Filters and Creative Effects in Photoshop

Lesson 1/8 - Gradient Map to Fake Sunset Look in Photoshop


Filters and Creative Effects in Photoshop


Lesson Info

Gradient Map to Fake Sunset Look in Photoshop

I want to talk about one adjustment that I find that to me people using just on a regular basis, but if you modify the adjustment, I think it becomes more useful and therefore use it more often. Uh, let me introduce you to this adjustment that you might look at and go when when I use that thing and then we'll modify it a little bit and hopefully make it a lot more useful. So here I have a black and white image, and I gotta check what moded senates in gray scale at the moment so the filter are not filter adjustment I'm going to use is going to introduce color into the image and in order to do that, we can't be in grayscale mode because we can't have color when we're there, so I'm going to change the moto rgb just so it can introduce color and I'll go to the bottom of my layers panel and down there are going to create an adjustment layer so that's that half black and half white circle we're gonna click on and that what I'm going to use his called grady in't map now, just thinking about t...

hat name, it doesn't really mean much to most people radiant map but let's figure out what it does when I choose grady in't map if I said it to the very first choice that's here um what it does is it just shows me the shades of gray, that this image might be made on it, and if it was a color image to begin with, it would take all the color away that's the first thing it does is you just have the brightness values you have, like a grey scale picture, then I can click on this little arrow that's on the right side here, tow access presets, and if I click on one of these presets, it's going to replace the shades of gray that make that make up the image with wherever colors are put in there? So if I click on this one now, whatever used to be black in the picture is red, whatever used to be white is this green and whatever used to be the middle shades are these things, but the problem with this is when you go through these presets, the brightness of your picture is going to shift all over the place, and it makes it so it's a little less useful than I would like. So we're going to modify this to make it a little bit more useful. What we're going to end up doing is over here in our layers panel, we have our original image underneath, and on top of it, we have the adjustment we've made called radiant map and as long as that layer is active, we can change this menu right here. It's called the blooding mode menu, and that determines how this layer were working on can interact with what's underneath it. And so what I'm going to do is change this menu from normal down to a choice called color. By changing it to color, it will not be able to change the brightness of the picture. It will be able to change the color, but not the brightness. And therefore before I choose that here, you notice how bright this foreground area became. It used to be dark. If you look in the layers panel, you can see it in the thumb now used to be real dark, it won't be able to do that anymore. It will still be able to put these colors in, but the brightness will remain the way it was originally. So let's, try it all changes the choice called color. Now, if I go through those presets, I can get more usable results and more interesting looking on results here. The other thing that I can dio is if I find one of these that just looks a little bit close to what I'd like, you can create your own custom. Set of colors that's being applied right now, these air just presets in these presets have nothing to do with this particular adjustment. These air, the presets you have any time, use the normal grady in't tool in, uh photo shop now there's some extra precepts of the bottom you might find more useful for toning, but these will most likely not show up in your version of photo shop by default, you need to load them, uh, to load things once you've already clicked on the little down pointing arrow that was there on the right side to get to these presets. There's a little gear icon right here, and if you click on it, this will list precepts down here. And so there is a choice called photographic toning and that's. What I've already loaded previous lead it's starting the class that's. What gave me some extra choices at the bottom of that list of presets? The ones that were not as colorful, but we're a little more useful. So if you choose that, it will load those in, and therefore you'll have these extra ones at the bottom. So that's one way of toning your picture to get kind of a c p a look or make it just warm or cool. Which I think could be kind of nice now if you find something that's close to what you want but it's just not exactly what you want then you confined to knit further by clicking within instead of clicking on this little era which gave us the presense click anywhere within this preview bar if you do that you're going to get the grady in't editor the grady and editor looks more complex than it is because there's all sorts of buttons and things in it all this is that the top is the same list of presets that we were accessing a few minutes ago and if you wanted to switch between them you could do so up here but we've already chosen one we might have liked below that it shows you what that particular preset is made out of these air the various colors that it is transitioning between and if you wanted to tweak that to change what colors are being used, you can go to any one of these little color swatches in double click on it and you'll get a color picker and then you could change it. Maybe I wanted to be more vividly colored war maybe I think that it needs to be closer to a greenish color or maybe more purplish if it's too colorful you can drag this they're downwards or towards the left to get away from the more vivid colors that type of thing but all I did to get to that was first off let me click ok when I was in the adjustment here remember the down pointing arrow gets you to presets but then if you'd like to edit the preset or just the setting you're applying, you click anywhere within this preview bar that brings up the senator and then you double click on these little swatches that air down here of color to change what color is being used. You could also drag them around really control the transition between them and you can even adm or if you just click in an area that doesn't already have one it'll pop a new one in then you could double click on it changes color or if you wanted to get rid of a color, just grab it and drag it down away from the bar you could get rid of some so simply changing the blending mode on that to color I think makes it much more useful. You can use this to create kind of a soul arised look as if you process to your film in the wrong chemicals and it came out with a weird color look and let's do that to one so again I'll go to the bottom of my layers I'll go to my just that