Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Darkening the background, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
Now that we have created this black and white Sepia toned effect, one of the things that …I noticed is that the background is much too bright. …So let's explore how we can darken the background and we'll do that by creating two different …adjustment layers. …First what we're going to do is click on to the details layer. …We want to create these adjustment layers above the details layer so that these other …layers which are already here will affect them, and so that the color will be cohesive and consistent. …So the first step will be to click on the Black & White adjustment layer icon.…
Now while we've already applied one of these adjustments we're now going to apply another, …but this time we're going to decrease those reds and those yellows and maybe even some of the blues. …Now I'm aware that this doesn't look very good, the subject looks kind of strange, but …I like the way that this affects the background. …So if we click to the Mask panel we can then press the Invert button which will change …
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