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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Another thing that's important to us as photographers is Light. So in the next few movies we're going to take a look at a couple of filters which allow us to work with light in an interesting way. Let's start off by taking a look at, how we can add Lens Flare to a photograph. In order to do that, let's first copy the background layer, press Command+J on a Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows to do that. We'll go ahead and name this one lens flare. Next, we'll navigate to that Filter pulldown menu and we're going to go to Render, and in this Render dialog, we're going to start off with Lens Flare and then in the next movie talk about Lighting Effects. All right! Well here let's click on Lens Flare.
Now Lens Flare is a lot of fun. The trick though with this dialog is that it's really small. You can see I can move this little point of light. What I want to have is this light which is coming kind of over her shoulder. I like shooting towards the sun a lot, and so I want to add this effect after the fact. You can see we can change the Brightness of this. We can also change the different Type of Lens Flare effect as you can see by clicking on these icons. Now all of these are just really teeny and small. So what you want to do is try to dial this in and then just click OK.
Now if you don't get it right, as I didn't here, press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z to undo. Then reopen that filter with the shortcut which we learned previously, on a Mac, you press Command+Option+F; on Windows, you press Ctrl+Alt+F. Or, if you forget the shortcut you can just go back to the Filter and select it this way. Well now that we're back in the Filter, I want to lower this down a little bit and also decrease the overall brightness here, so that I have a nice Lens Flare effect right there, and then click OK in order to apply that.
And as you can see, what that's doing is really just bringing in that light element over her shoulder here. The next thing I need to do is I need to correct the colors that kind of match the Lens Flare. When you shoot into the sun like this, a lot time you have a lot of reds and yellows. So just to finish this project off, let's click on our icon for Color Balance, and here we'll increase our Reds and also our Yellows, also, a little bit of Magenta there. I'm looking to try to really bring up some of those colors, and I'm just going to see if I can find a nice combination with these sliders, and I think that's kind of fun there.
And then we'll go ahead and take a look at what we've done. Here is it, that before and then now after with that creative effect which we then combined with also a color adjustment. The reason why I wanted to highlight adding that color adjustment is that you rarely work with filters by themselves, rather there's something that we integrate into our overall workflow.
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