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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.
In order to better understand how we can work with the HDR Toning controls, here we're going to work on another photograph and also pick up a few more tips and techniques, when working with these tools. We'll also look at how we can use some blending modes in order create some interesting color and tone effects. We'll be working with this photograph of another professional surfer really fascinating person, Timmy Curran. What I want to do with this image is duplicate it, you already know how to do that. Go to the Image pulldown menu and then select Duplicate, this will create a copy or Duplicate Version of our image.
Here, we will then go to the Image pulldown menu, choose Adjustments and then select HDR Toning. Once this HDR Toning dialog opens, I'm going to zoom in a bit, so we can really focus in on the picture and see a little bit bigger there. You can zoom in even with this dialog open by pressing Command+Plus on the Mac or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. Now in the last movie, I mentioned a little bit about the Edge Glow Controls, yet here I wanted dig a bit deeper into those. In order to really understand how those work, I'm going to bring up the Detail slider.
So we can see a lot of detail in this image. Now I know the photograph doesn't look good yet I'm doing this, so we can understand these controls here. All right, well, we've Radius and Strength. If we click and drag Strength up, we can see it's applying this Edge Glow effect at a higher intensity. If we drag up Radius, what you're going to start to see is the glowing. Well all of a sudden it becomes so big, you can't even really see the edges anymore. Yet when we have a really Low Radius, it's really tight on all these little edges of the different elements of the Detail in the File.
So the Radius where it controls how far out that glows or how big that is if you want to have smaller details emphasized or you have a lower Radius. Strength of course is just intensity as you can see here, it's intensifying that effect. But of course, these two sliders work together so it's a bit of give-and-take there. All right, well now that we've learned that, the next thing I want to do is with this image, I want to have a lot of detail and no color. So we're going to desaturate, and we're going to overdo our HDR toning effect so that we can then use this and blend it in with the Blending mode.
The next thing, I want to do is work with my shadows and my highlights. So to bring detail on shadows, we will click and drag to the right, to bring down some of the Brightness of the highlights, we will click and drag to the left. Then let's go to our Exposure slider and just increase Exposure a little bit here. So basically, I'm looking to try to create an image which is a really overdone in regards to the Detail and also in regards to the overall HDR Toning effect. All right, well, I think this will work well, even though the photograph doesn't look good yet. Here we'll click OK.
Next up is to click and drag this tab here out of the Dock, then hold down the Shift key and with the Move tool while holding on the Shift key just click and drag the image into the original document so that it's now on a New layer. This is the same thing that we've done before but this time we're bringing over this HDR Tone image in Black and White. Next let's double-click the layer name and call this HDR Toning, then I'll zoom in little bit by pressing Command+Plus on a Mac, or Ctrl+Plus on Windows.
The reason why I applied this exaggerated amount of each HDR Toning is because I knew that I was going to do some blending. And the blending mode that I want to tryout is called Soft Light. Soft Light as we seen before does a great job with working with contrast and also color. Well, here we have kind of a fascinating effect, click on before, you can see here's a before and then now after. So we're creating kind of this muted color palette with this high contrast, high texture type of a look. The opacity is too high, so I'll decrease the opacity.
So just want to bring in a bit of that texture, and that look. Again, our before and then now the after. Next, to finish this off, why don't we add some interesting color to these photographs? So we can make it look perhaps a little bit cross process. Here we'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon for Color Balance. We'll go to our shadows, in the shadows we could make those a bit more cyan, also blue, then we'll go up to the highlights, we will bring in some nice warm color there in the highlights. And in doing that, by dragging the yellow slider to the left you can see that we have this look here which kind of helps with this type of an aesthetic.
Here is the overall before and then now the after. And you know whenever you're applying creative effects like this, sometimes it's a good idea to group those effects together so that you can then dial in the opacity of the overall effect. In other words, you can change the opacity of all of the effect at once. To do that, click in the Top layer of the Effect hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom layer. Then group those two layers together by way of a shortcut. On the Mac press Command+G, on Windows press Ctrl+G. We will name this layer, creative effect, then we can dial in the opacity here.
A lot of times, I like to take it all the way down to zero to remove it completely. And then just incrementally bring this up, until I find a nice spot for it. Because with creative effects, a lot of times it's about finding the best way to subtly change or enhance your photograph. With this photograph, I'm finding that it looks good with maybe about 80% or so. Here it is our overall before and then now our after.
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