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Darkening edges

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Darkening edges

At this stage we're going to continue to explore how we can work with different textures in order to enhance this image and to build up more of a vintage effect. Now one of the things that you might want to do is work with an old paper texture, or an old concrete wall or something that brings in a bit more dimension and distressed nature to the photograph. Now a lot of times it's fun to combine two different textures together. Now when we have these two textures together, all of a sudden we have something completely different. Old paper 2, we have that blending mode of Soft Light or Overlay, and it really just takes this image to a new spot.

Darkening edges

At this stage we're going to continue to explore how we can work with different textures in order to enhance this image and to build up more of a vintage effect. Now one of the things that you might want to do is work with an old paper texture, or an old concrete wall or something that brings in a bit more dimension and distressed nature to the photograph. Now a lot of times it's fun to combine two different textures together. Now when we have these two textures together, all of a sudden we have something completely different. Old paper 2, we have that blending mode of Soft Light or Overlay, and it really just takes this image to a new spot.

And it's a combination of both textures together, which leads to some pretty interesting results. Another thing that's fun to do is if you choose your blending mode of Soft Light you can try inverting your textures, and what that will do is it will shift your color and here in this case it's actually making that layer blue, which you can see here. What it did to the photograph is it turned it into this really muted brown look. We can then dial in how far we want to go with that, but it can be an interesting way to add a bit of tone and texture and also modify color.

All right, well, what else can we do? Well, you'll notice I have this layer called edge and currently if we zoom out a little bit, you can see that I have this edge which has some tone in it, but also has a lot of white. And so somehow I want to get rid of the white. There are a couple of different ways that we can do this. One technique that we can use which is really easy is to click on the Add Layer Mask icon, then choose Color Range and here we can simply click on the color that we want to sample. In this case we can click on the center of this in order to select the white area and then go ahead and click OK.

Well, now here at this juncture we have everything but the frame. So let's invert the mask. Press Command+I or Ctrl+I. Well, now here this edge, this has too much for us. We don't necessarily really like the edge, because you can see all the white fringing. Here's a nice way to fix that. Command+Click or Ctrl+Click your mask. That activates this as a selection. Next turn off this layer completely. Then from here we're going to go to our adjustment layer icon and choose Solid Color.

What we can then do is pick a color, so that this edge will have a particular tone in it. So I could choose a color perhaps like a dark brown and then click OK. The next thing we might want to do is diffuse this. So we could add a little bit of diffusion there just to change that edge. So basically what we did was we created a mask. We then turned that mask into a selection and built another adjustment layer. Just to separate it from this problematic layer. And I wanted to show you that because sometimes you are going to need to make adjustments like that.

You're going to need to kind of cut the cord so to speak, so you have a little bit more creative control. Well, now here we'll change our blending mode and let's try out Soft Light. Once we do that all of a sudden we have this interesting toned edge around the photograph. We have a lot of control here. We can click in our mask and press Command+T or Ctrl+T. Command+T on the Mac, Ctrl+T on the Windows. We can free transform this. We can just bring this edge closer to the edge of the frame there, just adding a bit of a darkening effect. We can also defuse this even further if we just want a little bit more of a vignette in order to darken that up and create a bit more of that aged or weathered or aesthetic.

Well here you can see with some simple steps we've really come up with some interesting results. Well, there are a couple more things that I want to experiment with and let's take a look at those in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30356 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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