Gradient Map Presets


Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 New Features


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Gradient Map Presets

All right, so let's, take a look at another really need useful feature. For those of you who can see the beautiful studio here, we're going to be using some of the shops new grady it map pre cess to create a photographic toning or split toning. Ok, so that's, where you take thes shadows in your image and you map them, map them, change them two one color in a grady ingredient is simply a fade from one color to another. So what's happened to create created creative color effects and photos like this for photographic toning or split tony you're duo tones even, is that your shadows or map toe one color in the grainy, and then your highlights for matt to the other color in the grain you so that's what we're going to create it's a really neat, useful effect, it's useful in a bunch of different ways, not quite a superhero image. I started to try to find the cape for my stock photo attack on him because everybody's had a cave so far. But it do that so let's. Take a look at how to use this. Thi...

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And that we're going to start out with the great at math adjustment layer ok which is going toe if we tell footage shot we want our ingredient colors to be black and why we're going to produce a beautiful black and white image we did this at the top of the class yesterday so we're gonna do that again we're going to set our color ships to the default of black and white by pressing d then we're going to create a grady at math adjustment layer and we can do that by clicking the half black half white circle at the bottom of the layers panel jantjes ingredient map immediately photoshopped maps the shadows to one color in my grade ian because black was on top of my color chips over here my tools panel my shadows remain matt to black the highlights are being met to the other color my background color chip and since that was white my highlights are now quite so we create a really beautiful black and white image now to get to these new photographic tony ingredient matt presets everybody say that three times fast against these new process you need to open the grady it picker to be ableto load more of those there's all has a wonderful priest that's built into photo shop and you all have seen me load a few of them here and there but there's just tons of them built in there but unless you go hunting for them and load them, you may never see them so what we're going to do is we're going to click within the grady at pre v that appears automatically and the properties panel we're going to click that toe open the grady and editor and then we're going to click this little sprocket icon right here and that is gonna let us load additional presets so this is the new group right here and that's not just one pre set that is a category so there's a bunch of them inside of that pre set okay, so look for photographic toning I was so proud of myself when I found this because when I was discovering for myself all of the new features because it's not like authors get sent a list because we don't we have to discover them I discovered this one and I was so proud of myself because at the time I didn't know that anybody else had discovered it I was like, you know I want to have something in my bird that nobody else which is probably not true at all but I was very excited because I go through and when I up take these books I compare menu to menu every single one in every dialog box in every tool in every panel in every fly out menu everything to find everything that's changed because believe me when I tell you there is no all inclusive master list it just doesn't exist so that's how I found this when I was all excited so go ahead and give that one a click funny shops going to ask you where you would like it to put your new presets that you're about to load you can have them replace everything that is in your current set of presets or you can have attacked them onto the end, which is what I always do, so just click upend and that's going to tack on the additional sit underneath the ones you've already got loaded and look how many of these suckers there are let me make this dialog box larger so you can appreciate it and I'll try to position it where we're only seeing the new ones here we go so everything beginning from this one right here so the purple and it's not new but everything from that point forward thes three full rows and then these last t those air all brand new presets and adobe does not skip when it comes to the expenditure that they make programming these things they will go get the most amazing experts in the field they will get color experts, color scientists, color engineers to create these priests is yes, you could use the grade ian editor to create something like this yourself, but these are engineered by experts to look beautiful on your photos so let's just move this guy out of the way and as I click on each of those pre says, we moved my interface over a little bit as I click on each of those presets my photos changing not amazing they're just beautiful it for this particular image, which is why each other's it because it has to me a vintage feel is an older bike, you know, racing, so I hope you're kind of getting that the mood that we're creating here with this image is changing with each different color that I pick that's a particularly beautiful and cp cps selenium two you just all kinds of amazing new presets that are oh so useful but again would you ever have found them pick no, not unless somebody points them out to you, so those are some really beautiful process, so we'll say ok in the great thing about using adjustment layers again is that you can turn them off and on I see a before and after to see if you really like that effect, you can lower their opacity to create something altogether different. Now I've got like a partial split tone partial color image and of course every adjustment layer has a layer mask automatically the tags along with it so you could use that to hide the effect from parts of the photo that you didn't want it tio appear on top of so, let's, take a look at that and another on another image. I think they're just gorgeous. I'll go and open up all these images here. All right? This is one of my favorite images in the whole wide world from my stock photo is just painfully key I love I love the tattoos of spikey here I love all of it I can hear heavy metal playing in the background when I look at this photo it's just so cute. Ok, so let's do that tightening former time let's make sure our color chips or sit teo the default of black and white. You want to make sure that black is on top. Okay, suppressed d if you need tio, let me just show you what happens if black is not on top and you go to create your great at math adjustment layer. So click the half black, half white circle the bottom of your layers panel she's. Great yet