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In this movie our focus is creativity. We're going to take a look at how we can work with the White Balance and Color Temperature controls as well as some of our other basic adjustments in order to come up with some creative color results. We'll be working with these two files here, so hold down the Cmd key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows to select both files. Next press Cmd+R or Ctrl+R to open these files up in Camera Raw. The first thing I want to do is to select the White Balance tool, you know the shortcut by now, right, it's the I key.
Well this is a picture that was drawn by a local artist and it's a chalk drawing that was done on the ground, it's actually really huge and I want to use the White Balance tool in order click on one of the colors in this drawing. In doing that, say, clicking in this area here what's going to happen is, it's going to change the overall color characteristics of this project. Well I think that's kind of interesting. Next, I'm going to decrease my color temperature, because I want a little bit of that blue there, but just not quite so much. Then I'm going to modify some of my basic adjustment controls.
Here I'll increase the contrast, deepen the shadows. I'll also add quite a bit of Vibrance and Color Saturation, again just looking to try to create some interesting and creative color results. Now these results would have been impossible, had I not used the White Balance tool and my Temperature Slider, let's take a look at the results here they are, here is our before and now here's our after. Now we'll be talking about all of these basic controls later, yet here I just wanted to highlight how we can start to come up with some creative results by working with these tools in combination with some of our other controls.
All right, well let's next go to this other photograph, this one here, this is a picture that I captured a while ago, I picked a dandelion off of the front lawn, brought it into the kitchen and set this on the stove, this was lit by those lights at the top of the stove and it has this yellow cast. Well, if we click on something that's yellow it's going to make that white and it's going to affect the other colors. Now once again what we can do here is we can use these other controls to bring out this color that we have here in this photograph and here I'm modifying a few of these sliders I modified my overall exposure, contrast, deepened those blacks, added some clarity and then why don't we crank up our Vibrance and Saturation as well in order to come up with some really almost surreal colors.
The point here isn't that you're going to necessarily use these type of adjustments on all of your photographs, rather it's to show you that we can start off with an image like this and then we can convert it to something else. And now a photograph like this has to do really well as a stock image or maybe as an illustration which would compliment an article, and by working with our White Balance and our Color Temperature sliders, well they can help us come up with some really fascinating and creative results.
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