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HDR toning and layer blending

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

Video: HDR toning and layer blending

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.

HDR toning and layer blending

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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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

67 video lessons · 19787 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 0s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 7s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 53s
    1. Using the Film Grain and Noise filters
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a more realistic grain effect
      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 43s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
      4m 38s
    2. Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image
      4m 53s
    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 12s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 19s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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