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Modifying color and tone

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Modifying color and tone

All right, well, now that we've worked on resizing and repositioning and clean up the photograph, let's explore how we can have some fun with color. In particular, what I want to do here is remove a lot of the color except for the color on the bike. I also want to brighten up a few areas of the image as well. Well, let's start off by brightening. Here we'll click on our Curves adjustment layer icon and simply click and drag up. We'll focus in on the areas that we want to brighten up, this side of the face over here and also this area of the bike tire and whatnot. Next, let's invert the mask.

Modifying color and tone

All right, well, now that we've worked on resizing and repositioning and clean up the photograph, let's explore how we can have some fun with color. In particular, what I want to do here is remove a lot of the color except for the color on the bike. I also want to brighten up a few areas of the image as well. Well, let's start off by brightening. Here we'll click on our Curves adjustment layer icon and simply click and drag up. We'll focus in on the areas that we want to brighten up, this side of the face over here and also this area of the bike tire and whatnot. Next, let's invert the mask.

Press Command+I or Ctrl+I, Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows. Grab your Brush tool and paint with white. You want paint with white with somewhere around 60 or so percent. I'm just going to start to bring in a little brightness value in some of these darker areas of the photograph and make the brush a little bit bigger here on the tire and just look to bring in a little bit more detail there in those areas and also couple of other areas here, just painting with some pretty broad brush strokes, bringing in a bit of brightness and changing the way light's traveling in the photograph.

Make the brush a lot bigger and press 2 on the keyboard to go to 20%. Here I'm just going to brighten this side of the photograph up, because I notice that it's just a little bit dark over there. I'll bring in a little bit of brightness over here in this area as well. Okay again, so just bringing in a touch of brightness, let's evaluate. Here is before and then after. Now whenever you're painting, a lot of times it's a good idea to go your Mask panel and then to just diffuse those brushstroke edges. This will make that light a little bit more soft. Here we have it, before and after, little bit more of a subtle effect there.

Okay, well, next let's work on color. In order to do that, we'll go back to the Adjustments panel. Here we're going to click on Hue/Saturation. Now what's interesting about Hue/ Saturation is you can target different areas. For example, we can go to the Blues. In this area here, it's going to show us what blues will be affected. Well, if we want more affected, grab the eyedropper with the plus icon and then click on your image. Notice how extended the reach here. Well, now when I make an adjustment, it's going to affect a larger area of the photograph.

Okay well, that looks good. Next, let's go to the Reds. In the Reds, we're going to go ahead and desaturate, removing a lot of the red from the photograph. In this case, we're removing a lot of these skin tone colors and whatnot. Now again if we want more, we can use this eyedropper to extend that, clicking on these red tones that weren't removed here in this area of the photograph. Well, what about if we want to bring some of the red back that we lost on the tire. Well, just grab your Brush tool, paint with black and paint with black with a pretty high opacity.

Then just try to remember where those areas were that you can go ahead and just paint with black and bring some of those red accent colors back into the photograph. Great thing about working on the mask is that if you make a mistake, you can always undo this by painting with the other color. For example, I made a mistake right there. Press the X key. That exchanges your colors in your color picker, flips between black and white, so you can then have the correct color to either paint in this effect or to paint it out. In this case, we're just going to add a little bit of hue there and just modify this so we have that nice little accent color on the wheels there as well.

But what about some of these other colors? We have some yellow in the background. Well, to get that we really need to create a new layer. So here, we'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon. We'll choose Hue/Saturation. With this Target Adjustment tool, we'll sample one of those tones. They are the Yellows right there, and then desaturate. Now of course, the problem is that we desaturated the tones on the bike as well. We definitely don't want that. So here we'll grab our brush. What we want to do is invert the mask, press Command+I or Ctrl+I. Then we're going to go ahead and paint with white.

We can paint with white over these areas just to remove the yellow that we're seeing in the background. For that matter, we can paint all over the background, just removing any other yellow color or tone that we see back there, just to take that out so that we have nice clean backdrop. We can also go to the Master channel and remove any other colors that we might see in the background. Next step, let's click on our Adjustment Layer icon. Here we'll choose Curves. Now with Curves all that I want to do is brighten this image up a touch and then add a little bit of contrast, just to build back some of the drama there.

I think that looks pretty cool. All right, well, let's evaluate how we've done. If we double-click the Adjustments tab, here we can see our overall progress. Clicking and dragging through these layers, here was the original file. We worked on the feet remember. Then we also had this other image where we could then combine those feet and put them in a new spot. From there we had to clean up all of our edges. A lot of that clean up work actually wasn't very difficult, but it makes all the difference in the world. Then finally, we started to have some fun with color, working with Curves and Hue/Saturation and yet another curves adjustment in order to come up with this final effect.

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30490 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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