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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
We are going to have some fun in this movie. We are going to learn how we can use the Patch tool as well as some other tools. We are going to work on this file, corwif_clean_up_02. Double-click it to open it up it in Photoshop. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now here we have this photograph of one of my friends, Brandon Paul Watts, he is great videographer, great cinematographer. Now what I want to do with this image, I want to clean it up. So I'm going to create this little, kind of, promo piece form out of this. So I want to remove a number of the blemishes we can see along this concrete wall. So in order to do that, what I'm going to do is go ahead and copy my background layer by clicking and dragging that to the New Layer icon, and so we can focus on these layers. Let's double -click the word Adjustments, so we can really target them. I'll call this one clean for clean up.
Next, I'm going to grab my Clone Stamp tool. Yup, I'll start up with the Clone Stamp tool, only real small. Option-click, if we are on a Mac, Alt-click on a PC. I'm just looking to divide this line here. I want to remove part of that line. Well, now that I have removed part of that line, what I'm going to do then is grab the Patch tool. Now that I have the Patch tool, I'll go ahead and click and drag around the entirety of this blemish and because I was able to cut that little spot off there, I won't have a problem on that seam. I'll then click and reposition this to a new area in my image with some good clean pixels and then let go.
All right, navigate to Select > Deselect or press your shortcut there, and let's look at our before and after. Well before and after. Okay, so far so good, except it's a little bit problematic. Well here we need to go back and select the Healing Brush. Now with the Healing Brush what we are going to do is we are going to make our brush nice and small, Option-click on a Mac, Alt-click on a PC. We are just going to go ahead and navigate around the image. We are going actually try to bring a little bit of the texture back. So we are going go ahead and reduce this just a little bit. You can see that I'm copying some of the little blemishes around the image, and all that I'm looking to do is to try to prevent the eye from noticing that there was something there. So I press the Option key and I sample. I do a little healing. Press the Option. I sample, do a little healing. Options key, heal out those problem, Option key heal out those, Option key heal out those.
And again, keep in mind that on a Mac it's an Option, on a PC that's an Alt. And what I'm trying to do is sample different areas so I'm never sampling from the same area, the same directions, so I'm mixing it up a little bit. I'm confusing things a little bit so it fits into that background. I'll just go ahead and remove this, Option-click on a Mac/Alt-click on a PC, click and drag to remove that, and when I do that, it's close except that I have a little bit of a repeating pattern. So I'll go to the other side. Option- click on a Mac/Alt-click on a PC, and again I'll set my source area. It's a new area and I'm just going to go ahead and make my way through this image. I'm going to do this pretty quickly because I'm doing the same exact thing, right, over and over again.
on a Mac/it's Option-click. On a PC it's Alt-click. Setup a new area and then retouch it. Bigger brush, Option- click on a Mac/Alt-click on a PC, try to brighten up this corner just a bit, do it again, bring it a little bit more. Okay, that's looking good. Now over to these blemishes on the other side of the wall, and it's a Option-click on a Mac/Alt-click on a PC, and you know where we are going, right? Move that around, set a new source area. Again I'm just looking to reduce and simplify a bit because I want to clean this up a bit. I want the nice texture but I don't want to have quite so many blemishes through out this.
Okay, let's look at our before and after. Here is before and after, really quick and really painless way to retouch our images. Now, we are going to add some text. Press T to select your Type tool. I'll go ahead and type out the text that I want to have, Brandon Paul Watts there, press Enter or Return, Videographer and I'll highlight that text there and change that to white. Click OK. Next, the text is too big, how can I change it? Well, Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a PC. We are going to resize that little text field there. We want to go even smaller, like that, it looks pretty nice, little bit smaller, then press T on the keyboard to select the Type tool, hover over the word Videographer. I'm just going to change the font size of that and press Enter or Return.
Now I'm going quickly here because the intent is to show you some of the clean up and then to have a little bit of fun with this. Okay, well, now that I have this and I have vision for what I want to do; I decide I want to draw a little more attention to the name here and I want to change the color. So I click in my clean layer, click and drag that to the New Layer icon to copy it, and I'll call this layer light, navigate to Filter > Render and Lighting Effects. Now here I have an Omni light, so I'll go ahead and choose Omni. My settings are actually pretty good so I want to modify this so I just have a nice bright light source there, click OK, and now we have this new light source on that area. All right, I'm not going to leave it at this full level. I'm going to take this to a blend mode of Soft Light. Now the colors are going to change pretty significantly. It's also going to start to just redirect our eye towards this part of this image.
The next thing that I want to do is go to my Adjustments, and again I'm just having fun here. Click on Hue/ Saturation, Colorize. I'm interested in making this blue, and I think that looks pretty nice. Double-click to close that and so now here we can really see how that one layer -- we are just redirecting the eye. Now it's all about this particular portion of the image. I'm really close to finishing this bad boy off. I'll click in the topmost layer. Create a new layer, fill that new layer with black. You can do that by pressing Option+Delete on a Mac/Alt+Delete on a PC. That fills the layer with black, take it to a blend mode of what? You know the deal, Soft Light.
Next, what we are interesting in doing is clicking on the Add Layer Mask icon. Now here, I'll grab my Brush tool. I'll make sure I'm painting with black. Nice big brush and I can experiment with painting away this particular effect so I can go ahead and click on the name there, a little bit over there on the videographer, and now what I have is just the darkening effect around the edges. Now the nice thing about creating a mask like this is that if I don't like it, all I need to do is Shift-click the mask to disable that mask and I say, you know what, kind of just like the whole thing a little bit darker especially because I have this layer here that brought the light into the important spot.
Now if I want more light and more contrast, we will go to that light layer, click and drag it to the New Layer icon, duplicate that so now we have twice the intensity there. It's a little bit too strong so I'll go ahead and lower the intensity and now we have finished our project. So again, all I want to do here is have a little bit of fun. Let's go back to the beginning by Option-clicking on a Mac, Alt-clicking on a PC the eye icon. Here is our clean up work and here where we started to redirect the light, brought the light into this area, and then I did some Hue/ Saturation to change it's color and then we had our text and then finally that overall contrast and darkening effect that we thought we are going to use this mask but we disabled it. So we just had the overall darkening effect.
Now we have the beginning of this interesting little promo. Now a couple of thoughts for you. Some of you are thinking, Wow! Chris you just went so crazy fast. You are doing all these different things. Well I know that I went fast, and my intent here was just to get you to learn how to use that one tool which was the Patch tool. And then in addition to that to keep in mind that the best Photoshop projects are the result of using these different tools. It's not just cleaning up for cleaning up sake but we clean up so that we can then enhance and actualize our vision, so that we can get creative.
So here is what I recommend you do in order to get more out of this training. Go ahead and stop the train right now and start to play with some of your own images. Experiment, sure clean them up, but then push them in some new directions. Start to see how you can connect the dot. Start to see how you can use all of these different skills that you have learned in order to create images that are compelling.
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