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Creating a high key color effect

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

Video: Creating a high key color effect

With this photograph we are going to explore how we can create a high key intriguing color and tone creative effect by using HDR Toning and also some blending modes and adjustment layers. Well let's start off by duplicating the file. We can be so by choosing Image and then Duplicate. Here we'll simply click OK in order to have another version of this document. Next step, navigate to image. Here we are going to choose Adjustments and HDR Toning. Now, with the HDR Toning, what we want to do is we want to increase some detail.

Creating a high key color effect

With this photograph we are going to explore how we can create a high key intriguing color and tone creative effect by using HDR Toning and also some blending modes and adjustment layers. Well let's start off by duplicating the file. We can be so by choosing Image and then Duplicate. Here we'll simply click OK in order to have another version of this document. Next step, navigate to image. Here we are going to choose Adjustments and HDR Toning. Now, with the HDR Toning, what we want to do is we want to increase some detail.

So I am going to go ahead and crank up this Detail slider here. I am also going to zoom in on the image. Now when I zoom in on the image, one of the things that we'll notice is that some of the times what happens is when you increase the Detail you see too much detail in skin tone variation, as you can see here. So we can see that again I am kind of bringing that out. Well, to correct that and in order to create this high key effect, we are just going to increase the Exposure. So essentially, we are going to brighten this up and as we brighten that up, we are going to see that we are going to lose detail in these areas. Well what about this color? Well, here what we'll do is simply Desaturate all the way.

We're simply going to use a Black & White Adjustment layer. Next, we can control the Gamma as well as needed and here you can see we can control this to bring in more or less detail there. Next, let's work on that Edge Glow and find just a nice spot for this, bringing out a lot of really nice detail there, we are looking at the hair, the eyes, the face, and I think that looks pretty good. Let's click OK. Well, what can we do next? Well, next what we might want to do is use one of our Burn or Dodge tools. In this case we'll use the Dodge tool, we are going to go ahead and work on our Midtones, lower the Exposure here, and I'll increase my brush size and all that I am going to do is just start to brighten up some of these tones.

I just want to make this even more white. We are going to do this just to reduce any skin variation that we are noticing that might take away from the overall effect that we're going for, because we want to have a really nice high key look, in this case, we want all of the skin to be pretty white. All right, so we are just going to dodge away some of those variations, just painting over this, slowly building up that effect. I think that looks pretty good. Next step, grab the Move tool, push this one over a little bit, hold down the Shift key and then click and drag and drop to bring in the HDR Toned image into the original file.

Here, we'll simply rename this layer HDR Toning. Let's press F to go to Full Screen View mode and what we are going to do next is we are going to apply a Blending mode, and the Blending mode we are going to use is Soft Light. Soft Light blending mode allows us to bring in the contrast and detail of HDR Toning, but at the same time give us that muted interesting contrast look. Let's examine this one, here we have it before and then after. Let's zoom in a little bit more on the image, so we can see how the detail looks, again before and then after.

At this juncture, we want to evaluate the face, make sure there isn't any exaggerated detail there. This is looking really nice, really smooth, really high key, wonderful. Next step is going to be to create an Adjustment layer. Here we are going to choose Curves. What we will do is simply add a contrast curve, brightening things up, then also darkening up our shadows a little bit here as well. Now a lot of times when you create S curves or when you create this type of contrast, as I exaggerate this, you can see that the edges are becoming really red. Well, if ever you don't want such a strong color effect, simply change this Blending mode to Luminosity.

Now the color effect will still be there but it won't be so prominent. Take a look. There is the before and after and then there is with Luminosity and then there's without Luminosity. Again you can see how it's affecting that color in some pretty drastic ways. Well, in this case this adjustment is way too strong but I was doing that to illustrate how we can modify this without overdoing that Color Saturation. Well, let's zoom out and see how we are doing with this high key aesthetic. Here we have our overall before and then our after. So far, so good.

Once again, I just want to evaluate this layer by layer. All right! Well, the last thing I want to do is bring out just a little bit more of the red in the garment. So to do this, we'll click on our Adjustment layer icon. Here we'll choose Curves. We'll go ahead and make a Curves Adjustment, darkening things up a bit, and then we'll go into our Mask panel. In our Mask panel we are going to use Color Range. In this case, we can sample this color, hold down the Shift key and click and drag over this and as we do that, we can see that we can build up the selection. The great thing about this is we can also select the lips as well.

You can see it's bringing in some of those tones. We just want to go through this and work on this Mask to add these details here. Lowering the range will bring in less of that background in there as well. I am holding down the Shift key, clicking and dragging across the garment here. I think that's pretty good. Let's click OK. All right! Well now we have this adjustment, before and then after, which allows us to target those reds and really bring out that nice vibrant red, which seems like for a high key look, we really need that. All right! Well, let's evaluate the overall before and after. Here we have it: before and then after, creating this high key creative effect by using HDR Toning and then Soft Light blending which we did here on this layer, and then also using a Curves Adjustment simply to boost the overall contrast and brightness of the image.

We change that Blending mode to Luminosity, so that we didn't bring in anymore color, so we have this nice, limited color palette here. Then finally, we made one more curves adjustment where we limited this to a particular area of the image, by creating a mask with Color Range. All right! One last look on this one: before and then let's zoom in a little bit, and then here we can see the after. Good work!

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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 Adobe 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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