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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
A quick and easy way to make this image look as if it was photographed on infrared film would be to take it to grayscale and then add the Diffuse Glow filter. So, first I'll use my Adjustments panel in order to add a Black-and-White adjustment. Let's start with one of the Presets. You'll notice that there's one for Infrared. Now I think that that's making the greens a little bit too light, so I'm going to pull back on the Green slider a bit as well as the Yellows a little bit to just tone down those leaves in the front. I'm also going to bring the Blue slider a little bit to the left to darken down the sky.
Now I want to add my Diffuse Glow to the Background layer, but in order to do this in a non-destructive manner I'm going to convert it to a Smart Object by right-mouse clicking and choosing Convert to Smart Object. Now that it's a Smart Object I want to add the Diffuse Glow filter. But in order to do this I want to tap the D key to make sure that my default foreground and background colors are black and white and then I'll choose Filter>Filter Gallery. In Filter Gallery I want to see my entire image, so I'll Fit it in view and then with the Diffuse Glow filter selected, we can adjust the amount of Graininess in the image, the Glow Amount, as well as the Clear Amount.
As soon as the image looks the way I want it to look, and by the way it's in color because I'm actually applying this filter as a Smart Filter to the Smart Object, we're not seeing that Black-and-White Adjustment layer on top of it. But as soon as I click OK Photoshop will preview not only my filter but obviously the adjustment on top of it. The great thing about applying this Smart Filter is I can always go back in and make changes, if I want to. We can use the Blending Options if I want to change the way that the filter blends with the layer underneath it. And if I wanted to take this in kind of a different creative direction, I could even go back up to my Black-and-White Adjustment layer and change the Opacity of that layer bringing back in a little bit of color or hiding my adjustment layer so that I see the color from Layer 2 underneath.
So there you have it, a really quick way to take your image to grayscale and apply a Smart Filter to give it a diffuse glow like infrared. But then we can take it in another direction by bringing back some of that color and creating a unique piece all of our own.
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