Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Merging layers and double-checking your progress, part of Enhancing an Environmental Portrait with Photoshop.
At this step of our project I want to do three things. …I want to take a look at how we can merge some of our layers together in order to organize our layers. …And then, I want to step back from what we've been doing, and see if we've missed anything. …And then finally, I want to do a little bit of burning and dodging on a new layer. …Well first let's organize our layers. …You can see the Layers panel that we've done a lot of work. …We have a lot of layers. …Let's merge these together. …We can do that by clicking in one layer then hold down the Shift Key, and click in another.…
This will select the contiguous or the touching layers. …Now, that we have all of these selected by clicking and then Shift+Clicking, we can …use a shortcut to merge those together. …To do that on a Mac press Command+E, on Windows press Ctrl+E. …Next, we'll go ahead and name this new layer details. …So, here we have merged together all of the detail work that we've done. …And typically you want to do this when you're ready to commit to the changes that you've …
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