- Improving color and contrast with Auto Curves and Auto Levels
- Creating custom black-and-white effects
- Using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to recolor artwork
- Expert color grading with color lookup tables
- Using gradient maps
- Making nondestructive adjustments with Smart Objects and stack modes
Skill Level Advanced
- Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and I'd like to welcome you to this course. Today, we're going to explore several different advanced techniques that'll work for all levels of users. These techniques are going to focus primarily on adjustment layers, as well as using some of the blending modes and blend commands. This will open up all sorts of new opportunites for colorizing your images, adding style, as well as fixing problems for things like contrast or tone. This is a fun course, so you're going to see a lot of different things that'll work for photographers and designers to quickly enhance the overall look of your image.
To make sure we're all on the same page, we'll cover some adjustment layer essentials, making sure you know how to add adjustment layers, clip them and mask them, as well as use blending modes and advanced blending options. We'll then move on to talking about the power of auto. Now, a lot of folks think that auto is cheating and that somehow, you don't know what you're doing if you depend upon it, but, you see, Photoshop actually has several powerful tools inside to quickly measure color and contrast and if you set the auto settings correctly, you can get consistent results very easily for several different images.
We'll then move on black and white, talking about many different ways to process black and white images. I love black and white photography and there are several different layers that can actually be used to create black and white images. I prefer this much more over converting the image permanently. This gives me flexibility to make future changes as well as allows me to introduce several colors or tones into the image. We'll then talk about hue and saturation and some of the great flexibilities here. You see, a lot of times you're going to want to shift colors within an image, or perhaps adjust the overall saturation or vibrancy of an image.
There are several different techniques to do this, including some strategies for limiting the effect. I'll walk you through the most effective techniques that I use all the time. Once that's done, we'll explore lookup tables. Lookup tables allow you to create color tables that reassign colors within an image and while they're very scientific in nature, they can be a lot of fun to use and can speed up your workflow immensely. We'll then explore gradient maps, a little used feature that I really love. Gradient maps allow you to remap the color within an image using a gradient or a gradual blend of colors.
This opens up all sorts of opportunities from black and white to heavily stylized images and I think you'll enjoy some of these techniques. Finally, we'll explore smart objects and the use of blending modes within smart objects, including using filters on a smart object, or the blending modes of stacking multiple layers together. We got a lot of ground to cover and a lot of techniques I think you'll want to add to your toolbox. Let's get started.