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Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life


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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

with Chris Orwig

Video: Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life

All right, well now to finish off this creative project let's go ahead and modify the overall color and tone, and we'll do that by making three different Adjustment layers and also working a little bit with masks. First, I want to increase the reds and the yellows and the midtones and in the highlights. There are number of different adjustment layers that we can use to do this. One which works really easily is Color Balance. Let's click on the Color Balance icon and then let's increase the reds and also the yellows there. Let's go to the highlights, and bring up the yellow and red and the highlights as well, and now that I see this I actually also want to work on my shadows.
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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 1s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 8s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 54s
    1. Using the Film Grain and Noise filters
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a more realistic grain effect
      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 44s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
      4m 38s
    2. Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image
      4m 53s
    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 45s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 13s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 20s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects
4h 57m Intermediate Jul 02, 2012

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This course provides a practical guide to enhancing photos with the most popular creative effects in Photoshop. Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig shows how to modify color and light to add vibrance, drama, and emphasis. He then explores blur effects, including the Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery and motion blur, to increase depth-of-field, add a softer focus, or make your still images move. The course also introduces the techniques behind digital infrared photography, and details a variety of effects that can add the popular analog look to photos: film grain simulations, vintage monochrome and color effects, and border and edge effects. The final chapters show how to use Photoshop's custom brushes and plug-ins for creative effects.

Topics include:
  • Combining HDR (high dynamic range) toning with color effects
  • Improving color with Curves and Color Balance
  • Creating drama with lighting effects
  • Adding realistic lens flare
  • Creating a luminance blur
  • Blending and masking in motion
  • Performing HDR toning and black and white conversions
  • Combining infrared with contrast and sharpness
  • Crafting vintage color
  • Adding borders and edges to a photo
  • Finding and installing custom brushes and plug-ins
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life

All right, well now to finish off this creative project let's go ahead and modify the overall color and tone, and we'll do that by making three different Adjustment layers and also working a little bit with masks. First, I want to increase the reds and the yellows and the midtones and in the highlights. There are number of different adjustment layers that we can use to do this. One which works really easily is Color Balance. Let's click on the Color Balance icon and then let's increase the reds and also the yellows there. Let's go to the highlights, and bring up the yellow and red and the highlights as well, and now that I see this I actually also want to work on my shadows.

So here I'm going to go to the shadows, and then I'll bring in some more red into the shadows. I just want to have these really deep and interesting colors here. You can see if we close this, this is our before and after, kind of adding to this whole surreal look or effect. Next, what I want to do is work on the tone in a few areas, because the camera is really important in this picture, I want to brighten up this part of the image. So let's click on our Adjustment layer icon for curves this time, and here we'll click and drag this up just a little bit there and then click and drag our shadows down.

This will give us the ability to add some nice color, saturation, and brightness to this part of the picture. We need to invert the mask though and paint it in, so we can go to the Mask panel here in properties and click Invert. Next we'll grab the Brush tool, we'll choose White in the foreground color and then with a nice sized brush we'll just start to paint this in, I'm just going to paint this in a few times here in this area. Again, what this will do is it'll just bring a little bit more focus to this part of our picture, which is an important part of the photograph.

And whenever you're painting in different areas of your photograph what you will want to do is soften those brushstrokes so here I'll go to my Mask panel here just feather that out a bit. Again, this is just all about kind of redirecting the eye to that area of the image. Speaking of that, another thing I notice is this is just so bright over here, I kind of want to bring this down a bit. So let's create another Curves Adjustment, and we'll just bring the white point down and bring some of the brightness down a little bit here. In doing that, we can start to then see how we could tap that down a bit.

What I want to do is I want this to just be applied to this area, so I'm going to need to work on my mask. If we close the Mask panel, I'll need to invert a mask. You can always do so by way of a shortcut, it is Command+I or you can just double-click the mask to reopen this panel and then click on the Invert button. Next, with our Brush tool, we'll paint with white and here I'm going to go ahead and start to paint over this area of the photograph. I just want to bring down a little bit of the brightness on this side here a bit, all of that flare effect, bring that down a little bit more there in a couple of spots.

Next double-click the mask and then feather those brushstrokes out, and then there we have it some pretty nice work on this picture. Last but not least, I actually am going to apply, one more curves adjustment. I know, I said I was going to make three but I'm going to make four just to apply one global adjustment. So here we'll click on Curves, and I'm going to darken that up, and I realize that the overall image which is just a bit too bright for my liking. I like having really deep rich blacks and especially with that ultra kind of creative effect like this. All right, well, last but not least now that we've made these adjustments also I'm going to modify the flare.

So go into our Lens Flare 2 layer and decrease the opacity so that that will blend in a little bit more nicely. That is a bit too over the top and then let's take a look at the overall before and after. You hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on Windows, you can click on an Eye icon of a layer like the background layer that will turn off all of the other layers so that we can here see the before and then now the after.

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