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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
In this movie I'll show you how to load a library of gradients that I've created for you in advance that are specially designed to work with the Gradient Map adjustment in order to create custom duotones. So I'm going to start things off by changing the Blend mode back to Normal and then I'll press the Escape key and press the 0 key in order to reinstate an Opacity of 100%. Next if you're working along with me. Go ahead and double-click on the thumbnail for the colorized layer to bring up Gradient Map inside the Properties panel, and then click the down-pointing arrowhead next door to the Gradient Bar.
If you click in the bar you're going to bring up the Gradient Editor dialog box, in which case just cancel out. And then click on that little gear icon and choose Load Gradients. Then navigate your way to the 28_duotones folder inside the exercise files folder. Find a file called dekeTones16 that contains 16 different duotone-ready gradients. Then click the Load button in order to load them on up, and they start with this guy right here. What I'll do is I'll just kind of tour you through them here so you can get a sense of what they do.
There is this Warm palette gradient, that's going to create a pretty bright reddish duotone. And then we've got a blue variation on that as well as yellow called Sepia palette and that ends up giving us pretty good sepia tone effect. But bear in mind these gradients were necessarily designed for this specific image rather what I was trying to do is, create a group of gradients that will work with a wide variety of images, but you may have to modify them to some extent or other to suit your particular needs, and I'll show you how that works in the next movie. Now we have some reversing gradients that start bright and then end up darkening up.
So in other words the shadows, especially the blacks end up changing to a color, in this case green, and then we go in the case of this Gradient to a dark brown and then things lighten up incrementally with little bit of darkening in the highlights. And you can tour your way through these as well. Each one of them sort of reverses back or have some sort of luminance variation built into it. Next we've got this guy X-ray invert, which is an unusual one, in that it inverts the image as it turns green. But you can change its behavior if you want to by turning on this Reverse checkbox, in which case, it's going to produce more or less a straightforward green effect.
And you can try out Reverse along with some of these other gradients as well, these gradients that double-back on themselves. All right, I'll go head and turn the Reverse checkbox off. Next we have some colorful complementary gradients. So this one goes from violet to yellow, then we go from red to cyan here. This one goes from blue or orange, and we've got this earth and sky gradient. These last three gradients here are probably the ones that work best with this particular image. We've got Broad Sienna and it's probably worth comparing this effect to the sepia tone that we created in the first movie.
And you can see well the sepia tone is very understated where the colors are concerned, this one has colors that pop. So again completely up to you if this is the effect you want. If you want to back it off all you have to do is reduce the Opacity value. For example I can press the 5 key to set the Opacity to 50%. All right, I want to show you the last two. So I'll go ahead and press 0 for an Opacity of a 100%, double-click on the thumbnail for the colorized layer. Click the down-pointing arrowhead and then choose this guy right there Plate finish, which ends up creating an exceptional sepia effect where this particular image is concerned.
It's very similar to the one that we created in the first movie. The big difference is, we're able to bring this bluish gray into the highlights. And then finally at the very end of the list we've got blue metallic which produces this bluish duotone here. So that just gives you an idea of the variety of different duotones you can create just by clicking through a library of predefined gradients. In the next movie I'll show you how to design a custom gradient of your own.
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