Levels Adjustment Layers: Shading & Rim Lighting
This is almost there, but there are some things that we can do to bring it together now over the top of our image. So I'll show you a few little tips, some of them we won't keep, but I'll just go through a few different steps that I would normally take. So we've got our light cascading around our subjects, and as I said before, if you've got heavier light in the background, if your subject is in the scene more like this one is, you wouldn't do it quite as much, but there's still some light that would spill around. But over the top, the more that you put over the top as well, the more that it will all blend together. There are a few little things you can do. There's again, so much that you can look at here with adjustment layers, one of them is a color lookup adjustment layer, and it comes, here there are all these particular color adjustments that people have created to look like different film types, different coloring, and they're sort of a set of adjustments on their own that are gr...
ouped together, and applying these will give you different looks. So if I apply one of these over the top of the scene, it's good to play with. You can try so many different ones, and you can have it turned up, or you can tone it down, you can make it look like it's edgy amber, I think that's going to load in a second, or fall colors, and I tend to just go through a few of these, and maybe tone them down, change the opacity of them, find one that I really like, and if it's just the color that I like, let's just go through this one. See that one's too full on as it is, but sometimes you might find, I like the color, but I don't like how it's applying all those darks and lights, it's too strong. You can change that color lookup adjustment layer to color mode, and what that will do is it will only apply to the colors, and it's still showing up like that, but it will only apply to the colors, but not the darks and the lights, it's not actually gonna change your curves. So there's all these little things you can do to get the color you want, but by finding something that you like, horror blue is probably not the one that we want, and then making some adjustments, what that's doing is every time you apply something, you're adding color to all of your elements, and it's helping to blend them all together. You might also try a gradient map adjustment layer, and what this one does is it applies certain colors to the highlights, to the midtones, to the shadows, so you can actually apply, it's like a slip toning effect almost. So you might want to warm the scene up, so you go with something like that, you then could turn the opacity down, so you've got all these adjustments. So normally when I get towards the end of an image, I start playing with these adjustments, having a look at how they work over the top, just to bring my image together even more so that it's blending and it looks like it was all done in one shot. So that, primarily are the main things that I do on Photoshop. There's one last thing that I need to do before I finish it off, I need to create a copy of this, I need to do a couple of adjustments on the copy, the thing that I did earlier with the curves and the channels, I will apply on this particular one. I also need to bring one of my layers to the top, this dappled light layer that we talked about earlier, the one that's applying dappled light over the top of everything, bringing that over the top of Alice and the rabbit and the scene will help to blend it together as well. So you might like to play with textures, I don't use textures very often, just on some of my images, but there are many amazing artists that use textures, and using textures and overlays will help to bring your image together as well.