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This course provides a practical guide to enhancing photos with the most popular creative effects in Photoshop. Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig shows how to modify color and light to add vibrance, drama, and emphasis. He then explores blur effects, including the Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery and motion blur, to increase depth-of-field, add a softer focus, or make your still images move. The course also introduces the techniques behind digital infrared photography, and details a variety of effects that can add the popular analog look to photos: film grain simulations, vintage monochrome and color effects, and border and edge effects. The final chapters show how to use Photoshop's custom brushes and plug-ins for creative effects.
In this movie I want to highlight another popular Photoshop plug-in. This one is brought to us by the folks at Topaz Labs, and it's called Topaz Adjust. If you navigate to their site, topazlabs.com, you can find information about this product, Topaz Adjust, and if you navigate to the product page, you will notice that there's a link that you can click on in order to download a Free Trial. Once you've downloaded that trial, what you want to do is close and then reopen Photoshop. All right, let's go to Photoshop, and let's take a look at how we can begin to get started with this particular plug-in.
Here I will be working with this photograph, and one of the important steps that you need to take before you launch Topaz is that you need to copy your background layer. Otherwise, this plug-in will apply the adjustment to the actual layer itself, which will limit your flexibility. You won't be able to undo these adjustments. So here let's press Command+J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on Windows, then we will call this new layer Topaz. Next, we will navigate to the Filter pulldown menu, here we are going to select Topaz Labs > Topaz Adjust. This will then launch the plug-in.
Now there are a lot of different things that we can do here. If you look at the interface you'll notice that you have effects on the left and different presets. And you can customize those on the right. For example, we can go to the HDR Collection, then we could choose one of these presets. As you hover over them, you can see the preview above. Here I will click on Dynamic Pop. Next, we can go to the Global Adjustments for this, and you can either turn this option on or off, or you can click on the submenu in order to change the overall exposure or whatever areas you're working on.
All right, well, with this photograph I want to apply a film effect, where it's a little bit of a vintage kind of distressed look. So here I will go to the Film Collection and by going into the Film Collection, we see of have different options. I'm going to scroll down to the bottom, where we have a few which allow us to create some vintage looks here. If we hover over these, you can see the different aesthetics above. I'm going to click on this one right here. In doing that you can see it's adding this border or edge, it's muting the color, and it's adding a lot of film grain.
In my opinion, too much film grain. Well, no big deal. You can simply go to the Finishing Touches here, and open up the options for Grain and in these Grain options, what I can do is control the overall Grain Size and also the Contrast. I'm just kind of trying to diminish that a little bit so that the Grain isn't quite so strong. All right, once you've dialed in the settings that you want to use, the next thing that you'll do here is simply click OK in order to apply these adjustments, and because we've created these adjustments on a separate layer, we now have them applied to the layer which we targeted. Here we can click on the Eye icon to see our overall before and then now the after.
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