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Now that we have removed the halos around the gentlemen here, we are going to go ahead and darken his background so that he and his background look more and sync with each other. We really want him to feel more at home inside of his own image after all and if you are just following me, I am working inside of a catchup document called No more halos.PSD found inside the 07_For_Effect folder. So called of course, because he no longer has halo surrounding him. The next thing that we are going to do is we are going to darken the background using a Photo Filter adjustment layer, which is not only going to allow us to darken the background, but also get rid of some of the blueness of the background, so its a little warmer and it better matches his skin tone for example.
Alright. So I am going to go over to the Channels palette, and I am going to go ahead and load the mask channel, the alpha channel here, by Control-clicking on it or Command-clicking on it on the Mac. So go ahead and Control or Command-click on that thumbnail there, then return to the Layers palette and I want you to go ahead and press the Alt key or the Option on the Mac. Keep that key down. as you click the black white icon and choose this command right here, Photo Filter. You should see, by virtue of the fact you had the Alt or Option key down, you should see the New Layer dialog box.
I want you to name this layer deepen, like so. I like to name my layers as I create them and that's why I had you press the Alt/Option key. Now go ahead and click the OK button, in order to bring up the Photo Filter dialog box and I want you to have the filter set to Warming Filter (85). Now that is the default setting, but if for some reason it comes up to something different for you, go ahead and choose Warming Filter (85) from the list and then I want you to increase the Density through the roof people, to 100%, so that we get those bright orange, garish weird background. That's just fine; it is going to work beautifully for us. And make sure Preserve Luminosity is turned on.
Alright, then go ahead and click OK in order to accept that change. I want you to notice that Photoshop has automatically converted the selection outline to a layer mask, so that we are just affecting the background and not the foreground. Now I am going to change the blend mode that's associated with this layer to Multiply, which will have the effect of darkening the background, as we are seeing it right here. Now that's a little too much darkening. So on the PC, I am going to have to press the Escape key in order to deactivate the blending option there. On the Mac, you don't have to do that.
Then assuming that you have the Selection tool active, you can press the 5 key in order to change the opacity to 50% and that is it. We have now deepened that background and warmed it up as well using a Photo Filter adjustment layer set to the Multiply blend mode. Just to give you a sense of the miraculous transformation that's has been applied to this image, this is the original version of the image right here with its ultralight background, also somewhat out of focus. And this is the modified version, in which we have increased the depth of field and we have also darkened the background in order to make it better match the foreground.
I am so in love with this effect. I am going to go ahead and tab away my palette and press the F key a couple of times. Lets go ahead and zoom in on this image. There is the corrected version of the image from photographer, Tom Young. Thanks to a combination of Unsharp Mask and a Photo Filter adjustment layer here inside Photoshop.
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