Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting tones in specific areas, part of Aperture: Enhancing Product Photography.
Here's the challenge. You have an area in the image that you want to highlight but you didn't photograph it just right and so now you need to fix it in Post. Not an ideal situation by any means but it does happen. So, let's see how we can fix that. Now we're talking mainly about luminosity here, you know, brightness. So we're going to work with edit one of this shot. Let's open it up here. So here's our image and what I really wanted to talk about was the shutter button right here.
It's a handsome Shutter button. And so discussing it, I wanted to, to kind of come forward a bit. Now, I could mess with the whole image but if I do that in order to brighten up that Shutter button, let's say I bump the exposure way up. Then I'm really going to lose a lot of the information on the rest of the shot. I don't, I don't think I want to do that. So I'm just going to leave the exposure more or less where it is. Maybe I'll bring it up a little bit there. But not much farther than that.
And then I have Highlights and Shadows, which'll help, so on a global sense that kind of adds a little bit more brightness there. But what I really need is I need brightness just on this piece of metal right here. This metal and a little bit of plastic. And that's where we get into the brushing tools. And so what you can do is you can create another Highlights and Shadows adjustment by going Add New Highlights and Shadows adjustment.
And by doing so, we end up with this right here. And then what we can do is say Brush Highlights and Shadows in using the brush and then work on the specific area that we want. So let me turn this on and show you what we got here. And then we end up with something like that. And once you brush it in, then you have control over how bright you want it to be. Now let's take a closer look at how I did that.
I'm going to click on the Brush icon to bring up the heads up display. And them we'll turn on the Color Overlay. And we can see what I've done in here and basically with the Brushing tool I've just painted. I've just painted right here. And just painted this whole thing carefully. Now, you'll notice that I wanted to stay inside of that black line. And so I had to go through there and clean that up a bit. You can help yourself a bit by using Detect Edges.
For instance, let's say I paint over here. See how Detect Edges, sort of, helps? Helps me stay in the lines there a bit. But then when you zoom in, let's zoom in on them. Hit the Z key. You'll see that it's not perfect. So then what you have to do is you have to take the Eraser tool and you have to kind of clean up your work a bit.
Where it didn't work quite as well as you wanted it to. So I'm going to zoom back out. So I'm just going to get rid of that because that was just by way of showing you what's going on there. So, I painted this and then I cleaned it up a bit. I'm going to turn this off, so we have no overlay. And once I've created that, now I can have all sorts of fun and literally.
Make it any tone that I want. So we'll brighten it up. Now, one other thing that I like to do, let me go ahead and close this, is that I think definition is nice for things like this. And we find that over here in Enhance. So I'm going to turn that on. You see how we get a little bit of pop there. And what I did was I brushed in definition. And we can bump that up even more.
Turn it off, turn it on, it just gives us a little bit more oomph there. And if I click on the brush, we'll go to heads up display, show the Color Overlay. You can see how it just painted it in. Now I didn't have to be quite as careful with definition as I did with highlights and shadows. I could do that a little faster. (SOUND). And it will really jump out at the viewer. So I'm going to hit the M key so we can see where we started.
Dull, dark, boring. Now hit the M key again and here's where we ended up. A lot nicer and we didn't have to sacrifice the rest of the photograph to get what we wanted.
- Evaluating the image quality before editing
- Making sure the color is accurate
- Determining the most effective color
- Working with highlight recovery
- Targeting areas for sharpening
- Adjusting the background
- Changing the color of objects
- Round-tripping with Photoshop
- Converting to black and white with Silver Efex Pro
- Applying effects