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Changing color with onOne PhotoTools

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

Video: Changing color with onOne PhotoTools

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.

Changing color with onOne PhotoTools

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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Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 25m 0s
    1. Removing an object from its background
      2m 56s
    2. Creating and modifying a shadow
      3m 13s
    3. Modifying a directional shadow
      5m 30s
    4. Removing a model from a white background
      2m 46s
    5. Building a false context
      2m 7s
    6. Adding and modifying shadows
      8m 28s
  3. 22m 42s
    1. Adding illumination to create a glow from within
      4m 10s
    2. Adding light with curves and masking
      3m 43s
    3. Adding light for emphasis
      3m 42s
    4. Improving black-and-white images with curves and masking
      3m 26s
    5. Using Shadow/Highlights to improve exposure
      3m 42s
    6. Correcting an overly backlit photograph
      3m 59s
  4. 28m 12s
    1. Improving sunset colors with color balance
      3m 20s
    2. Using color balance and masking to enhance color
      2m 36s
    3. Creating new and vivid colors
      2m 15s
    4. Using curves, color balance, and blending for best results
      3m 21s
    5. Enhancing colors
      3m 32s
    6. Saturating and desaturating colors for emphasis
      1m 56s
    7. Adding color without increasing contrast
      3m 0s
    8. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      8m 12s
  5. 38m 41s
    1. Creating stunning color with Hue/Saturation and color balance
      6m 16s
    2. Creating an edgy muted and contrast look
      3m 40s
    3. Reducing color for impact
      5m 41s
    4. Enhancing color and creating color variations
      7m 29s
    5. Using Apply Image to create interesting results
      3m 29s
    6. Combining HDR toning with color effects
      5m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with Selective Color
      6m 14s
  6. 34m 23s
    1. Introducing the HDR Toning feature
      4m 44s
    2. Using layer masks and blending with HDR toning
      6m 3s
    3. HDR toning creative effect
      7m 14s
    4. Enhancing a photograph with HDR for black-and-white conversion
      6m 16s
    5. Creating a high key color effect
      5m 52s
    6. Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter
      4m 14s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Basic infrared conversion
      5m 50s
    2. Working with infrared presets
      5m 30s
    3. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      7m 41s
    4. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      7m 32s
  8. 16m 17s
    1. Using adjustment layers to create solarization
      2m 56s
    2. Adding creative color and a blur effect
      5m 20s
    3. Experimenting with gradient color and solarization
      2m 44s
    4. Creating a golden solarized effect
      5m 17s
  9. 18m 41s
    1. Creating soft focus with filters and blending
      2m 20s
    2. Using Smart Filters to create soft focus
      2m 15s
    3. Using soft focus without sacrificing color and contrast
      3m 58s
    4. Applying soft focus to skin
      5m 42s
    5. Creating a desaturated soft focus effect
      4m 26s
  10. 17m 52s
    1. Adding grain with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 24s
    2. Adding grain with the Noise filter
      5m 24s
    3. Adding grain with the Film Grain filter
      6m 4s
  11. 37m 24s
    1. Modifying tone and converting to black and white
      4m 38s
    2. Adding texture with a grocery bag
      9m 38s
    3. Making an image sepia toned
      3m 13s
    4. Adding texture in three different ways
      5m 48s
    5. Adding a subtle vintage color effect
      4m 10s
    6. Creating a vintage color effect
      4m 43s
    7. Creative texture blending
      5m 14s
  12. 23m 37s
    1. Deconstructing the lens blur effect
      6m 23s
    2. The lens blur effect in action
      4m 13s
    3. Applying lens blur with a mask
      4m 49s
    4. Using lens blur in portraits
      3m 25s
    5. Desert fashion project
      4m 47s
  13. 23m 0s
    1. Applying motion blur
      4m 39s
    2. Creating radial zoom blur
      4m 27s
    3. Working with motion blur and masking
      6m 14s
    4. Getting creative with the Radial, Motion, and Lens Flare filters
      3m 21s
    5. Adding color and emphasis
      4m 19s
  14. 18m 15s
    1. Adding graffiti on a single plane
      4m 17s
    2. Adding reflections on multiple planes
      3m 0s
    3. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 1
      4m 46s
    4. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 2
      6m 12s
  15. 17m 40s
    1. Cropping with Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 32s
    2. Enhancing the sunrise colors
      5m 18s
    3. Modifying the color and tone of the mountains
      7m 50s
  16. 33m 18s
    1. Hand-painting a border or an edge
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 28s
    3. Working with a real film edge
      7m 57s
    4. Introducing the PhotoFrame plug-in
      5m 21s
    5. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 1
      4m 11s
    6. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 2
      5m 42s
  17. 41m 48s
    1. Changing color with onOne PhotoTools
      5m 43s
    2. Modifying focus with onOne Focal Point
      3m 56s
    3. Hand painting focus with onOne FocalPoint
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Nik Color Efex Pro
      9m 27s
    5. Actualizing your vision with Nik Color Efex Pro
      8m 39s
    6. Converting to black and white with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 33s
    7. More black and white options with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 21s
  18. 12m 39s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 33s
    2. Custom brush creativity
      8m 6s
  19. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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