the blend mode from normal to color in order to achieve this effect.

Now I'm going to click the OK button and finally we want to diminish the light a little bit. We want to take it down. So I want you to press the alt or option key, click the black (UNKNOWN) icon at the bottom of the panel and choose brightness contrast. And I'm going to go ahead and call this layer just plain old darken and I'll turn on use previous layer to create clipping mask so that we're affecting the splash layer independently of the rest of the composition. And I'll click OK. And I'm going to take the brightness value down to negative 40.

And then, I'll take the contrast value up to positive 30. Then I'll press the enter key, the return key on a mac, in order to accept that change. And that's it, we're done. I'll press Shift+F in order to enter the fullscreen mode, and I'll go ahead and zoom in a little bit, and that dear friends, is how you exploit the power of transformations (INAUDIBLE) Here inside Photoshop.

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A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. The updates are concentrated in "The Content-Aware Collection" and "Creating and Formatting Text" chapters, but there are new movies sprinkled throughout the course as well.
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