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I've saved my progress as Colleen against sky.psd. In this final exercise I am going to elevate the contrast of this image because we ultimately want it to compare with these various paintings I've done in the past here that are found inside the Photo paint variations.psd file. So, you can see how the contrast is elevated, the saturation values are elevated. It's a much more vivid piece, if nothing else. So, let's do the same thing with our composition in progress here. I am going to click on the fine hairs layer to make it active so that I've selected the top layer in the stack.
Then I'll press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. Click the Black & White icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and I'll choose Brightness/Contrast and that will force the display because I have the Alt or Option key down. I'll just call this guy B/C, click Ok. Make sure Use Legacy is turned off because it might be turned on from some other wacky thing we did, I don't know. I'll increase the Brightness value to 20 and then I'll increase the Contrast value to 40 like so and click OK. Now, we are matching the color intensity and the brightness and contrast and the whole number of the other paint variations that I created.
Even though, they are totally different looking than my current take on the painting and probably very different looking than what you came up with. Now, here is the happy accident. I was telling you we are going to end this project with this fun accident, in my opinion anyway. I was sitting here working on this layer and by this layer I mean the merged smart object. What I meant to do is to Alt+Click or Option+Click on this horizontal line in order to go ahead and clip the merged layer inside the painting layer. But I ended up accidentally turning off Emboss and I got this effect here and I just thought Oh my God, this is so much better than the Emboss effect.
Turing on Emboss was giving the painting some texture and I've just lost that texture of course. But instead I get this rich, deeply colored sort of dark, shadowy image that I think looks just fantastic. Now, the only change I might want to make is to go the Brightness/Contrast layer, double-click on it. I think I'll increase the Brightness value to 40 as well and I might take up the Contrast value as well just to, like, let's say 50. That's it and then I'll hide the Adjustments panel.
Now, I am going to go ahead and fill the screen with the image by pressing Shift+F and then I'll go ahead and zoom in just a little bit. This is the final version of my composition, again, thanks to a happy accident, which is one of the wonders of working inside of Photoshop, is that you do have the freedom to make mistakes and sometimes mistakes turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. This is the final version of my digital painting created using the Mixer Brush and the Bristle Brushes, new to Photoshop CS5.
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