Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Bring out detail in a landscape photograph, part 2, part of Photo Tools Weekly.
- [Instructor] Alright, well let's finish off this photograph by heading over to Photoshop. We can send this image to Photoshop by going to the Photo pull-down menu. Then choose Edit In and then select Photoshop. When we click on this, what it will do is apply all the adjustments we've made here in Lightroom and it will apply those to the RAW file, it will send that file over to Photoshop so that we can then continue our workflow there. And once inside of Photoshop, one of the things that I like to do is to think about the final intent of the image. In other words, what size do I want to print this image at.
Let's say I want to do something like 11 by 16 or maybe a little bit bigger. Well currently the image is huge, so rather than working on the details and the finishing at that big size, I'm going to resize this down to a smaller size, by going to Image and Image Size. And over here we can see we have the resolution, the file size. We can view this by inches or pixels. A lot of data there. So I'll go to inches and as I mentioned, I said maybe I want to do something 10 by 15 or maybe 12 by 17.
I could print that on my desktop printer that I use and that would be a perfect size for this image. Good resolution, 240 pixels per inch. And the reason why I like to take this step is because I'm going to be processing the details of the photograph and I want them to look just like they will look when I create the print, rather than something more than I need. So I resize the image, that's step one often for my workflow. And then next, what we're going to do is use a plug-in in a very non-traditional way to bring out some detail in this image.
How are we going to do that? Well, the plug-in that we'll use is called Nik Analog Efex Pro. If you do a quick search for Nik Collection Filters, you can download these, they're free, and install them. And then follow the install instructions, close Photoshop, reopen it, and then you'll find it right here. So go to Filter > Nik Collection > Analog Efex Pro. Now you may be thinking, okay Chris why are we using this particular filter? Because isn't this one about creating, I don't know kind of vintage looks for your photographs? Well it's exactly what it's for, but we're going to ignore almost everything here, except for a couple of sliders.
And these sliders are found in the Basic Adjustments panel, right up here. You can find these whether you're using Classic Camera or just to illustrate the point, if we're using something else, say like Wet Plate. This gives us sort of this wet plate, vintage aesthetic, which is kind of cool, but not what I'm going for. So I'm going to turn off all of the adjustments except for Basic. Then inside of Basic, we can double-click the tabs that will reset those values to their default settings. So right now, this plug-in is doing absolutely nothing, which is perfect.
Let's zoom in, so click on the Zoom button. Let's look at some details that we have here. And what I'm looking for is to bring out some more detail and contrast in the image. And to do that, we'll use Detail Extraction. This slider is awesome, I love it. Take a look at this, I'm going to exaggerate for a moment. So when we bring this up, can you see how I'm bringing out all of those really nice details? The problem is if we look at the sky, it's not so good. We kind of have some noise and some issues in there. So we're going to need to do some custom masking, which is really no big deal.
So ignore the areas where the effect doesn't look good and focus in on the area where you want to apply this. Maybe a little bit of contrast, even a little bit of color saturation there would be fun as well. Alright, well once you have the values that you want to apply, go ahead and click OK and we'll do some masking work in Photoshop. When you click OK, what it will do is it will create a new layer with the adjustment applied to it. Once we have that new layer, we'll then work on creating a mask so that we can really selectively choose where this effect is applied.
Well right now, if I zoom out a little bit, you can see it's applied everywhere. It doesn't look so hot in the sky. The mountain looks awesome. So I'll grab my tool, which is Quick Select, right there. And go ahead and begin to build a selection over the mountains here. Not the mountains, what I'm saying, the sky. I want to select the sky, so I'm selecting the sky there. And what I'm looking to do is just make sure that it's just the sky there. We can go to Select and Mask if we really want to.
We could fix this up a little bit. Maybe smooth the edge out, feather it. It doesn't need to be that exact because it's a little bit of a softer effect. You'll see what I mean in a second, but basically you want a selection where you just have the sky there, we'll click OK. Now if we were to add a layer mask right now, what we would have is the effect up here only in the sky, which is the opposite of what we want. No biggie, just press Command + I on a Mac, Control + I on Windows. That inverts the mask, so now I have that so it's just affecting the mountain in the foreground and that's what I want, right? Because what we have now is the ability to turn on this beautiful detail.
And we zoom in or if you were to look at the print that I made from this, you'd see that yeah, that's what I'm talking about. That's really beautiful and wonderful. Now with this up here with your mask, if you find that the mask isn't very good, double-click it. That will bring you back, and you might want to view this even On Layers, so you can really see how it's looking here. You could try shifting the edge. Sometimes when you shift the edge, what you can do is fix up the edge. Let me zoom in and show you what I mean.
So you see how there's sort of this like glowing, weird edge up there? Well when I go here, trim that off, bring this back down. Okay, now I have much more of a crisp edge and I'm not seeing that. So if you see any edge problems, double-click that mask, go in there, drag some sliders around to see if you can't fix it. My case the edge, I wanted to shift it a little bit down, so I didn't have any of that effect spilling over on to the sky. Click OK and basically all that did was just to improve what we have here.
Okay, well now that we've done that, I want to make one more adjustment. This one is curves, so I'll click on the Curves adjustment layer icon. Bring this down a little bit. Bring this one up, add a touch of contrast there. Now I only want this on the mountain and what we can do, if we want to selectlvely have this adjustment in one area is reuse the mask that we have. So go to this mask, hold down Option on a Mac, Alt on Windows, and click and drag that mask from the lower layer to the one above that. See how we did that? We just copied it up there.
Now this adjustment is only affecting this part of the image. And the snow that we're seeing here was the most snow this area had seen on record, so it's really sort of a special, beautiful snow fall and I just want to make that kind of sing and snap. And if we look at our before and after, we can see the image from Lightroom, where we did a lot of work, it looks good. But then we add that extra bit of detail, also some contrast, which brought out some more vivid colors. That actually looks a little too strong for me, so I'm going to drop my opacity down.
Zoom out so you can see this in context. And here it is, our before and then now the after. Alright, well that wraps up this week's episode of Photo Tools Weekly. If you ever want to send me some ideas of other topics that you would like to see covered or just want to keep in touch, you can go to my website, chrisorwig.com/ptw for Photo Tools Weekly. And there I have this little form where you can send me a note. It would be great to hear from you. I'd love to hear how these tips and tutorials are working for you or helping or if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out there.
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