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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Sometimes in order to change the entire mood of a photograph, all you need to do is make a subtle change in color. In Photoshop, in the Adjustments panel, we have an option to add a Photo Filter. Now, in the past, photographers would carry around a pack of filters which were different colors, so that they could change the mood of the image as they recorded it on film. So you can see at the top we have a variety of Warming Filters as well as some Cooling Filters. You notice that the second I selected this blue Cooling Filter, the whole mood of the image really changed.
We can also select from any of these Presets here, or we can click where it says Color, and then click on the Color Swatch to bring up the Color Picker. Now, I can change this color to any specific color that I want, and let's go ahead and bring it down maybe towards a sepia tone color. I'll click OK. Then, we can change the Density or the Amount of color. So I'm moving this to the right, we're going to get more and more color introduced to our image. Right here, we have a Preserve Luminosity Option. By default, Photoshop is trying to keep all of the different tones or the shades of gray in this image.
But, if I uncheck this, you can see now that what was white up here, my highlight area, is now being darken down with this color, because Photoshop no longer is preserving the luminosity. Let me also take a minute to point out some additional options down here at the bottom of the Properties panel. Now, all of these options are available regardless of which adjustment you're using. This first option allows you to clip an adjustment to a specific layer. Now because I only have this one Background layer, it doesn't necessarily make sense here.
But, I could clip the Photo layer to just a single layer underneath it. Next to that I have the option to view the previous state if I wanted to by simply clicking on that icon. You notice if I click on it, it temporarily turns this back to the previous state, or toggles it back on. I can also reset all of the values in this dialog box by clicking on the Next icon, but I actually like what we've done, so I'll leave that alone. We can toggle the visibility of this Adjustment layer with this Eye icon, or we could trash or delete this Adjustment layer.
But again, I like what we've done, so we'll click away in order to hide the Properties panel, and there you have it, a very quick yet flexible way to add maybe a special effect or a completely different mood to your image by changing the quality of light.
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