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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: In this movie, we'll be working on the image sf_sign. Go ahead and open up that file. F to go to full screen view mode, spacebar to move the image to the top part of the screen. And this shot is from the Mission district of San Francisco. And I just love old signs. I just think that old sign is so interesting. What we want to do here is change the color of the cross in the middle of the sign. There are a number of different ways that we can select the cross. One way that will be pretty effective is Select > Color Range. What we do in Select > Color Range is sample a color and then with the plus icon add to that color.
Because we have a pretty solid area, I'm not too concerned about the area that I've selected outside of the cross. I'll be able to fix that later. Go ahead and click OK and then go to your Adjustment Layer icon and choose Solid Color and from here we're going to pick a color. I'm going to choose red, and click OK. So it doesn't look so good right now, my before and after. It's changing the cross, yeah, but it just doesn't look good, right? So how can I modify it? Let's go ahead and Option+click or Alt+click the mask.
This will take us to the black and white view mode. We'll then use the Wand tool to select just the cross. Now we're going to invert the selection by choosing Select > Inverse. I bet you're starting to memorize that shortcut, which is great. Good job, by the way, if you are. That's going to be Shift+Command+I, or Shift+Control+I. And then we want to fill it with the foreground or background color, and I have a little shortcut slide for us here, just as a way of visually remembering this one. We've talked about this one before, but it's worth having a visual.
Option+Delete or Alt+Delete will fill with that foreground color. Command+Delete or Control+Delete will fill with the background color. So in this case, I want to fill it with black, so let's go back to the image. And for me that will be Option+Delete. Because I'm on a mask that will now hide the red from anywhere except for the cross, which is great. I need to deselect, and I will deselect by pressing Command+D or Control+D. I can also deselect by going to Select > Deselect.
And there's that shortcut. Alright. Once we've done that, let's go ahead and Option+click or Alt+click the mask, and now this takes it back to just seeing the red. So it's not looking very good. How do we get it to look good? We'll do that with the blend mode, and the blend mode of Color, a really powerful blend mode. Remember there's a shortcut to scroll through the blend modes? You grab the Move tool, V on the keyboard, and then press Shift++ (plus) or Shift+- (minus). I happen to know that Color is Shift+-- (minus, minus). Pretty cool. You can also go to it by clicking on the drop-down menu and selecting Color.
That will give you the same results. I want to lower our Opacity just a little bit. Most edits in Photoshop really benefit from lowering Opacity. Even if you just do that a tad bit. The nice thing about this is that I now have the ability to change the color even further. I can continue to go through it and choose different colors because I'm using this adjustment layer. I'll click OK. Look at my before and after. Another nice thing about using adjustment layer and a mask is that I can zoom into the image and I noticed that I have a problem area there.
I'll go ahead and grab my brush, a nice small brush. I'll change the brush size this time by right-clicking or Control+clicking and no hardness, i.e. it's a soft brush, and in this case I want to paint with white. So I'll go ahead and paint in those areas. That didn't quite get caught up. Double-click the Zoom tool to go back to 100 percent, and now that looks much better. Alright, well we have just scratched the surface with blend modes. They are incredibly powerful. Don't underestimate them, and hopefully from what you've seen so far, you realize they are an incredible asset to Photoshop.
Once again, I hope that this chapter has been helpful and I'll see you in the next chapter.
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