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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 is a video-based tutorial designed for professional photographers and enthusiasts who want to get professional results. Chris Orwig, a professional photographer and instructor at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, shares the secrets and techniques that he uses to enhance his own photography in Photoshop. The training follows a photographer's digital workflow, starting with essential color management decisions and organizing images with Adobe Bridge. Chris moves on to cover processing Camera Raw files, enhancing tone and color, and correcting imperfections. He then demonstrates how to prepare the images for output and client reviews. Chris shares examples of his work as exercise files that accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
>> Male Speaker: All right, we have one more image to look at. Go ahead and open up baxter.jpg. This is my parent's dog. The shot is underexposed. We're going to look at how we can burn and dodge or deal with tone. It's not technically burning and dodging, but if you think about it, all that burning and dodging is, is dealing with tone. So we're going to expand on what we know, and let me show you how we're going to do that. For starters, navigate to Select > Color Range and choose the clouds. We want to have a good selection of the clouds. Go ahead and go inside and add to those clouds.
Once you have that selection, click OK, and press Command+J or Control+J. This will copy those clouds to a new layer. We're going to take these to a blend mode of soft light. So what did they do? They just increased contrast in the sky area. Press Command+J or Control+J a second time. Let's look at our before and after. Much more visually interesting sky. Okay, we're going in the right direction. Next step, click on the background image. Command+J or Control+J one more time. This time we're going to go to a blend mode of Screen, so this is going to be kind of like dodging, right? So it brightened up the image.
We need to create a mask, and now that we're targeting the mask, notice we have the brackets there, we're going to grab the Gradient tool, G on the keyboard, we're going to click and drag, and what you'll see is that we'll be able to dial in the brightness there in the foreground and it depends on how far you drag this. So we'll look at the before and after, just brightening up the foreground and then finally going in with a nice soft brush of somewhat low Opacity, we're painting with white now.
We're going to go in and brighten up the dogs. We want to bring out the details of that guy. Very cool dog by the way. He just loves running in those hills. I'm going to brighten up the Opacity a little bit more and click on the eye there and the nose. I want to bring some detail back. Even more. Make sure that's coming through all the way. And let's look at our before and after. There's before, and after. Basically we've worked on exposure in an image that's a little bit complex because we have the bright sky in the background. Sometimes if you need to open up exposure you can simply copy a layer and take the blend mode to Screen.
In this case, we've lost all of the sky detail, so that wasn't a good direction, that's why we need to create a mask but know that you can do that and then combine multiple masks. And essentially what we're doing here is working with tonal values. Some people will go for working on their images with the Burn and Dodge tool over here. I actually don't do that. The reason is I always want to have it on a layer. I want to have the ability to lower Opacity if I need to and I also want to have the ability to double the intensity by copying the layer and then lowering Opacity.
So maybe I need one and a half times the light there. So I recommend you go for a workflow that includes layers and that you really take advantage of the ability to make non-destructive tonal edits to your images. Well that wraps it up for now. I'll see you in the next movie.
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