map. And now prepare yourself for an x ray it's. Not a big deal, because as you can see here in the properties panel that opens for a great map adjustment layer, you've got a reverse button so that fixes it, but just I'm showing it to you, so you won't be startled when you get an x ray. In half the time I forget to send my color chips to the default to black and white when I do a great map adjustment lee or anyway so I always in that well, we're color combinations, some of them interesting some of them quite strange, but you've been always just clicked this little down pointing triangle next to the grainy and preview and that third pre set in the first row here, this one right here is a black toe wyatt radiant and it's always going to be there you would have to work really hard to delete that has a precept, so if you forget to set your color chips to the default to black and white, just give this little down reporting trying to look click next to the grating and preview that opens in the properties panel and then click that a third one in the top row. Now the reason is being funky here is because we've got reversed turned on so I can go ahead and turn that off and that fixes it. So another way to get to those photographic toning process is to bypass the grading editor altogether and just click this down we're pointing triangle and from this little sub panel papa many whatever the heck you want to call it you've also got that same gear sprocket so I'll zoom back out so you click that year sprocket and you can access those photographic toning presets here as well, but we've already loaded in the moment ago, so we don't have to do that again. We can simply come back over here to our grading a pre set list and use our little scroll bar and you can see all of the new guys down there at the bottom there's so many of them and they are just absolutely gorgeous in that pretty this is also a fabulous technique to save a photo that you can't color courage, so if you're subject matters really good, but for whatever reason, you're just unable to get the color lighting toe look right to you, take the color out of the equation and do something creative like this right here I mean, these air just really amazing, so we'll take a look at it on our wedding photo that we've got framed here in the studio that's so, so beautiful? Well, go ahead and set our color chips the default of black, and why click the half black, half white circle at the bottom of the layers pain will choose grady and map click the downward pointing triangle next to the grainy and preview, and if you haven't done so, already clicked the little gear sprocket and load the new photographic toning presets cia six we've already got unloaded, so I think this is the cps science is the precept that I used for the in studio frame shot and basically it's taking the shadows in the image defies a man you can see what's going on in these grainy ins in case a pretty complex screening so we go from black to science to see fia she kind of a creamy creamy light color it's just gorgeous I'm telling you any questions on photographic toning bree sets in photographers talk about an extra product to sell to your clients right exactly yes beautiful lady lady by the bay asked do you have to make it black and white before using the tones? Well yes to make it look like this yes because when you what's gonna happen is there's no way to create a grady it map adjustment layer without it changing the colors in your image because that's what it does right so if you're colored ships for anything other than black and white let's do something really awful let's do something really awful all right so we've got red and pink everybody steel yourself for what's about to happen now will create the grading at math see how it it's it's going to map the shadows in your image two one color in the highlights to another color so it's not that you have to turn it into a black and white it's just that if you do turn it into a black and why then you're going to see the color overlay that really makes it look like an actual split to ever do a town so if we tried tio this's this awful e I'll pick another grady and that's really bad let's do something like this let's say are colored ships that's terrible t it's all bad, isn't it it's just terrible yeah, just awful so now you get a little bit of a different color variation but we're not we're not getting is is dark of shadows because we started out with really whacked out colors so it's not that you have to start out with black and white but you need teo for this to work as it was intended to work cool a follow up question from the best once the photo toning green map is applied can you then export or save the image as a true do atone for lithographic printing or tri tone and the basses in sierra vista, arizona? Well, let's see so what you can dio true do a tone it means that you don't have your other color channels kind of like the true gray scale that we were talking about yesterday. So what you could do after you created this adjustment layer to make the effects look right to you come up to the image menu choose mode go to gray scale but what's gonna happen is going to take all the color information out of your photo all right, so we could say don't flatten and we could say yes discard color information so it takes us back to a black and white. Then you could go to the image menu, choose mode again and she's duo town. Now this will create a riel dio tone with with none of the extra color channels. Okay, different technique from what we just did. And I'll do this one twice because this is a good one as well. Here in the duo tone options dialog box. Now this stuff has been around forever once again. So few people know it's there from this preset many. There are hundreds of seriously amazing to atone presets. I mean, just a ton of them. I mean, look at all that those were all developed by serious color experts. Color scientists. Can you imagine color scientist so adobe paid big bucks for all of these and you can simply go through here and another great excuse to just hold up with photo shop in your favorite beverage on a weekend and display with these things because you can produce some really amazing effects. Now, these air a little bit different from the new photographic toning presets just because of the difference between split toning in duo tone. Ok, it works in a little bit of different way, so you're going to get a little bit different effects. But this is a way to make a true dio tone. So if you sent this to a professional printing press, you're only going to be paying for the different inks that you're adding here. Ok, so if I stick with something, uh, let's say like this, I'm only going to be playing, paying for a one ik for extra anc, aside from black, okay, whereas if you use the grainy and matt photographic toning presets, then you're going to be paying for a full color image. So if you could have to convert that initial seem like a before you send it on press, then you're going