Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp

Lesson 91/118 - Adjustment Layers and Video


Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


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Adjustment Layers and Video

Just like any other photograph, we're gonna be using things like adjustment layers on this. And with specifically when we wanna modify the look and feel of an image when we use an adjustment layer on the top, it automatically applies itself to the image and we have that adjustment layer above it and that's how it works. Well in video it can be a little bit tricky to think about things like that because if it's in the same video group it might add itself to the end instead of onto the top. This is where that thief, the clipping mask, is really important. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go ahead and make a new adjustment layer, and let's do a curves adjustment layer. By default it may already add that clipping mask there for you. If it doesn't and you've got this going on, your curve may show up at the end instead of at the top of the video. If, maybe if it's outside of the video group. Let's try this, if you put it outside of the video group then it shows up on the top in its own vide...

o area. This is one of those things that you have to think about and where it's gonna end up because sometimes it doesn't end up at the top of the video. Right now, because it's at the top of the video it will edit the video. But if you put something in that video group and it ends up on the other side, like another video, for instance, and you want that to be on the top, you have to know where your layers are in that palette. So let's just make sure that all of our adjustment layers are there with a clipping mask to ensure that it is affecting that specific video. If we had multiple videos in here we might wanna have that above because it's in the same video group. Those adjustment layers would be affecting all the videos in that video group. So what we're gonna do is we're just gonna take a curves adjustment layer, pull this down, make it darker, and make it brighter. That's increasing and decreasing the intensity of the contrast within this video. If we wanted to test that to see what's gonna happen, we press play. That curves adjustment is working on the entire video. It's not just working on one frame, it's working on the entire photo. So now with that increased intensity we've got a really nice kind of look for this image. I can add in as many other adjustment layers as I'd like here. I could do something like the HSL adjustment layer. And the hue saturation adjustment layer, if I use a targeted adjustment tool, I can maybe change the color of this water, bump this up and make it a little more on the blue side, increase the saturation of that blue to make it a little more rich. And again, like I said before, if you're gonna bump up the saturation like that you might wanna round it off a little bit with a little bit of darkness there by adding a little more value to it. If I can click on my yellows now and bump up the saturation of those yellows, maybe alter that yellow a little bit to make it a little bit more rich, and enrich the darkness of this. So if I go back to the beginning and press play that hue saturation adjustment layer is working on the entire video. Not just that one frame but the entire video. Our preview didn't look that great, so I'll turn that preview back up to 100%, move this back over here and press play. Now it looks a little bit better. Look at the video before. Look at it after. This is more like video that you would get off of your cell phone or your camera or something like that. And a lot of times our cell phones have these pre-built video editors inside them that gives us really cool effects, but here you do it in Photoshop to get more control over it. I mean look at the amount of color that we added to that, really made this a lot more vibrant. We made it a lot more rich just by using two adjustment layers. If you wanted to color grade this, we could go in, we could add a gradient map, maybe make it black and white. Or because we're using a gradient map we can change this to any colors that we want. I'll use this color because it's accessible. Drop the color down and then drop the opacity. So now it's color graded with that yellow or that cream color and the blue. If I want to change those colors I can either choose any of the gradients that I have within here or click on the color and change the color grade of this image. (mouse button clicking) You can see it working kind of on the fly as we edit this. Press OK, press OK. Now because the opacity is down pretty low it's kind of hard to see. But color grading is really important when it comes to video. With this image, maybe not quite as much, but if you've ever seen any TV production-type quality films, movies, basically anything that's gonna be a blockbuster movie is gonna have some type of color grading in it somewhere. Where you go to a place it's hot, how do you show hot without having fire there? You add a really red color grade to the image and it'll feel hot, feel a lot warmer than it actually is. How do you add the sense of cold to something without actually putting ice or water there? Well, you add a blue color grade to it. So you can manipulate the viewer as they're looking at your video just by color grading, just like we've talked about color grading when it comes to a photograph.

Class Description

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


1Bootcamp Introduction 2The Bridge Interface 3Setting up Bridge 4Overview of Bridge 5Practical Application of Bridge 6Introduction to Raw Editing 7Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface 8Global Tools Part 1 9Global Tools Part 2 10Local Tools 11Introduction to the Photoshop Interface 12Toolbars, Menus and Windows 13Setup and Interface 14Adobe Libraries 15Saving Files 16Introduction to Cropping 17Cropping for Composition in ACR 18Cropping for Composition in Photoshop 19Cropping for the Subject in Post 20Cropping for Print 21Perspective Cropping in Photoshop 22Introduction to Layers 23Vector & Raster Layers Basics 24Adjustment Layers in Photoshop 25Organizing and Managing Layers 26Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes 27Screen and Multiply and Overlay 28Soft Light Blend Mode 29Color and Luminosity Blend Modes 30Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes 31Introduction to Layer Styles 32Practical Application: Layer Tools 33Introduction to Masks and Brushes 34Brush Basics 35Custom Brushes 36Brush Mask: Vignettes 37Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn 38Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation 39Mask Groups 40Clipping Masks 41Masking in Adobe Camera Raw 42Practical Applications: Masks 43Introduction to Selections 44Basic Selection Tools 45The Pen Tool 46Masks from Selections 47Selecting Subjects and Masking 48Color Range Mask 49Luminosity Masks Basics 50Introduction to Cleanup Tools 51Adobe Camera Raw 52Healing and Spot Healing Brush 53The Clone Stamp Tool 54The Patch Tool 55Content Aware Move Tool 56Content Aware Fill 57Custom Cleanup Selections 58Introduction to Shapes and Text 59Text Basics 60Shape Basics 61Adding Text to Pictures 62Custom Water Marks 63Introduction to Smart Objects 64Smart Object Basics 65Smart Objects and Filters 66Smart Objects and Image Transformation 67Smart Objects and Album Layouts 68Smart Objects and Composites 69Introduction to Image Transforming 70ACR and Lens Correction 71Photoshop and Lens Correction 72The Warp Tool 73Perspective Transformations 74Introduction to Actions in Photoshop 75Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface 76Making Your First Action 77Modifying Actions After You Record Them 78Adding Stops to Actions 79Conditional Actions 80Actions that Communicate 81Introduction to Filters 82ACR as a Filter 83Helpful Artistic Filters 84Helpful Practical Filters 85Sharpening with Filters 86Rendering Trees 87The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters 88Introduction to Editing Video 89Timeline for Video 90Cropping Video 91Adjustment Layers and Video 92Building Lookup Tables 93Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type 94ACR to Edit Video 95Animated Gifs 96Introduction to Creative Effects 97Black, White, and Monochrome 98Matte and Cinematic Effects 99Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades 100Gradients 101Glow and Haze 102Introduction to Natural Retouching 103Brightening Teeth 104Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool 105Cleaning and Brightening Eyes 106Advanced Clean Up Techniques 107Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization 108ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits 109Portrait Workflow Techniques 110Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization 111Landscape Workflow Techniques 112Introduction to Compositing & Bridge 113Composite Workflow Techniques 114Landscape Composite Projects 115Bonus: Rothko and Workspace 116Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos 117Bonus: The Mask (Extras) 118Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


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Esther Gambrell

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