Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Project 1: Adding light and color

From: Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Video: Project 1: Adding light and color

At this stage, now that we're seeing our composite start to come together, let's now begin to work on color and tone a little bit. So, one of the things that I want to do is I want to work on the model. So, in order to do that, I'll press Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then click the layer mask for the model here, for the girl layer. Next, I'll go ahead and click on my adjustment layer icon and choose Curves, or I'll go up to the Adjustments panel and here we can also click Curves. Now, what we want to do with Curves in this case is I want to brighten her up, but also darken things down. I want to add a bit of contrast.

Project 1: Adding light and color

At this stage, now that we're seeing our composite start to come together, let's now begin to work on color and tone a little bit. So, one of the things that I want to do is I want to work on the model. So, in order to do that, I'll press Command on a Mac, Ctrl on Windows, and then click the layer mask for the model here, for the girl layer. Next, I'll go ahead and click on my adjustment layer icon and choose Curves, or I'll go up to the Adjustments panel and here we can also click Curves. Now, what we want to do with Curves in this case is I want to brighten her up, but also darken things down. I want to add a bit of contrast.

I also want to go into my different channels, and I want to bring up some of the different colors here that we have, bring up a little bit of red, go to green/magenta, perhaps a little bit of magenta, even a touch more there, and then go to blue-yellow, and bring in some of the yellow, especially in those skin tones. I'm going to bring that down, so that we have a lot of that, a nice, deep yellow there. I'll go back and forth through these layers, just trying to find a nice spot of bringing in the touch of color, a little bit of life to the subject there. All right, well, just a hint of color there, also a hint of contrast, I think it's going to work pretty nicely. I am just going to modify this a touch there.

I don't want to go too far with it, but here is our before and then after, adding a bit more definition to the subject. Now, if we zoom out a bit, one of the things that we notice is that she now has this really nice warmth to her, but the books in the background are a little bit cool. So, what I want to do is start to work on the background as well. I kind of want to bring these two images closer together. We've talked a bit about how we have this light coming in behind her. So, it'd be really fun to add a bit of a light source here to this portion of the image.

To do so, let's scroll down to the bottom of our layers stack, click in the background layer, and press Command or Ctrl+J. Let's name this layer lens flare. What we're going to do is go to our Filter pulldown menu, here we'll choose Render, and then we'll select Lens Flare. This will open up this Lens Flare dialog where we have a number of different types of lens flare. In this case, I think this 50-300 might be kind of fun, and what we can do is kind of choose where we want to position this. Again, I think it might be fun to have that right behind her.

What you want to do is you want to try to position that, click OK in order to render it out, and if it's not right, press Command+Z, undo it, go back, Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Try it again. It's a lot of give-and-take here, back and forth, trying to find just the right amount of brightness and also the type of flare that might work. I'm going to undo that one. I think I want it even a little bit more behind her, just really coming from behind her head there, so that it kind of ties into the glow of the hair, and also adds a bit to this kind of imagination feel of this photograph.

Again, I need to bring it up just a bit more and it takes some tinkering here to get this right, doesn't it? Okay, well, that's kind of fun, and again, I'm trying to create a bit more of a surreal image. So I like how that looks. Well, the next thing that I want to do is create a Curves layer to work on the overall color and tone. So here I'll click on my Curves icon, and I'll go ahead and go under the Red channel, bring up the reds there, also go into the Blue-Yellow channel, bringing up those yellows, all these neat vibrant colors, Green channel, a little bit of magenta, go to the RGB Composite, we can brighten things up a bit.

Again, we're just trying to bring it a little bit closer to this type of a look. Well, let's scroll down. With our lens flare layer, what we might want to do is lower the opacity a bit, just kind of scale that back so it's not quite so prominent. We have that light source, that glow, but it's not so strong. We also might want to experiment a little bit with this Curves here. What you can do is you can click on your Gradient tool and choose a gradient like this one here. Then when you click-and-drag across an area, it can allow the effect to come through in a particular area.

So as I click-and-drag we are bringing in that color and tone a little bit more prominently in this area. It's not affecting the rest of the photograph. Now, in this case, I kind of like its intensity here, but I want some of it in the background. This is a nice thing about the Mask panel. Go to the Mask panel and simply lower the density. So what we're doing here is we're saying, "hey, you know what, I want it to be 100% here, but a little bit less in some of those other areas." Again, here's that before and after, and here we have that lens flare layer.

With the lens flare layer too, one of the things you can do is if you don't like perhaps a part of the lens flare, we'll click on the Add Layer Mask icon, grab your Brush tool and paint with black, and then paint with black to conceal part of it, so we could conceal little bit of this. If we want a little bit less of that ring there around the background and it kind of shoots forward or perhaps we want a little bit less of this over here as well. So again, we can really modify this however we see fit and then still have the advantage of having that kind of glow, but a little bit less of the noticeable lens flare little circles there, but it still gives us this really nice type of look and feel.

Well, now that we've worked on the background, we of course need to go back to the subject, because there is something a little bit off with her, isn't there? We need to do a few more adjustments to the overall image to really finish this off. So, let's explore how we can push this even further, and we'll do so in the next movie.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

58 video lessons · 30332 viewers

Chris Orwig
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.