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Blending back some original color and adding a border

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All right, we are making great progress on this vintage effect. The next step is going to be to work on color and tone. In order to do that let's click into our background layer, and then we're going to copy that background layer, to do that press Command+J on the Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows, and let's name this new layer, color. First we'll click and drag this to the top of our layer stack, by doing that this will then cover everything else, and this is obviously not what we want, but we'll change the Blending mode here to Soft Light.

Blending back some original color and adding a border

All right, we are making great progress on this vintage effect. The next step is going to be to work on color and tone. In order to do that let's click into our background layer, and then we're going to copy that background layer, to do that press Command+J on the Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows, and let's name this new layer, color. First we'll click and drag this to the top of our layer stack, by doing that this will then cover everything else, and this is obviously not what we want, but we'll change the Blending mode here to Soft Light.

In doing that all of a sudden we'll have this interesting contrast in some of the original colors back. Here you can see that before and then now the after. If I zoom in a little bit more you can see this a bit more clearly, and you can see how this is blending those colors back in. Next, because we've added so many Soft Light layers you may need to create one more Curves adjustment, and with this Curves adjustment I recommend that you bring your whites down and also your blacks up, so click on those endpoints there and really pay attention to the subject in some of the other areas.

Here you can see I can bring back some detail into the darker areas, and also bring back some detail in the brighter areas. You don't always need to do this, but sometimes these adjustments can really help out. All right, well next I want to make a color adjustment, so we'll use Color Balance to do that and here we're going to add some more yellows and some more reds just to enhance and kind of bring out a bit more of this vintage type of a feel. Here I'll close my Properties panel, so we can then kind of evaluate how we've done, here's that before and after, and all of these color layers you can see our before and then our after.

Well, let's group these together as we've done the other layers, click in the topmost layer, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom-most layer and press Command+G on a Mac or Ctrl+G on Windows, and we'll name this, color - 2. In this way we have these nice organized layers that we can then click through. Just turning on the groups for all of those adjustments. We can also always go back to any of these adjustments if we need to in order to make some changes. Well, with this photograph I think it's looking good.

The only thing I'm noticing is I might want to brighten it up a bit more, so I'm going to go back to my color group, and then I'll go into those blacks, and I'm just going to bring up a little bit more detail there in the blacks, and I think that looks kind of nice, there it is before and after. All right, well last but not least what I want to do is add a border or an edge around this photograph, and I want to do that in a really simple way. One simple technique that you can use is to select the Rectangular Marquee tool, then you can go ahead and choose a lower amount for your feather here, and then go ahead and click and drag around the image, but leave a border or an edge, leave some space there.

You want to leave some space that's basically the size of your border or edge. Then you need to invert that selection, because right now we've selected the center of the image, we actually want to select everything but the center. To do that, go to Select and choose Inverse. Now you can see the selection is just on the edge here, then we'll click on our Adjustment layer icon, and we'll choose Solid Color so that we can then choose a border color. If I click on white, you can see we now have this white border or edge around the photograph or we could choose a dark color like black, click OK in order to apply that.

Now if you want to soften those edges just double-click the Mask that you created there and then increase the Feather Amount. As I do that you can see how I can soften that, so it's a bit more of say a vignette effect in this case or if we double-click that and reduce the feather, it's a bit more of a defined border or edge. All right, well after having added that border edge we have completed this Vintage Creative Effect project, we can take a look at our overall before and then now our after, and as I mentioned at the beginning of this project in order to accomplish this effect, we really needed to combine a number of different Creative Effect skills together, but by doing that it helped us to come up with this fascinating way to process this photograph.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

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Chris Orwig
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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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