layer pop up and I'll choose grady in't map same thing we do in the previous image and before I start messing with it I'm gonna change the blending mode on it to color so it can't change the brightness of the picture and then I'll go over here and I could choose one of these presets if I'd like but we're going to make a custom one doesn't matter which of those precepts I really start with just a click on something I'll click here on this bar then and I'm just going to make it so that the ends here don't have color eso I'll make it black and one side double click on the other one make it white and I'm just going to add some colors in between I grabbed this one that is in the middle here uh oh and if I double click on it I'm gonna get some green in there maybe just not quite that vivid and we'll add a few more colors around it over here on this side I'm gonna add some blue and on this side I'm gonna add some yellow I just click where but one of the squares does not exist and I'm able to have one added and then you khun reposition these two fine tune how those transitions work and just so you know if you look at these you noticed that when you click on one of these you'll find a diamond on each side of whichever one you last clicked on that's what's known as the midpoint meaning the middle of the transition between this color and the one that's next to it and you can grab that to change the midpoint it's just like more fine tuned the transition between the muslim time you don't have to deal with that but just so you know I know that when you're in here playing you know what is that little thing you didn't talk about it yeah I did talk about it's the midpoint and it only shows up when you click on one of these then you'll see it on both sides so if you want to get the one that's over here either click on the black one or the blue one and you'll find the midpoint show up and you could grab them to find two in that transition so I could do that now sometimes though what I want is this kind of ah look but I want some of the original colors showing through and what I'm going to do in this particular case is I want the original color showing through in the dark portion of the image so we only get this change in the light part to accomplish that I'm going to go to the bottom of my layers panel I'm going to click on the letters f x which is usually where you'd add things like evelyn boss and drop shadows but I'm going to choose the very top option that's in there it's called blending options and that's going to bring me in to this, and if you've been in my other classes that during photoshopped week, you'll find that I've used this quite a few times, but what it does is we're going to use these sliders that air down here if I bring in this slider here, it's going to take the dark part of what our end result looks like and hide it, and therefore we're going to see the original image that's under any keith instead so let's see what happens if I pull this and eventually I get it far enough dark part of the images start disappearing and it's not that the effect is disappearing, I should say, and it's revealing the original picture that's underneath. In order to create a soft transition, you need to take this slider and actually split it in half. You can split it in half by holding on the option key alta windows and pull on either side the further you split this, the softer of a transition you get, whereas if he'd never split it, you get a very abrupt transition is if he used a pair of scissors to cut where it should end instead of having a nice what's notice feathered edge so if I get these far enough apart, I can get the original colors come into the dark areas and then overall, if the effect is too strong as a whole I could just lower the opacity of the later to lessen the look of the layers so click on the word opacity I usually drag all the way the left to get it to zero and then slowly bring it up to decide exactly how much of that change what I like now since everything we did happened in a single adjustment layer, we can very easily create this effect on other images without having to remember how it was originally made as long as I can find this file then I can get this look on any picture I want so let's go open a different picture I can't decide which one can I just get open anything? So open the picture and what I'm going to do is use the move tool I'll click anywhere within this image I'll drag to the other tab and I'll drag down into this picture anywhere let go and now we have that look because we just dragged that adjustment layer between the two doc accidents and the entire effect was contained within the adjustment layers so everything that was being done just got copied over to that other file if you look at it's right here in there is one thing though I wish we could do and I wish we could just drag from the layers panel over to the other file but it doesn't work that way. You have to use the move tool and click within this picture drag up to the other tab dragged down into the other image, so question wouldn't tio copy all that stuff on a picture when the pictures have to be similar, like the camera settings ever, they have to be similar pictures to get that effect to get that exact look. But this if what we're doing is adding green to the highlights blue to the shadows and such it's going to do that on the other image, it's going to look quite different if the brightness of that picture is considerably different, but still it's going to do that we did can always dio is drag it over to the other file, dragged down, and then if you go to the settings for it, you could find tune this just click on it and you can say, well, for this image, I'm gonna move the greens way over here or way over there and it's going to be fine tuning your end result and you can dial it in so that it's custom for this particular picture, but at least you didn't have to remember how to do the blending sliders that made it get it out of the shadows you don't have to remember what feature was that you were using. You could. If you just saved this file in a file format that supports layers, you just open it up, dragged the thing to the other file, and then if you need to, you could find tuning. Yes, when you do that moving of the effect. Are you just moving the layer that's active, you know, one file to another. So if you had, like, two layers that were active in one five, you could drag both of those things. You need to have both layers active at the same time. Thank you.

Class Description

Photoshop can do more than bring out the best in your photo-realistic images – it can be used to produce wildly imaginative images, as well. Let Ben Willmore show you how it is done in Filters and Creative Effects in Photoshop.

Ben will demonstrate how Photoshop filters can produce an unlimited number of creative effects including: painterly treatments, faux infra red, cross processing, antique treatments, double exposure effects, and more.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2