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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.
Another situation where blending modes can be helpful is when you need to remove either black or white from a layer. Let's say, for example that you photographed a product on a white background and you just want to remove that white background quickly in order to see how this product will work with this other image or maybe you have a logo or a graphic, like I have here. You'll notice that I have two graphics, they're both similar except one is inverted. Let's turn off the visibility of the inverted icon or logo and let's go to this one here.
Let's click on this layer and let's say that what we want to do is we want to use this logo on this image, yet we want to get rid of the whites. Well to do that, we can use one of our blending modes. So we'll go to the Blending modes pulldown menu and we can choose one of these blending modes, which allows us to focus in on the darker pixels. Remember, if we choose one of these, it will then remove or kick out the white. That's no longer there. So I could then reposition this to include this, say, in this layout slide.
Or, on the other hand, if we have the opposite scenario or we have an object or graphic that we photographed and it's in a black context and we want to remove that black really quickly, what we can do here is we can target the layer and then we can go to our Blending mode pulldown menu and here we'll choose one of these lighten blending modes. When we do that, we'll see that that will then remove that background color so that all that remains is white. Now as you use these blending modes, it always won't work perfectly, because things aren't pure black or white, but sometimes what I find is that, by using these blending modes, it can help me to determine if it's worth it to mask that item out of that context in order to include it in a particular project.
Well these blending modes, they give us quick access to be able to see in preview what it might look like if we were to knock out or remove that color. And then in other situations, like with these two graphics here, well this just works perfectly and all that we have to do is to choose the correct blending mode in order to finish off our project.
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