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Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo

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Video: Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo

In this movie, I want to highlight how we can work with HDR Toning in order to bring out subtle detail in our photographs, by applying the HDR Toning effect and then by masking it in into particular areas of our photograph. Again we'll start off with the same workflow but then once we bring the HDR Tone file back to the original file we'll take a few different steps. So let's begin by going to the Image pulldown menu, and here we'll choose Duplicate Image. Next click OK. Then what we want to do is go ahead and choose Image > Adjustments and then HDR Toning.

Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo

In this movie, I want to highlight how we can work with HDR Toning in order to bring out subtle detail in our photographs, by applying the HDR Toning effect and then by masking it in into particular areas of our photograph. Again we'll start off with the same workflow but then once we bring the HDR Tone file back to the original file we'll take a few different steps. So let's begin by going to the Image pulldown menu, and here we'll choose Duplicate Image. Next click OK. Then what we want to do is go ahead and choose Image > Adjustments and then HDR Toning.

What I'm interested in finding here is an adjustment where I can bring in a lot of nice detail. And I can also remove a touch of the color there. So I'm going to remove a little bit of the saturation. Increase the vibrance a bit and just dial this in. Actually, I'm going to increase the saturation a bit as well, because primarily I'm going to on the blue of the shirt and also the eyes. I'm going to ignore everything else. So as I work with my sliders really I'm just focused in on a couple areas of the picture, again the eyes and the shirt. And I'm looking at those areas as I'm working with these sliders here so that I can then bring these effects into specific areas of the photograph.

All right, well, next click OK to apply that. Then as we've done previously click and drag this tab to click it out of that dock there. Then with the Move tool, hold down the Shift key and click, drag and drop. All right, well, now that we have this hdr tone layer in our original document, what I'm going to do is press F to go to Full Screen mode, so I can just really focus in on what I want to do with this photograph. Well, I want to do two different things here. So I'm going to need two different versions of this layer.

Let's copy it, by pressing Command+J on the Mac, or Ctrl+J on Windows. Now that we can see that we have two copies of this hdr version of our photograph let's go ahead and rename these. We'll name the top one eyes and then the second one or the middle one here shirt. All right, well, let's first work on the eyes. This'll be a little bit more subtle but if we click off the visibility of the Shirt layer and then click into the Eye layer, what I want to do here is I want to apply a mask to limit where this adjustment will be applied to the photograph.

So let's zoom in on the image by pressing Command+Plus on the Mac or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. Then hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and Click on the Add Layer Mask icon, that will conceal or hide all of the hdr tone effect. Next, select the Brush tool and here we want to paint with white. We want to paint with a brush without the Hardness and a pretty small brush here. And then we'll go ahead and just start to paint this into the eyes. And by doing I'm hoping that you're able to see this when this movie becomes compressed.

You can see that I'm really starting to just illuminate and bring out some wonderful vivid details there in the eyes. We can also control this by using the opacity. If we want to just soften that a little bit, so we've a little bit of a nice sparkle there in the eyes. So you can see you can use this HDR toned effect to work on images even if they don't look like they've been toned with HDR. Next let's zoom out, and let's work on the shirt. What I want to do with the shirt is I want to change its overall color and also texture. To do that, I'm going to in the click in the Background layer, then let's go to Select and choose Color Range.

Color Range allow us to build selections based on areas that we can click on, here we can click on the shirt and then hold down the Shift key and click and drag around the shirt in order to build up a pretty good selection of just the shirt there. You also may want to modify the overall Fuzziness slider and make sure you turn on the Localized Color Clusters or actually it looks like, if I turn that off, now that I see, it actually gave me a little bit of a better selection. So I take that back, turn that option off. All right, well, next let's go ahead and click OK. Well, here we primarily have the shirt selected, so we can then use that selection as a mask.

Let's click into the Shirt layer and then click on that to target that layer. Next click on the Add Layer Mask icon and in doing that, you can now see that this adjustment is primarily affecting the shirt. Here if I zoom out a little bit, you can see this a bit better. This adjustment again is just modifying the shirt. Or here I don't necessarily like what's happening but what I do want to do is use this, so I can bring some texture and some contrast to this area. So let's use a blending mode which works great with contrast and color, and that's Soft Light.

So once I apply that Soft Light blending, you can see my before, and now my after. It just is bringing out some of the nice texture there. And if this layer has too much color in it what we can do is change that. And we can change that by de-saturating the entire layer. If we want this to be perhaps more muted, or what we can do is just subtly de-saturate it. In order to do that we're going to click on our Adjustment layer icon for Hue/Saturation. Now just to illustrate something here, I'm going to make a Hue adjustment.

In doing that, you can see that I'm adjusting the entire image. It doesn't look good, yet, if you click on this icon right here, it allows us to create what's called a layer clipping mask. In this way, this adjustment is now only affecting the underlying layer. Well, obviously, I don't want to shirt to be purple, but it's really easy to see how that's now the area that's affected. Next what I can do is de-saturate that and by de-saturating it, you can see that we're removing a lot of the color from that part of the photograph.

If we click on the Eye icon, you can see here's the before and then now the after. Well, I like that. I think that works well with this picture except the texture is a bit too strong, so click in the layer, the hdr tone layer where we worked with the shirt and then just lower the opacity of that. And by doing this, it allows us to bring out some nice details in that part of the photograph. Furthermore, if you want to apply a little bit of that effect to the rest of the photograph, we'll just double-click on your mask and in the Mask panel, here we can decrease the Density of our mask.

What this will do is it will remove the way that this mask is limiting this adjustment to other areas of the photograph. You can see in the Mask panel, the mask is gray rather than previously, when it was black. And sometimes, when you do this, it can just help you kind of dial in how you want this effect to be applied to your photograph. So it's stronger on the shirt, it's much more subtle in the other areas of the photograph. Last but not least, you may need to click around into your layers a little bit and just tinker a bit with your overall opacity to experiment with how high you want to dial in these effects.

Well, now that we've done all of that let's take a look at our before and after. Here it is the before and then now the after. And if we click through our layers to review what we've done, what we did is applied an HDR Tone effect and then created a mask to limit the adjustment to the shirt and also to some of the other areas of the image by decreasing the density of the mask. We created an Adjustment layer as a layer clipping mask so that this would then just de-saturate this layer here. We also had another hdr tone layer where we painted in the HDR toned effect into the eyes.

So that we could add a little bit of sparkle there to the eyes as you can see as I click On and Off the Eye icon here. All right, well, now that we've done all that. Let's once again look at our before and after here it is before and then now after.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

67 video lessons · 19351 viewers

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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 0s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 7s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 53s
    1. Using the Film Grain and Noise filters
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a more realistic grain effect
      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 43s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
      4m 38s
    2. Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image
      4m 53s
    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 43s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 12s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 19s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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