Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Apply local edits with Color Filters, part of Photos for OS X: Extensions for Local Adjustments.
- [Voiceover] So, while you were away on break in between movies, I was working away here with the brush and selecting this area right here, 'cause our goal is to separate these rocks from the background and I have some little tricks I want to show you here. Now, I'm not done yet. I still have this area right here to do. So I'm gonna make sure that I have the brush selected, and by the way, you notice that the tone is a little different here, why is that? Well, let's go over to filters.
I have selected color variation number 32. I think that'll work nicely for our job here and that's what you're seeing. However, if it's not distinctive enough for you while you're painting, I'll show you a trick. Go over to blend mode and let's pick difference, like that. You can pick any of the blending modes that you want, but now you essentially have a mask and since we have a mask, can go ooh, there's a little area there I got a little too crazy.
So I will click on erase and we'll come over here and we'll just clean up. Look at that, see? Just clean that up right there. I just got a little overzealous there, that's all. It happens when we're brushing in a hurry. Now a lot of times, when you got a tough area like this, it's best just to go in there and take it out. See, like that, and then you can reapply, and we'll do some brushing here in just a second.
Go ahead clean that up. All right, now I'm gonna turn off erase. We'll just go ahead and finish this off here. Stay within the lines, kids and then go back up here, just get this little guy right there. See, it easy when you have difference on. You can really see what you're doing. We'll get this little guy out here. Now, sometimes these are really hard to get with a brush, so what you can do, is you can do select.
That gives you a line. There we go. We're gonna get 'cha. (chuckles) That's probably close enough, huh? Okay, good. Now turn off select. Now, I'm gonna turn off difference also. And I think we have pretty good selection here. I said that I wanted to separate these rocks from the background, but this wasn't really what I had in mind. What I wanted to do, was go ahead and paint them and then invert and apply this filter to the background, 'cause it's a lot easier than painting this whole background.
So, let's do that right now. Just go ahead click on invert. Now that filter is applied to the background. We can go over to filters and we can play with the mix. We can get something that's not, maybe, full strength, but still gives us some separation, something like that. And play with the vibrance, and gamma, take down the gamma a little bit on that background, it's a little too bright for me.
Something like that, okay. So now we have some separation right here, right here, it's looking pretty good. If I wanted to do some more cleaning, I could go back to my brushes. If I wanted to change filters, I could do that right now. I could go to any number of filters. For instance, let's go, oh, well maybe I like 29 better and then I'll take the vibrance down just a hair on it. Something like that.
Now you gotta be careful with this, you're not gonna get any sleep if you start doing this at 9:00 at night, you're gonna look up and you're gonna go, oh boy. (laughing) It's two in the morning and I still haven't made a final decision. Yeah, I know, see, too many options. We'll stick with 32 right now, let's go with 32 and let's go ahead and up the vibrance on that just a bit. Something like that. Okay, good. Now, remember, once you're done with this, you still have things that you can do with the regular editing tools.
So this is just working on a localized area, in this case, the background, but then you can make changes to the overall image globally later on if you want. So, we'll stick with this for the moment. Now, I will tell you one thing about this. This is interesting. Once I hit save changes here, we will go back into the photos environment and I can turn on and off the work that we've done in photos, but if I come back into color filters with this image, this won't be active.
In other words, this mask right here will be baked in once we leave. So, if you want to come back and work on it some more, locally, then what you have to do is basically start all over. You know what, I kind of like using this blend mode right here, the color blend mode. All right, so there we go. So I just want you to know that, so I'm gonna go ahead and save changes. Our changes are now saved. And if I hit the M key, see we can look at our original shot and our edited shot.
So we can always go back to original, but as I mentioned before, if I go back to color filters, here, I'll have to start all over again. My selections won't be retained. So I want you to be aware of that as you're thinking about your workflow. Now, I can come over to adjust and we can play with things a bit. Let's say that I want to add a vignette, maybe. So we'll add a little bit of a vignette. Make it a little bit softer, something like that.
And not quite so strong. And then we are dealing with rocks, right? (laughing) So we can add some definition here. Let's go ahead and add some definition to that. And I think I'm gonna open up the shadows just a hair, and let's knock those highlights down just a bit. Something like that, not too far. Go like that. Okay, I think we're looking pretty good. Maybe, just add a little bit more saturation, color contrast, gonna take it down just a bit there.
Okay, we're looking good. Again, I'm gonna hit the M key. There's where we started. Now we have a little differentiation between our main rocks and the background, so then I'll go ahead and click done here and there we are. So I will leave both the edited version and the original version as two separate files, so those of you that have access to the exercise files will be able to look at both versions.
So that's using color filters to do a little separation between a couple elements in a composition. We're gonna continue to play with filters and localized edits in the next movie.
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Derrick Story demonstrates his favorite editing extensions for performing local adjustments. These tools round out what already exists in Photos, providing the photographer with a complete image editing toolbox. Step-by-step, he selects an image from the library, explains how he wants to change it, and then chooses the appropriate editing extension to complete the job.
- How extensions for Photos work
- Applying color effects with Color Filters for Photos
- Split-toning an image with the Tonality extension
- Creating a black-and-white image with Tonality
- Retouching a portrait with Snapheal
- Using external editors like Photoshop with Photos