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Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply


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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

with Michael Ninness

Video: Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply

In this image, we have a lot of highlights that are very hot. You know, over here on the wall, the red is being blown out a little bit. On the handle of the gas pump, we are losing some detail there and then in the face of the gas pump here where the letters are, it's a little bit blown out there. That's why we want to bring out some of that detail. So one quick way to do that is to do a self-blend with Multiply. By self-blend, I mean duplicate the existing layer, so Command+J or Ctrl+J and change the blend mode to Multiply. That's going to darken the medium to dark grey pixels in the image, leaving the lightest pixels alone. You know, absolute white will stay absolute white.
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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic
2h 58m Intermediate May 20, 2009

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The blend modes in Photoshop offer incredible creative options for designers and photographers wanting to enhance images. In Photoshop Blend Mode Magic, Michael Ninness shows Photoshop users how to access and apply blend modes efficiently to achieve an aesthetic vision. He explains the building blocks of layer blending and demonstrates how blend modes can be used for color correction, sharpening, blending images together, adding dramatic glow, applying custom edge treatments, and many other creative effects. Michael also introduces advanced blending options for more experienced Photoshop users. Most of all, he demystifies this essential feature in plain, easy-to-understand terms and inspires photographers to use blend modes in ways they may have never considered before. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three must-learn blend modes
  • Adding texture overlays
  • Recovering detail using Luminosity and Pin Light
  • Enhancing highlight and shadow details
  • Instant dust spot removal
  • Using Overlay to add textured type
  • Simulating film grain
  • Adding antique color effects
  • Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Michael Ninness

Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply

In this image, we have a lot of highlights that are very hot. You know, over here on the wall, the red is being blown out a little bit. On the handle of the gas pump, we are losing some detail there and then in the face of the gas pump here where the letters are, it's a little bit blown out there. That's why we want to bring out some of that detail. So one quick way to do that is to do a self-blend with Multiply. By self-blend, I mean duplicate the existing layer, so Command+J or Ctrl+J and change the blend mode to Multiply. That's going to darken the medium to dark grey pixels in the image, leaving the lightest pixels alone. You know, absolute white will stay absolute white.

You can see that this is a little bit way too strong here and that we want to dampen this down a little bit. So I get my Move tool, press V for the Move key. One way to dampen this down is to just lower the overall effect or intensity of this layer by lowering it's opacity. So I'm going to try 80% by just typing the 8 on my keyboard or even 50% by typing the number 5. This is getting a little bit better but I want to now fine-tune it and there is two ways to fine-tune it. I can add a layer mask and start masking out the areas that I don't want to be affected by this layer here or I can use the Advanced Blending sliders to limit it as well. To get to the Advanced Blending sliders, since I have an image layer here, I can just double-click on the image thumbnail in the Layers panel. That brings up the Layer Style dialog box and down at the bottom, we have the Blend if sliders.

And we want to protect our darkest tones in the image. We don't want them to get darker via the Multiply. So I'll move this black slider for this layer over to the right and what that tells Photoshop to do is ignore those pixels. Basically, treat them as if they were transparent. So they are not being added or multiplied with the layer down below. This is 256 levels of shades or levels of black and white here, so I have said Photoshop, any pixel that is on this layer that has a tonal value of 0-80, you go away, you are transparent. I can get some pretty harsh edges if I just slide this to a whole number here. So what we want to do is create a transition zone between opaque and transparent. I'm going to hold down the Option key on the Mac or the Alt key on Windows to split the sliders and that creates a gradation, from opaque to transparent.

So I'll make this from 60 to say 120, and now we are saying that every pixel has a tonal value on this layer of 0 to 60 goes away, everything that's between 60 and 120 gradates to opaque and then everything else is left alone. I can turn the Preview on and off and you can see the before and after. I have used the sliders and we'll go ahead and click OK. And if I turn the bottom layer off, you can actually see where we punched a hole through those dark pixels. For the top layer, I may want to control this just a little bit more and I may want this area up here to not be as affected as much. So I'll add a layer mask to this layer by clicking the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Let me get my Gradient tool, type a G for Gradient and I want my gradient to be from the foreground color to transparent. I want black to be my foreground color, so I'll press X for exchange and you will see that black now becomes my foreground color and my gradient is now black to transparent. I'm going to go ahead and press in the middle of the image here a little bit and drag up, all the way up to into the highlight area, just to create a nice soft transition there to protect these regions. You can see in the layer mask, anything that's black is protected from this layer.

Anything that's white allows the blend to pass through. So there is before, there is after and if I turn off the layer mask, I'll Shift-click on the layer mask, you can see the effect without the layer mask. You see the red X now, turning off that mask. If I Shift -click again, the mask is now in play and I can see the final composite result. So here again, there is where we started and here is after and you can see we are getting much better detail on the gas pump and we've dampened down the highlights overall.

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