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Experimenting with cool and warm colors

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Video: Experimenting with cool and warm colors

In this movie we are going to talk a little bit about playing with color, and sometimes it's valuable to play with color in order to teach yourself some different things about how color actually works. So we are going to go ahead and open up this file corwig_sb_harbor. tif. Double-click that one to open it up in Photoshop and then press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now here that we have this image. Now it's a photograph that I captured at the Santa Barbara Harbor and all that I did is I used my Camera Raw controls, my Color Temperature control to make it really blue and cool. Now I open this up in Photoshop and say, you know it's kind of interesting. It kind of makes me realize that blue kind of gives this overall kind of sad feel to it. It's really cool, it's also kind of calm, makes thing seem very simple.

Experimenting with cool and warm colors

In this movie we are going to talk a little bit about playing with color, and sometimes it's valuable to play with color in order to teach yourself some different things about how color actually works. So we are going to go ahead and open up this file corwig_sb_harbor. tif. Double-click that one to open it up in Photoshop and then press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now here that we have this image. Now it's a photograph that I captured at the Santa Barbara Harbor and all that I did is I used my Camera Raw controls, my Color Temperature control to make it really blue and cool. Now I open this up in Photoshop and say, you know it's kind of interesting. It kind of makes me realize that blue kind of gives this overall kind of sad feel to it. It's really cool, it's also kind of calm, makes thing seem very simple.

I don't necessarily like it, like this color treatment isn't the final, the final destination for this file, but I want to play a little bit with this. Again just to experiment with color, just to play with color. Because you know as an artist developing your skill set, a lot of times what you need to do is doodle right, you doodle, you doodle, you doodle, and then you finally integrate some of those doodles into a piece of art. So again, that's all we are going to do here is doodle with color. So let's go to our Adjustments Layer and here we are going to click on Color balance. What I'm interested in doing here is adding a little bit of red and a lot of yellow to this image and so I'm going to go ahead and do that highlights as well. I'm going to add some red, and then add some yellow as well. And I'm just going to try to find a nice spot here where I have this pretty vivid color, and I'll close that, and here we can see our before and after, and I say OK. Well, that now changes the color and the overall moods significantly.

Well, what if I combine the Warm and the Cool; we will grab the Gradient tool. Gradient tool is really interesting. You simply click and drag and when you click and drag, it allows you to create a transition. You click and drag for a shorter amount of time, there is less transition. So we can see here I now have less transition. So I'm just again, what if I combine warm and cool. Well that's kind of interesting. What if I double the effect or double the intensity of the effect. Well I can do that by clicking and dragging that to the New Layer icon. Now once I did that, it went too far right, so I need to go back to the Adjustments on this Layer. Here I'll go back to my highlights, and for some reason those highlights just got too out of control there. So I'll reduce those and the Midtones as well. Again they just got a little bit out of control. Double-click Adjustments to bring me back, now here is my before and after with that adjustment there.

Again, it's a little bit too strong, so I'll lower the Opacity of that layer just to touch. I also want to change the gradation. So I click on my Mask, grab my Gradient tool, in this case I'm going to create a little bit longer of a gradation here. So I'm just looking to bring in some more of that color. Okay, well so far so good, I have this warm cool thing going. How could I combine those two colors? Well, click on the Adjustment Layer icon, choose Curves, and I'll go to the Red channel. I'm just going to increase the reds here. Now when I do that, I kind of have this connected red throughout the entirety of the image. We can see that here; try to connect the two colors. Okay. That's kind of interesting, so far so good. Let's experiment some more, right.

Now, here is a shortcut that you definitely need to know. It's a shortcut to merge all of your underlying layers. This sounds really long, but it's worth learning. It's Shift+Option+Command+E on a Mac/Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on a PC. It takes all of your underlying layers and merges them to the top. So you click on the topmost layer. on a Mac/Shift+ Option+Command+E; on a PC, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E. The reason why that shortcut is really helpful is it takes all those blended Layers and puts them in one spot. I can then work with this Layer in a unique way. For example, I could try a blend mode. I'm going to go ahead and try the blend mode of soft light. Now, when I do that, it gives me those real deep vivid punchy colors, kind of interesting. I kind of like that.

Then, I have this Layer above where I have added this little border around the image because as long as I'm pushing this image far, I might as well do something with the edge as well to push it even further. Now again, my intent here isn't to print this photograph, it's not to include it in my portfolio, it's not to even necessarily show anyone this image, and that's not because it's bad, but it's just because I wanted to doodle or to play with color, and one of the things that you can do in order to expand your knowledge of Photoshop is to play a little bit. And to try to play in a way where the final outcome doesn't matter.

A lot of times the final outcome does matter. In that case, you want your images to look their best and certain things need to be in place. In this case, hey, it's a doodle, its fun, it's playing with color and you know what it taught me? It taught me that there is incredible power in photographs whenever you can include warm tones and cool tones in the same image. Now, in this case I used Photoshop in order to create that effect. Yet, the next time I'm out shooting, I'm going to be looking and thinking for warm and cool, and I'm going to be thinking about that saying that one of my photograph instructors told me said," Chris, whenever you can have warm and cool together, you can just have such an interesting impact because you're pulling and you're pushing, you're bringing the person into the photograph in a really unique way." So in some, this experiment or for that matter Photoshop, kind of taught me how to see and in a way, gave me a lesson that I'll then take to my shooting and you know what else, after I shoot, I'll also bring it back to Photoshop.

All right, well I know that this movie was a little bit different than some of the other ones. Yet, in spite of that, I hope that you picked up some valuable, creative, and technical tips. See you in the next one.

