Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Making final tonal adjustments, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
Next we're going to take a look at how we can make some tonal adjustments using a couple …of different curves adjustments, and how using these adjustments to target specific tones, …in particular the brightness of the surfboard below. …Let's start off by clicking on our Adjustment Layer icon for Curves, and here what we're …going to do is we're going to click and drag down our white point and then we'll bring …up this area for the blacks and bring down the midtones a little bit so that we have …an adjustment which primarily will allow us to darken this part of the image.…
Currently it's affecting all of the image. We don't want that. …So what you can do is you can click on the tab or on the button for the Mask panel. …In the Mask panel, we're going to launch what's called Color Range. …Color Range is really unique, it allows us to click on our image and then to make a selection …based on where we clicked. …In this case we're going to click on the surfboard below. …We want to choose a Localized Color Cluster so that primarily it's going to select this area. …
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