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Combining HDR toning with color effects

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

Video: Combining HDR toning with color effects

With this photograph, we are going to examine how we can use some of the skills that we have already gained in order to modify color and tone. But we are going add a few more steps in, in order to create some even more interesting results. Well, this particular photograph is a photo of one of my favorite surfboard shaper's office. I just love how much is going on here. I love all the details. Isn't there just so much vitality and life captured here in this image? Well, what I want to do is bring that out a bit. So the first step that we are going to take is going to be to duplicate this file.

Combining HDR toning with color effects

With this photograph, we are going to examine how we can use some of the skills that we have already gained in order to modify color and tone. But we are going add a few more steps in, in order to create some even more interesting results. Well, this particular photograph is a photo of one of my favorite surfboard shaper's office. I just love how much is going on here. I love all the details. Isn't there just so much vitality and life captured here in this image? Well, what I want to do is bring that out a bit. So the first step that we are going to take is going to be to duplicate this file.

So let's navigate to our Image pulldown menu and here we are going to Duplicate and we are going to do this in order duplicate the file because we want to apply an effect on this file that we are going to then bring over to the original document. So here, we are going to go to Image, we are going to choose Adjustments and then we are going to tap into something which is new in Photoshop CS5 and that is HDR Toning. In this HDR Toning dialog, what I'm interested in doing is just add in a bit of Vibrance and detail here, but I want to do this on a desaturated file.

So I will go ahead and lower the Saturation there. We'll increase our Detail amount and our Gamma just a bit and also the overall Strength. Again all we are looking for is creating kind of this black-and-white image that has a lot of brightness and a lot of glow in it. So I am just going to dial this in and we are going to be blending this in on our other layer. So the way this looks isn't the final result. Rather, we are exaggerating so that we can then blend it in. So create some kind of an exaggerated look, similar to something that we have here and click OK.

Next, we will grab our Move tool, we will hold down the Shift key and we will simply click and drag and then drop this image onto the background or original file. Well here, let's press F to go to Full Screen view mode and then I will grab the Zoom tool and just click and hold to zoom in a little bit there, so we can focus in on this image. Well, at this juncture, what I want to do is look at my before and then after. Well, in one order to apply this particular layer to the underlying layer, so that we get an interesting effect, I am going to take this to a Blending mode of Soft Light.

Now, when we go to that Soft Light blending mode, what this allows us to do is to have this muted look applied with this HDR Toning aesthetic. Let's zoom out and then perhaps even zoom in a little bit there so we can see it. Here is that before and then after, really interesting look. Now, if we want to modify this further, what you can do is click on your Curves Adjustment layer icon. Make some kind of an adjustment here and then hold down Option or Alt and hover over the dividing line of these two layers and click.

That will create a layer clipping mask. You can also do so by clicking on this icon here. The reason why we might want to do this is we might want to modify that layer that we are using here. Sometimes it's nice to add just a bit more light there if we didn't exaggerate perhaps enough. So here we have that before and then after. Well, at this juncture, I kind of like this muted look, but I want to take out even more color. I am going to zoom out a bit so I can evaluate the whole photograph. Next, I will click on the Adjustment layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation and then simply desaturate and I am going to de-saturate 20 or 30 points, again, just removing more of the color, and I am kind of liking how this is looking now.

Here we have that before and then after. It gives us this different look or feel. Now, of course, you can always go back to the layer that you created here this HDR Toning layer and lower the Opacity. If that's too strong for your liking, find the sweet spot for your particular image. Well, here I think it looks best at 100, so let's leave it as is. But let's name this layer so we remember what this is, we will call this one HDR Toning. Next step for me is going to be to add a bit of color. Now that I have muted everything out, I want to bring some color back.

So we will click in my topmost layer, click on the Adjustment layer icon and then experiment with some of my different color layers like Color Balance. Color Balance is a ton of fun because we can tap into those Shadows. We can add some cool tones there in those shadows, if we want to cool that off, we can go into the Highlights. We can warm that up a bit there in the Highlights there, or we could add a different color shift if we want to. Again you can see how we can swing this color one way or another. Now, here at this juncture, I think this is a pretty nice ending point for this file, just has this really interesting kind of subtle muted tone there and in this case, let's look at our overall before and after.

Here we have before and then now we have after, a distinct or different look at this particular scene by working with some of these techniques. Now, keep in mind that the ending point for your photograph may be completely different. Perhaps you will experiment with Color Balance and you will take this to a Blending mode of Soft Light, add contrast there so that that color effect brings out some more of the contrast. Perhaps you will go back to Normal, maybe you will swing this one way or another, even further to add perhaps a stronger or more prominent color effect in order to have perhaps a bit more of a cross process aesthetic.

Well, whatever you do here, just keep in mind that the trick is to experiment, of course. With this image what I'm going for something a little bit more subtle, so I want to soften that up a bit and even lower the Opacity here. The object here, of course, is to work with color and tone in order to create something completely different. What we have added to the mix, at this juncture, is how we can use some different type of adjustments like this HDR Toning adjustment in order to create an even different type of photograph.

Here, if we turn this off, we can see that before and after and we can see how much that HDR Toning layer really brings to this particular color effect.

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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 Abode 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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