Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Perestroika
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Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Perestroika

with Uli Staiger

Video: Creating a color look

I really like contrasty looks. I like a constrasty look and warm colors. Especially for this scene, I think a warm color would be very good. So, I would like to show you two completely different ways of bringing more contrast into the image and increasing the warmness of the tone. So, what are we going to do? We go to Hue Saturation. And as long as we don't change the Blending mode, nothing happens. As soon as we do so, we go from Normal to Soft Light, then you see that the contrast increases a lot. That alone is cool.

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop Artist in Action: Uli Staiger's Perestroika
1h 46m Intermediate Sep 19, 2012

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In this workshop master Adobe Photoshop artist Uli Staiger takes you step by step through the process of creating the fanciful image of an old Soviet helicopter being used as a harvester. Learn how to combine supplied source images, make adjustments, and add details to create a complex, realistic scene with lots of layers. Along the way discover lots of tricks and techniques for painting with light and shadow, creating motion blur, brush-based masking, adding vignettes, and more.

Topics include:
  • Creating the basic panoramic file
  • Placing the sky
  • Masking the horizon by using a path
  • Adding the helicopter
  • Positioning and masking the sickle bar
  • Providing contextual detail
Subjects:
Design Photography video2brain
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Uli Staiger

Creating a color look

I really like contrasty looks. I like a constrasty look and warm colors. Especially for this scene, I think a warm color would be very good. So, I would like to show you two completely different ways of bringing more contrast into the image and increasing the warmness of the tone. So, what are we going to do? We go to Hue Saturation. And as long as we don't change the Blending mode, nothing happens. As soon as we do so, we go from Normal to Soft Light, then you see that the contrast increases a lot. That alone is cool.

So if you like it this way, just say finished. Done. This is the way I wanted it, and be happy with it. But maybe you take a look, what else you can do with it? Just by changing the Blending mode from Normal to Soft Light, you increase the contrast. And now by clicking on Colorize, we can change the color. You can go all the way from yellow to green over blue to magenta, I'll stick to that one color, right here. And with the Saturation, you don't go from color to black and white, you go from the old color to the new color.

The further you go to the right side, the more of this color you choose here in the U bar you get. So this is maybe too much. But something like this around here, I think, it looks wonderful. So, just switch it off and on again, and you see how this much this does. There's another thing I would like to show you, this is new in Photoshop CS6. So, I take this also. This is also something you might use. It's the LUT Adjustment layer, which means color Look Up Table, LUT, Look Up Table.

Just by clicking around, you find very nice things. Two strip look, three strip look, you find also things that are too contrasty for what we want to use, like the bleach bypass, you can use that but if you like. This really, I don't, but if you do, make sure that you lower the opacity of something to something like this. Anyway, I go back to 100% and try another one. I try the Candlelight Cube, wow. This is not very contrasty I know, but you can also switch from Normal to Overlay.

Or you can switch from Normal to Soft Light which is a little bit less contrasty and, of course, you can play with the Opacity. So, if you have two different, completely different ways of bringing more contrast and more warmth to your image. Just by using the LUT, color Look Up Table or the older, but very well working Hue Saturation Adjustment layer. I hope you had some fun and I hope your image looks like this one or at least close to this one.

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