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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 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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