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Photoshop CS3 for Photographers covers all the essential techniques a digital photographer needs to master in order to take advantage of Photoshop's possibilities. Instructor Chris Orwig teaches everything from the key elements to the advanced tools of the application, demonstrating how to apply them for the best photographic results in print or online. He also gets into the nitty-gritty of using Photoshop, from working with Camera Raw to finessing a retouch. Exercise files accompany this training.
Alrighty, welcome back. More on burning and dodging. We're going to work on the file, corwig_train.psd. Go ahead and open that one up. Once it is open, we can check it out. It's a pretty cool shot of a train from one of my many traveling adventures. One of the things I see here is, I would like to bring down my whites a little bit. I feel that some of my whites are a little bit too hot, and I'm afraid it's not going to print very well as a result of that. So, I'm going to bring in some more detail to some of my whites. Now, there are a number of different ways we can do this. One of the ways we can approach this would be to use Color Range. I'm going to go to Select > Color Range. I'm going to click on the whites here, so I get a good selection of those. Press OK. Now, we can see here that I have some really nice white selections. My selection isn't going to be perfect. Yet, I think it's going to get me somewhere. I'm going to press Cmd or Ctrl + J to copy those a new layer. Let's look at that new layer. What we can see here is, we have, for the most part selected our whites.
There are a number of different things that we can do with these whites. One of the things we can do is press Cmd + L, and we can actually modify them. Bring them down just a little bit. Click OK. Let's turn on our background layer. For starters we're already bringing these down, and what I want to do though is take my Blend Mode to Soft Light. Now they went bright. Let's invert that Cmd + I, and we can see that we have blended them in on a Soft Light Blend Mode. What this will do is, it will help the layers connect a little bit more, because it's blending based on tone. Next step, Cmd + J to double that effect. Now I've doubled the intensity of it, let's Option or Alt + click the eye icon to see our before and after. Okay, pretty cool, it's looking pretty nice. Now what I want to do is actually merge these two. I'm going to press Cmd or Ctrl + E. Now that I've done that, I have those two layers on one, and from here what I can do is add a mask. I mask away any of the areas where I don't want to bring this down as intensely. I can also take a look at what I have here on this layer. So, what we can see here, is that we have everything that was white, we inverted it. We can see where it gets darker. We're using the Soft Light Blend Mode to burn some of the detail back in those areas. We can, of course, create a mask, grab our Brush tool. In this case, I'm going to paint with black, because I don't really need to have this area back here any darker.
These whites are fine. I'm going to get rid of those. The whites up here are fine. I'm just going to clean this up a little bit. Just painting with black at this point. Let's look at our before and after. Subtle, yet significant, and at the end of the day it will make a better print. All right, that wraps up this movie. Now if you're thinking, gosh I don't totally get what was happening there, it was cool, but I don't totally get it. Hang on, we're going to cover this again, as well as some other techniques and dig even deeper in the next movie. See you there.
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