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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.
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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