Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Darkening the background with color, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
Whenever you've been working on an image for a while, you almost always need to take a break. …You need to walk away and then walk back or look away and then look back. …And when I did that or when I do that here with this photograph, one of the things that …I notice is that the background is still too bright. …I want the face in a sense to almost glow and I want the background to become darker. …I also think the surfboard down blow is much too bright as well. …So let's take a look at how we can start to make some final tonal adjustments to this …image to change brightness value and also a little bit of color.…
The first thing we'll do is create a new layer, change the blending mode to Soft Light and …then Burn or Dodge with a color. …So let's click on the New Layer icon and then from the pulldown menu choose Soft Light. …This is the perfect blending mode for darkening something, especially if you want to add a …little bit of a tint or hue in a certain area. …Next press the B key to select the Brush tool, then hover the Brush tool over your image. …
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