Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects
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Correcting exposure with a gradient mask


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Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects

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Video: Correcting exposure with a gradient mask

In this movie, I wanted to provide one more example of how we can use gradient masks, in order to improve the lighting in our photographs. And this time, we'll be working with a portrait. Here I'm going to zoom in a little bit closer on this portrait, so that we can evaluate it a little more. You'll notice that there is a brighter side and a darker side. And what I want to do is even this out. There is a window off to the left over here. And you can see it's illuminating the subject. But I want to darken this area. So again, we have a little bit more of an even lighting pattern across this image.
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  1. 1m 35s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 33m 38s
    1. Using the Basic panel to change the lighting
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a more expressive photograph with Camera Raw
      4m 24s
    3. Correcting under- and overexposure
      5m 1s
    4. Improving the color of light on a group of photos
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing the quality and color of light
      4m 35s
    6. Using the Radial filter to improve light in certain areas
      4m 4s
    7. Improving larger areas with the Gradient tool
      5m 0s
  3. 22m 22s
    1. Changing the quantity and quality of light with adjustments
      7m 2s
    2. Using multiple adjustment to improve light and color
      4m 30s
    3. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves
      1m 58s
    4. Improving the color of light
      3m 19s
    5. Using the Shadows and Highlights controls
      5m 33s
  4. 40m 57s
    1. Painting in brightness with curves and masking
      5m 36s
    2. Fine-tuning the mask with the Density and Feather controls
      7m 39s
    3. Adding light with an elliptical selection, a mask, and an adjustment layer
      3m 56s
    4. Darkening the sky with Quick Select and Curves
      6m 33s
    5. Using gradient masks to improve large areas of your photo
      5m 40s
    6. Correcting exposure with a gradient mask
      2m 37s
    7. Improving a portrait with curves and masks
      4m 12s
    8. Speeding up your workflow by using a mask on two layers
      4m 44s
  5. 31m 28s
    1. Increasing visual interest with Soft Light blending
      3m 6s
    2. Soft Light blending: Recovering detail
      4m 0s
    3. Fine-tuning Soft Light blending with advanced Curves adjustments
      4m 55s
    4. Using Screen blending to fix underexposure
      3m 0s
    5. Brightening with blending modes and masking
      3m 49s
    6. Using Multiply blending to fix overexposure
      5m 32s
    7. Combining techniques to achieve the best results
      3m 37s
    8. Changing brightness with Luminosity blending
      3m 29s
  6. 42m 54s
    1. Working with the Burn and Dodge tools
      7m 54s
    2. Brightening by painting on a new layer
      4m 52s
    3. Darkening by painting on a new layer
      5m 8s
    4. Using a Solid Color adjustment layer to burn and dodge
      6m 46s
    5. Improving a portrait by brightening shadows
      5m 5s
    6. Burning and dodging by painting with color
      7m 19s
    7. Darkening the background and fine-tuning the color in Photoshop
      5m 50s
  7. 41m 48s
    1. Introducing Lighting Effects
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Smart Objects
      5m 7s
    3. Adding light and color
      3m 40s
    4. Using multiple lights with one photograph
      5m 52s
    5. Adding light and multiple colors for a creative effect
      5m 42s
    6. Creating an edgy, illuminated look
      5m 32s
    7. Using Lighting Effects to create a surreal effect
      7m 48s
  8. 36s
    1. Next steps
      36s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects
3h 35m Intermediate Dec 17, 2013

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Lighting is central to photography and most of it is captured during a photo shoot. However, you can often create amazing lighting effects after the photo is taken with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Photographer and teacher Chris Orwig shows you how. First, you'll learn to modify exposure and enhance the color and quality of light with Camera Raw. Then turning to Photoshop, Chris shows how to mask corrections to a specific area of an image and add contrast and color with blending modes. Plus, learn to dodge and burn away shadows and add one or more light sources to your photos with the Lighting Effects filter.

Topics include:
  • Creating a more expressive photograph with Camera Raw
  • Correcting under- and overexposure
  • Improving light in certain areas of an image with masks and the Radial Filter
  • Painting in brightness with Curves and masking
  • Correcting exposure with a gradient mask
  • Brightening and darkening with blend modes
  • Working with the Burn and Dodge tools
  • Adding light and multiple colors with the Lighting Effects filter
  • Creating a realistic glow
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Correcting exposure with a gradient mask

In this movie, I wanted to provide one more example of how we can use gradient masks, in order to improve the lighting in our photographs. And this time, we'll be working with a portrait. Here I'm going to zoom in a little bit closer on this portrait, so that we can evaluate it a little more. You'll notice that there is a brighter side and a darker side. And what I want to do is even this out. There is a window off to the left over here. And you can see it's illuminating the subject. But I want to darken this area. So again, we have a little bit more of an even lighting pattern across this image.

To do that, we'll go ahead and click on our adjustment layer icon for curves. And here, I'm going to click and drag this down. Now, it will be near impossible to know how far to go with the curve adjustment, until we've created the mask. So sometimes what I like to do, is even exaggerate this. So that it looks really horrible. I know it's overdone here. But this will help me once I start to work with the gradient effect. Here we'll go ahead then, and click on the gradient tool. You can find that in the Tools panel, or you can press the g key, to select it.

You want to make sure that you have white and black, as your foreground and background colors. And what I like to do is to choose white as my foreground, black as my background. Because then you can click, and start in the area where you want to affect. And then let go where you want that effect to stop. If you click and drag a short distance as we've seen, you'll have a really small transition area. If you click and drag over a longer area, you'll have a longer transition. Now, once you've started to bring in that gradient, you'll want to customize this.

And what I'm looking to do is to try to have even brightness here, in the background. Sometimes you can even bring down your top white point, and if you want to add a little bit of a darker white point there on this side. Because that is so much brighter there as well. And I'm just going to bring down these values And then click on the eye icon. You can see here's our before. Click again. And then, you can see the after. And if we look up in this area, you can really see how bright this was over here. And now how this side is a little bit darker, and it creates a bit more of an even look.

And I think a more natural and inviting look in this portrait. And so sometimes, as you're working with gradients masks, you'll get really creative. And modify color and tone in dramatic ways. In other situations, it may be a really simple and easy way to modify a larger area of your photograph, as we have done here. Simply by creating an adjustment, and then by adding a gradient mask. Which allows us to modify one part of the image, and not the other.

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