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Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

Video: Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning

Another great use for these HDR Toning adjustments is with your Black and White conversions. You can use these adjustments to bring out interesting detail and contrast in your photographs. Again I recommend, that you start off by duplicating your original document. So let's do that here. We'll navigate to the Image pulldown menu, then we'll select Duplicate. Next click OK, and then we'll go to our Image pulldown menu choose Adjustments and then select HDR Toning. Here I'm going to zoom in on the photograph, so I can focus in on what we have here, and this is a picture that I captured in one of my other courses, Narrative Portraiture.

Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning

Another great use for these HDR Toning adjustments is with your Black and White conversions. You can use these adjustments to bring out interesting detail and contrast in your photographs. Again I recommend, that you start off by duplicating your original document. So let's do that here. We'll navigate to the Image pulldown menu, then we'll select Duplicate. Next click OK, and then we'll go to our Image pulldown menu choose Adjustments and then select HDR Toning. Here I'm going to zoom in on the photograph, so I can focus in on what we have here, and this is a picture that I captured in one of my other courses, Narrative Portraiture.

And we were on the Brooklyn Bridge, and I asked this stranger here to step into this photograph, and I just like the juxtaposition of these two New Yorkers, and so I want to bring out a little bit more grit or detail or contrast in this photograph. Well, to do that, we'll use these HDR Toning controls. Here the saturation really is irrelevant so it doesn't matter if we increase or decrease that. But it's a Black and White image, so I'm just going to decrease it to kind of start to think about this in Black and White. Next, I'm going to bring up my Detail slider, and then I need to decrease the radius, the Radius is much too high here.

I'm also going to modify the overall Strength a little bit, and I'm going to overdo these adjustments. As we've seen before because we're going to bring this back to our original document, if you overdo it, it just gives you that flexibility. You can always decrease the opacity, yet if you don't do enough, well then you have to repeat all these steps, duplicate the image and reapply the HDR toning. So my preference is always to do a bit too much here. Next, I'm going to work on my Exposure and then bring out some of the details in the shadows and also dropdown the highlights there a little bit as well.

I'm looking to try to create a file which is a little bit less extreme in regards to its brightness and its shadows, and this one has kind of evened it out. And I know that it looks strange but that's okay I'm going to use this strangeness here, blend it in so that it looks great in that other photograph. I should also point out that this technique works well whether you're working with a portrait or landscape picture or whatever. All right, well let's click and drag this tab out of the dock there, pulldown the Shift key and then click and drag the HDR Tone file into the original document and then let's name this one HDR toning.

Next, I'll press F to go to Full Screen mode just because I like to work in Full Screen, so I can have less of the Photoshop interface and more focus or more area dedicated to the image. And then let's try out a few blending modes. Here if we go to our Blending mode pulldown menu we can try out Overlay. In doing that, you can see how this adds a lot of contrast. If we go to Soft Light, it's going to be a bit more subtle. Click on the Eye icon, and you can see here's the before and then after. Here I'll zoom in on the picture, and I'm going to zoom way in on this photograph so we can see kind of the texture on the jacket, and also on the faces.

Here it is before and then after. And even at this high amount, this type of contrast, it looks really good. I'm just going to back this off a little bit. Even though I was exaggerating it in the HDR toning because I want this image to have just a really nice texture and contrast feel. Again here's that before and then now the after. Other times, what you might want to do with your Black and White conversions is just mask in the detail and contrast into a certain area of your photograph. You could do that as well.

Yet with this picture I think it works well to have this applied everywhere. So I'll go ahead and just step back and look at my before-and-after and on my monitor I'm really liking how that added some really interesting detail and texture and a little bit of punch or snap to this photograph. I think it was a nice addition to this Black and White image.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 0s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 7s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 53s
    1. Using the Film Grain and Noise filters
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a more realistic grain effect
      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 43s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
      4m 38s
    2. Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image
      4m 53s
    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 12s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 19s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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