Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects
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Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves

In this movie, I want to highlight another feature
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  1. 1m 35s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 33m 38s
    1. Using the Basic panel to change the lighting
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a more expressive photograph with Camera Raw
      4m 24s
    3. Correcting under- and overexposure
      5m 1s
    4. Improving the color of light on a group of photos
      5m 6s
    5. Enhancing the quality and color of light
      4m 35s
    6. Using the Radial filter to improve light in certain areas
      4m 4s
    7. Improving larger areas with the Gradient tool
      5m 0s
  3. 22m 22s
    1. Changing the quantity and quality of light with adjustments
      7m 2s
    2. Using multiple adjustment to improve light and color
      4m 30s
    3. Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves
      1m 58s
    4. Improving the color of light
      3m 19s
    5. Using the Shadows and Highlights controls
      5m 33s
  4. 40m 57s
    1. Painting in brightness with curves and masking
      5m 36s
    2. Fine-tuning the mask with the Density and Feather controls
      7m 39s
    3. Adding light with an elliptical selection, a mask, and an adjustment layer
      3m 56s
    4. Darkening the sky with Quick Select and Curves
      6m 33s
    5. Using gradient masks to improve large areas of your photo
      5m 40s
    6. Correcting exposure with a gradient mask
      2m 37s
    7. Improving a portrait with curves and masks
      4m 12s
    8. Speeding up your workflow by using a mask on two layers
      4m 44s
  5. 31m 28s
    1. Increasing visual interest with Soft Light blending
      3m 6s
    2. Soft Light blending: Recovering detail
      4m 0s
    3. Fine-tuning Soft Light blending with advanced Curves adjustments
      4m 55s
    4. Using Screen blending to fix underexposure
      3m 0s
    5. Brightening with blending modes and masking
      3m 49s
    6. Using Multiply blending to fix overexposure
      5m 32s
    7. Combining techniques to achieve the best results
      3m 37s
    8. Changing brightness with Luminosity blending
      3m 29s
  6. 42m 54s
    1. Working with the Burn and Dodge tools
      7m 54s
    2. Brightening by painting on a new layer
      4m 52s
    3. Darkening by painting on a new layer
      5m 8s
    4. Using a Solid Color adjustment layer to burn and dodge
      6m 46s
    5. Improving a portrait by brightening shadows
      5m 5s
    6. Burning and dodging by painting with color
      7m 19s
    7. Darkening the background and fine-tuning the color in Photoshop
      5m 50s
  7. 41m 48s
    1. Introducing Lighting Effects
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Smart Objects
      5m 7s
    3. Adding light and color
      3m 40s
    4. Using multiple lights with one photograph
      5m 52s
    5. Adding light and multiple colors for a creative effect
      5m 42s
    6. Creating an edgy, illuminated look
      5m 32s
    7. Using Lighting Effects to create a surreal effect
      7m 48s
  8. 36s
    1. Next steps
      36s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Photographers: Lighting Effects
3h 35m Intermediate Dec 17, 2013

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Lighting is central to photography and most of it is captured during a photo shoot. However, you can often create amazing lighting effects after the photo is taken with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. Photographer and teacher Chris Orwig shows you how. First, you'll learn to modify exposure and enhance the color and quality of light with Camera Raw. Then turning to Photoshop, Chris shows how to mask corrections to a specific area of an image and add contrast and color with blending modes. Plus, learn to dodge and burn away shadows and add one or more light sources to your photos with the Lighting Effects filter.

Topics include:
  • Creating a more expressive photograph with Camera Raw
  • Correcting under- and overexposure
  • Improving light in certain areas of an image with masks and the Radial Filter
  • Painting in brightness with Curves and masking
  • Correcting exposure with a gradient mask
  • Brightening and darkening with blend modes
  • Working with the Burn and Dodge tools
  • Adding light and multiple colors with the Lighting Effects filter
  • Creating a realistic glow
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Using the Targeted Adjustment tool in Curves

In this movie, I want to highlight another feature that you can use when working with curves adjustments, which will allow you to speed up your workflow and to be a bit more precise. This is a photograph of the Mendocino coast, and one of the things that I notice with this picture is that because of all the fog, it's a little bit undefined. What I want to do is darken up the foreground here, but maintain some of the brightness that we have in the background. To do that, we'll click on our adjustment layer icon for curves. Now, when you open up the curves dialog, you may have noticed there's this little icon right here.

This is called the targeted adjustment tool. If you click on this tool it will activate it. Then you can position your cursor over the image, and notice how this little circle is showing you the tonal values underneath your cursor here. What you can then do is you can go to an area and then just click and drag. In doing that, I'm dragging down the darker tones in the foreground in this area. If there are some brighter tones, like up in here that I want to preserve, we'll just click and drag in a different direction. In this way, you can see how I set two points on the curve without ever touching it.

We created those points by using the targeted adjustment tool. This is a really handy tool, especially if you're a visual thinker, and you just want to use that. Click on an area, and modify that part of the photograph. In this case, these two simple adjustments really help out this picture here. Here's the before, and then now here's the after. It's much more defined and interesting. At least to me. We can also click on these points and drag them down further. Or drag them around a little bit, to modify a little bit of a different area of the photograph.

And this just gives us the ability to have some flexibility with how we work with the curves dialog. And also can help us to be a little bit quicker and more precise as we start to use this particular technique. Well let's look at the before and after. Here it is. The before. And then now, the after.

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