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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the next couple of movies I want to talk about how we can use Photo Filters in order to improve our images. In this movie, we'll be working on the file, corwig_nick. Double-click that one to open it up in Photoshop. F to go to Full Screen View mode. Let's close this Color panel here. So we can focus in on our Adjustments and our Layers palette. Okay, now with the Adjustments, what we're interested in doing is clicking on this option here, which is Photo Filter. That will then open up our Photo Filter. Now if you've been a photographer for a while, you've probably shot with film and you know that when you shot with film, you use filters. You put them on the front of the lens in order to have an effect on the image. Now in this case, we're simulating an 85A Warming Filter. There are other Warming Filters here as well. You'll notice that as I choose these different Filters, the color is being updated here.
Again I can go through here, and choose a wide range of colors. And one of the nice things about this is, I can then Click on the Color Option. Click on the Color Swatch, and then modify that color. Either make it brighter or darker. Now when you make a color darker, you're not going to notice its effect as much. So let's take a look at our Before and After. Here's Before and After. Pretty subtle. We'll Zoom in even further, and here's our Before and After. I can increase the overall effect by increasing the Density. Now one option that you want to have checked on, is Preserve Luminosity. Otherwise, will kind of mush out all of your tones. So you want to keep the image brightness while you are mapping this color on top of it.
Again, going back to the Color Picker, a brighter color becomes more prominent. A darker color is going to have less of effect. So a lot of times that's finding a Suites bar for a particular image. Now with this image, I'm just going to move around my Color Picker here, until I find a spot that I like. Let's look at our Before and After. Okay, I think that looks pretty good. Now as you know, there are times when you make adjustments with Adjustment Layers, and you just use one adjustment. Now there are other times when it's nice to combine this with some other Layers. And that's what I'm going to do here. I'll Click on the icon to go back to my Adjustments panel and choose Color Balance. Now here I'm going to Click on the Shadows, and all that I'm interested in doing here is adding up a little bit of warmth to the Shadows.
Then I need to remove some of that Green Shift there. I'll make that a little bit more red, and touch more magenta there. Now let's take a look at that final Adjustment. Here's our Before and After. Now it did effect some of those darker tones. It's a pretty strong effect, but Zoom out so we can actually see it. Here's our Before and After, but I like that. Now let's take a look at our overall Before and After. Here's before, the first adjustment. Then that second adjustment. Now that second adjustment was pretty strong. In my opinion though I like it. If you don't like going that far, you can of course back this off. So you have a little bit more of a subtle adjustment. But again, I just want to shift those tones a tad bit, to bring in a little bit of warmth. Double-click the Zoom tool to take it to an 100%.
Overall, Before and After. And here we've looked at how we can use Photo Filters in addition to Color Balance, in order to create a different mood, a different emotion, a different intent for our photographs. If you haven't experimented with those Photo Filters, you'll definitely want to. Because at times, that can be a real quick and easy way to add a little bit of a Color Shift. Now in this movie, we talked about using these adjustments on a black & white image. Well, how will this work on a Colored image. We'll answer that question in the next movie.
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