to be paying for for color place. So it's not a true dio tone. And again, there are subtle differences between what a duo tone looks like and what a split tone looks like. It just depends on on the mood that you're going for. You know the more questions on that yeah, we have mills from germany uh she says hello lisa you're teaching is awesome I try this pretty it new photo filter and now I see a dark shadow on the corner I didn't see before do you have any? Because what's going on no not really other than there may have been a little bit of edge of indian ing there that just wasn't apparent until the colors were changed like them you guys want to see the dio telling the true dio tell him one more time is out of interest rates because kristen a just asked can you tell us again where the do tone when she I know this all right it's time to go and delete that adjustment layer so we're going to make sure color chips or set to the default to black and white by pressing d we're going to take a peek at our color ships in our tools panel and make sure that black is on top not the end of the world if it's not but we'll save you step go down to the half black half white circle the bottom of your layers panel choose grady and map now I did that just so I could control the conversion that photo shop is going to do when we change color modes from color to true gray scale so in other words when it throws away my color channels I'm the one that controlled how the black and white looks and not photoshopped ok, so that's one way to do it your first did you make a black and white you can also do it with a black and white black and white adjustment layer as well interesting oh because we change minutes already all right, I'm going to revert so that we started over there we go okay now make a black and white through the method of your choice I like grady it man you may like black and white adjustment layer tweak the contrast if you like whatever you want the next step is to go up to the image many choose mode and choose gray scale. This is when photoshopped throws away or color channels if you did not use an adjustment layer tio turn your image two black and white before you change the color motor grayscale photoshopped merely throws away your color channels and you'll be left with the flattest, most unexciting, boring black and why image you've ever seen in your life he does a horrible job is the equivalent of d saturating your image that's it it's just flat and ugly that's why you want to control the black and white conversion because you want to introduce contrast at least I hope so now since we've controlled the conversion we're ready to choose image mode grayscale photo shops going to say ho hold your horses I am about to throw away this adjustment layer that you made and you can say ok? And then when photoshopped asks you if you want to throw away the color, you can say discard and there we have a black my image. So now you go back to the image mint menu, choose mode. Now you can choose do a tone. You cannot go from an rgb or seeing like a color mode straight to dio tune. You have to lose the color first completely. So you have to go from your rgb. You're seeing like a image to grayscale mode to dio tomoe, you could create an action that would do all of that, and that would speed up the process if you wanted to do it on a slew of images. So now that we have a true dual tone document, then we can play with these pre sets up here, and they're pretty amazing. Look at the extra depth and richness that we get in this photo through some of these presets. I mean that's, just beautiful. If you were to frame that shot and put it on a while, you probably think it was a black in mind. But it's not just a black white the most beautiful and compelling black and whites I found at least for most the photographers that have told me about this art black plus a subtle tint of another color maybe it's black plus a little bit of blue so we can look at that you know black plus another tent or shade of gray you just adds a whole lot of richness and depth to your images so some really amazing things that you can do with all those to atone preset and of course you can create your own I mean look at that we've got three different shades of gray her tim's rather do you know the difference between tents and shades? Well been a color theory here for you so you can take what's called a huge which is color in its pure form so all the primary colors are those air pure hughes because there's no other colors mixed in there so let's say you take green when my favorite colors if you add white to the green the green gets lighter right depending upon how much why you add that's called a tent so any time you tent something you're adding quite when you add black to green it becomes darker right those becomes shades so oh a shade of a color is the true color the hugh plus black a tent of a color is hugh pure color plus fight now that is a two day and that's the kind of stuff that's in my book all over the place, there's a whole, like several chapters on color theory, there's several chapters on typography in the type chapter I mean, there's really there's a lot of theory, all my hard earned dollars that I spent the art institute of dallas getting my graphic design degree is poured into that. But so, anyway, that video tones beautiful, huh? I mean, just amazing look at the before and after. We'll toggle the preview often on that's. Certainly nice shot, but wow really warms it up again. A great additional product for photographers who sell to your clients just really beautiful stuff. One more quick question about do tones from where wear tame in t k uh, does see a six support making dua tone images out of sixteen bit grayscale satisfies supports only eight big gray scale I do not think it does eight bit versus sixteen. That just simply means that you've got a wider range of color in your photo. Ok, so if you're shooting raw on one of the higher in digital slr is you can you can get sixteen bit images, which means you've got oodles and god is a color. But I don't believe do. Atone mode has moved up to support sixteen. Several of the filters and everything won't run on sixteen images. And I think I think that you can only use on a bit, and I don't not sure. Yeah, I think so.

Class Description

Lesa Snider returns to CreativeLive for an intensive Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tutorial. Whether you've already upgraded or are still deciding, Lesa shows you practical yet non-destructive editing techniques you can use every day. This 3-day course is a perfect companion to Lesa's previous Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 tutorial on CreativeLive.

Lesa dives further in-depth into advanced filters such as Puppet Warp, Liquify, and Lighting Effects, which all take advantage of the new processing power of Adobe® Photoshop® CS6. Lesa also spends a full day covering Adobe® Photoshop® CS6's brand new video features.

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