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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
In this movie, I'll show you how to create a quick-and-dirty sepia tone effect using a Hue/Saturation function that we haven't seen so far. I'm looking at that final version of the photograph that I created using Camera Raw. I'm going to start things off by bringing up the Adjustments panel and clicking on the Hue/Saturation icon to bring up the Hue/Saturation controls in the Properties panel. Notice this check box right there, Colorize; it does exactly what it says. Turn it on, and you will infuse the image with the color that you described using Hue and Saturation.
So if you want a highly saturated image, you would crank that Saturation value way up. Of course you wouldn't go nearly that far. If you want a low Saturation image which is more likely, you would take the value down. I'm going to take the Saturation to 20. The bigger question is, what do you set the Hue value to? Well now the Hue value is absolute. So in other words, 0 is absolutely red. If you want to look up a color, you can grab that Hue locator.psd file once again.
I'm going to close my Properties panel for a moment. Then just select a color from the list. Now sepia is going to fall somewhere around the orange range. I'm looking for a kind of amber color, a little bit of yellow-infused orange. So I'm going to go with a Hue value of 40%. So I'll switch back to my image at hand, double-click on the thumbnail for the Hue/Saturation layer to bring up the Properties panel. Then I'll click inside the Hue value and press Shift+Up arrow four times in a row in order to get the sepia effect here.
But of course, you can select something different if you like. You could back off the value for more of an orange effect, you could increase the value for more of a yellow effect or what have you; 40 is what I'm looking for. Now if you ask me, a true sepia tone should look a little bolder where the luminance levels are concerned. So I'm going to return to the Adjustments panel and click on the Brightness/Contrast icon to add a Brightness/Contrast layer. I'm going to start by taking my Brightness value down by clicking in that first field and pressing Shift+Down arrow three times in a row.
And then, I'll tab to the Contrast value, and I'm going to press Shift+Up arrow six times in a row in order to increase that contrast until I arrive at this final effect here. And then I'll press the F key a couple of times in order to fill the screen with the image, just to give you a sense for the before and after. I'll press the F12 key in order to revert the image, that's the full color image as it appeared after we remove the color cast. Then if I press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac, that's our bold high contrast sepia tone, created using a very basic combination of Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers here inside Photoshop.
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