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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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