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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2 is a video-based tutorial designed for professional photographers and enthusiasts who want to get professional results. Chris Orwig, a professional photographer and instructor at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, shares the secrets and techniques that he uses to enhance his own photography in Photoshop. The training follows a photographer's digital workflow, starting with essential color management decisions and organizing images with Adobe Bridge. Chris moves on to cover processing Camera Raw files, enhancing tone and color, and correcting imperfections. He then demonstrates how to prepare the images for output and client reviews. Chris shares examples of his work as exercise files that accompany the training videos, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
>> Male Speaker: All right, let's apply what we've learned to the image rural_design. Go ahead and open that image up, and F to go to full screen view mode, and then spacebar to move the image to the upper part of the screen. Okay, we're going to go ahead and select the sky, and we're going to select the sky with the Magic Wand tool. You can dial in your Tolerance and hold in your Shift key to add to the selection. Once you have a good selection of the sky, what I would like you to do is to create a new layer and we'll call this layer "sky", and go ahead and grab the Gradient tool.
And with the Gradient tool, we're going to choose black to white and click and drag to create a gradient on the sky area. Now so far that doesn't look very good, right? Because it just looks like we have gradation back there in the sky area. We're going to change the blend mode, and we're going to change the blend mode to Soft Light. And what Soft Light will do, is it will help build up density in the sky. That's too intense, of course. Let's lower the opacity so that we can just have it very subtle.
It also is changing the direction that the light falls, right? Your eye is now going down towards the top of this barn roof rather than hanging out up in the top part of the image. Once we have a selection like that, we can begin to use in multiple ways. In order to turn a layer into a selection, you Command+click the icon for the layer. Remember Command+clicking the layer to the right of the layer name selects the layer. Command+clicking the icon turns the layer into a selection.
Now that I have that as a selection, I'm going to go ahead and invert the selection, navigating to Select > Inverse. And then I will go to my background layer and press Command+J. So what I have in this layer, if I Option+click or Alt+click the eye icon, is just the barn roof. And that's pretty cool because I can use that in my blend modes to control how the barn roof looks. One of the best shortcuts in regards to blend modes is to select the Move tool, click V on the keyboard, and then click Shift++ (plus) or Shift+- (minus), which will scroll through the different blend modes.
And so if I scroll down to Soft Light where I can click on the drop-down menu and choose Soft Light. I can add contrast to just that part of the image. That of course is a little bit too high, so I want to dial that in or tune that up a little bit. And there I'm just adding a bit of contrast using a Soft Light blend mode. Pretty cool. And in comparison, if I wanted to darken up that part of the image, I could change the blend mode to multiply. And you know, this effect is going to help us out when we're retouching people, and we have highlights that we need to bring down.
We can take it to a blend mode of Multiply. We'll look at that in the retouching chapter. Okay, let's keep working with blending modes, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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