How to Fix Exposure in Adobe® Photoshop®

Lesson 3/4 - Smart Objects in Adobe® Photoshop®


How to Fix Exposure in Adobe® Photoshop®


Lesson Info

Smart Objects in Adobe® Photoshop®

I just leaned into a car one day and white door panels, black dashboard great way to get ridiculous amounts of contrast, you know, flash bounces off the white totally fills in the black and there we have it pretty simple with this one, I can just go in. I don't want to knock out my highlights, I actually want to knock my highlights down substantially I'm going to go ahead and I'm gonna take my shadows back as we go through and the recovery happens really quite nicely zoom in here and actually I'm not getting that much grain on this. Um, it's actually looking pretty good, you can see I'm not getting great detail there, but I could certainly go in clarity would certainly help this a whole lot just on that little detail there zoom back out and see how that looks right there so it's looking good, I'm gonna bump up the contrast here a bit and overall looks a whole lot better than it wass I could then go in here and adjust this separately and photoshopped to really bring it back, but comes o...

ut really quick and really fast like open the image here, bring it in there it is great put a quick selection around, they're writing it up a little bit more of my levels and curves not bad for an iphone shot by any means but I have to keep opening in camera raw, and then if I want to adjust it, I have to go back to camera raw and be able to get that information and worked with it here. So there's, always other ways, so I'm gonna jump in and I'm going tio take a picture actually gonna do this one right here see this car theme here because I have a lot of pictures of cars on there is that same buick in my garage there? So again, I even open this in camera raw. I don't want any more highlights, and here, in fact, I want to tone those highlights down. I want to kind of open up the shadows in there substantially and networks awesome, but I want to keep doing this in camera raw every single time and opening it up. I'd rather do this all in photo shop as an adjustment layer, which is a great idea, so I'm not going to open this and camera raw right here. I'm going to open it up and it's going to try to open it in camera raw, and I'm just gonna open it without any adjustments because I've said it upto open any j peg or any tiff with us open this up, and there is my image right there without any adjustments done to it. So I can run through the whole litany of adjustments right here but what I want to dio as I want to go in and I want to dio on adjustment layer, but I would love to have camera raw as an option, okay? But we don't have that is an adjustment, but we have that as a filter, okay, which is kind of weird why is it a filter? Who knows? So I'm going to run in and I'm going todo the camera raw filter, which allows me to oh my gosh actually apply camera brought to my image in photo shop and we couldn't do this a while back we always had to open these images up in camera raw, but this is a filter like you apply the cool little awesome filters to your stuff to make it look wild and crazy, but now we can actually use the filter to make it look good so here's my camera raw looks just like it would with the camera raw filter I'm going to go ahead and knock down my highlights I'm gonna bump up my shadow recovery right there give a bit of clarity little snap of vibrance dash of saturation and I've got that looks pretty good by the way that's what the car looks like now, however, I just applied my filter to this and this was done destructively but it was really nice to be able to do it. It made me feel really good, and I would love to turn this into something that I do have control over later but have control of it in photo shop itself, so well, that was all fine and dandy. It leaves me a little bit wanting, so I'm actually gonna undo that whole filter that's a pretty big difference between just doing that without knowing much about photo shop, but that looks a whole lot better even though the windows were blown out there it's like yeah, you know, I'd like to adjust a little bit more time to undo this and I'm going tio, turn this into a smart object they broadcasting smart objects and studio right now, not right now, okay? I know it's three d we did smart objects yesterday, ok? Was it two days ago, sometime earlier this week? So if you know nothing about smart objects, it's time to learn about smart objects, smart objects, a great little dude, we know we've been using stupid objects the entire time, but anyway, it's like smartphones that we've been using stupid phones the whole time. Well, yes, we have anyway, that answers itself, so what I'd like to do is I'd like to turn this into a smart object and there's different ways we can do that we can go in on the layer menu and we can go ahead and convert this to a smart object here when I go under my filter it says convert for smart filters okay, this is converting this into a smart object different terminology but that's what we're doing so what a smart object is it's basically a protected image so I would like to go in and I would like to apply a filter to my image but I want to apply the filter non destructively because I want to be able to have recourse in here and everything that we do in photo shop we try to do is non destructive as possible what you do with it after that is up to you so I'm going to convert this for smart filters and I'm gonna convert this for smart filters here and it says blah blah blah blah blah and you never read these dialogue boxes okay? And so I'm not going to read the dialog box because neither will you okay? And then of course it's like well, how do I get back and it's like yes, you should have read the dialog box but we'll revisit that so when I convert an object to a smart object here I see this little icon in the lower right hand corner okay? And that smart object icon basically says I can now go back into this object and I can edit it here but for everything and I'm to do here I'm going to go ahead and apply filters of this and these filters are going to be non destructively applied if I apply it directly to the image like I just did I have no recourse once I close the document but if I do it is a smart object here it will now come in one of the filter menu here and I will do a camera ralph filter by the way this only works in rgb if you have seen like a images we don't adjust using camera raw using sam wait a that's for print rgb is for the visible spectrum and no camera shoots and cm like a don't ever ask so I'm going tio apply my camera raw filter looks exactly the same camera raw we've seen this before knock down the highlights open up the shadows here go in kind of knocked the whites back a little bit right there I mean bump up the blacks dash of clarity pinch of vibrance ok there we go so a little bit different looking layer here in the