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Retouching with Output Levels

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Retouching with Output Levels

In this movie, I'll show you how the output levels work down here at the bottom of the Properties panel. So, for starters here, you've got this gradient bar, with yet another black triangle and white triangle, and they correspond to these values down here as well. Black goes with zero, white goes with 255, and what they're saying is, these are the values that levels is going to output. In other words, the darkest color is going to go from ten to zero in this case. And the lightest in this case is going to go from 255 to 255, it's not going to change.

Retouching with Output Levels

In this movie, I'll show you how the output levels work down here at the bottom of the Properties panel. So, for starters here, you've got this gradient bar, with yet another black triangle and white triangle, and they correspond to these values down here as well. Black goes with zero, white goes with 255, and what they're saying is, these are the values that levels is going to output. In other words, the darkest color is going to go from ten to zero in this case. And the lightest in this case is going to go from 255 to 255, it's not going to change.

Why don't we go ahead and switch to level one so you can see that in this case a value of 194 will become 255. Now if you change these values, for example, if you raise the black point. Then, in my case, I'm going to make the darkest color 83, so I'm going to map everything that was zero to 83, and as a result, we're going to lose a ton of shadows. And if I was to drag this white point, like so, I'm now mapping colors that used to be 194 down to 172, which means that I have a really low contrast ugly image, so you might wonder Why in the world you would ever use these controls.

Well, one more curiosity, just in case you're interested. You can cross the beams here, if you want to. And that's going to go ahead and invert the image as you see, and you can also control the degree of inversion if you like. But a more practical use is a common retouching technique. It should be familiar to those of you watched chapter ten. Notice that I got rid of the blur layer so that we're seeing more details, more pores, in this woman's face. And the blur layer involves some masking that we're not going to have to do this time around.

So this is sort of a poor man's technique, if you will, for a kind of quick and dirty glow. So the first thing I'll do is select this re-touch layer and then I'll press Ctrl+Alt+j, or Cmd+Opt+j on a Mac, to jump it and name it. And I'll call this one blur. And then I'll click OK. Next you want to go up to the Filter menu, choose Blur, and then choose Gaussian Blur. And enter a really whoppingly big number like 20 pixels or if you're working with a higher resolution image then you would possibly double that value.

Now click OK and the next thing you do is go over here to the split g/ mode Pop-up menu in the upper left hand corner of the Layers panel. And you change it from Normal to Overlay and you end up getting this kind of glow effect. Now Its over the top at this point and we're compromising the colors terrificly because we have way to much saturation now we're losing our shadow and highlight detail so drop down to the black white icon and if you want to name an adjustment layer while you create it. You press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on a Mac before you click on the icon, and then in our case we'll choose Levels.

And I'll go ahead and call this one Low Contrast because that's what I'm going to do is reduce the contrast of the image using those output levels. And I'll click OK. And now I'll click inside the first output level's value, the black point, and I'll press Shift+up arrow five times in a row. In order to increase that value to 50, then I'll tab over to the second value, the white point. I'll press Shift+down arrow five times in a row to reduce that value to 205. Now quite naturally you might look at this and still wonder where in the world we're going, why we would want this kind of effect.

Well what you want to do is relocate this adjustment to just the Blur layer. And you do that by clipping. So, you can see this icon right next to the eye, it tells you that it's going to clip the layer. Go ahead and click on it, and that goes ahead and gives us back some of that contrast once again. Now we want to emphasize the Glow effect a little bit more than this. So, I'm going to press the Alt key, or the Option key on the mac. And drag this level adjust down like so in order to create a copy of it. Between the Retouch layer and the Blur layer. And then lets change the settings here by pressing Shift+down arrow for the black point value so it's now 20.

And then press Shift+up arrow three times in order to raise the white point value to 235. And we end up getting this effect here so, just to give you a sense of our progress I'll press the F12 key to revert the image. This is the original version of the image that has the pores and all that stuff. And then if I press control z, or command z on the mac, this is that same image with a little bit of additional glow provided by blur, along with a couple of applications of output levels

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 57m 13s
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
      1m 3s

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