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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

Using blending modes and color adjustment layers


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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing

with Chris Orwig

Video: Using blending modes and color adjustment layers

With this photograph, we will continue to learn about how we can work with blending modes. In addition, we'll explore how we can work with color as well. All right. Well, here you can seen in the Layers panel that we have two layers, a background and also this top layer, which I've named texture. One of the things that's really important to do as a photographer is to photograph textures whenever you see them, whether it's clouds, or carpet, or concrete, take pictures of those things, because you never know when it might come in handy to have one of these types of textures. And what we want to do here is change the texture layer's blending mode to Overlay.
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  1. 2m 30s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Combining layers with blending modes
      1m 36s
    2. Using blending modes and color adjustment layers
      2m 21s
    3. Layer blending and shortcuts
      4m 3s
    4. Creative project: Wisdom begins in wonder
      6m 23s
    5. Creating a flamenco dancer advertisement
      5m 49s
  3. 17m 39s
    1. Snapshot project: Using Auto-Align and Auto-Blend
      3m 27s
    2. Flag project: Combining depths of field
      3m 46s
    3. Nature project: Combining foreground and sky
      4m 47s
    4. Nature project: Adding clouds and creative color
      5m 39s
  4. 15m 28s
    1. Combining multiple frames
      5m 21s
    2. Cleaning up the details
      5m 5s
    3. Modifying color and tone
      5m 2s
  5. 11m 48s
    1. Combining interior and exterior architecture
      6m 57s
    2. Increasing drama and visual interest
      4m 51s
  6. 25m 27s
    1. Composite project overview
      4m 12s
    2. Masking multiple images together
      3m 28s
    3. Extending the canvas and adding elements
      2m 58s
    4. Enhancing the main elements
      1m 47s
    5. Cleaning up the background
      4m 27s
    6. Award-winning composite inspiration
      4m 30s
    7. Photoshop composite inspiration: Web sites
      4m 5s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Project 1: Removing a model from a background
      9m 27s
    2. Project 1: Combining multiple photographs
      3m 23s
    3. Project 1: Working with shadows
      8m 15s
    4. Project 1: Adding light and color
      5m 18s
    5. Project 1: Working with curves and masking
      3m 45s
    6. Project 1: Final color and tone adjustments
      6m 56s
    7. Project 2: Combining multiple photographs
      7m 51s
    8. Project 2: Adding shadows
      7m 21s
    9. Project 2: Organizing layers and adding blur
      5m 48s
    10. Project 2: Adding film grain
      6m 19s
  8. 22m 58s
    1. Illuminating the eyes
      4m 16s
    2. Blending graphics with photos
      4m 25s
    3. Making final color modifications
      6m 19s
    4. Creative portrait blending
      7m 58s
  9. 25m 54s
    1. Working with color and tone
      3m 46s
    2. Adding texture
      4m 4s
    3. Adding film grain
      2m 44s
    4. Modifying texture
      4m 32s
    5. Darkening edges
      3m 34s
    6. Applying a creative color effect
      7m 14s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Creating a selection of the TV glass
      4m 14s
    2. Masking the images into the selection
      5m 16s
    3. Modifying the color and tone
      5m 9s
  11. 27m 42s
    1. Extracting elements from their backgrounds
      6m 49s
    2. Removing the words from the book
      4m 31s
    3. Masking and image blending
      4m 35s
    4. Creating composite options
      4m 56s
    5. Enhancing the color
      6m 51s
  12. 11m 39s
    1. Setting the stage with color and tone
      4m 30s
    2. Working with textures and blending
      7m 9s
  13. 20m 31s
    1. Project overview
      4m 54s
    2. Using masking and blending modes for emphasis
      5m 8s
    3. Adding and modifying typography
      4m 55s
    4. Making final color and tone adjustments
      5m 34s
  14. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing
4h 41m Intermediate Sep 02, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Creative Compositing, Chris Orwig demonstrates how to take photographs to the next creative level by combining images in Photoshop. This course covers multiple compositing scenarios, including portraits and architecture photos, from selecting the images, to blending photos with layer masks and blend modes, and resizing and sharpening the results. Chris also covers tips and tricks design to inspire and increase the drama and interest of photographs. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Extending the canvas
  • Combining multiple frames
  • Cleaning up the background
  • Modifying color and tone
  • Masking images together
  • Removing a model from a background
  • Blending graphics with photos
  • Illuminating eyes
  • Adding texture and film grain
Subjects:
Photography Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Chris Orwig

Using blending modes and color adjustment layers

With this photograph, we will continue to learn about how we can work with blending modes. In addition, we'll explore how we can work with color as well. All right. Well, here you can seen in the Layers panel that we have two layers, a background and also this top layer, which I've named texture. One of the things that's really important to do as a photographer is to photograph textures whenever you see them, whether it's clouds, or carpet, or concrete, take pictures of those things, because you never know when it might come in handy to have one of these types of textures. And what we want to do here is change the texture layer's blending mode to Overlay.

So in order to do that, let's go ahead and use a shortcut. First press the V key, and then the next step is to press Shift+Option+O for Overlay on a Mac, or Shift+Alt+O. Go ahead and press that, and you all of a sudden notice that this takes on a whole new life. All right. Well, we have this interesting photograph. How then can we modify the overall color and tone? What we're going to do here is click on the Adjustments Layer icon for Color Balance. And when we click on this icon, what we can then do is we can change the overall color.

And here I'm going to exaggerate the color, adding a lot of reds and yellows. I'll go into the Highlights and again add lots of yellows and reds there, changing the overall color palette. And what's fun about using Color Balance is that we can see results really quickly. And one of the things that's interesting to do whenever you have one Color Balance adjustment layer is to copy it. You can do that by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J. Next thing we want to do is change the blending mode of this top layer. This time we're going to change it to Soft Light. You remember that shortcut, right? First press the V key.

Next step, press Shift+Option+F or Shift+ Alt+F. That then builds up some contrast.s Look at the before and then now after. It also increases the overall color saturation. Now that we have these two layers which add the color saturation and also the contrast and the toning, we can then click in one of these layers and then lower the opacity. I'm just going to bring that color back or scale back that contrast and saturation. And here we have a pretty interesting effect. There is our before and then our after, in regards tp the overall color andtTone.

And let's take a look at the overall of this layer blending project, here it is. Before and then after.

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