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Creative toning of a color photo

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Creative toning of a color photo

This is a photograph of a really amazing and artistic family. I captured this in their living room, and what I want to do here is have some fun with the overall color, look and feel of this picture. And you know, when you're working with a camera phone, there are so many different apps that you can use in order to apply interesting color effects. Whether you're shooting with Hipstamatic or Instagram or maybe you're just applying a creative filter in Photoshop. Well, we can do some similar things inside of Camera Raw. So let's have some fun with this picture. Here, I'll go ahead and navigate to the Split Toning Panel.

Creative toning of a color photo

This is a photograph of a really amazing and artistic family. I captured this in their living room, and what I want to do here is have some fun with the overall color, look and feel of this picture. And you know, when you're working with a camera phone, there are so many different apps that you can use in order to apply interesting color effects. Whether you're shooting with Hipstamatic or Instagram or maybe you're just applying a creative filter in Photoshop. Well, we can do some similar things inside of Camera Raw. So let's have some fun with this picture. Here, I'll go ahead and navigate to the Split Toning Panel.

What I'm going to do is I want to change my shadow color. I'm going to change the shadow color so that I have a nice red there. I'm just going to increase the Saturation. Next, we'll bring in some yellow into the highlights, and you know yellow in the highlights works really well with so many different color combinations, whether we're going to change the shadows to blue or maybe to green. You can see we can create these kind of vintage or almost cross-pop process type of looks here with our photographs. Well, what we're really looking to do is to try to dial in just the right type of a look for the image.

Next, go to the Basic Panel. In the Basic Panel, we'll go through a lot of these sliders. We'll make adjustments here just so that the image changes. Here, I'm going to increase the clarity, also deepen the blacks, bring up my shadows. There is no real rhyme or reason to how you want to adjust these controls except you're just looking to do something that's extreme. That's why those camera phone apps are so fun, because it's just so different. It's also a little bit nostalgic. Alright, well, after having done all that, what about a vignette? To add a vignette, we could either go to our fx panel or to our Lens Corrections Panel.

Let's start off at fx. In the Effects Panel, here we can click- and-drag down a little bit of vignetting. And just to kind of show you how this works, I know we've talked about this before, but we can control the overall shape of this, and you can see how I can control the shape, and I can also limit where this is. Let's just push this out to the edge here, and here if we change the shape, we can then also remove a little bit of the feather as you can see so here and then just diminish that. In doing that, we're just darkening those outer edges or maybe we want to brighten them up and change the shape, and here by doing that, you can see how you can create kind of a flare type of a look.

Again, as you work with these vignetting type of options, just have some fun, get a little bit creative, experiment. Well, in my case, rather than brightening, I'm going to darken that and so I'll go ahead and just bring down a little bit of that effect here, just darkening that edge. Finally, you may want to use your adjustment brush. Here, we can click on the Adjustment Brush in the Tools Panel, and then, I'll scroll up to the top. I'm just going to click on Plus for my exposure. You may want to paint in brightness into certain areas of your image, especially when you're using so much contrast and color.

So, we can then scroll down to the bottom, use a little bit of a lower flow amount, a little bit of a smaller brush size, then I'll just paint in a bit of a brightness here on this family, sitting on the couch. I'm just going to paint across this area, looking to try to bring in a little bit more, just a little bit more focus on this, also brighten up the painting there on the wall a little bit. Then, you want to get a little quirky too, just brighten up a few other things. Again, make this a little bit more just kind of curious. Next, we'll add a little bit of clarity and sharpness to those areas as well.

And I think that's a wrap, we had some fun with this photograph. Click on our Zoom Tool and then click on one of these final tabs here, and then when you do that, you can press the P key to see your overall before and after. The trick with all of this of course is to not really hold yourself back. Sometimes, you'll process an image like this and you may not like the results; that's okay. By tinkering or playing or experimenting, it can often lead you to learning how these tools and sliders work, and sometimes, it can help you come up with some creative ways to process your photographs.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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