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Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors


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Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors

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.
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  1. 3m 0s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      53s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 8s
  2. 23m 1s
    1. Using Color Balance and Curves to create vivid color
      5m 16s
    2. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 1
      5m 8s
    3. Creating vibrant and exciting color: part 2
      5m 57s
    4. Increasing color, saturation, and glow with blending modes and filters
      3m 28s
    5. Using Apply Image to enhance color
      3m 12s
  3. 31m 38s
    1. Creating Instagram-like effects with actions
      4m 46s
    2. Improving the impact of color with curves and color balance
      3m 36s
    3. Advanced color toning
      7m 29s
    4. Creating a more uniform color palette
      5m 4s
    5. Setting yourself apart with artistic color
      4m 28s
    6. Creating an edgy, muted, high-contrast look
      6m 15s
  4. 21m 25s
    1. Adding light for emphasis
      5m 26s
    2. Using adjustment layers to brighten and add color
      4m 31s
    3. Using the Lighting Effects filter
      5m 31s
    4. Removing an object from its environment
      2m 37s
    5. Creating a realistic shadow for an object
      3m 20s
  5. 22m 43s
    1. Understanding why blur matters
      1m 38s
    2. Using Field Blur in a traditional way
      2m 23s
    3. Creating "impossible" focus and blur with Field Blur
      4m 35s
    4. Creating Iris Blur effects
      6m 3s
    5. Adding Tilt-Shift Blur effects
      3m 24s
    6. Adding Tilt-Shift to a cityscape
      4m 40s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Adding pan motion to a photograph
      3m 57s
    2. Creating a radial spin effect
      5m 17s
    3. Adding a radial zoom blur
      5m 12s
    4. Using selections and masks to create a zoom effect
      5m 20s
  7. 14m 9s
    1. Creating a subtle and realistic lens flare
      6m 1s
    2. Increasing drama by using multiple lens flare adjustments
      4m 20s
    3. Enhancing color and tone to make the Lens Flare effect come to life
      3m 48s
  8. 22m 57s
    1. Building creative effects with HDR toning
      6m 10s
    2. HDR toning and layer blending
      5m 33s
    3. Masking HDR toning into specific areas of a photo
      7m 29s
    4. Adding texture and snap to black-and-white images with HDR toning
      3m 45s
  9. 16m 44s
    1. Building a dynamic digital infrared effect
      4m 54s
    2. Combining infrared and HDR toning
      5m 23s
    3. Creating infrared with contrast and sharpness
      6m 27s
  10. 14m 54s
    1. Using the Film Grain and Noise filters
      4m 26s
    2. Creating a more realistic grain effect
      5m 44s
    3. Adding grain to a Smart Object
      4m 44s
  11. 30m 7s
    1. Adding grain and creating a sepia tone
      4m 38s
    2. Burning and dodging a sepia-toned image
      4m 53s
    3. Blending back some original color and adding a border
      4m 23s
    4. Creating a sepia tone and blending in texture
      3m 55s
    5. Adding film grain and more texture
      4m 44s
    6. Creating a distinct color and tone
      3m 36s
    7. Burning and dodging a vintage photo
      3m 58s
  12. 22m 45s
    1. Adding a prebuilt edge
      4m 40s
    2. Hand-painting a border or edge
      5m 44s
    3. Adding borders using custom shapes
      4m 48s
    4. Working with a real film edge
      3m 13s
    5. Adding external frames and borders
      4m 20s
  13. 17m 32s
    1. Building a creative effect with blending and adjustments
      5m 40s
    2. Combining clouds with a portrait for an imaginative effect
      7m 22s
    3. Blending images and graphics together to add visual interest
      4m 30s
  14. 13m 16s
    1. Finding and installing custom brushes
      4m 50s
    2. Using and modifying custom brushes
      5m 23s
    3. Experimenting with custom brushes
      3m 3s
  15. 22m 53s
    1. Why use Photoshop plug-ins?
      1m 4s
    2. Adding borders with PhotoFrame from onOne
      6m 9s
    3. Creating effects with Exposure by Alien Skin
      6m 9s
    4. Enhancing color with Color Efex Pro by Nik
      4m 49s
    5. Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors
      2m 55s
    6. Using VSCO Film with Camera Raw
      1m 47s
  16. 40s
    1. Goodbye
      40s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Photographers: Creative Effects
4h 57m Intermediate Jul 02, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Combining HDR (high dynamic range) toning with color effects
  • Improving color with Curves and Color Balance
  • Creating drama with lighting effects
  • Adding realistic lens flare
  • Creating a luminance blur
  • Blending and masking in motion
  • Performing HDR toning and black and white conversions
  • Combining infrared with contrast and sharpness
  • Crafting vintage color
  • Adding borders and edges to a photo
  • Finding and installing custom brushes and plug-ins
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Using Topaz Adjust to improve colors

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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