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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Introduction
      2m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 19m 32s
    1. Taking visual snapshots
      2m 33s
    2. What's new in the Photoshop CS4 menus
      1m 24s
    3. The importance of the 30-minute blink
      2m 38s
    4. Isolation
      3m 32s
    5. Taking notes
      2m 29s
    6. Creative memorization
      2m 16s
    7. Verbalize, human, fun
      1m 18s
    8. Lessons from a legend: Douglas Kirkland
      2m 10s
    9. Resources and links
      1m 12s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Is Photoshop CS4 worth it?
      2m 50s
    2. Seeing the new Tools panel
      3m 22s
    3. Working with the Application bar
      2m 51s
    4. Navigating with the Hand and Zoom tools
      4m 27s
    5. Rotating with the new Rotate View tool
      2m 0s
    6. New ways of arranging documents
      5m 41s
    7. Working with the panels
      2m 34s
    8. Customizing your workspace
      2m 11s
    9. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      3m 12s
    10. Creating custom menus
      1m 34s
  4. 39m 36s
    1. Choosing your Color settings
      5m 4s
    2. Setting Image Interpolation preferences
      3m 1s
    3. Zoom preferences
      2m 40s
    4. Interface preferences
      7m 46s
    5. File-handling preferences
      2m 33s
    6. Performance preferences: Memory
      5m 40s
    7. Performance preferences: Cursor
      5m 46s
    8. Performance preferences: Transparency and Gamut
      4m 44s
    9. Reviewing the other preferences
      2m 22s
  5. 21m 14s
    1. Bit Depth 101
      4m 34s
    2. Introducing image size
      2m 47s
    3. Image Resize overview
      7m 54s
    4. Resizing by cropping
      3m 33s
    5. Straightening
      2m 26s
  6. 10m 10s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 3s
    2. Monitor calibration basics
      2m 43s
    3. Advanced monitor calibration
      2m 36s
    4. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 48s
  7. 11m 17s
    1. Using Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom together
      2m 20s
    2. Bridge as a digital light box
      1m 19s
    3. General Bridge preferences
      2m 49s
    4. Thumbnail Bridge preferences
      1m 38s
    5. Advanced and Cache Bridge preferences
      3m 11s
  8. 28m 1s
    1. Creative tip 1: Discarding, the great selection technique
      4m 6s
    2. Introducing the Bridge interface
      3m 27s
    3. Getting photos from your camera
      4m 14s
    4. Choosing a workspace
      4m 16s
    5. Customizing the workspace and the Synchronized window
      4m 10s
    6. Using Bridge to rate and sort
      4m 3s
    7. Sorting with filters
      3m 45s
  9. 33m 53s
    1. Previewing multiple files
      5m 6s
    2. The Bridge Review mode
      7m 4s
    3. The Bridge Full Screen mode
      3m 8s
    4. Bridge slideshows
      4m 25s
    5. Stacking images
      3m 24s
    6. Renaming and batch-renaming
      4m 11s
    7. Adding favorites
      1m 58s
    8. Grouping images with Collections
      4m 37s
  10. 15m 3s
    1. Setting up metadata
      3m 34s
    2. Customizing the workspace for metadata
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a metadata template to add a copyright notice
      3m 55s
    4. Keywording images
      3m 33s
    5. Filtering images based on metadata
      1m 41s
  11. 9m 54s
    1. Recording an action
      2m 16s
    2. Batch-processing an action
      2m 11s
    3. Simplifying repetitive steps using the Image Processor
      2m 21s
    4. Opening multiple images as layers
      3m 6s
  12. 1h 13m
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Understanding the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 15s
    3. Opening files in Camera Raw
      5m 23s
    4. The Camera Raw interface and essential controls
      5m 13s
    5. White Balance, Straighten, and Tone
      3m 2s
    6. Crop, Rotate, and Vignette
      5m 6s
    7. Improving color and tone
      4m 45s
    8. Saturation vs. Vibrance
      4m 46s
    9. Converting an image to black and white
      4m 7s
    10. Split-toning an image
      3m 32s
    11. Working with tone subjectively
      5m 56s
    12. Adjustment Brush essentials
      3m 19s
    13. Using the Adjustment Brush
      7m 24s
    14. Working with the Graduated filter
      4m 6s
    15. Sharpening and noise reduction
      6m 10s
    16. Working with multiple images
      4m 45s
  13. 38m 42s
    1. Creative tip 2: Worth the risk
      2m 30s
    2. Introducing layers
      2m 53s
    3. Working with layers
      2m 21s
    4. Working with History and the History Brush
      4m 1s
    5. Aligning layers
      1m 56s
    6. Organizing layers
      4m 17s
    7. Layer style effects
      4m 21s
    8. Creating a clipping mask
      4m 27s
    9. Creating a reflection of an image
      2m 37s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      5m 36s
    11. Reviewing layers shortcuts
      3m 43s
  14. 31m 31s
    1. Introducing masking
      2m 8s
    2. Creating a simple layer mask
      3m 51s
    3. Masking shortcuts
      3m 25s
    4. Using Color Range to create a detailed mask
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a layer mask with Color Range
      5m 5s
    6. Masking and brightening eyes
      3m 35s
    7. Masking and selective sharpening
      2m 58s
    8. The Quick Mask mode
      6m 41s
  15. 24m 15s
    1. Creating a custom border with masking
      5m 41s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      7m 6s
    3. Exploring sample image frames
      4m 59s
    4. Frame plugin highlight: Photoframe
      6m 29s
  16. 51m 47s
    1. Creating a mask with the Quick Selection tool
      5m 39s
    2. Working with the Quick Selection tool
      4m 12s
    3. Creating color range selections
      4m 46s
    4. Advanced selection enhancements
      5m 1s
    5. Using the Magic Wand
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Lasso tool
      5m 37s
    7. Pen and path shortcuts
      5m 20s
    8. Understanding paths
      4m 7s
    9. Creating path selections
      6m 3s
    10. The Magnetic Lasso tool and paths
      8m 29s
  17. 21m 10s
    1. Introducing the Adjustments panel
