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Some of my all-time favorite Photoshop plug-ins are created by the folks at onOne Software. Here with this photograph, I want to explore how we can use this powerful plug-in called PhotoTools. What PhotoTools allows us to do is to apply some really creative color and tone effects to our images. Now, in order to work with these plug- ins in Photoshop, you actually have to visit their site ononesoftware.com. You have to either purchase a plug-in or download the free trial. Now, if you haven't ever experimented with this particular plug-in, I recommend you download the trial, because it's a ton of fun.
Alright, well, here you can see we have a two-layer document. If I click off the visibility of the top layer, here is the original as captured, and then here is the image after it's been retouched. I actually showcased how to do this retouching in one of my other training titles on fashion retouching. Well, now that the retouching is done, let the fun begin. Let's get creative with the color and tone. Let's do this with PhotoTools. Now, because I've already downloaded and installed the plug-in, I can access it by navigating to my Window pull-down menu, and then by choosing Extensions, and then by selecting onOne.
This will then open up my onOne panel. Here I'll click on PhotoTools. Next, I'm going to double- click Open PhotoTools 2.5. This will then launch the PhotoTools dialog. Now what's fun about this is that there are close to 400 different types of effects that you can apply to your photographs. All that you need to do is to simply scroll through these, and give one a try. For example, let's try Antique Color. I'll go ahead and click on that. It gives me a small preview with the general image here to apply it to my image.
Simply double-click. You'll then see it update up top. Well, let's say that we don't really like that one. We want to do something a little bit different. Well, in this case, what I'll do is scroll down. What I'm looking for is to try to create kind of like a plastic camera type of a look, maybe like a Holga effect. So, I'll go down and see if there is anything along those lines. Here we have a couple of options. I'll try Holga Color out, and I'll go ahead and double-click that to apply it. What's interesting about this is that it will apply this effect. In order to create this effect, you can see there are different layers.
Let's say that I really like the color and tone, but I don't like the edges, I don't like the vignetting, I'll just click on the Eye icon in order to turn that off. Well, now we have something very different. There's really distinct aesthetic here, which has this selective focus, don't really like that as well, actually. I just like the Bleach Bypass and that Turbo Boost, that one that just gives it that extra snap there. So, I'll turn on the visibility of both of those layers, and then, I'll go ahead and click Apply. Now this will apply this filter in a way that I've kind of customized it, right? Let's close this panel so that we can actually evaluate this.
With this image, this particular static looks phenomenal, here is that before, kind of normal, here is the after, and now the overall before and then after. We've brought this image to a completely different high-keyed type of a place. The great thing about this is that it creates this on a separate layer. So, if this effect is too strong, we'll simply lower the opacity. If you want to blend it in, well, you can always choose a different Blending Mode. Again, here is before and after, with just a little bit of that snap. So, you can modify this to your heart's content.
Well, let's take a look at one example where we may want to modify one of these color effects in a little bit of a stronger way. Well, here, I'll turn off the visibility of the effect I just created, and I'll click in my retouched layer. Next, I'm going to go back to my menu here, so I'll open this up and go to PhotoTools, and I'll once again open up PhotoTools by double-clicking. Next, what I want to do is I want to scroll through these. I'm going to scroll through and look for one that I think is going to be kind of interesting. How about this, Brown & White? Now when I select that, I see the option here.
It's kind of like an aged brown and white photograph. Double-click this in order to apply this. Here you can see we have this really strong effect with this antique color, and also this black and white conversion. Well, I think this is going to work really, really well. I'm going to go ahead and increase this just a little bit here by using this slider. Alright, well now that I have this effect, I'll click Apply. Now the great thing about these effects is they give you the ability to really quickly modify your images.
You can see that with this photograph, it took next to no time to apply this effect. Well, I don't like the aesthetic of this, but what I want to do is I want to change how this blends with my underlying image. So to do that, I'll go to my Blending Mode pull-down menu, and here I'm going to choose Soft Light. Just knowing that what's going to happen is it's going to create a pretty distinct look with my photo. Here we have it, before and then our after. We are able to accomplish that because of that Blending Mode. What's interesting is in a sense it has kind of bleached out some of the color and gave me this distinct effect.
Now, I could also stack these effects up. For example, I could turn on my underlying layer. So, here is the first effect, and then here is this effect on top of it. So, it really builds up that overall high-keyed type of a look, with that Soft Light Blending with a bit of hue in it, and also with this underlying layer, which we applied with that Holga type of processing. Now the whole point here is just to begin to think about how you can work with your photographs in some really stunning and creative ways. I have just barely scratched the surface of PhotoTools.
There are so many different types of color and tone effects. It's definitely one of those plug-ins that you'll want to at least download the trial, install it, and play with it for a bit, in order to explore how you could use this particular plug-in in order to integrate it to your overall workflow.
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