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Using Color Balance to cross process

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

Video: Using Color Balance to cross process

There are a number of different techniques that you use in order to add a cross processing effect. In this movie what are going to do is take a look at how we can use color balance to create a pretty unique cross processed look. So you may be thinking, well, what exactly is cross processing? Well, cross processing is a traditional photographic technique and what it has to do with is how you process the film and it actually has to do with improperly processing the film. The end result is some really interesting vivid colors and contrasts and what not. Well, we are not working with film here. We have a digital file and so what we can do is we can apply a cross process type of look to a digital photograph in order to achieve a similar type of effect. Here I have this portrait of the artist Andy Davis and he is in studio there looking out of a window in front this white backdrop and it's kind of a funky image. So what I want to do is add a little bit of this cross processing effect in order to fit the nature of the photograph.

Using Color Balance to cross process

There are a number of different techniques that you use in order to add a cross processing effect. In this movie what are going to do is take a look at how we can use color balance to create a pretty unique cross processed look. So you may be thinking, well, what exactly is cross processing? Well, cross processing is a traditional photographic technique and what it has to do with is how you process the film and it actually has to do with improperly processing the film. The end result is some really interesting vivid colors and contrasts and what not. Well, we are not working with film here. We have a digital file and so what we can do is we can apply a cross process type of look to a digital photograph in order to achieve a similar type of effect. Here I have this portrait of the artist Andy Davis and he is in studio there looking out of a window in front this white backdrop and it's kind of a funky image. So what I want to do is add a little bit of this cross processing effect in order to fit the nature of the photograph.

So I will go ahead and click on the adjustment layer icon and choose Color Balance or I will click on Color Balance icon, either way. Now what we can do here is we can bring some tones into our shadows. Let's say for example in our shadows, we want to go Cyan, so we can add quite a bit of Cyan there. Here is our before and then after. We can then go on to the Highlights and on the other hand in the Highlights, we are going to add some Yellow. So already we have this really nice and interesting look. It went from this. Particular look all the way over to here and again it has a little bit of that cross-processed effect. Now let's say though we want to take this even further.

What are a couple of different things that we could try? One thing that I like to do is to load the luminance from one of our different channels. Now you can do this by a way of shortcut or long cut. Let me show you the long cut. You go into the Channels and then you Command+Click or Ctrl+Click on a Channel to load that particular channel's luminance values. On the other hand, if you want to be able to be a little bit quick about it, you can go back, click at our mask just because we are going to load that information into the mask and then press on a Mac Command+Option+Shift +2 for the Red Channel. On a PC that's Ctrl+Alt+Shift+2. That will then load the luminance values of that channel.

We can then fill that with black. We can do that by a way of shortcut again or long cut. Edit > Fill and we will choose Black or if we want to do that by a way of shortcut, in this case Black is in the background, so that would be Command+Delete on a Mac, Ctrl+Delete on a PC. If it were the foreground color, that would be Option+Delete on a Mac or Alt+Delete on a PC. But again use whatever technique works best with you. Let's go to Select and then Deselect and see what we have done here. If we Shift+Click the mask we can see our before and after. So what we are really doing is we are allowing this particular adjustment to focus in on specific tones.

On the other hand we could then duplicate this. Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on a PC and while in the Mask we are going to invert that mask and we can do that by going to masks and pressing Invert or by pressing Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC. There is a quite a bit of information here but I am hoping that you will press Pause, if you don't catch any of it and try it out or jot it down. Okay, well let's keep going. We'll double click the icon for the Color Balance layer and now that we have that, we can go under our Shadows and here we can see that we could modify this particular area and I am going to modify it a little bit differently there. I will go to the other curves adjustments and then I will go to my Shadows or my Highlights for that matter.

Again here I can modify this in another way as well. So why then use these techniques in order to create to this particular combination. What we have done here is we have one layer where we are masking in the color in a specific area. Shift+Clicking the mask shows me my before and after. Then we have another layer. Shift+Clicking the mask, before and after. Again, that's limiting the color to specific areas. So all that we are trying to do is to begin to split how we are shifting the tone or the color. Now all that being said do we always have go through all of those steps when we are trying to create a cross processed effect with Color Balance? Not at all, a lot of times as you saw before. I simply go in the Color Balance, bringing in some color and then Shadows, bringing in some different color and the Highlights there. It gives us a pretty interesting effect.

Let's say that we like that, but we want to take it a little bit further. We could then duplicate it. This will be too intense, but we could try a blend mode, Soft Light, add a little bit of contrast, lower the intensity of that and again it's just going to give it that little bit of that extra push there. We could lower the initial color effect and increase our contrast in color effect a little bit more as well. Again, a little bit more contrast here, a little bit more like film. Now a lot of times what happens is when you have a cross process effect you may want to darken a few areas of the image. To do this we will create a new layer, clicking on the new layer icon, we grab our Brush tool and really roughly we are just going to paint with black around a few areas of this image, just to create a bit of a vignette effect.

Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. We want to blur that out pretty significantly. Then take this to a blend mode of Soft Light and finally lower the Opacity of that to dial in the desired effect. Again, it's kind of subtle, but it ties into this whole effect. Let's look at our before and after. Here is before and then after.

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

74 video lessons · 17486 viewers

Chris Orwig
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  1. 4m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Learning strategies
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 15m 1s
    1. The effect of color
      1m 50s
    2. Why color matters
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding color adaptation
      3m 16s
    4. Understanding color relationships
      2m 55s
    5. Introducing Adobe Kuler
      5m 4s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting color and tone in a sunset portrait
      4m 23s
    2. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 1: Curves
      4m 7s
    3. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 2: Color Balance
      4m 26s
    4. Jellyfish pt. 1: Adjusting composition and color
      4m 52s
    5. Jellyfish pt. 2: Working with lighting effects and opacity
      4m 18s
    6. Jellyfish pt. 3: Integrating tone, color, and creativity
      6m 3s
    7. Night photography pt. 1: Brightening and contrast
      5m 12s
    8. Night photography pt. 2: Vibrance, hue, and saturation
      5m 29s
    9. Fisherman's rope: Color and Contrast
      3m 55s
    10. Fisherman's floats: Subtle color with curves
      5m 20s
    11. Wind tunnel: Masking using the Color Range command
      4m 14s
    12. Old desert sign: Quick color adjustments
      4m 24s
    13. Old neon sign: Creating impact
      2m 46s
    14. Artist's chalk: Enhancing vivid colors
      4m 9s
    15. Strawberry ice cream: Making subtle color enhancements
      2m 45s
    16. Hallways: Combining images with creative color
      4m 44s
    17. Santa Barbara Harbor: Adding color to grayscale images
      4m 29s
  4. 34m 14s
    1. Deconstructing Hue/Saturation
      3m 36s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation to change color
      2m 31s
    3. Adding accent color
      1m 49s
    4. Changing color with Quick Mask mode and Hue/Saturation
      2m 56s
    5. Replacing color with the Replace Color tool
      2m 49s
    6. Replacing and modifying color
      6m 59s
    7. Changing the color of an old fishing boat
      6m 50s
    8. Enhancing and changing eye color
      4m 30s
    9. Changing makeup color in a fashion portrait
      2m 14s
  5. 22m 6s
    1. Deconstructing color saturation with Levels and Curves
      3m 53s
    2. Adjusting vibrance and saturation
      1m 59s
    3. Using Hue/Saturation
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Selective Color command
      1m 56s
    5. Using Hue/Saturation and Curves to understand relative color
      4m 24s
    6. Increasing color saturation and variety with Lab
      3m 29s
    7. Getting creative with Lab
      3m 7s
  6. 24m 28s
    1. Using Color Balance to cross process
      5m 10s
    2. Using Curves RGB channels to cross process
      2m 22s
    3. Introducing Curves presets
      1m 52s
    4. Using Curves presets to cross process
      2m 52s
    5. Cross processing black-and-white photos
      3m 13s
    6. Integrating cross processing into a creative workflow
      5m 7s
    7. Using plug-ins to create a cross process effect
      3m 52s
  7. 22m 45s
    1. Removing color to create impact
      3m 48s
    2. Creative color reduction using Color Balance, Curves, and masking
      4m 30s
    3. Creative color reduction using Hue/Saturation, Curves, and masking
      6m 32s
    4. Multi-image project: Removing and adding color and creating a layout
      7m 55s
  8. 26m 44s
    1. Adding a sepia tone with Hue/Saturation and Soft Light
      3m 2s
    2. Improving tone and adding subtle sepia effects
      7m 43s
    3. Using Curves to create a sepia tone
      4m 48s
    4. Beach swing pt. 1: Creating a bleached contrast effect
      2m 1s
    5. Beach swing pt. 2: Adding glow
      3m 4s
    6. Beach swing pt. 3: Adding noise and final color and tone adjustments
      3m 21s
    7. Creating a sepia tone quickly with Variations
      1m 19s
    8. Using actions for a quick sepia conversion
      1m 26s
  9. 29m 10s
    1. Model portrait: Creating a muted color and contrast effect
      4m 3s
    2. Autumn leaves portrait: Muted color and tone made simple
      4m 11s
    3. Rock-star style: Putting it all together to create edgy color and tone
      6m 11s
    4. Tower Bridge: Enhancing color and tone
      2m 27s
    5. Concrete wall pt. 1: Adding color
      1m 30s
    6. Concrete wall pt. 2: Finding and installing custom fonts and brushes
      2m 48s
    7. Concrete wall pt. 3: Working with type
      3m 35s
    8. Concrete wall pt. 4: Using custom brushes
      4m 25s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Introducing plug-ins by Nik, onOne, and Alien Skin
      40s
    2. Using onOne plug-ins
      3m 43s
    3. Using Alien Skin plug-ins
      2m 48s
    4. Using Nik plug-ins
      2m 44s
    5. Links for the color curious
      2m 59s
  11. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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