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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.
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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