Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects
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Enhancing the sunrise colors


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects

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Video: Enhancing the sunrise colors

Now that we have defined our crop, we are ready to work on color and tone, and we are going to do that using Color Balance and Curves. Well, let's start off by working on the sky. First, we'll click on our Color Balance icon. What I am going to do is just bring in some nice colors here maybe some Reds and perhaps a little bit of Blue there. Again, just bringing in some of these tones. Next, we'll invert the mask by pressing Cmd or Ctrl+I. Here, we'll grab our Brush tool, we want to paint with white, relatively high opacity there with a bit smaller of a brush.
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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 25m 0s
    1. Removing an object from its background
      2m 56s
    2. Creating and modifying a shadow
      3m 13s
    3. Modifying a directional shadow
      5m 30s
    4. Removing a model from a white background
      2m 46s
    5. Building a false context
      2m 7s
    6. Adding and modifying shadows
      8m 28s
  3. 22m 42s
    1. Adding illumination to create a glow from within
      4m 10s
    2. Adding light with curves and masking
      3m 43s
    3. Adding light for emphasis
      3m 42s
    4. Improving black-and-white images with curves and masking
      3m 26s
    5. Using Shadow/Highlights to improve exposure
      3m 42s
    6. Correcting an overly backlit photograph
      3m 59s
  4. 28m 12s
    1. Improving sunset colors with color balance
      3m 20s
    2. Using color balance and masking to enhance color
      2m 36s
    3. Creating new and vivid colors
      2m 15s
    4. Using curves, color balance, and blending for best results
      3m 21s
    5. Enhancing colors
      3m 32s
    6. Saturating and desaturating colors for emphasis
      1m 56s
    7. Adding color without increasing contrast
      3m 0s
    8. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      8m 12s
  5. 38m 41s
    1. Creating stunning color with Hue/Saturation and color balance
      6m 16s
    2. Creating an edgy muted and contrast look
      3m 40s
    3. Reducing color for impact
      5m 41s
    4. Enhancing color and creating color variations
      7m 29s
    5. Using Apply Image to create interesting results
      3m 29s
    6. Combining HDR toning with color effects
      5m 52s
    7. Making adjustments with Selective Color
      6m 14s
  6. 34m 23s
    1. Introducing the HDR Toning feature
      4m 44s
    2. Using layer masks and blending with HDR toning
      6m 3s
    3. HDR toning creative effect
      7m 14s
    4. Enhancing a photograph with HDR for black-and-white conversion
      6m 16s
    5. Creating a high key color effect
      5m 52s
    6. Getting an HDR-like effect with the High Pass filter
      4m 14s
  7. 26m 33s
    1. Basic infrared conversion
      5m 50s
    2. Working with infrared presets
      5m 30s
    3. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      7m 41s
    4. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      7m 32s
  8. 16m 17s
    1. Using adjustment layers to create solarization
      2m 56s
    2. Adding creative color and a blur effect
      5m 20s
    3. Experimenting with gradient color and solarization
      2m 44s
    4. Creating a golden solarized effect
      5m 17s
  9. 18m 41s
    1. Creating soft focus with filters and blending
      2m 20s
    2. Using Smart Filters to create soft focus
      2m 15s
    3. Using soft focus without sacrificing color and contrast
      3m 58s
    4. Applying soft focus to skin
      5m 42s
    5. Creating a desaturated soft focus effect
      4m 26s
  10. 17m 52s
    1. Adding grain with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 24s
    2. Adding grain with the Noise filter
      5m 24s
    3. Adding grain with the Film Grain filter
      6m 4s
  11. 37m 24s
    1. Modifying tone and converting to black and white
      4m 38s
    2. Adding texture with a grocery bag
      9m 38s
    3. Making an image sepia toned
      3m 13s
    4. Adding texture in three different ways
      5m 48s
    5. Adding a subtle vintage color effect
      4m 10s
    6. Creating a vintage color effect
      4m 43s
    7. Creative texture blending
      5m 14s
  12. 23m 37s
    1. Deconstructing the lens blur effect
      6m 23s
    2. The lens blur effect in action
      4m 13s
    3. Applying lens blur with a mask
      4m 49s
    4. Using lens blur in portraits
      3m 25s
    5. Desert fashion project
      4m 47s
  13. 23m 0s
    1. Applying motion blur
      4m 39s
    2. Creating radial zoom blur
      4m 27s
    3. Working with motion blur and masking
      6m 14s
    4. Getting creative with the Radial, Motion, and Lens Flare filters
      3m 21s
    5. Adding color and emphasis
      4m 19s
  14. 18m 15s
    1. Adding graffiti on a single plane
      4m 17s
    2. Adding reflections on multiple planes
      3m 0s
    3. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 1
      4m 46s
    4. Using Free Transform to create a vanishing point perspective, pt. 2
      6m 12s
  15. 17m 40s
    1. Cropping with Adobe Camera Raw
      4m 32s
    2. Enhancing the sunrise colors
      5m 18s
    3. Modifying the color and tone of the mountains
      7m 50s
  16. 33m 18s
    1. Hand-painting a border or an edge
      5m 39s
    2. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 28s
    3. Working with a real film edge
      7m 57s
    4. Introducing the PhotoFrame plug-in
      5m 21s
    5. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 1
      4m 11s
    6. Using the PhotoFrame plug-in, pt. 2
      5m 42s
  17. 41m 48s
    1. Changing color with onOne PhotoTools
      5m 43s
    2. Modifying focus with onOne Focal Point
      3m 56s
    3. Hand painting focus with onOne FocalPoint
      3m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Nik Color Efex Pro
      9m 27s
    5. Actualizing your vision with Nik Color Efex Pro
      8m 39s
    6. Converting to black and white with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 33s
    7. More black and white options with Nik Silver Efex Pro
      5m 21s
  18. 12m 39s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 33s
    2. Custom brush creativity
      8m 6s
  19. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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7h 18m Intermediate Jul 26, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Effects, Chris Orwig flexes the muscles of this powerful program to create unique and eye-catching photographic effects. This course demonstrates how to enhance images by adding light for emphasis, adding drop and directional shadows, and using the HDR toning controls, motion blur, and film grain creatively. In addition, learn how to create a vintage-style photograph or a panorama, use infrared and solarization, apply creative layer blending, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adding light and drama
  • Enhancing color and tone
  • Applying graffiti and reflections to surfaces
  • Using lens blur and focus to enhance portraits
  • Masking multiple images and adding elements
  • Combining images with multiple depths of field
  • Using layers masks and blending with HDR toning
  • Applying border and edge effects
  • Adding a sense of motion
  • Understanding vanishing point perspective
  • Using Photoshop plug-ins
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Enhancing the sunrise colors

