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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 111 of 118

Faux Sunset Action


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 111 of 118

Faux Sunset Action


Lesson Info

Faux Sunset Action

Well, let's make an action that creates a fake sunset, meaning that if you don't like getting up early for sunrise and your need to work at sunset, you're taking pictures in the middle of the day. Ah, that we can still make it look like sunset here on the open to images. And I have two images open. I'm gonna make it so I can see them both at the same time, but using a range and then choosing tiled to up horizontal and I'll click on the image that's underneath because that's the one I'd like to work with. And I want to create a fake sunset, you could say. So what I'm going to accomplish here is I want to, um, do an adjustment that is called a Grady INT map. So I'm gonna come into my actions first, I'm going to create a new action, and I'm going to call it faux sunset. Click on record in. All we're gonna do down here is creates a where is it Grady int map adjustment layer. And before we make any changes to this adjustment layer, I'm gonna go into my layers panel in the problem with the G...

rady int map adjustment is, it will end up changing the brightness of your picture. I want to prevent that from happening, So I'm gonna change the menu that's found at the top of my layers panel. It's usually set to normal, and I'm gonna set it to color. And that means the only thing that this adjustment layer will be able to do is change the color of the image, and it will not be able to change the brightness. Now let's explore what ingredient map adjustment layer is. What Grady it map does is it acts as if your picture is black and white. And then it's gonna replace whatever was black in your picture with whatever shade appears right over here, and then replace what was 50% gray with what's in the middle in to replace what was white with what's on the far right and the same is true for everything else in between. And it's only because we have this set to color mode that things that used to be black don't end up being this bright. Then you can click on the little arrow to the right, and you could pick any choice you want as faras colors go, But what I'm gonna do is actually to edit the colors that make this up. So I'm gonna start off with the choice on the far left and we'll make our own. If you click within this preview that's here, you're going to get an editor. That allows you to choose what colors things were going to be made out of. And let's take a look at what we can do. You're gonna notice at the bottom here there is a little stop here that's full of white, and over here is in the little stop full of black. And what I'm gonna do is double click on one of those. And that's gonna bring up color picker in that. Instead of coming in here and blindly choosing a color, I'm gonna come in and choose a color out of the image that's above. If you just move your mouse into this area in click on an area, I find you usually have to click twice to get it to choose a color. Then I'll click OK, and I should make sure that I'm not messing up because I was thinking black was what's on the left. It could be the exact opposite of that. We'll find out if it is. I should be starting with the dark portion of the picture instead. But then I'm gonna click on the opposite side. That's over here. I'm gonna double click, and I'm gonna choose from the dark area of the picture. Just double click in there and it should grab the color. Then if I want to choose what it looks like a little bit brighter than black, I'm gonna click, maybe about here and then I'll double click. I was just clicking just below that horizontal bar. I'll come in here and say, What does it look like when we're little bit brighter than black? What color is it? Well, I gotta click twice in there. Grab it. I mean, at a color in the middle, just by clicking below this bar right in the middle. Then double click on it. And now I'm gonna choose the middle brightness I see in this image. Then I'll continue working my way over here. I'll add another one double click, and I'll choose something that's close to the bright area. And I might add one more really close to white. Double click and go for something really close, Whatever color is there. And so here we have all these colors and I think I might have them reversed where I need these colors over on the other side. I'm not absolutely certain, though. I think I'm gonna find out by just manually moving them around. It's only going to record these once, and that is when I click. OK, so it doesn't matter if I kind of mess up and move things around here, but you can reverse all these by moving them around. You can always shift them around. And yes, I was off for white. Needs to be on the right, just mentally got shifted there. And the only thing with this particular picture is the highlights Might I need to be toned down so you don't have the white areas, but I'll click. OK, then I'm going to change the name of this layer by double clicking on it in. There we go. I'm going to go to my actions panel. I'm gonna hit the stop button, and then I'm just gonna look at my action to see. Is there anything that could mess this up is going to make an adjustment layer. Okay, It's going foreground to background color in all sorts of others settings in there, but it looks like just black and white. Er what's defined, Then set current layer to the mode code color. That's fine. And then here set the current mode. This is when I was starting to experiment. I went toe foreground to background. Then there's another one after that where I went and did a custom one. And then I made something visible. And then I said, the current layer to its name. So it looks like all these steps will work. There is one additional step in here that's really not needed. I think it's this one. And that's when I was just describing things and I switched from one of the preset Grady INTs to one that foreground to background so that a slowdown the action a little bit, but it will work just fine. It's just a matter of if this action was going to be applied to, like, you know, 1000 images a day. It's part of my production thing. I would want to get rid of any extra steps but I think that'll work out just fine. So now anytime it wants something, have the look of a sunset feel. I can click on the name of this action, hit the play button and end up with.

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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