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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 the next couple of movies, we will be working on this file corwig_tent.psd. Go ahead and double-click that one to open it up, and then press F to go to Full Screen View mode, and then double- click the Zoom tool to take it to 100%, and here we have this photo that I took up in the Sierras looking out of my tent, very cool. All right, well I like this photograph except one of the things I noticed is that this area is too bright and when you are analyzing your photographs, one of the things that you can do is squint and look at them. It will help you identify areas of brightness. Now, because this area of brightness is on the top right corner it detracts in a way from the view here. So I'm going to darken that area up. I also want to point out that I have these layers here that I have included. And those are just reference layers, what the adjustments we will be making.
All right, well, I need to zoom a little bit more, so I'll grab the Zoom tool and just click and zoom-in just to touch there. All right, that looks nice. Next, I'm going to click on my background layer. Then I'm going to create a new layer by way of shortcut, Shift+Command+ N on a Mac/Shift+Ctrl+N on a PC. I'll name this one Darken. blend mode of Soft Light. Do I want to check on Fill with Soft-Light-neutral color? Nope, you don't actually need to do that. So we will simply click OK. Next step, grab my Brush tool, pretty big brush here. I'm going to paint with black. I have black in my foreground color. And all that I'm interested in doing is darkening this corner up right here. All right, well that looks pretty nice.
Now, it's nice and dark except it's not dark enough. I'm going to increase my opacity. It was down to 70, I'm going to take it up to 100. Now, I want to make it even darker, copy this layer, Command +J on a Mac/Ctrl+J on a PC. That went a little bit too far, so I'll lower the opacity of that. I don't want quite so far. I just want it a little bit darker on the edge. So I'll grab my Eraser tool, nice big Eraser tool, press the Right Bracket key to increase that size, Shift+Left Bracket increase the softness of that. I'm just going to look to kind of diminish that just a little bit there.
Look at our before and after, just adding a little bit of that corner, Zoom-out a little bit. See how we are doing overall, before and after. Hey, that's making for a better photo except when I Zoomed-out, and I realized this side is still darker than this side. I need to darken it up some more, click on the Darken layer, click and drag to copy that. Again, that's too far but we will lower the opacity, just looking to get those two tones equal. That looks nice. Now, when I click this one on and off, I have also darkened this edge here a little bit too much. So I'll grab the Eraser tool, nice small eraser brush this time. I'm just going to pull out that dark line.
So now we have our overall before. Well, that was bright, and after, that is looking much better, it's drawing my attention to this portion of the image. All right, well now that we're taking care of that corner, step one is complete. We have more work to do on this image, and we will do that in the next movie.
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