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Photoshop CS4's adjustment features offer unparalleled opportunities to correct and manipulate images. In Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth, Jan Kabili explains how to use all the major Photoshop adjustment features. She shares the best techniques for adjusting image quality, and shows how to use the new Adjustments panel to streamline a photo correction workflow. Jan also demonstrates multiple ways to eliminate color casts, and explains how to use the new On-Image Curves control to adjust brightness and color. This course offers a detailed look at the techniques photographers and designers use to master image adjustments in Photoshop. Exercise files accompany the course.
In an earlier movie, I showed you how to use to Hue/Saturation adjustment to colorize an image giving it a monochrome look. You can do something similar from the Black & White adjustment only there it's called Tinting. To show you that I'm going to add a Black & White adjustment layer by going to the Adjustment panel and clicking the Black & White icon. As I showed you earlier in another movie, that converts the image to black and white, it adds a Black & White adjustment layer and it brings up these controls in the Adjustments panel. I am not going to tweak any of these controls except for one, the Tint checkbox right here. I'm going to check that box and that changes the image from straight black and white to black and white with a color tint.
This is the default color tint, but I can change this to any color I like by clicking in the Tint field right here to open the color picker. In the color picker I can choose any color I like. Here I've clicked on the blue part of the slider. I could click on the purple part of the slider or I might go down and look for a warm goldish tone, something like that and click OK. That applies that one gold tone across the highlights, shadows and midtones in the image for this monochrome effect. Because this is an adjustment layer, it comes with its own layer mask and I can use that layer mask to paint back in, a little bit of the underlying color image for a nice hand painted look.
To do that, I'll go over to the Toolbox and I'm going to click in the foreground color box and I'm going to choose the middle gray and click OK. Then I'm going to get my Brush tool, I'll move into the image and I'm going to make my brush a little bigger, so that it encompasses most of this bouquet. To do that I'll press the Right Bracket key on my keyboard. I also want the edge to be soft, so I'll hold down the Shift key and press the Left Bracket key. And then I'm just going to click once in the Black & White adjustment layer mask with that gray paint to add a soft gray mask that hides some of the monochrome effect on the Black & White adjustment layer.
If I want a little bit stronger effect, I might give it one more hit clicking again there. So that's how simple it is to tint an image using the Black & White Tint feature and then to bring back a little bit of the color from the underlying layer.
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