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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 I want show you a little bit of an advanced technique. It's a technique that allows you to darken the edge of the eyes. This can really help add definition to the eyes. Let's go ahead and double-click this file, eye_edge.psd to open it up in Photoshop. I have to go to Full Screen View mode, and then let's zoom in on the image, and let's zoom in on those eyes. Now, here is what we are going to do. We are going to copy this background layer by dragging that to the New Layer icon. Take this to a blend mode of Soft Light. Now, when you do that you will notice the entire image has much more contrast and color saturation, yet we are really interested in this area of the eye. So hold down the Option key on a Mac/ Alt key on a PC, click on your Add Layer Mask icon.
Next, press B on your keyboard to select your Brush tool and then zoom way in on those eyes, way in, I mean way in. You want a nice small brush here, have a really small brush. I'm just going to look to paint with white around the edge. What that's going to do is it's going to reveal this added contrast there. It's using what's already there, just adding a little bit more to it. This is a technique that's very common in different types of fashion photography, and it can help out lots of other types of photography as well. Again, it's a small, subtle, fine- tuning of the image. Double-click the Zoom tool to go back to 100%. Let's look at our before and after.
Now, because that is so subtle, I'm going to Zoom in so you can actually see it. Here is our before and after. I'll Zoom in even further, and again, before and after, just adds a little bit of edge definition, brings a little bit more attention to the eyes, and will make you images just snap that much more
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