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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 39 of 118

Editing with Blending Modes


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 39 of 118

Editing with Blending Modes


Lesson Info

Editing with Blending Modes

so there are all sorts of things Weaken Dio with these features. I want to let you know that there are a few issues you might run into, one of which is if I go in here and do any kind of an adjustment. It's not unique to curves. I just use curves a lot, so you'll notice me using that. It's my default. But if I darkened something, you're gonna find that often times it becomes more colorful. If I turn off this adjustment layer, watch this area. Where's noses? And if this was before and this is after it to me looks more vivid. And so sometimes I'm attempting to simply dark, and something in the fact that it becomes more vivid gets in the way. So you should be aware that whenever you use an adjustment layer and you're attempting to Onley, adjust brightness. Sometimes that'll happen, especially when darkening. The way you can prevent it is with the adjustment layer active. Go to the top your layers panel to this little menu. This is known as the blending mode menu in the blending mode menu ...

is something we have entire lesson on its part of the photo shop complete guide. And if I come down here, one of the choices in there is called luminosity. Luminosity is just another word for brightness. And so this means make this adjustment layer on lee affect the brightness and therefore don't affect the color. So if you watch that same area, I pointed out before, I'm gonna type Commands eat, undo, and I see that the nose becomes more colorful. Then I'll re apply it. And so you can see the difference of using luminosity mode versus not so. Any time you darken an image, if you notice it, become more colorful and you don't like it head straight to luminosity mode. Just make sure that the adjustment layer that was causing it is active and change it. But sometimes you like it. When I came on this image and I added contrast to this bird, it became more colorful, and I liked it, so I didn't need to change it to luminosity mode. Had I, then it wouldn't have become more colorful. Then there's a couple other things you should know about. I'm gonna come in and open a different picture and let's just start adjusting if I look at this area here. To me, it looks almost like there's a dark halo around the skylight that's there, and I'd like to brighten it up, so it's more similar to this. So I'm gonna go in and, of course, use my favorite adjustment of curves. Then I'm gonna move my mouse over to this area right here and click to measure how bright it is an added dimmer switch for it. I would like that area to end up Being approximately as bright is the area my mouse is on right now. Well, I'm not gonna click there. I'm just gonna look in curves. And if I looking curves, I see a circle that's showing me exactly how much light is in the area where my mouse is. That's what the circle is. So now I'm gonna move the dot that I added earlier, up to that height, you can move a dot whichever one is currently active. It's active if it's solid using the arrow keys on your keyboard. So I'm gonna just move that not straight up until it's about the height of that circle. The only problem is that circle moved up as I move the Datta. And that's because if you look at where the circle is that part of the curve moved up. So all I'm gonna do is once I've gotten that to approximately the height I'm thinking of, I'm going to take my mask and inverted with command. I control I am Windows and then paint this in. I need a soft edged brush because I needed to fade out. And I'm gonna now just pain in here and now the area around the skylight looks a lot more like the area over there because I put approximately the same model light and turn that off and on. And you can see it should also know that curves is useful for more than just adjusting brightness. We're gonna have a whole separate lesson on how to adjust color with curves. But here, I'm going to create a brand new curve. Before I do that, I'm gonna isolated area. Do you see the area on the right side over here? This doesn't look as yellow is. It does here in the middle or on the left, and I'd like that to look more yellow. I'm gonna isolate the area first by typing queue for quick mask painting where I want to change the image and red means what you're not gonna change. So I typed command. I control I am Windows to get it in the opposite spot so red means don't change. Well, then, that's what I want. Turn off quick mask with Q. And now let's adjust that with curves in curves. There's a pop up menu at the top. When it's set toe RGB, it means Onley adjust brightness, and if that means only adjust brightness. I'm not gonna be able to get that area to look more yellow if you click there there. There are three choices red, green and blue, and if you choose those you will be able to shift color. You'll learn a lot more about thes three. If you end up watching the lesson that is about color adjustment, that's part of the complete guide. But in that lesson, you'll learn that yellow is the opposite of blue, and so if I use less blue in here, you'll see that area becoming more yellow. Once I do, though, it looks a little too green, so I could go over here and choose green click there and bring that down to so you will be able to adjust color as well. Using curbs in. Once you get the combination of adjusting brightness, contrast and color using curves, you're gonna have dramatically more control over your images. The main thing you need to get used to is the fact that adjustment layers are the best way to apply things because they're not permanent, You could always throw him away Later. We can also use a blending mode, which is the menu found at the top of your screen to limit it so it can affect the color. And we can paint on those masks to control exactly where it affects the image. And where doesn't. Sometimes you want to use the same mask more than once, and that's the last little two bit I'll give you. I had just made the area on the right side more yellow. Now I would like to do something to brighten it or pull out detail, and I'd like to do it with a separate curve, so I'll do a new curves adjustment layer. I'm gonna move my mouse over there and let's just say I wanted to brighten this so I brighten it. But when I do, you notice the entire image changing well. I would now like this adjustment to be limited in the same way that the adjustment below it is limited. You see that this adjustment has a mask in it. This one, it's mask, is white. Well, there's a way to make this mass kind of get stacked on top of that one. And if you do, this mask will apply to it, too. How do you do that at the bottom of your adjustment layer settings for curves. Do you see this little down pointing arrow? If I use that, watch what happens in my layers panel to the layer I'm working on. It just had an arrow pointing down. That means that it's using the mask that is found down here, and I can even paint on this one to further limit it. But if you ever need to have two adjustments that affect the same area, then you could make that adjustment and click the icon that is found right here. That means use the same mask that's on the layer below. Sometimes they do that because I want to use curves in one spot in a different adjustment in that same spot, like a human saturation adjustment or something else. But now that adjustment is only affecting that area on the over on the right, because it's using the same mask. So we've been talking about tonal adjustments and adjustment layers, those air adjustments that only affect brightness and contrast in not color.

Class Description

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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