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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 is a video-based tutorial designed for professional photographers and enthusiasts who want to get professional results. Chris Orwig, a professional photographer and instructor at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, shares the secrets and techniques that he uses to enhance his own photography in Photoshop. The training follows a photographer's digital workflow, starting with essential color management decisions and organizing images with Adobe Bridge. Chris moves on to cover processing Camera Raw files, enhancing tone and color, and correcting imperfections. He then demonstrates how to prepare the images for output and client reviews. Chris shares examples of his work as exercise files that accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
>> Male Speaker: In this movie we'll work on the image layer_style_effects. Go ahead and crack that one open by double-clicking it. F to go to full screen view mode, and then double- click the Zoom tool to take it to 100 percent. Here we have an image, and this was shot in Soho in New York after a wonderful dinner with some cool people and I love it when it rains. I love taking photos when it rains. It's so funny. A lot of people, when it rains they put their camera away. That's when I pull mine out because you get some of the most unique stuff because no one else shoots during that time.
Anyway, the rain had just past, and this was a really neat little alleyway. Okay, so it's all kind of sized down, low res so we can work on it. Here is a really important shortcut. This full screen mode that we're working in right now is a light gray. Not a good way to preview images. We talked about this before that if it's really dark like the black full screen mode; it makes it feel more contrast. If it's too light or white, it makes it feel flatter. So we want this to go to middle gray. The way that we can change that is go into our Paint Bucket tool and then picking a color in our color picker.
Again this is a great joke to play on your colleagues is to grab the Paint Bucket tool and then Shift+click the background and then that full screen mode is now mint green, which is pretty hideous. Of course you would never want to do that to your own computer and maybe I shouldn't endorse playing jokes on people because I'll get in trouble. But anyway, you want to take this to middle gray. The way we're going to do that is selecting the color picker, going to a hue of 0, saturation of 0, and brightness value of 50 percent. So H is hue, S is saturation, B is brightness. If we want to go to middle gray, you can also enter 128, 128, 128, and RGB.
That will take it to middle gray and then go ahead with the Paint Bucket and Shift+click that background. Once you've done that once, it will always be set that way until you change it. So a great way to view images, you definitely want to change that full screen view mode and it will help you analyze both the color and the tone of your image. All right, back to layers. Here we have a few layers. And we want to create a little promo card, let's say. And we don't know what all these layers are yet. We will soon though. And we have this image of the bridge and then above that we have this layer that affects the color.
The only problem is that when I turn off this layer, I notice that this color layer or adjustment layer, it's actually a curves adjustment layer, more on that in the next couple of chapters actually. So I don't want this curves adjustment to effect anything but the image immediately underneath it. Well, you know that shortcut. You learned it last time. The way that you do that is you Option+click or Alt+click between the two images, your cursor will change. And now what you'll see even when you turn that image off, this adjustment layer is disabled, the eye icon is shaded out.
i.e., it's only affecting the image underneath it. There's great power in that little shortcut of creating what's called a clipping mask. All right, let's learn a couple more things about layers. We can see that the layer soho_ny_05 has what's called a layer style effect. If you click on the arrow, you see that there's an effect and it's a stroke, which is a brush stroke of color around the perimeter of the image. How the heck was that created and what are some shortcuts that are new to CS in regards to using these? Let's go ahead and click and drag that to the Trash and then target that layer.
So we'll target the layer soho_ny_05, and go down to the Layer Style Effects icon. From the pop-up menu, choose Stroke, and you'll notice now that you have a bunch of different options. Right now the corners of the brush stroke are soft. If you want them to be hard, take it to a Position of Inside. We can change the dimensions of that brush stroke and also the color. And so I'm going to try to choose a color from inside the image, maybe find something kind of interesting there, and now I have this brush stroke effect.
If I want to add a drop shadow, I'll click the Drop Shadow icon and then click on the field for Drop Shadow and notice that the options have now updated in the middle of the screen. I'll reel it in, make it a little bit closer, a little bit less prominent. I can also pull it away if I want to and change the angle. So you have a ton of different options in regard to layer style effects. Most of these are really straightforward, so you'll want to experiment a little bit with those. Let's at least apply two, Drop Shadow and Stroke, click OK.
All right, so that's cool. The only problem is when I go to turn on the other image; it doesn't have those same effects. So of course I could go back to layer style effects, and apply them again, but that would take a lot of time. So how can I do things in a more efficient manner? Well, what I can do is I can actually drag and drop these layer effects. If I simply click on them and reposition them, we'll notice that now they're attached to this image. The only problem with that is that I lost them on the image below. So how can I drag and drop, i.e., copy and paste? Well, let me show you a shortcut.
This shortcut is true in most operating systems, and you need to type out some text. Currently we have text, and in almost all operating systems, you can Option+click or Alt+click and drag and it will copy and paste. This works in folders as well. If you have folders you need to copy and paste, it works within the Bridge, it works within PC operating system, Mac operating system, and it also works inside of Photoshop. So we're going to take advantage of the knowledge of that shortcut, go the effects and go ahead and option or alt click and drag.
And you'll notice that now there are double the effects, i.e., there are effects on that image as well as on this image and they're identical. Which is really nice because I didn't have to dial in the exact effect twice. Well, let's say I want to change the effect or I want to turn off the drop shadow, I can do that with the eye icon. I can also right-click or Control+click the F icon. This is new to CS2, kind of cool. And I can choose, well let's say, Outer Glow. And then that will open up the menu to that particular setting and I can add an outer glow.
I can also choose Stroke, and then it will take me to the brush stroke and there I could either turn it on or off or change its width or something along those lines. So I must say I'm impressed with the new features that Adobe added to the Layers palette. I think they're great; they definitely will speed up our workflow, which is always important. And they will ultimately help us become more creative.
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