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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Another way that we can quickly and creatively modify the color in our photographs is by using an adjustment called Photo Filter. Let's see how we can use that adjustment with this picture here. So, let's go ahead and zoom in on this picture. You can do so by pressing Command+Plus on a Mac or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. This is a portrait of one of my photographic mentors who has since passed away. So here let's go ahead and explore how we can modify this portrait. We'll click on this icon here to open up our options for the Photo Filter.
Well, the first thing that you'll notice is that you have access to a number of different types of filters. As you choose a filter, you'll also notice that the color chip down below changes. Here, let me show you another option. Let's say we go to blue. Well, as we see that, this color changes to highlight that essentially what's happening is something which is kind of complicated and great. It's somehow blending in that color into the image. Yet, it's also preserving the overall look of our photograph, that's because we have Preserve Luminosity turned on.
Turn this off and we'll lose a little bit of the original Brightness value of the photograph. You'll especially see this as we increase the overall density of this adjustment. So again, without Preserve Luminosity, we lose a lot of the picture, turn that option on and you have all of the brightness back. Now, this is obviously exaggerated here. Yet, I want to leave this exaggerated amount of density up to illustrate something. As you make selections from this pulldown menu, it updates the color chip.
You can also choose to click on the Color option and then click on this chip in order to subtly modify this color. Here, you can see I'm choosing a different version of this color, or a different Saturation amount. We can also select different colors as well, and you can see how I can go through this Color Wheel here or this Color Picker in order to select different colors. And sometimes, this can help us come up with interesting ways to process our image. Let's say like this color here, we'll click OK. Well now, perhaps I'll lower the density a little bit, and this might be a nice option for this image.
It's a nice soft color palette. The change, well it's pretty subtle. If we turn off the Eye Icon, you'll see that really what it did is change some of the blues in the shirt, also, a little bit of the skin tone there, and it just added this color on top of the image; increase the Density in order to have a more pronounced effect, decrease this in order to have less of an effect. You can of course always just use the filters by themselves as well. Here, you want to increase the Density to a certain amount, and then click up to the top.
At the top of the dialog, you'll find some filters which replicate filters which we used to put on the front of our lens. There were warming filters which allowed us to warm up the colors, there also were filters which allowed us to cool the image off and to add more of a blue color Shift. And by selecting these different filters and then by dialing in the appropriate amount of Density, well it can help us modify the color in our photographs in some really phenomenal ways. Here, like with this picture I think this particular filter works well.
If we turn off the Eye Icon, there's our before, it's a nice portrait window light, and then now after, it just creates almost a little bit of a nostalgic feel which for me with this picture which is really meaningful to me, I think that works well. This then helps me to create color which reflects how I feel about this person. It helps me to actualize my vision for this photograph. And in closing, the one thing that I want to point out here is that the Photo Filter, well it's pretty easy. And because it's so easy, sometimes people overlook it.
They think that they need to use something which is more complicated. Yet, sometimes it's those tools which are simple that help us to work efficiently in order to actualize the vision that we have for our photographs.
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