Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Experimenting with color, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
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The reality of being creative and of being an artist is that you don't always know what path to take. …You need to experiment. You need to test out different ideas. …So when I was working on this photograph one of the things that I did next was I experimented …with color, and I want to show you how I worked with color here just to try to determine if …I wanted to have this image in color or black and white. …Well before we do that let's go ahead and merge our burn and dodge layer down to the details layer.…
So if you click in one layer, then hold down the Shift key and click in another, you can …use the shortcut which we learned previously to merge layers together, that is the Command+E …key on a Mac or Ctrl+E key on Windows and we'll go ahead and name this details. …Next what I want to do is I want to modify the color of this image by using two different …adjustment layers. …The first adjustment layer that we're going to apply is a Black & White adjustment layer. …Now I'm actually not going to convert the image to black and white with this layer, …
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