Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Enhancing the foreground and mountains with Camera Raw, part of Black-and-White Project: Creating a Dramatic Landscape with Lightroom and Photoshop.
- In the previous movie, we improved the sky using "Camera Raw." In this movie, we'll work on the mountains. The way that we're gonna select the mountains is actually to use the "Sky" layer. What you can do, is hold down the Command key on a Mac, Control on Windows, and click on a layer and activate it as a selection. You can see now, we just have the sky selected. Let's turn off the visibility of this layer, and target the "Mountains" layer, and turn on the visibility of that one, and hide all of the other layers now, just so we can really focus on this.
On this "Mountains" layer, what we want to do is get rid of the sky, right? That's the part of the photograph that we don't want. We know how we can get rid of that. Just tap Delete on a Mac, Backspace on Windows, and the sky is gone. Next step, go to "Select" and choose "Deselect." Now that we have the mountains isolated by themselves, what we can do is navigate to our "Filter" pull-down menu, and again, run the "Camera Raw" filter, but this time, on this layer, which just has the mountains there.
And, with the mountains, perhaps we want to add a little bit of clarity, brighten those up, and darken the blacks, add some contrast. We can make an adjustment which makes sense for this part of the image. I want to bring some light into that area. So, I'm gonna look to brighten that up. And then bring those blacks down. I want to bring contrast here to this part of the image, which is different or distinct than the contrast that we have in the clouds. And that's why we put these two on different layers. We can also do things like go to the "Detail" panel and we can sharpen this and add, or improve some of the details that we have in there too.
So, again, we can make these adjustments to this part of the photograph. After you've made the adjustments you want to make in "Camera Raw," click "OK," and that will render or apply those adjustments to this part of the image. Now, to see the combined results, what we really need to do is to turn on our layers. Here is the image as it appeared after we worked on it in Lightroom. And remember in Lightroom, at least for me, I was kind of excited about what we did here. We made this dynamic black and white photograph. But then, in Photoshop, we did our clean-up work where we cleaned up the cars, and some of these distractions.
Then we used this unique curves technique, where we have this channel mask which allowed us to bring some drama to the sky. Now we're gonna make those mountains come to life. And then last, but not least, we have that adjustment for the sky. And these last two adjustments give us this unique look, which made it easy for us to be able to customize the way that we want those two different parts of the photograph to appear. Let's look at this in full screen mode. To do that, I'll tap the F key. Then I'm gonna press the F7 key which will allow us to bring back our layers panel.
Sometimes it's nice to see this without all of the clutter of the Photoshop interface. Alright, well, here it is, at least as far as our Photoshop work goes. The overall before we did anything in Photoshop, and then, now, the after.