layers panel so unlike having an adjustment layer that goes on top the smart filters actually end up underneath here and with the smart filter we now see this right here and then we've got this weird little thing little picture question here yeah with smart objects, you're still working on pixels, which can be destructive, so you're gaining noise and messing up thing we are still working with pixels and we always will be the thing is with this is that we're doing it kind of like an overlay, okay? And an overlay that can be turned on and turned off instead of taking it right into the image we're basically doing is an overlay, so we can't at any point take it off even after we close the file we can open it up so we can always damage the pixels by going in and doing some filter to it, but at least with this we can turn that filter off and get back to the original, but I was thinking in terms of doing in camera raw where you bring it in and your not messing the pixels up directly would that be safer to do with that way if you could? What we're going to do it both ways because that's a very valid point right now. I didn't do anything with it in camera raw before I brought it in and I'm applying the camera raw filter, but I can apply some camera brought to it, open it up, turn it into a smart object and then apply a camera raw filter on it as well, which will show you that so we can do both but what I want to do is I want to do it is not destructively as possible. Now aiken blow this out and mess this up in camera raw justus good as anybody else can and you know, the great thing is is that I have recourse that I can take that off. Yeah, I'm not justin directly on it, even though it appears like I'm adjusting it, I'm actually having doing it, not destructively. So this is the non destructive version here. Whenever you have a smart object there, that object is protected, which means I can't go in and I can't physically edit the pixels I can only apply overlays on there and to show you if I try to go in, I tried to paint or edit any of the pixels in here here's my paint price here's my razor, my clone stamp tool, it won't let me do anything to the pixels, so I basically protected the pixels, all the adjustments or filters that I do to this then become an overlay on the object. So now that I have my camera filter have applied it and this is how it appears in my layer, they realize I'd like to go in and do some other final adjustments so I can just double click on the camera, raw filter and it's going to open this up. And I can begin to adjust it overall more or less, and I do it a whole lot more here because I really want to show how bright it is, but I have some issues here where when I do this now I have over exposure of the windows. It was a lot of light coming in there, but, you know, can we make it perfect? And the answer is we could make a lot better. Another distinct advantage to this of using the camera filter in photo shop is that we have the ability to now go in and do certain areas previous versions of camera raw, we didn't have that nice little adjustment brush that we could just click on those areas and camera raw, but we can do the same thing here. This is a mask have a layer mask, but it acts just like a layer mask it's just happened to be a filter mask and because it's all white it's allowing all of the adjustment or all of the filter to show through, well, I don't want these to be as bright as they are, and I know when I applied my camera filter, I really bumped those up, so if I click on my mask, I jump over to my brush here use my right bracket to increase the size shift left bracket to make it nice and soft I can paint in black on my mask and if you watched my mask video two days ago three days ago black conceals white reveals if I click on my mask and I painted black here this will go ahead and this is going to mask out that filter and reveal more of the image so if I undo this can see that so if I go in and I'm asked that out I get right back to my original image there I've hidden that area covered it up so now it's not applying any of that camera filter to that area which is great so now I've got this filter that I can go in and paint in varying shades of gray, white or black and I can basically expose our overexpose or under expose basically revealing or not revealing that filter. So if there's areas that I think ok or certain overly exposed or under, you know, maybe I want to tell him this back here because I don't want to see as much as the floor ground and if I go in and I paint in black here are not doing anything to the image I'm simply covering up that filter so that portion is just not getting that filter applied to it and now I have a little bit better effect there I'm not getting the strong reflection off the hood of the car here and I'm focusing more on this I can always turn on and turn off that mask so I can see what it looks like with no filter applied and turn on that filter and turn on that mask as well. If I shift click that mask I can just see what is being hidden and one is being shown here. Of course I double click it calls up my properties, but that allows me to adjust it one step further right there pretty awesome so now I have the benefit of being able to use camera raw on my image directly and photo shop non destructively and of course I can always do adjustment layers on this as well. You can always click on my original image, go under my layer menu and do adjustment layers here war down to the bottom of my layers panel and I can do any of my layer adjustment here I could go in and throw some curves on this and I want to go in and I just want to lessen the highlights here's I'm just going to kind of bumped down the highlights ever so slightly right there maybe throw in a little bit darker there get a bit of contrast right there this is an adjustment layer it's non destructive and now I have my curves I have my smart filter and I have my image adjusted now it's not perfect because this isn't the art of doing really perfect color correction, this's showing you how to do exposure, because I know some people like, well, he's, not very good at this, not the point, folks, okay. Thiss I'm just showing you all the things that you, khun dio because I could spend two hours on one single image and make it look awesome, not the point, okay? Want to let people know that you always see that in the comments? Well, I thought that we're going to learn more about this now, this's, what we're doing. So now I can do my smart filters in here, just converting this teo and actual smart object.

Class Description

Over or under-exposed photos are easy to come across, but notoriously difficult to fix. Jason Hoppe changes that in How to Fix Exposure in Adobe® Photoshop®.

Jason will introduce you to a filter that restores highlight areas, opens up shadow areas, and balances the image exposures – all non-destructively.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2