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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: Hey, welcome back. In the previous movie, I mentioned the we would be doing some burning and dodging here and as I thought about it and looked at the image, I thought, you know what, I think there's a different road to take with this image that will be a little bit better and give us better results. And so we're going to do that. We're going to do some noise reduction, and the noise reduction features in CS2 are a lot stronger that they were in CS, so it's definitely worthwhile taking this route. So let's go for it. We'll click on the top layer, Shift+Option+Command+E. You're going to merge everything to a new layer. Shift+Alt+Control+E on the PC, and let's name this layer "merged_noise_low".
So this will have some low noise reduction and then Command+J or Control+J and then we're going to call this one "merged_noise_high". So we're going to be doing some noise reduction on two different layers. So let's click in merged_noise_low and navigate to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise, and let's take a look at this here. And for starters, I want to try to be able to see some of the image there. For starters what we'll be doing is, I'd like to take everything back down to zero and then bring up our Strength. So when we see our Strength, we say the walls look a lot better, the pants, but we're losing some detail, so we need to bring in Preserve Details here, probably even we're going to get away with about 7 on our Strength there.
Although it isn't a color image, there may be some color noise, and then details we'll just sharpen those a little bit. Let's look at our before and after. We can do that by clicking on the image, and let's take our Strength up maybe even up to an 8. Preserve some of the details. I'm looking to make sure that the faces are still sharp, things that are really important with the image and I think that's the case. Click OK. Let's look at our before and after. All right, nice. That looks really good. Now we'll go to the merged_noise_high and for this one, we'll be going to the same filter.
Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise, let's crank the Strength way up to a 10, Preserve Details way down, click OK. We're going to mask this off, so we'll go ahead and create a mask by clicking on the Mask icon, grab your brush and start off maybe with about 50 percent would be good. Paint with black. What we're looking to do here, looks like I need to take it way up now that I look at it.
Try it up in the 80 percent range there. What we're looking to do here, is to bring back some of the detail in some important areas. So I'm going to look to edges, let's look at our before and after, Shift+click the mask so you can see the before and after there, it's looking a lot better. So again, I'm actually going to paint even a higher amount, because I am using a Wacom tablet and I have that pressure sensitivity. I can dial in the amount of detail I'm painting back in with this, with pressure, which is really nice.
If you don't have that, you may want to experiment with a little bit lower Opacity setting there. Lines, garments, wrinkles, edges, going to bring back the crispness to a lot of those. I'm just going to do a heck of a lot of detail work here. Shift+click that mask before and after, see how I'm doing. Option+click the mask to see how it's looking, so you can see the areas that I'm painting details back in. Also decrease the Flow here so I can aggressively bring back in some of these details.
What Flow does is, it sets ink down and then the more you paint over an area, the more ink you have, and I showed this in another of the retouching movies, but you can see I'm really focusing on the people in the image because that's what I want to have sharp. Double-click the Zoom tool, let's look at our before and after, so there's before and after, that final noise reduction layer, it looks really good. Let's look at both of our reduction layers, we'll be zooming in just a tad bit so you guys can see it on your monitors.
There's before and after. Wow, that is a heck of a lot better. The image is really coming together. We still have nice sharp detail in the faces, in the areas where we need detail and we've reduced the noise pretty well. Nice work. See you in the next movie.
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