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.