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This course provides a practical guide to enhancing photos with the most popular creative effects in Photoshop. Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig shows how to modify color and light to add vibrance, drama, and emphasis. He then explores blur effects, including the Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery and motion blur, to increase depth-of-field, add a softer focus, or make your still images move. The course also introduces the techniques behind digital infrared photography, and details a variety of effects that can add the popular analog look to photos: film grain simulations, vintage monochrome and color effects, and border and edge effects. The final chapters show how to use Photoshop's custom brushes and plug-ins for creative effects.
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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