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As Ansel Adams once said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." Now, with Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques, creating breathtaking prints is within reach. In this course, photographer and instructor Chris Orwig teaches techniques and workflows for crafting powerful and enduring images that bring the photographer's vision to life. From producing a business card to visiting a working press, Chris covers everything photographers need to know to achieve unique, compelling results from the printing process. Exercise files accompany the course.
We are now ready to begin to prepare this file for print. One of the things that I want to do here is make sure I have good detail in my blacks and my whites. Now in order to do that, I'm going to go ahead and navigate to the Adjustments panel and click on the Threshold icon there. I'm just going to use this to try to find my deepest blacks and also my brightest whites. So when I do that, I can see that I have some deep blacks here. I'll press the I key to select the eyedropper and I'll Shift-click there. Now all this is doing is just setting a little points saying, "hey! Here is where you can find some deep blacks." Then I'll go ahead and click and drag to the right and here I'm going to find some nice bright whites on these roses over here. I'll Shift-click to set another point. Now do I need this layer anymore? No, not at all. So I'll delete it, I'll press the Delete key. Now I love that in CS4 you can delete layers simply by pressing the Delete key.
The next thing that I'm going to do is go ahead and navigate to my Curves adjustments and I'll click on the Curves icon there. I'm going to go ahead and open up the Y eyedropper. I'll double- click that. Here I can select a target highlight color. I'm just going to use a default color here. I have 95%. You can see that's the last number that I used and that's the brightness value of 95%. I'll click OK to make sure I have that. Then I'll sample this point here. Okay, great. Now I'm going to go to my black point. I'll double-click that eyedropper, I'm going to change that to 5% of my brightness value. Again, those were the last percentages that I used, so I remember those. I also had set those as my defaults in a previous movie. So go ahead and click OK and then I'm going to sample this area of the hair. Now when I see that, one of the things I'm noticing is it's bringing out some more detail there in the hair. That's just going to help us, so that this image prints better.
Now one of the things that happens sometimes is when you do this, it creates a little bit of a color shift or in my case, it removed a little bit of the warmth from the image. It's real subtle but if we zoom in a little bit, you can see here is our before and then here is our after. Now this image, perhaps, is a little bit more color correct but I'm interested, perhaps, in having a little bit of that warmth in the image. So what I'm going to do here is click on this particular adjustment layer and make sure I'm targeting that Curves layer and take my blend mode to good old Luminosity. Now here all it's going to do is work on the overall luminance value or the brightness value. So I have more detail in the shadows there. If I zoom in on that particular area of the hair, we can especially see that. I'm definitely going to have that print a little bit better. Well, let's zoom out.
Well, now that we have modified the overall tone, we are ready to work on the color and we will do that in the next movie.
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