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Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS with Chris Orwig will greatly increase the digital imaging skills and creativity of professional photographers, imaging professionals and enthusiasts. After first discussing color management skills, the tutorial advances to cover the features of Photoshop that are most essential to photographers such as the camera raw plug-in, the file browser, dust and scratches, the lens blur, shadows and highlights, advanced saturation, retouching, burning and dodging, curves for color and tone, black and white conversion, cross processing, creating panoramas, advanced sharpening, and much more. Exercise files (JPGs, PSDs and raw files) accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
Welcome back, we only have a few more steps to go. In the last movie, we turned on the curves adjustment layer. When we hover over the skin with this curves adjustment layer on and look at the info pallet in the top right corner of the screen, we see that we've lost information. It's 255, it's 100% brightness, so it's too bright. So let's back off this adjustment layer. We can do that a few ways. We could load the highlights, copy those to a new layer, and put those to multiply, but rather than doing that, let's just lower the opacity of the curves layer. So we're going to lower the opacity of the curves layer, now we have a little bit of detail there.
We don't need a ton of detail because the whole point of this edit is pushing this image to the edge. Great. So we lower curves, let's do some burning and dodging. Click in the burn and dodge layer and fill this layer with black. We can fill the layer with black by going to edit, fill, and choose black from the drop down menu. Click okay. Next, choose middle gray in your color picker, you can do that by entering 50% brightness in the brightness value.
Be sure the hue is zero, the saturation is zero, click okay. Select your brush, and we want to paint away the burning on the face. And around the edge of the face a little bit so we get a little bit of a glow effect. Okay, very nice. Couple more things we want to do on this burning and dodging layer, is we want to de-emphasize the shadow under the nose and under the lip.
The way we can do that is choose white in the color picker, lower opacity, smaller brush size, I'm pressing the left bracket, and paint over those two areas and then any other areas where you think that some burning and dodging would help. Let's now look at the before and after. Much better. Final step, sharpening. Click in the sharpening layer, let's merge everything to this layer, and that's, this is the shortcut that we keep revisiting, on the Mac, shift, option, command, in this case, E because we already have a layer.
On a PC, shift, control, alt E. So we merge everything into this layer, navigate to the filters sharpen, unsharpen mask, take our amount to approximately 100, bring up the radius, this image, because it's a pretty low res file, we'll need a real small radius. Let's preview the before and the after, clicking off the before and after check box. Click okay, finally we want to take this sharpening to a blend mode of luminosity.
Remember that when we're sharpening, we always want to take our layer to luminosity because that will prevent any color artifacting. Okay, great, this wraps up our work on this image and I'll see you in the next movie.
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