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Make your photos pop with the selective use of color and Adobe Photoshop. In this short course, Chris Orwig takes you through a few methods to achieve amazing results with creative color. You'll learn to create color splash effects, hand paint color in both traditional and modern ways, colorize a grayscale image, target a color with masking and adjustment layers, and create vivid, vibrant color that makes your pictures come alive.
Once you have finished up your work on a particular image, it's almost always a good idea to organize your layers. In order to focus in on the layers, I'm going to collapse a few panels. You can do so by double clicking on the panel tab. When you do that, it will collapse a panel. Double click it again to reopen it. In this way, I can see all of the adjustments that I've made. Now we've made a lot of adjustments on this photograph. And what I'm going to do is group all of these adjustments together. To do so click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom layer of the adjustments.
Next we want to group these together. On a Mac you press Cmd + G for group. On Windows that's Ctrl + G for group. Here we'll go ahead and name these color. Now if we click on the eye icon, we can see the overall before and after of how we've modified this image. Now if we want to apply all of these settings to another photograph what we need to do of course is to be able to see that other picture. So here, I'm going to navigate to my Window Pull Down menu, and then select Arrange and I'm going to choose two up vertical.
I have the other image open, which I want to work on, and I want to warm this image up and improve the eye color and the lip color and change the color of the sweater. Well, to do that, all that we need to do now is to select the group and to drag and drop that onto the new image. When we do that, we can bring over these adjustments, which we can then further customize in regards to their mask. Let me show you how this will work. Here we'll press F to go to full screen mode, so we can focus in on this image.
Then let's open up this group, and let's turn off the eye icon, so we can start to make some customizations, beginning with this adjustment right here. We'll turn on the adjustment for our color balance layer and here currently we have a mask which is masking away this adjustment on the eyes. This is obviously in the wrong position. Well to fix that we'll navigate to the Edit Pull Down menu and then choose Fill. Here this allows us to fill this mask with a solid color, in this case white.
We'll click OK, which will remove anything that we had added to that mask on the other image. Now all that we need to do is to grab our brush. Here we're going to paint with black. And we'll go ahead and decrease that brush size. And we'll decrease our opacity just like we did before. And we'll go through and we'll just paint over the eyes. And in this picture, the eyes have an even more defined shape. In the other image, the eyes were covered up with hair a little bit, so it wasn't quite as important. But here it's really important that we make sure we have a good mask over this area.
Well, once we've done that, we want to copy and paste this mask to the layer above it. Hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt on Windows to copy and paste that to a new layer, turn on the visibility of that layer, and then target the mask and invert it. Press Cmd+I on a Mac or Ctrl+I on Windows. So here we have our first two steps. The color of the eyes there. Let me zoom into, you can actually see that color of the eyes. And then also, the color of the overall skin tone. And so, what you can do is, you can make your way through these different masks, taking those steps.
Same thing here, we go to Edit. We're going to fill this one this time with black. Click OK. Grab our brush tool. Here we're painting with white and we're just going through and redoing some of the steps that we did before in regards to the masking, but the great thing about this is we don't need to redo any of the exact settings for the color and now these images will be consistent. Now copy and paste this mask to the one above. Hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and then click and drag this from one layer to another in order to replace the mask that's there.
This allowed us to add a little bit more color in that area. Now when it comes to the next layer here, the Vibrance layer, this was the one where we were trying to protect certain areas from becoming over saturated. This one, we'll just do this a few more times here, we'll go to Edit Fill and we'll select white. And once that's white, we'll then paint with black with our brush tool. You know, I'll tap my right bracket key to make it a little bit bigger, then I'm just going to paint over the areas in this photograph which I feel became a little bit too saturated.
And, with this picture I think it's really the hair, it's that hair in the background which was over the top. I think the skin, the eyes, all that looks fine. Well, let's zoom out a little bit, so we can see how we're coming along. So far, so good. The last two layers, we have a Curves Adjustment Layer. Now this one because the sweater isn't as big of an area, what I'm going to do is navigate to Edit. Here we'll choose Fill. Then we'll select to fill this thing with black. That will delete all that we had before. Now we can paint with white.
Now I'm going a little bit quick here, because I'm assuming by this point, you kind of get the rhythm of how we, fill in the mask, and then we paint on it, or customize it, in order to make sure that it's relevant to this photograph. And here because the sweater isn't as big of an area, I can just hand paint over this. Then last but not least, on a Mac hold down Option, on Windows hold down Alt, and then click and drag the mask from one layer to another. This will ensure that both of these allow you to then, work on that area, consistently.
All right, well, it did involve some hand painting on our masks. It did involve filling the mask to delete what was there and then duplicating it and steps like that. Yet, we saved a lot of time and what we gained was consistency between these two photographs. Here if we click on this eye icon, you can see this is our before and then here is our after. And if we go back to that view by going to Window in Arrange, which allows us to show these two images side by side, that one is 2 Up vertical.
When we go to that Option and we click on this Menu item here, we can see these two images side by side and we can see how they now have a very similar color palette. And this allows us to build up some consistency between these images. It also allows us to take advantage of all that hard work that we put into the photographs so that we can then have these two images, which have these vibrant and enhanced colors and look much better than they did originally.
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