Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Photoshop Secrets Of The Pros
Discover new ways to enhance images using this classic editing program
5 Don’t Underestimate Shadows/Highlights. When the Shadows/Highlights adjustment was first introduced in Photoshop, I thought it was a weak feature designed for those who didn’t want to be bothered with Curves and Levels. Well, I sure have changed my tune. It’s a powerful adjustment, as illustrated by these before-and-after examples of one of my Bodie State Historical Park images. With Shadows/Highlights, you can tone down the highlights and open up the shadows in an image fairly independently. Here’s the key to using this feature. In the Layers panel, Control-click (right-click on a PC) on the layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Now you can use the Shadows/Highlights tool nondestructively when you go to Image > Adjustment and choose Shadows/Highlights.
1. Once you have a black-and-white image that you’re happy with, set the foreground color to white in the Tools palette.
2. Select Sampled Colors in the Color Range dialog box, then use the Fuzziness slider to select an amount of highlights in the image. This is a taste thing. Start with 100 and click OK.
3. Select > Modify > Expand the selection by 1.
4. Select > Feather by 12 to 24.
5. Using the Fill command, fill that feathered selection with anywhere from 12 to 100 percent of the foreground color (white). This delivers that ethereal glow to highlights, mimicking the look of black-and-white infrared film.
1. Use the Layers window Opacity slider and Layer Style (double-clicking on the new layer will open this dialog box) to blend the texture with the background image.
2. Option-click (Alt-click on a PC) on the triangular sliders to split them in the Blend If option at the bottom of the Layer Style dialog box. This will deliver a smoother blend. I also lightened some of the highlights and the edges to more closely mimic the look of older, aged prints.
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