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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
As photographers, another way that we can start to use Blending modes is to work on Exposure. Say with this image here, one of the things that I notice is that the image is a bit overexposed. Well, what we can do is we can improve this by using a Blending mode. Let's first copy our background layer. We'll do so by pressing Command+ J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on a PC. And I'm going to go ahead and give this layer a name. I'm going to call this one "multiply." Now the Multiply Blend mode, what it allows us to do is to duplicate really the density or the darkness of a photograph.
So in order to select the Multiply Blend mode, we can either choose it from this pulldown menu here, or if we want to become a power user, we can use the shortcut. The shortcut for Multiply on a Mac is Shift+Option+;, on a PC that's Shift+Alt+M. Let's go ahead and click on this layer, and then press that shortcut, or select it from the pulldown menu. Now here you can see already that the image has more density. It's looking better. Let's take a look at our before and after. Here we have before and now after. Well, you may be thinking, okay, well that's nice, but it's too dark.
I don't want it quite that dense, or that dark. Well, how could we fix this? Well, it's no big deal. All that we need to do is to go over to our Opacity slider here, and then click and drag down until we find the sweet spot. Let's say right about there I think it looks good, at least on my monitor. Here we have before and then after, really quick exposure correction. Now in this case, what we're looking at is how we can do this to the entirety of the image. Keep in mind that you can also use the same technique to mask in this type of tone adjustment to particular areas as well.
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