Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Surprising yourself with the Color Look Up Adjustment layer, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
Preset Content can be a great source of inspiration or a place to get started when you want to change the look of your image. CS6 ships with all sorts of Preset Content for various adjustment layers. And there's a brand-new Adjustment layer called Color Lookup. And so if I choose this and I come to my dropdown, I see that I have got all of these different looks, Bleach Bypass will pretty dramatically change this image; Crisp_Warm, does just that, it warms up my image. If I come down to EdgyAmber, I am going to get a very different look. And the one that I like a lot is filmstock, and in just a single click I have a very different image.
Now I think one of the concerns about presets is that your images might look like someone else's. And so one of the things that I can do to make this look unique to my image is I can play around with some of my blend modes. So I could choose Darken or Multiply. The one I really like for this is Overlay. And just to tune it a little further, I will take Opacity and I will reduce that. And so if I toggle that, you see that with just a couple of clicks I have really dramatically changed the look of my image.
Now what's great about this is I can apply this to more than just stills, I can apply it to the video as well. So let's come over here and look at some video that I created on the same trip on the GoPro. And so video content can play in Photoshop both in CS6 Standard and Extended, it's easier to use than it ever has been. And all the things that I can do in Photoshop, I can do to video. So Adjustment layers, Filters, so let's say we want to come up with that same look, but with my video clip. I come over here to my Color Lookup adjustment layer and let's just go again with filmstock.
And we will go with Overlay. And maybe pull the Opacity down, and a little further on this one. And if I come over here and Play, you can see that I have applied that same look to my video clip. So the Preset Content that comes with all these Adjustment layers is a really great place to get started, but if you use it correctly with Blend modes and Opacity, you can really tune it to look unique to your image as well. It's a great place to get started.
It's really fast and easy.
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets