How To Create a Non-Destructive Workflow

Lesson 9/15 - Pencil Tool in Curves Adjustment


How To Create a Non-Destructive Workflow


Lesson Info

Pencil Tool in Curves Adjustment

In theory, you might then use the pencil tool, so what I find sometimes is that I know what I want the curve to look like, but I can't get those anchor points in just the right position to accomplish what I'm after. Obviously, I don't want the curve running up against the top here, clipping those details in the sort of mid tones little bit brighter than mitt tones. I've got this deep dive and then this increase, so when the curve goes downhill, we talked about steeper versus less steep when it's going downhill, it's inverting those total ranges, we'll see another trick with that in a moment, I already saw the wolf, we'll talk more about it, but if I switched to the pencil tool it's over on the left side here, we've got this little anchor point button, it just looks like a curve and then we've got the pencil tool with the pencil tool, you can just redraw the curve, maybe I leave this bottom portion alone, maybe I think that's perfectly fine, but I need to kind of taper this out and I ne...

ed to lose that and I need to do this and that the other, you know, whatever the case may be, I can try and draw that curve I don't recommend trying to draw the whole curve all by yourself. Because it could be really, really tricky. Instead, I tend to use that pencil tool to just clean up little sections of the curve that maybe got a little bit to zigzag e with all of those anchor points now when I'm finish let's assume that I think this is a good adjustment. When I switch out of that pencil mode. Back into my anchor point mode, there will be anchor points created to reproduce the curve that I drew all by myself so long as we're messing with the pencil. You remember the crazy effect that I made a little bit earlier if we have that pencil tool, aikens exact think of this as a sawtooth pattern, just going wildly up and down so I could do big, wild swings to get this really silly posterized kind of I don't even know what the heck you'd call that other than psychedelic craziness, or you can do this kind of zigzag e from bottom left the top right kind of a thing and make it a little more zigzagging, and you get this sort of opalescent. Sometimes it looks more like an oil spill kind of effect, but it can be fun, so I used to demonstrate this capability, this little zigzag sawtooth pencil effect with the curves tool as a joke. Saying, you know, look at all the amazing effects you can accomplish thinking that the audience would just laugh and dismiss it as an absurd adjustment and then I learned that for every like nine people that thought it was ridiculous, there was that one person who's like, wait, show me that again because I'm going to use that so it actually is kind of cool it's kind of fun, you know, not so much for horseshoe bend maybe, but it does work well for certain images, to be sure, so when I go and reset that adjustment, make this a little bit more realistic maybe something like that all righty so because our image looking good with all these adjustments, I'm going to be a little bit strong, obviously for illustrative purposes, which is wonderful position if you're ever like not sure of how you're going to make your adjustments and photo shop, you feel like you're not doing a very good job just teach photo shop because then you have a built in excuse that I just made the adjustment exaggerated to help you better see what's going on little do you know I just I'm not very good with the mouse or something all right, so one last sort of key adjustment layer that will take a look at so once again clicking on that ad adjustment layer button there are, to be sure, some other adjustment layers here that you might want to take a look at I mentioned brightness contrast is being one that I generally passover in lieu of either levels or curves vibrance hugh saturation color balance we took a look at the photo filter can be interesting in some cases. Usually I find the photo filter adjustment isn't really necessary because I could accomplish the same result with a shift in color balance. But what if you're looking at the photo and you say it just needs a hint of yellow? It just needs to be warmed up a little bit well and go to the photo photo filter and choose the warming filter, and there you have it warmed up a little bit so quick and easy, potentially cool, but not something that I use very often, because I could have also just shifted the color balance toward yellow and red to accomplish in this case the same result. So the channel mixer, that's, old school there's, a couple of others posterized you're not really going to need except in wild situations invert. Obviously, you would not want most cases threshold. Likewise, grady, and that could be very, very cool for producing really interesting black and white interpretation or very interesting color interpretations of your photo.

Class Description

Non-destructive editing helps you maintain maximum flexibility when editing your photos in Photoshop. Learn how it’s done in How to Create a Non-destructive Workflow with Tim Grey.

Tim will show you how to leverage your RAW captures to ensure the best starting point in your workflow. He’ll show how to use adjustment layers for non-destructive edits and how to use Smart Objects and Smart Filters for safe, effective edits.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2, Adobe Lightroom 5