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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.
Ya-hoo! Welcome back. In this movie, we'll be working on this file, corwig_campout.psd. Let's go and double- click this one to open it to Photoshop, press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now why the hoot here? Well, I'm hooting for this one because every year, a group of us get together and we go camping at the same campground. Absolutely amazing experience. And this was a snapshot from last year. We go ahead and double-click the Zoom tool. We can see all these folks here. These are some of my closest friends. What I want to do is improve this image just a little bit. I like the photograph, I like all the people there, I like all the kids. I notice that the sky is a little bit bright, so I'm going to go ahead and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Curves.
I'm going to brighten up the image. Now when I brighten up the image, I like what happens here, except again I mentioned that the sky is really bright up there. So I want to bring some Brightness down here and not affect the upper portion of the image. Now in order to do that, I'll click on my Mask and I'll grab the Gradient tool. I have Black & White, my Color Picker. So I have a default Black to White Mask. We can also select that by clicking here. Now all that I need to do is, click and Drag down. Now what's happened is, is that I've actually done the opposite effect that I wanted. In this case I have masked-off everything, except for the top of the image. So I need to invert that Mask. I can do that by pressing Command+I on a Mac/Ctrl+I on a PC. Now what's happening is, I'm just bringing in a little bit of a light to the foreground here. And I was able to maintain some of the original color there, in the sky. Okay, great! Next thing I need to do is, Zoom out a little bit, so I can actually see this photo. I want to warm this Bab way up a bit. So I'm going to click on the icon to go back to my Adjustments panel, and I'll click on Curves, and here I'm going to drop straight to my Blue- Yellow Channel. That is Option+5 on a Mac, Alt+5 on a PC. And then I'm going to click on the Target Adjustment tool and hover over the image, and see where are the different tones here.
So one of the things that I'm noticing is, for the most part, these tones are falling right about in the middle of the curve. So go ahead and click in the middle, and I'm going to add some yellow. Now when I add that yellow, I also need to go back and work on my Green/ Magenta Channel. Here I need to add a little bit of magenta to offset the Green shift there, and I'll go that Red/Cyan Channel as well, and I'm going to add just a touch of red to that, and then go back to the Blue/Yellow Channel, and increase that a little bit more by Dragging that down. And let's Zoom in a touch so we can see how we are doing. Here's our Before and After, with that Curves Adjustment, Okay, we're warming it up. We are removing that cool cast.
I'll go back to the Green/Magenta Channel. I need to add a little bit more magenta here. Now at this juncture, I may want to lower the overall Opacity to this particular Adjustment. So I'll do that. I'll drop the Opacity down to about 50%, say. And then I'll bring it up and see where it looks really good. Here's our Before and After. I want to look away from the image. Look back and say, "Hey, you know what? We're going in a good place." Double-click the Adjustments tab, and then look at our overall Before and then After. A little bit of Brightness there. That looks nice. And then a little bit of a Color Modification to bring out some of those colors and warm this image up a bit. And in closing, if you've never gone camping on the Ocean, you absolutely have to do it. There's nothing like going to sleep, hearing the waves crashing, then waking up and watching the sunrise. And the way that the Sunrise just lights up the Ocean, it's so spectacular.
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