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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Modifying the color and tone


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Modifying the color and tone

At this stage of the project what I want to do is work a little bit on the overall color and tone of the photograph. I also want to modify it just a bit more. So here Is how I will do that. Well, now that we have the double density of both of these layers, I'm going to click in my underlying layer mask and I am going to feather these edges out a bit, just softening them up. I'm going to go to the top one as well and just soften those up as well, just looking to try to have this fall into the shadow a little bit more clearly. Well, another thing that we might want to do is add a bit of film grain or modify the color.
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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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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
4h 41m Intermediate Sep 02, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Extending the canvas
  • Combining multiple frames
  • Cleaning up the background
  • Modifying color and tone
  • Masking images together
  • Removing a model from a background
  • Blending graphics with photos
  • Illuminating eyes
  • Adding texture and film grain
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Modifying the color and tone

At this stage of the project what I want to do is work a little bit on the overall color and tone of the photograph. I also want to modify it just a bit more. So here Is how I will do that. Well, now that we have the double density of both of these layers, I'm going to click in my underlying layer mask and I am going to feather these edges out a bit, just softening them up. I'm going to go to the top one as well and just soften those up as well, just looking to try to have this fall into the shadow a little bit more clearly. Well, another thing that we might want to do is add a bit of film grain or modify the color.

In order to modify color, let's say add a bit of a tone to this, we can click on our adjustment layer icon and then choose Color Balance. With Color Balance I'm going to add some reds and also a little bit of yellows here, just adding a bit of a browner tint to this. I'll go into my Shadows and I'm going to warm those up as well, trying to just remove, just a touch of the color that's there and changing the overall color palette of the image. Well, in this case it's affecting the TV as well, which I don't like. So what I need to do is copy my mask from one layer to another.

The easiest way to do that is by way of a shortcut. You may remember this one. On a Mac you hold down Option; on Windows you hold down Alt. You click in your layer mask here and then you Option+click or Alt+click-and-drag that mask up to the new layer and click Yes, you want to replace that and here it's showing us that mask. Now, to exit this strange view, Option+click or Alt+click the mask again. When you Option+click or Alt+click on mask, it just shows you a different perspective of that so you can see the actual shape. All right, well, let's take a look at this. Here's our before and then after.

So now we have some other options in regards to the overall toning. We can also lower this if we want to have a little bit less of that sepia tone in there. Again, just before and after. All right, well, the next thing I want to do is add some film grain to this area of the image. Well, in order to do that, because I have layers which are all blended together, I need to merge to top. On a Mac, you press Shift+ Option+Command+E, on Windows press Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E. Next, let's name this layer grain, and what we're going to want to do is have a mask on this.

So we'll click in our underlying layer mask, hold down Option or Alt and then click-and-drag. So, what we have here on this layer is just the TV with the blending and the toning, just the screen there. So, on this layer what we'll do then is we'll add some film grain. Just as a side note, I went to this view by holding down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows and clicking on the eye icon of that layer. Whenever you do that, it will disable the visibility of all other layers just to show you the one layer, and I did that for demo purposes and also just to confirm, do I have everything right? Is my mask in the right place? Yes it is, perfect.

All right, well, what about grain? Here we'll zoom in a bit, by pressing Command+Plus or Ctrl+ Plus, and here we'll click in the image thumbnail, and we'll navigate to Filter. We're going to choose Noise and then add some noise. The type of noise that we want to add is Gaussian and Monochromatic, and here we can dial in our Amount, and all that I'm looking to do is just have a little bit of fun with film grainn and make this a little bit more all-time nostalgic and I think that's kind of fun, and then we'll go ahead and click OK in order to add that noise.

The great thing about that is that the noise has just been added to this area of the image. All right, well, let's zoom out, and when we zoom out, we can see this effect in its entirety. I'm going to double-click my Adjustments tab so we can really focus in on our layers. Now, currently we have all of these different layers. If I move one of the layers, it's not going to really work for me because you can see that something is happening here that isn't quite right. So, what we need to do is if we want to reposition this, the best technique is this.

What we need to do is to go over to our Layers panel and lock all of these different masks down so that they're connected with the image. The next thing that we need to do is to group these together. So let's click in the top layer, hold down the Shift key, then click in the bottom layer. That will select all of these contiguous layers, the layers that are right next to each other. Then we'll press the shortcut key to group these and the shortcut on a Mac is Command+G for Group, on Windows, Ctrl+G. So, let's press that and let's name this group TV.

Next thing we want to do is with the Move tool, we can then click-and-drag these around and all of these will move together in unison. So we can position this wherever we want it in the document window. Now, the next thing that we want to do before we wrap this up is just zoom in a little bit, we can do that by pressing Command+ Plus or Ctrl+Plus, and then let's open up this little group folder and in order to see the before and after, what we can do is click-and- drag through these layers. Here is the before and then here is the after. All right, well that wraps up our work on this vintage TV effect.

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