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Making multiple color and tone adjustments

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Making multiple color and tone adjustments

In this movie, we'll be working with this fun photograph of my daughter Sophia here, who is very intently making and decorating cookies, and one of the things that I notice with this picture is that there are some issues with the background. You can see there's a color shift on the right, that's a little different than the color or brightness on the left. So I want to dial in a few adjustments using the Adjustment Brush, and then also make a couple of subtle adjustments using the Basic Panel and try to combine all of these tools together in order to improve this picture.

Making multiple color and tone adjustments

In this movie, we'll be working with this fun photograph of my daughter Sophia here, who is very intently making and decorating cookies, and one of the things that I notice with this picture is that there are some issues with the background. You can see there's a color shift on the right, that's a little different than the color or brightness on the left. So I want to dial in a few adjustments using the Adjustment Brush, and then also make a couple of subtle adjustments using the Basic Panel and try to combine all of these tools together in order to improve this picture.

Alright, well let's select the Adjustment Brush by pressing the K key. Next, I'm going to first increase my Exposure on the right-hand side. So I'll click and drag this a little bit to the right. If you've made other adjustments previously, it may be helpful just to click on the Plus icon for your Exposure and then go ahead and decrease that a little bit. The reason why that might be helpful is because that will reset those other sliders. Next let's scroll down. Here we want to have a relatively high Feather amount. For Flow, I'll decrease that a little bit and also decrease my Brush Size.

With this image, I want to turn Auto Mask on and off quite a bit. So you can press the M key to toggle back and forth between that. Let's start with Auto Mask on, and let's click along these edges here. This well help us just get some good, kind of edge work on the image. Next press M to turn that off and now let's paint in the other area of the photograph. Here the more we paint in certain areas, the more we can build up, in this case, this increased Exposure, and then I'll press M again and I'm going to go ahead and just paint along this edge down here, and I think we have a pretty decent selection on the right side of the image.

Next, I want to work on its overall color. One way that you can do this, is you can desaturate, and so by desaturate, I can remove some of the color I'm seeing there in the background. I could also click and drag my Temperature slider to left a little bit. In this way it's now much more neutral. I like that. Yet it's not quite bright enough. So I'm going to click New to create a new adjustment. Here I'll decrease the Exposure even more. I'm just going to paint over some of the areas where I think this is still a little bit too bright.

So in other words, in this case I'm kind of stacking up these adjustments, so that I have one on top of another and I've done that so that I can start to kind of work with the shadows there and kind of brighten up that area. Now it looks a little bit too cool, a little bit too neutral. Yet we'll be fixing that in a moment. Next, I want to work on the other side of the image. So once again, let's click New. Here on this other side, what I need to do is I need to remove some of the color I'm seeing here. So I'm going to click on the Minus sign for Saturation.

I'm also going to increase my color Temperature just a bit. Next, we'll go down to our Brush options here, Brush Size. We know how that works right? Pretty small brush size here. We want to turn on Auto Mask. We want to turn that on, as we start to work on the edges and you typically want to do that around the subject. After you've made that first pass around the subject and if you feel like you have some good edges there, well then you can go ahead and turn that off. To turn off Auto Mask press the M Key and then paint away in the other areas.

As we make these adjustments, I'm not looking to make really big, bold, dramatic, huge adjustments. Rather, I want these to be pretty subtle. So let's go back to the top here, and you can see how we can warm that up a little bit more and also perhaps increase the Exposure there as well. In doing that, really I'm just find it kind of neutralize my background. Click on the Preview button and you can see before; let's zoom in a little bit more, so you can actually see that. Here's is before, and then we'll click again and you can see after. Alright, now that I've made those corrections, just a little bit more that I need to do.

On this side, I'm not really feeling the green, so I'm adding some Magenta. Okay great, well now that we've made all those adjustments, I'm going to go to the Basic Panel and in the Basic Panel, we're going to make some Color and Tone and Contrast adjustments. So we'll click on the Zoom Tool. Here I'll increase my overall color Temperature just a few points, because I want this to be nice and warm. Let me zoom out and show you what I mean. So here we can see we're adding a little bit of this warming effect. Next I'll increase my Clarity a little bit, also a touch of Contrast there, and maybe bring in some details into the Shadows.

And by using these controls, what I'm basically doing now is I'm bringing out some more of my colors. You can see, I'm using Vibrance and Saturation and Exposure, Shadows; I'm basically using my typical Basic Panel workflow. With this workflow, I can apply these adjustments because I've already kind of previously corrected the major color issues. This then allows me to bring in some more of these colors. Let me try to get a good zoom right here, so you can see this a little bit, so that here we have our before and then now our after.

Had we not made those Adjustment Brush corrections, well these corrections would have exaggerated the problem, and it just would have kind of looked weird. So we first needed to navigate to the Adjustment Brush. With the Adjustment Brush we're able to get into some of those specific areas and deal with a couple of issues, and then together by combining all of these adjustments, it allowed us to improve this image. So as you start to work with the Adjustment Brush, start to think about how you can make these specific corrections, but then also keep in mind that these corrections many times don't live by themselves.

Rather, you're going to integrate this tool into the rest of your workflow, and by doing that, many times, you can come up with even better results.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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