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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Editing with Blending Modes

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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39. Editing with Blending Modes


Class Trailer
1 Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 04:05 2 Bridge vs. Lightroom 06:39 3 Tour of Photoshop Interface 18:21 4 Overview of Bridge Workspace 07:42 5 Overview of Lightroom Workspace 11:21 6 Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents 08:19 7 How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:10 8 Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders 13:09
9 Developing Raw Images 30:33 10 Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs 09:12 11 How to Save Images 03:37 12 Using the Transform Tool 04:48 13 Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020 06:03 14 Selection Tools 05:55 15 Combining Selection Tools 07:37 16 Using Automated Selection Tools 17:34 17 Quick Mask Mode 05:07 18 Select Menu Essentials 21:28 19 Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 13:00 20 Align Active Layers 07:29 21 Creating a New Layer 06:15 22 Creating a Clipping Mask 03:02 23 Using Effects on Layers 11:24 24 Using Adjustment Layers 16:44 25 Using the Shape Tool 04:39 26 Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool 04:39 27 Masking Multiple Images Together 15:15 28 Using Layer Masks to Remove People 10:50 29 Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky 10:04 30 Adding Texture to Images 09:11 31 Layering to Create Realistic Depth 05:35 32 Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020 05:29 33 Optimizing Grayscale with Levels 10:59 34 Adjusting Levels with a Histogram 03:37 35 Understanding Curves 06:18 36 Editing an Image Using Curves 18:41 37 Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment 07:19 38 Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode 07:14 39 Editing with Blending Modes 08:04 40 Color Theory 05:59 41 Curves for Color 16:52 42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments 08:59 43 Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment 13:33 44 Match Colors Using Numbers 16:59 45 Adjusting Skin Tones 05:25 46 Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw 10:52 47 Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush 07:53 48 Retouching with the Clone Stamp 06:51 49 Retouching with the Healing Brush 04:34 50 Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools 13:07 51 Extending an Edge with Content Aware 03:42 52 Clone Between Documents 13:19 53 Crop Tool 10:07 54 Frame Tool 02:59 55 Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools 08:14 56 Paint Brush Tools 13:33 57 History Brush Tool 06:27 58 Eraser and Gradient Tools 03:06 59 Brush Flow and Opacity Settings 04:17 60 Blur and Shape Tools 11:06 61 Dissolve Mode 09:24 62 Multiply Mode 15:29 63 Screen Mode 14:08 64 Hard Light Mode 14:54 65 Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes 11:31 66 Smart Filters 11:32 67 High Pass Filter 13:40 68 Blur Filter 05:59 69 Filter Gallery 07:42 70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter 04:43 71 Combing Filters and Features 04:45 72 Select and Mask 20:04 73 Manually Select and Mask 08:08 74 Creating a Clean Background 21:19 75 Changing the Background 13:34 76 Smart Object Overview 08:37 77 Nested Smart Objects 09:55 78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects 09:08 79 Replace Contents 06:55 80 Raw Smart Objects 10:20 81 Multiple Instances of a Smart Object 12:59 82 Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects 05:42 83 Panoramas 13:15 84 HDR 11:20 85 Focus Stacking 04:02 86 Time-lapse 11:18 87 Light Painting Composite 08:05 88 Remove Moire Patterns 06:11 89 Remove Similar Objects At Once 09:52 90 Remove Objects Across an Entire Image 05:46 91 Replace a Repeating Pattern 06:50 92 Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel 10:27 93 Remove an Object with a Complex Background 07:49 94 Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes 12:27 95 Warping 11:03 96 Liquify 14:02 97 Puppet Warp 12:52 98 Displacement Map 10:36 99 Polar Coordinates 07:19 100 Organize Your Layers 11:02 101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss 02:59 102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep 12:34 103 Blending Options: Blend if 13:18 104 Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image 06:27 105 Layer Comps 08:30 106 Black-Only Shadows 06:07 107 Create a Content Aware Fill Action 08:46 108 Create a Desaturate Edges Action 07:42 109 Create an Antique Color Action 13:52 110 Create a Contour Map Action 10:20 111 Faux Sunset Action 07:20 112 Photo Credit Action 05:54 113 Create Sharable Actions 07:31 114 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1 10:23 115 Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2 07:57 116 Image Compatibility with Lightroom 03:29 117 Scratch Disk Is Full 06:02 118 Preview Thumbnail 02:10

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.

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


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