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Burning the clouds

From: Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Airship

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Of course, we can use this technique, also, the other way around. We can just darken spots in this composing easily. Therefore, I take a new layer, and fill it with 50% grey. Not black, but 50% grey. And I use the blending method overlay this time. Overlay's not as hard as the color dodge we used before. That means that it also increases the contrast a little bit when I use black now to paint in that layer.

Burning the clouds

Of course, we can use this technique, also, the other way around. We can just darken spots in this composing easily. Therefore, I take a new layer, and fill it with 50% grey. Not black, but 50% grey. And I use the blending method overlay this time. Overlay's not as hard as the color dodge we used before. That means that it also increases the contrast a little bit when I use black now to paint in that layer.

But not in that hard way as the color dodge does. We just take black as the color and go a little bit closer. Now I try to improve the shadows of the clouds. Not everywhere of course, but in points where I have the impression that this leads to something that looks more cloudy. Okay, so I just take a little tip of little bit less than 200 pixels. An opacity of 10% would be probably fine and we'll just try to use this black color and do something like this. You can see that the shadows are affected but the lights are not affected at all because as I said before it increases the contrast of the clouds a little bit. Because overlay is a contrast increasing fill method. This way I just work myself through the clouds at where ever I see shadows I just make it a little bit darker.

Be careful in this area because remember we have this blur here from the edges. It's not that hard because in this area we will do something later to the image. Now we just concentrate on the shadows and we can do a lot of very nice things even here. We can just darken the shadows little bit to bring more volume inside the clouds. You can do this for hours. And if you don't like anything. If you say, oh, I have it overdone.

Don't take white to repair it. Just take 50% grey. Just change the background and the foreground color. And use a0, b0, and an l of 54. This is gray and you just paint with 100% over this area and it's gone again. Then you can switch to black again, go to 10%, and try again. This way, you work non destructive.

And can work on this layer as long as you want. And always, if you think I have it overdone. You just go back, paint over it with grey. And restart with black.

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