      2m 26s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the difference between Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Target Adjustment tool
      4m 9s
    5. Hue/Saturation adjustments and masking
      3m 15s
    6. Hue/Saturation blending with Shadow/Highlight
      4m 46s
  18. 17m 45s
    1. Introducing levels
      1m 58s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      3m 3s
    3. Modifying color with levels
      3m 47s
    4. Levels and masking
      3m 13s
    5. Using levels and masking to get the most out of adjustments
      5m 44s
  19. 40m 58s
    1. Demystifying curves
      6m 52s
    2. Using curves for contrast and tone
      3m 33s
    3. Midtones and advanced blending
      2m 50s
    4. Curves and general Hue/Saturation
      2m 54s
    5. Enhancing color with curves
      6m 18s
    6. Curves, color, masking, and tone
      5m 10s
    7. Curves and masking
      4m 54s
    8. Creative tip 3: Using curves for publication
      5m 14s
    9. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 13s
  20. 24m 7s
    1. Creative tip 4: Ordinary ingredients = extraordinary results
      2m 23s
    2. Introducing blend modes
      5m 36s
    3. Blend modes visualized
      6m 48s
    4. Blending multiple images
      6m 9s
    5. Blend modes shortcuts
      3m 11s
  21. 42m 57s
    1. Correcting color with eyedroppers
      4m 37s
    2. Advanced color correction with eyedroppers
      2m 27s
    3. Color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    4. Performing difficult color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    5. Performing easier color correction with a color chart
      2m 31s
    6. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      3m 42s
    7. Color-correcting by the numbers
      4m 10s
    8. Color correction: Studio shot
      3m 6s
    9. Color correction: Light skin tone
      3m 6s
    10. Color correction: Dark skin tone
      3m 44s
    11. Color correction: Multiple skin tones
      6m 40s
    12. Color correction plugin highlight: SkinTune 2
      2m 50s
  22. 44m 44s
    1. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      3m 2s
    2. Replacing a color
      5m 6s
    3. Modifying color with Selective Color
      3m 5s
    4. Color focus
      5m 59s
    5. Experimenting with cool and warm colors
      5m 18s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with sunset colors
      5m 16s
    7. Enhancing a landscape with sunrise colors
      5m 19s
    8. Enhancing a color group shot
      3m 17s
    9. Using photo filters with black-and-white photos
      3m 14s
    10. Using photo filters with color photos
      5m 8s
  23. 22m 3s
    1. Introducing the Burn and Dodge tools
      2m 56s
    2. Using the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 47s
    3. Darkening corners with the Soft Light blend mode
      3m 0s
    4. Adding contrast to the highlights
      2m 30s
    5. Darkening a portion of an image
      2m 45s
    6. Correcting bright and dark tones
      3m 56s
    7. Reducing highlights with the Multiply blend mode
      3m 9s
  24. 19m 30s
    1. Creative tip 5: Seeing beyond the color - your gear is good enough
      4m 58s
    2. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      3m 37s
    3. Portrait black-and-white conversion
      3m 31s
    4. Landscape black-and-white conversion
      2m 40s
    5. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      4m 44s
  25. 11m 16s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      2m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      3m 21s
    3. Blending and masking Smart Filters
      5m 19s
  26. 19m 38s
    1. Noise reduction with Surface Blur
      4m 36s
    2. The Noise Reduction filter
      2m 54s
    3. Advanced noise reduction with Channels
      5m 32s
    4. Advanced noise reduction with the Dfine plugin
      6m 36s
  27. 33m 29s
    1. The Dust and Scratches Filter
      3m 57s
    2. Using masking to remove dust and scratches
      5m 10s
    3. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      6m 18s
    4. Using the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      4m 21s
    5. Using the Patch tool
      7m 40s
    6. Cleaning up an image with what's there
      6m 3s
  28. 58m 58s
    1. Creative tip 6: A beautiful mistake
      2m 51s
    2. Cleaning up a background
      3m 21s
    3. Removing blemishes
      4m 19s
    4. Cleaning up backgrounds and blemishes
      3m 46s
    5. Brightening eyes
      3m 12s
    6. Changing eye color
      4m 55s
    7. Darkening the edge of an eye
      1m 32s
    8. Adding makeup
      2m 25s
    9. Correcting distortion
      2m 19s
    10. Reducing eye wrinkles
      4m 4s
    11. Adding height and reducing wrinkles
      7m 55s
    12. Whitening teeth
      4m 6s
    13. Whitening teeth using Quick Mask
      3m 39s
    14. Softening skin
      5m 5s
    15. Removing red-eye
      2m 21s
    16. The next steps in retouching
      3m 8s
  29. 38m 35s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      3m 23s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      4m 10s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      8m 46s
    4. Using the Unsharpen Mask filter
      5m 19s
    5. Black-and-white High Pass sharpening
      8m 2s
    6. Color High Pass sharpening
      3m 27s
    7. Sharpening and tone
      5m 28s
  30. 28m 38s
    1. Resizing for email and the web
      3m 1s
    2. Image size considerations
      2m 54s
    3. Preparing files for the web
      4m 37s
    4. Sharpening for the web
      2m 12s
    5. Correcting color for the web
      3m 10s
    6. The Save for Web dialog
      3m 51s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      6m 21s
    8. Sharing your photos online
      2m 32s
  31. 23m 33s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 19s
    2. Presenting your photos as a PDF slideshow
      2m 55s
    3. Desktop printing recommendations
      1m 40s
    4. Preparing to print
      5m 53s
    5. Using Soft Proof to pre-visualize printing
      3m 46s
    6. Using the Print dialog
      3m 31s
    7. Print settings
      1m 29s
  32. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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