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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 this movie we are going to have some fun with color and we are going to look at how we can subjectively modify our images and the colors and tones in our images. We are going to be working with two different files, and we are going to be applying similar effects. So we can see how these effects work on two different types of photographs. All right, the two photographs we will be working on are nick_dekker. Select that one, press the Shift key, click on the other one, ando_and_family, and then press command R on a Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC to open these bad boys up inside of Camera Raw. Now, once we are in Camera Raw, we are going to start off on this nick_dekker photograph. Nick is one of my all time favorite photographers and I like this portrait of nick. Yet, what I want to do is I want to warm this one up and I want to change the color and tone a little bit.
So, I'm going to modify the Temperature slider. Now I'm not interested in correct color, I'm interested in maybe emotional color or a color that has a little bit of emotion or little bit of thoughtfulness to it. I just want to create a fun color effect basically. All right, well now that I have increased the Temperature and then I'm going to dropdown on my Saturation slider and pull some of that color out, right. So, I have this really interesting kind of mood here. Next, I'm going to click on my Split Toning controls, I'm interested in adding some yellow into these darker tones here, so hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC and then click and drag this until I find nice deep yellows there. Then I'll increase those a touch, all right. Great so, far so good.
Next, I'll navigate to Lens Corrections. Now here I'm just going to add a little bit of a Lens Vignetting. I just want to darken my corners, just a touch there, add a little drama, back to the Basic panel. Now, on the Basic panel, let's increase our contrast. Again, we are just looking to create this mood. Saturation let's pull that out just a little bit more and increase some more of the yellows, little bit of Vibrance here and then some Saturation as well. Then I decreased my exposure, I want this image to be a little bit darker, like that, little bit of recovery slider, bring that up, take out some of those nice bright white spots.
And then in Brightness, yeah I'll bring that one up, just a touch there. Okay, great let's take a look at our overall before and after at least for the Basic panel. Here is before and then after. So again just creating this interesting kind of nostalgic effect. Now, somebody of you maybe thinking okay, well, I don't really like that, you know you went too far to too yellow. Well, all you need to do is just find the sweet spot, right, you can continually modify this. Let's reset our Vibrance and Saturation controls for a moment and let's bring that Temperature slider down, desaturate just a touch here, say something along those lines. Go back to our Split Toning; bring some of that color out as well, not quite so hard this time.
Back to the Basic panel. Now our before and after again a little bit more subtle right and you can continually modify this till you find that sweet spot. One of the things you will find is different images will like to be swung one way or the other, again, our before and after are much more subtle. So, now I have experimented a little bit with some different color treatments and all that I'm trying to do here is have a little bit of fun with color and I'm trying to use color in order to help me communicate a particular idea or thought or emotion, in this case, I want to make this image a little bit more nostalgic, a little bit more warm.
All right well, the next image we are going to work on is this one of the Davis family. Now, the guy on the right Andy Davis is one of my all time favorite artist, check out his work at andoandfriends.com and I love this portrait because I like that they are in their family room, I like their expression and I think it's just kind of a fun image here. Now, I like the color image and I think it will be kind of fun to tone this one a touch. So, we will ahead and increase my temperature. Now when I do that, the image here becomes nice and yellow, too yellow, so I'll desaturate it. So, again I'm going to go for this little bit of a bleached, kind of yellow look here, and increase my Contrast, Brightness needs to come up, Recovery slider then. I need to drag that one way up as well to save some of those tones.
Little bit of Fill Light there, bringing some of those tones. Increased my Blacks, all right so far so good. Let's navigate over to our Lens Corrections. Now this image has been cropped, so I need to decrease the post crop Vignetting amount, mid point. Well, I don't want that all the way in on the image, right. I just want on those corners, so I'm going to bring that out feathering. Now, do I want lots of feathering or no feathering, I want lots of feathering and then now it's a little bit too strong, just want to darken the corners just to touch there, perfect. Back to the Basic controls. Now with the Basic controls, increase my Vibrance a touch, Clarity needs to go up, Saturation I'm going to bring that down even further and then tick color Temperature bringing that one up. Brightness, this guy goes up, more contrast for this image again, I'm just trying to create a little bit of expression here and I'm going to try to find my sweet spot for those yellows.
You know what, I like, that's right there. Saturation let's take it all the way out, see how it looks without any and then incrementally bring it back in. You know what I like? I like that I have this warm Hue, but I also like that there is some other colors in the image. Now I want to bring some of those out a little bit more Vibrance here and then color Temperature dropping down a little bit. So, one of the things that you can see here, is I'm tinkering, I'm playing, I'm having some fun with color. Now is this particular color treatment better than the original photograph? Well, not necessarily, yeah that helps me express something very different, it creates a different mood.
Now I have shown you how this works on two different images. With this image I went pretty far, this image I didn't go quite as far. So, what I'm trying to do here is to not say, Hey! This what you need in all of your images. You need to increase the color temperature, make them all really yellow. No, not at all that's not the solution. The thing that I want to illustrate, is this idea of playing with color with Camera Raw and one of the reasons that I like playing with color and having some fun with this and looking at how we can tone our images is because it's non-destructive and it's relatively easy and it's all about combining our different controls in order to come up with some pretty interesting results as we have done here, as well as, what we have done with this image here.
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