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Building creative effects with HDR toning

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

Video: Building creative effects with HDR toning

In this movie, we're going to focus in on a fascinating tool which allows us to apply HDR Toning Effects to our photographs. We'll be working with this picture here which is a really significant photo for me, because this is a photograph of 11 time World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater. Kelly is a fascinating person and with this picture, what I want to do is I want to create a bit more of an edgy look to this. I want to de-saturate the color and bring out some more of the details. So in order to work with HDR Toning what you typically want to do first is duplicate your original file.

Building creative effects with HDR toning

In this movie, we're going to focus in on a fascinating tool which allows us to apply HDR Toning Effects to our photographs. We'll be working with this picture here which is a really significant photo for me, because this is a photograph of 11 time World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater. Kelly is a fascinating person and with this picture, what I want to do is I want to create a bit more of an edgy look to this. I want to de-saturate the color and bring out some more of the details. So in order to work with HDR Toning what you typically want to do first is duplicate your original file.

Otherwise the adjustment will be part of that file, and you can't really Undo it or Blend it. So in order to do that let's go ahead and navigate to the Image pulldown menu, then here we'll choose Duplicate, here it will Duplicate this File calling it Kelly Slater copy, go ahead and click OK. Well, now that we've this copy of our original file, we can go ahead and start to work with the HDR Toning Controls. You'll find those underneath the Image pulldown menu then go to Adjustments, then about 3 quarters of the way down, you'll find HDR Toning.

These controls are really fascinating. They're grouped into three different categories are three main categories edge Glow, Tone and Detail and Advanced. These will be the controls that you'll use most frequently. Well, one of the things that I already mentioned is that I want to desaturate this image. So let's go straight down to the Advanced area. And here we're just going to remove some of the color by clicking and dragging that slider to the left. Next, I'll press Command+Plus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Plus on Windows, to zoom in on this photograph, and what's fascinating about this picture is that he is literally balancing the surfboard on one finger, and this is a surfboard that he rode in order to win one of his world titles.

And we've now this kind of interesting and desaturated look. Yet what I want to do next is bring out some of the detail. Here in the Detail slider, you can either decrease the details so the image becomes soft or Increase it so you get this really interesting texture. Let me over exaggerate this a little bit, and you can see how we have this really almost crispy look to the photograph. That's obviously too high, yet it kind of illustrates how that slider works. All right, once we dial that in let's click on the Preview button to look at the Before and then now the after.

Alrighty, the photograph is looking a ton better just has this kind a distinct look and feel to it. Let's look at some of the other sliders while we are here. The Edge Glow really has to do with how those edges glow or kind of radiate. We've all seen that with HDR type of images. If you've a smaller radius, what's that's going to mean is that the areas of contrast of those edges aren't going to glow as much. The Strength is the overall intensity. So as you change that Radius it kind of changes how far reaching that glow is.

For a photograph like this, I think having a really low Radius and then a relatively low Strength as well will work. Next, we can control things like Gamma and Exposure. You can see that this can kind of change the overall Brightness Characteristics of the photograph. Then we've Exposure which is obviously going to a Brighten or Darken the picture. I'll go ahead and just modify that subtly. We also have some Advanced Controls which allow us either to recover detail or bring detail on the shadows or highlights. So here we can either Darken or Brighten shadows, you can see how I can Brighten or Darken those.

With this photograph, I think darkening those shadows will be kind of interesting. Here with the highlights too we can work to either bring back some of the Detail on those or Brighten them up. All right, well now that we've this distinct look with this photograph, what I want to do next is decrease my vibrance just a bit there, and then the saturation a little bit more and then click OK in order to apply it. As I mentioned previously, once you apply these HDR Tone Adjustments they are part of the image, you can't undo or soften these after the fact.

It's kind of baked into the pixels, so to speak. So, in order to have some flexibility here, what we're going go to do is Click and Drag this tab out. So that the HDR toned image is hovering over our original file. Next, with the Move tool selected, press the Shift key then while holding down the Shift key Click and Drag this image into the other. If you hold down the Shift key or just make sure that it's in the exact same spot as the original document. So now, if we zoom in a little bit, we can then click on the Eye icon here to see that before and the now our after.

We'll now that I look at that here I realized, Gosh, I went a little bit too far with HDR Toning, and that's really common right, because it's kind of exciting how you can make these really dramatic adjustments. Well, what's great about having this extra layer--let's go a head and name it-- is that what we can do is we can change the opacity of this layer or the Blending mode. Here we'll just decrease the opacity a little bit so that were kind of backing this effect off, now you can see the before and then here the after. And now it's not so noticeable, you wouldn't necessarily think, oh Gosh, you used each HDR Toning. Rather the image just has a different mood or feeling.

Now, we can take this even further by making other adjustments as well. Let's say, for example, that we want to make our whites a little bit more yellow. So that this image has a bit of a toned effect. I think that might work well for an ad, for a photograph of a person like this. So here I'll go up to my Levels Adjustment layer icon and then click on that, and we use a technique which we have seen in the previous chapter when we worked with color. And that is that if we go to the Blue Channel, here we can work with our White slider, and we can click and drag this down, and that will bring in some yellows into those Brighter Tones.

Here I'm just going to bring in a subtle little yellow cast into some of those Brighter Tones. All right, well, that looks pretty good. I'm going to press F to go to Full Screen mode, so we can kind of focus in on the image. And so we can see our overall before and after, here it is. Here's the original file, here's the file with some HDR Toning. And then finally, here's the overall finished project, after we've applied the Adjustment layer.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

67 video lessons · 19780 viewers

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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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