Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Blending in a wood texture, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
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I'm really excited about this movie because here we are going to explore how we can take …a photograph of an old fence and then blend it into our picture, so that it adds a different …mood or feeling, and this is a technique that can really help out on a number of different projects. …Well let's go ahead and turn on the visibility of our top most layers, this old fence layer, …and let's click into that layer. …Well this is a pretty uninteresting picture of a fence, I have desaturated it. …Yet what I want to do is I want to make this interesting. I want to use all of these lines …and textures here.…
So to do that, we are going to change the Layer blending mode. …Now there are two ways to do that, you can either click on the blending mode pulldown …menu and then choose the mode that you want to try, let's say like Soft Light, or you …can always use a different blending mode shortcuts. …I want share those with you here because they are a bit more of an advanced way to work with blending. …On a Mac you press Shift+Option+F for Soft Light, on Windows you press Shift+Alt+F. Well …
In this course, photographer, teacher, and author Chris Orwig explores a variety of Adobe Photoshop postproduction techniques that enhance the authenticity and mood of an environmental portrait. Working with a photograph of world-champion surfer Kelly Slater, Chris steps through each technique, from black-and-white conversion and toning to retouching and more, explaining his creative process along the way.
- Cleaning up small details with the healing tools
- Using Liquify to make minor adjustments
- Burning and dodging to add emphasis
- Experimenting with creative color
- Creating a black-and-white, sepia-toned effect
- Adding realistic film grain
- Blending in texture from another photograph
- Retouching the background