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Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image

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Video: Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image

In this next stage of our Vintage Creative Effect project, we are going to take a look at how we can burn and dodge or brighten and darken, and also start to work with color. Well, in order do this I want to zoom out, so here I'll press Command+Minus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Minus on Windows, and I want to zoom out so I can see the entirety of the whole image. One of the things that I've noticed is that the sail here, the white part of the sail is a little bit too bright. In order to change that I am going to click in the Background layer, then I'll use my Quick Select tool to just paint over that area.

Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image

In this next stage of our Vintage Creative Effect project, we are going to take a look at how we can burn and dodge or brighten and darken, and also start to work with color. Well, in order do this I want to zoom out, so here I'll press Command+Minus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Minus on Windows, and I want to zoom out so I can see the entirety of the whole image. One of the things that I've noticed is that the sail here, the white part of the sail is a little bit too bright. In order to change that I am going to click in the Background layer, then I'll use my Quick Select tool to just paint over that area.

Next I'll click in the top layer here of my grain group and then click on the Adjustment layer icon for Curves. In doing that, we can then just darken up this area a little bit, by clicking-and-dragging down. We can bring down the white point and also our midpoint. And all that this is doing is just starting to kind of bring down the intensity or the brightness of that area. By doing that I'm trying to balance things out a little bit, because I want to bring more light to the subject. Well, next let's do that, here we'll click on Curves. Now go ahead and click and drag this up to brighten that area of the image.

You can see that what we're doing here is brightening everything, so we need to mask this in. We'll go to the Mask icon, click Invert to limit that, then grab the Brush tool, here we'll be painting with white. Now we want to have a really nice and big brush in order to do this, make that even bigger there, and then I'll paint with something less than 100% opacity, I'll try about 70%. I am just going to paint around the image, I am going to go ahead and try to bring in some brightness into this part of the photograph.

I want the viewer to focus in on this area a little bit more. So I am just going to paint that around here back-and-forth. You can see that this adjustment really is just about brightening that area. Next, we'll increase the Feather Amount to soften our different brushstrokes there so that that looks pretty good. We'll just paint this in, a little bit of a bigger area, make my brush nice and small, then press the X key which allows me to switch this to black to paint it away from the brighter side of the photograph. All right, well that's good.

You can see that we're just kind of brightening that up. Next I also want to darken some of the brighter parts of the subject here, so we'll create another Curves Adjustment. This time I'll click on my targeted Adjustment tool and hover over the image. You can see that it's really these brighter tones. So I am going to bring those down. I'll go ahead and click and drag those points down, and then again, Invert the Mask, here we'll click Invert and then with this Brush tool we'll paint with white. We are just going to paint over these areas to try to bring down some of these highlights, so they are not quite so hot or not quite so bright.

And by doing this, I am just looking to kind of even the tone out a little bit. Next we'll increase the Feather Amount of that. So these two adjustments really are just burn and dodge adjustments, trying to change the way that we're viewing the brightness of the picture. Next I am going to zoom out. Now I want to darken a lot of the edges of this photograph. To do that we'll click on our Adjustment layer icon for Curves and then click and drag down, we want to darken this a lot. Then go to the Mask option here for this Curves Adjustment. And what we're going to do is click Invert once again, grab our Brush tool, make it really big by pressing the Right Bracket key and then decrease the opacity to something less than 50%, here I'll try 35%.

And I am using this big brush because I don't really want these areas to become noticeably dark. In other words I don't want brushstrokes that really show you how I've darkened it. But I do want to kind of create this almost atmospheric darkness around those areas of the photograph. And here I'm just tapping those down by painting over those. And what this is doing for me is it's allowing me to change the mood, in order to try to make this more vintage, I need to have a little bit different of a characteristic with the color. Next, before I finish up these adjustments I am realizing that the adjustment on the sail is too intense, so I'll decrease the opacity there, didn't need to go quite down so far.

Okay, well now that we've made all of these burn and dodge adjustments let's group these together. Here we'll click in one, hold down the Shift key then click in another, then press Command+G on a Mac, or Ctrl+G on Windows. And we'll just name this burn and dodge, and then we can click on the Eye icon to see our before and then now our after. All right, well we are making great progress. And I mentioned previously that we would work on color here, but I think that this is a really good stopping point, so let's go ahead and stop here and then continue to work with this project, and let's start to bring back some of the original color and then customize that color, and let's do that in the next movie.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

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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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