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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, we are going to look at another technique that we can use in order to Burn and Dodge. We will be working on the file corwig_wolf_kids.psd. Let's go ahead and double-click that one to open it in Photoshop. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then we will zoom in on the image just a little bit. Now I like this photograph, I like the expression, I like the time of day, it's right at sunset. I like the way the shadows work out, I like it but one of the things that I really like to do is I like to darken the corners a bit and I want to do that with this technique which is actually quite useful.
So what we are going to do here is we are going to create a new layer by clicking on the New Layer icon and I'm going to name this new layer corners. Next what I'm interested in doing is filling this layer with black. So I'll go ahead and press Option+Delete on a Mac/ Alt+Delete on a PC to fill with my foreground color because my foreground color is currently black. So again Option+Delete on the Mac/Alt+Delete on a PC. Now that I have this filled with black, I'm going to take this to a blend mode of Soft Light, this blend mode and the blend mode above it Overlay, are two great blend modes for burning and dodging. I'll go to the Soft Light blend mode. Now here we can see that I have darkened the overall image, so I want to limit this darkening to specific area of the image. So I'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon. Now with that Layer Mask visible, I'm going to grab my Brush tool. I'll make my brush nice and big, actually gigantic. I'm going to then paint with black on my Mask. Now this may sound a little bit crazy. You are thinking, gosh there are quite a bit of steps here, where is he going with this? Well, let me show you what I'm doing here as I paint away in this middle area of the image, we have our before and then our after. We are able to darken those corners and the nice thing about this is because it's a Mask, I can then modify it further. If I paint with white, I'll go ahead and press the X key, so I have white in the foreground. I can then reveal more of this burning in specific areas. In this case, I'm going to go ahead and paint around here, and I'm going to make this a little bit of a different shape not quite oval.
Now, I'll press the X key and paint with black, so I want a little bit more light on these guys. I also want a little bit more light over here. So now I have my before and after. Again, subtle darkening of the edges. Now my brush strokes, because I'm using a real big brush, are real dominant, they are too strong. And you know this trick that I like to use quite a bit especially when I'm not using my Wacom Tablet and I'm not using that right now because this is an Essentials title and I'm assuming you may not have that. So we can navigate to our Filter pulldown menu, choose Blur and then Gaussian Blur. What I can do is zoom out, so I can see my Mask.
There is the original mask. I just want to create more of a transitioned effect, so I'll go ahead and blur that and click OK. Now I have my overall before and after. Now, in my opinion, that's a little bit too intense, so I'll go to my Opacity slider, back that off and now I have the before and after. All right, well now that we have this nice darkening around the edges, I still need to make this image pop, I need to make it snap, and I need to add a little bit of contrast in a unique way. And we will take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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