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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.
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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