Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Final project review, part of Photoshop CS5: Athletic Retouching Projects.
Here I want to take just a few more steps with this photograph in order to work on the overall tonality of the image. Now there are a number different ways that you can work on tone, yet one technique that you can use which is kind of interesting is to merge all that you've done to top and then to use Shadow and Highlights to work on the shadows or the highlights. So let's go ahead and take a look at how we can do that. Here we'll click in our top layer group then we'll merge to top by pressing a shortcut which is Shift+Option+Command+ E on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E on Windows, and I'll go ahead and name this layer, tone.
Next, we'll navigate to the Image pulldown menu. Here what you are looking for is Adjustments, and then you'll go all the way down to Shadows/Highlights. [00:00:44.0 0] This is just a nice visual tool that you can use to boost your shadows or to bring down your highlights. Let's work on the shadows. Here I'll go ahead and increase my Amount and my Tonal Width and then the Radius. And you can see that what it's doing for me is its just adding a little bit of snap into that darker area of the image. Now I can modify this one way or another in order to have a greater or lesser affect, and I can really control this in a few different ways in order to control the overall look of that area.
Here I'll bring down the Color Correction. I don't want to over-saturate those colors. Just add a little bit of Midtone Contrast, and again I'm just looking to add a little bit of snap into those areas that I feel were a little bit too dark. And you can see the before and after as I click on this Preview button. Here is before and then after. Now in this case, I think the Highlights are okay, but if we want to darken those up we could also do that. And actually, as I do this a little bit, I'm surprised to see that I kind of like the look of that. I didn't realize that I would like that.
But what it did was darken up the background there and also the surfboard. Take a look at that. There is the before and after, kind of a happy accident. And that happens all the time, right, when you're working in Photoshop. I was focused in on my shadows but just happen to swing the sliders for Highlights and really decided that that looked kind of nice, kind of bringing back some detail there into that area of the image. All right, well let's click OK, in order to apply those adjustments. And now here we have this nice tone layer. Here is our before and then our after, really adding some nice dimension to the overall look of the image.
Here is the overall before and then after. And again, we're just trying to create a hint of mood, this little bit of this blue-yellow type of look. It feels a little bit more like an aged photograph, and there're just a few more things that I wanted to here. All right, let's zoom out. Press Command+Minus on a Mac, Ctrl+ Minus on Windows, then let's click on our Curves adjustment layer icon to create a curve which is going to darken a portion of the image, and then we can paint in where we want to darken things up. So here what we'll do is we'll go ahead and click on the icon for Curves, and we'll click and drag down.
And let's do so drastically so we can see something. Well on Normal blending mode we're getting a pretty good color shift. If we change this to Luminosity, it'll just affect the luminance value here and what that does is it removes that drastic color shift. And sometimes it's helpful to see that when you have a real high amount, either one way or another, that this helps maintain the color relationship that you already have. So here now that I've seen that I'm just going to try to find a nice spot for this, and then I want to invert the mask.
Click in the mask and press Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on Windows, then grab your Brush tool and here with our Brush tool we're going to paint with a little bit lower Opacity. Nice, big brush. Sometimes it's fun to paint with a brush, which isn't quite perfect. I am going to go ahead and just paint around the edges here. And the great thing about this is that whenever you're masking, as I've said before, you can always undo this. Simply hit the X key, and you can bring it out. And here all I'm looking to do just darken up my edges a little bit and try to create a little bit of a vignette.
Now once I have a rough shape that I'm liking in regards to the vignette, what I want to do next is really blur out all of these brush strokes. There are a couple ways that you can do this. And I want to just do a few more little brush strokes here, just kind of darkening up a couple of these areas and one of the best ways to do that is to the Mask panel and then in the Mask panel, you can go ahead and increase the Feather Amount, which is just going to blur all of those brushstrokes out, making this a little bit more of a diffusef darkening affect. Here you can see the before and after.
Let me zoom in so you can take a better look at that, before and after. Again, just bringing down some of those edges which in turn helps us focus in a little bit more on the subject. Also, if you want more of a darkening effect, double-click Curves, and then here what you could do is go ahead and just deepen this up and you can see how we can really darken that up. I am going to back and forth until I find a nice spot with that. All right just a couple of more adjustments here with this image. Next what I want to do is click on our Adjustment layer icon and choose Curves. This time, I am going to brighten things up and just leave it on Normal.
Invert the mask, Command+I. Go ahead and select your Brush tool and we'll just paint in with white. And I paint a little bit of brightening effect on the subject here also maybe a little bit on his shoes, on the ground surrounded him down here, just bringing in a touch of light to a few little areas. I think it would be kind of nice, a little but more around here, and then again go into your Mask panel and blur out your brushstrokes so you have a little bit more of diffusion and here's that brightening. Here is before and then after. And it's these two layers together which kind of bring us back to the subject a little bit.
It centralizes our view on that area of the photograph. All right, last thing I want to do is just modify the tone a bit more on the face there. So I am going to click on my Adjustment layer icon, go Hue/Saturation, and then I am going to the Target Adjustment tool and just click on the tones in the face. It takes me to the Reds. Next, I am going to desaturate some of those reds and then hold down the Shift key and click a couple of more little spots here. Grab the eyedropper with the Plus icon and you can get a few more colors.
I just felt like the Reds that were happening in this image were a little bit too strong. I want a bit more of that muted kind of color palette. And I think that's looking pretty good. All right, let's organize our layers and review what we've done. In order to organize this, I'll click in my topmost layer, hold down the Shift key, and then click in my bottommost layer of these adjustments. On a Mac it's Command+G, on Windows its Ctrl+G. I'll just call this color/tone/2, our second set of adjustments.
Next, press F to go to Full Screen View mode, and then F7 key will bring up our layers. And the great thing about working in this way is that if ever we don't like any of our adjustments or if we feel we've gone too far at one step, we can always lower the entire group - that might be nice to do here - or we can go into the different adjustments, and we can back those off as needed. All right, well here you can see our overall progress. The starting image and then really bringing in that blue and yellow color and tone, and then pushing the image a little bit further in order to give it this interesting and intriguing look and feel.
- Creating and combining multiple exposures
- Repositioning subjects
- Enhancing color and tone
- Removing unwanted background elements
- Simplifying with selections
- Improving composition with cropping
- Toning with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) Pro toolset
- Enhancing eyes
- Changing shape and sculpting muscles with Liquify
- Increasing height
- Sharpening and creating final layer comps