Now that we have defined our crop, we are ready to work on color and tone, and we are going to do that using Color Balance and Curves. Well, let's start off by working on the sky. First, we'll click on our Color Balance icon. What I am going to do is just bring in some nice colors here maybe some Reds and perhaps a little bit of Blue there. Again, just bringing in some of these tones. Next, we'll invert the mask by pressing Cmd or Ctrl+I. Here, we'll grab our Brush tool, we want to paint with white, relatively high opacity there with a bit smaller of a brush.

Now what we are going to do is just start to paint across a few areas of our photograph. I am going to make my Opacity even lower, so I can paint this in a little bit more subtly. I realized that Opacity was a touch too high, a bit overdone, and I am just going to bring in some of this nice color and tone into the photograph, great! Here, we are just illuminating some of these clouds and really adding a bit of visual interest to the sky. Take a look, there is before and after. Next step, let's go ahead and click on Color Balance again, so we'll go to our Adjustment layer and choose Color Balance.

Here we are going to work on those Blues, we'll increase the Blues, maybe a little bit of Cyan there in the sky, just try to get that sky color to look good, invert that, Cmd+I, and once again with our brush, I am just going to paint over some of the Blue colors. In this way we can kind of target each color and we can work on these different areas of photograph. I am trying to build up the visual drama a bit, add a little more to the sky. So far, so good. I think that's kind of fun, here is our overall before and then after.

Zoom in a touch so you can actually see the color change, before and after. What I want to do next is I want to add some contrast which in turn will also add color saturation. So here we'll click on our Adjustment layer icon, we'll choose Curves and I am going to darken my curve point here, then also brighten this one. Traditional little S-curve, all it does is contrast and color saturation but it kind of illuminates things nicely. Once again, invert the mask, grab our Brush tool, and we'll go ahead and just paint with this over a few areas of the sky.

Again, just adding a touch of visual snap here. I am trying to build this up a little bit. One of the reasons why it's nice to work with masking is we can just control different areas of the sky, slowly making the sky come to life by using these different adjustment layers. Now, if you are interested in moving a little bit more quickly, sometimes what you can do is click on one of your layers and change the Blending mode to Soft Light. When you do that, here with this layer, we can see that what it does is it really just illuminates that area nicely.

Now, in that case it makes the brushstrokes too strong. So there, we are going to need to go to our Mask panel, and then increase the Feather amount to defuse that. So it's a little bit more of a subtle adjustment as far as the brushstrokes but it can help build up something rather quickly. In my case, I am going to go back to normal. I like the little bit more of that subtle look there with those colors. There is our sky, our overall before and after. One more Color Balance layer, we'll go ahead and click on that here and just bring out some of the Reds perhaps.

I am going to try to do this in my Highlights actually, bring out some of the Reds there in the highlights, and the Shadows, perhaps a little bit of the Blues. Once again Cmd or Ctrl+I, invert the mask, and then with a big brush and a relatively high Opacity, we can go ahead and paint this in. I am just going to paint this in broad brushstrokes here across this area. One of the things I find is important when you're working with color, especially with landscapes, is that you work at it little by little. It's almost a painterly approach rather than going over the top and just taking things too far initially.

We slowly progress so we come up with a pretty interesting looking sky. Alright! Last thing I want to do here on the sky, one more Curves Adjustment. This time, I am going to brighten this up, add a little bit of Red in there, and then invert this mask. Cmd or Ctrl+I, grab my brush, and make my brush nice and small now. And with the smaller brush I am just going to paint over some of these highlight areas. Currently, my Opacity is a bit too high but I am going to leave it there so you can see what I'm doing. I am trying to add some dimension to this area of the photograph.

What these little brushstrokes can do for us is that if we paint with black or white, in this case painting with black to clean up some of these edges, we can start to bring out some of these natural highlights of the clouds there. I am painting with black just to kind of clean up some of my brushstrokes as it was a bit too harsh, especially this high, but you can start to see how we have these really interesting looking little highlights there in the clouds. To make those a bit more diffused, go into the Mask panel, and then increase the Feather there on the brushstroke, that will soften up that brightness area.

Here's the before and after, just bringing out some of those highlights. Again, just a nice little touch to add more dimension to the clouds, and I'll modify the Feather just to get it looking just right. Alright! There is our sky, our overall before and then after. Let's continue to work on some other areas of this photograph and we'll do that in the next movie.

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