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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
Skill Level Intermediate
If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, or if you're watching this on a disc, you have access to the exercise files. Once you've located the Exercise Files folder you can double-click it to open it up and here you'll discover that we have all of the different stages of our project inside of the exercise files, and each image is related to a different movie that we'll be working on. You'll probably want to access and open these up inside of Adobe Bridge.
In Bridge, you can either select the first image and then progress along from there or if you want to skip ahead you can always choose an image further along down the line and just open it up and here you'll see the progress that we've made on that photograph so far. If you don't have access to the exercise files, no big deal. You can always simply follow along, or of course, you could always work on one of your own photographs. Let's begin!