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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
The next thing I want to look at with this project is how we can modify the color and tone of our video clips, and I also want to take a look at how we can add an audio track and cut that audio track so that it fits our particular project. In order to work on the Color and Tone we are going to take advantage of a skill which we previously learned in this training title and that is the skill of using different Adjustment layers. In order to work with Adjustment layers we need to click into the Video Group here. Next, let's go ahead and click on the icon for Curves.
With Curves what we can do is click- and-drag different points, here I can brighten up the shadows or I can work on different areas of the image. You can also go into the different channels. Let's say we go into the Blue yellow channel, well here we can click-and-drag up in order to remove some of the blue. We could also go into another channel say the Red cyan and I will click-and-drag down to add a little bit more of a cyan color look. In this case we've really dramatically modified the color and tone without a lot of effort, in other words we didn't need to learn something new.
And we can take this even further, if I want to get more creative with the color, maybe I'll create another adjustment say like color balance. Here in our Midtones what we could do is we could cool these off a little bit by adding some Cyan and Blue. Then we could go into our shadows, in the deep shadows, we could make those even more cool. And here you can see I'm kind of customizing this color effect just by going to these different tone regions and changing the slider amounts. And all that I'm looking to do is to try to create a little bit of this almost like a cross-process type of an aesthetic.
Here is that before and then after. Back in the Layers panel you can see that overall before and after dramatic results without a lot of effort. Let's move on to audio because audio is just a lot of fun. You can add audio by going to the Audio Track area and clicking on this icon here and choosing Add Audio. Now here we are going to be choosing a wave file, you can see that there I've named it rob-music. Although you can import many different file formats, AIFF, MP3 to name a few.
Well, let's click Open in order to add this audio file. Well great, now that we have this I can see that my audio file is way too long. Well I could of course scrub all the way to the end and then drag that back, but, it's so long, that's not going to really make sense somehow I need to cut or trim this quickly from this view. Well what you can do is you can scrub in your Timeline to the end of your project. Then you can click on the Scissors icon. This Scissors or Cut icon, well this works with different layers whether it's video or text or audio, and here it just cut this into two pieces.
Now we can click on the piece that we don't want and then press Delete or Backspace. Now that we have this audio file let's scrub back to the beginning of our project, let's press Play and see how it looks so far. (clip playing) That looks pretty good; it all kind of fits together well. Except that the audio just kind of drops off instantly at the end.
I need to create transition there. Transitions are as easy as clicking on this layer and here we can control how we want this to fade in and also how we want it to fade out. Now let's move back just a little bit here in the clip and then press Play. (clip playing) And you can see how that then dissolves pretty well. And so as a way of a little bit of a review, we have seen how we can use this Playhead needle in order to navigate to different areas on our Timeline. We've explored how we can change the length of clips by simply hovering over the edge and clicking-and-dragging.
We've also looked at how we can add transitions by using this icon here and how we can modify those transitions. Then we explored how we could change the color and tone by working with Adjustment layers. By taking advantage of skills which we've already learned. And then finally we explored how we could add some music and how we could cut that music by simply moving our Playhead needle to the spot where we needed to cut it and then by clicking on this icon and deleting the part that we didn't want. And then finally our last step was to click on that audio track layer and to control how that faded in and out, you can also control the volume here I should point out as well.
Now that we've done all that, this project is a wrap. So I am going to go ahead and save this out because this one looks pretty good, and you can save your files by pressing Command+S on a Mac or Ctrl+S on Windows.
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