Preparing Your Image for Composite
So we're gonna work in Capture One a little bit here and just tweak around with the colors a little bit. I don't wanna push them too far. One of the things I am using, I am using a Wacom tablet. If you don't use a tablet I highly recommend getting one, whether it's from Wacom or another company, but I find Wacom makes some of the best quality out there. I have my tablet mapped down to a very small amount on my surface. So this is the entire surface that's available and I'm using this much of the surface of my tablet. The reason for that is, is I've found I used to have a medium sized tablet and I was burning out my joint on my elbow, my hand, my wrist and my shoulder. And I was getting injured and I was finding that I couldn't edit for more than a few minutes at a shot. And then I went to a workshop by Pratik who runs Soulstice Retouch who did a CreativeLive course here that's awesome. It's so good. I went to a course with him in London and he was like, oh yeah just map it down. I was ...
like, you can change that? (audience laughs) So it took me a little bit to get used to, but yeah my mapping now is just a couple of inches on my entire tablet. So it means it can be a little bit more finicky but it also means that now I can edit for many, many hours without destroying my joints. So something to keep in mind. I also recommend people, if they're first getting into using a tablet, don't spend the money on the Intuos Pro, like the expensive one. Don't do it. Unless you are a really good illustrator, it's gonna be frustrating. Cause this thing is so sensitive, which is great for experienced users, but if you're very new at using these things, it's just irritating. So you can get those entry level ones, they're like 40 to 60 bucks, something like that, you can't map them down, but they're great for learning on. And then they're really nice for traveling if you happen to travel while you're working with them, cause then these big ones can take up more room. So it's really nice to start on a beginner one and then once you're used to that after a couple years, upgrade to the Intuos Pro and it's way more sensitive and it's like getting into a Ferrari. You're just like, oh this is awesome. (laughs) All the sensitivity and the tilts and everything, now it's exciting as opposed to being irritating because it's too much information. And then if something breaks you have a backup tablet. I actually used, back when Wacom was using the Bamboo system, I had a Bamboo tablet that I used for like four years. And then I upgraded to the Intuos and I was like, whoa! (laughs) This is cool! So another case, yes, please stop using your mouse. (laughs) It's just, I mean there's no right or wrong but it is a lot easier, once you start getting into more complicated digital art to use a pen and a tablet than it is to use a mouse or worse yet, a touch pad. One thing I like to do, is I actually give myself like once a year, or something like that, I give myself a touch pad challenge, where I have to make an entire composite using the touch pad. That's frustrating. (laughs) But I love to challenge myself and I love to grow and I like to make things hard so I go back to other things that I used to think were hard and now they're easy. So, another case, yeah. Get yourself a tablet. So I'm using Capture One here and I'm just going to move around a little bit. So I'm looking at this and I'm not gonna do tons of color editing on here. Some of the things that I might look at and a lot of it is gonna be taken care of in post-production, is I'm gonna look at, where are we here. Doot do doot doo doo. My exposure, there we go. So I will admit, Capture One is newer to me. It's kinda fun, but it's extremely complicated. Let's see, let's grab here and just expose this just a tiny little bit more. So I'm not sure how that's looking out there. On here it's looking not too bad. So I'm just making this just a tiny, tiny, tiny little bit brighter. I'm gonna go to my High Dynamic Range and I might pull, no, that doesn't look good. So essentially, when I'm editing, (laughs) I basically push around sliders until I decide that it sucks less. (audience laughs) Some people get really offended by that. They're like, what do you mean, that's like admitting that things suck and like, well considering what I wanna do with this, it does suck right now and I want this to be better. Let's see, Color, Sharpening, Curve. Ah, Curve. Cool. So the sweet thing, and there's lots of sweet things about Capture One, but one thing that I really like, is see here when we do an RGB curve. So we go up like this and down like this and this is gonna look not right at all, but see what happens here. Is that we get all this saturation mistakes, right, and it starts to look really, really terrible. What Capture One has done that's really cool is to have this Luma Curve. So you can actually play with this and make the same adjustments and it is not screwing with your saturation nearly as much. So you can push it a lot further. But another case, so now we can create an S Curve that isn't going to be cranking with the saturation nearly as much. So of course if you push it to the extremes you're going to have some tweaks, but if you're wanting to make those kinds of little tiny adjustments, that's awesome. (laughs) So, Lightroom, I don't touch it, because this is one of the reasons why I love using Capture One, is that I can do that. I'm just gonna pull up my highlights here a little bit. I'm gonna pull this back down. Yeah. I'm gonna compare it to the screen here. (laughs) Because we have a slight discrepancy but that's okay. So just a tiny little adjustment. So here I can compare, before and after. Of course one of these is a JPEG because I shoot JPEG in Raw. Downside of Capture One is that, for some reason, they don't have a before and after thing yet. Rumor has it that they're working on it, so. But when you shoot JPEG in Raw then you can just look at them side by side and go, okay, you know, and it's mostly.
Can you go back?
You can go back. You can reset it all, yeah. So this is looking not too bad for me. It's enough for me to wanna pull this into Photoshop. I might look at Clarity a little bit. So Clarity and Structure, we can slide this up and down and see. I like to push things to the extremes. It says here it's like natural, so we could have this be extremely unnatural as well. So I might up the Structure just a tiny little bit, so we see here we slide it all the way. And you see what's happening to the image, right. So I might just increase the Structure just a tiny, tiny, tiny little bit. And the other thing that's kind of bugging me is it's a little too much saturation. I don't really like loads of saturation in my image but I think this is gonna look not too bad. And it's gonna make for a relatively easy extraction.