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Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

Lessons

Class Trailer
1

Introduction To Adobe Photoshop

04:05
2

Bridge vs. Lightroom

06:39
3

Tour of Photoshop Interface

18:21
4

Overview of Bridge Workspace

07:42
5

Overview of Lightroom Workspace

11:21
6

Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents

08:19
7

How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:10
8

Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders

13:09
9

Developing Raw Images

30:33
10

Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs

09:12
11

How to Save Images

03:37
12

Using the Transform Tool

04:48
13

Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020

06:03
14

Selection Tools

05:55
15

Combining Selection Tools

07:37
16

Using Automated Selection Tools

17:34
17

Quick Mask Mode

05:07
18

Select Menu Essentials

21:28
19

Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

13:00
20

Align Active Layers

07:29
21

Creating a New Layer

06:15
22

Creating a Clipping Mask

03:02
23

Using Effects on Layers

11:24
24

Using Adjustment Layers

16:44
25

Using the Shape Tool

04:39
26

Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool

04:39
27

Masking Multiple Images Together

15:15
28

Using Layer Masks to Remove People

10:50
29

Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky

10:04
30

Adding Texture to Images

09:11
31

Layering to Create Realistic Depth

05:35
32

Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020

05:29
33

Optimizing Grayscale with Levels

10:59
34

Adjusting Levels with a Histogram

03:37
35

Understanding Curves

06:18
36

Editing an Image Using Curves

18:41
37

Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

07:19
38

Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode

07:14
39

Editing with Blending Modes

08:04
40

Color Theory

05:59
41

Curves for Color

16:52
42

Hue and Saturation Adjustments

08:59
43

Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment

13:33
44

Match Colors Using Numbers

16:59
45

Adjusting Skin Tones

05:25
46

Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw

10:52
47

Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush

07:53
48

Retouching with the Clone Stamp

06:51
49

Retouching with the Healing Brush

04:34
50

Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools

13:07
51

Extending an Edge with Content Aware

03:42
52

Clone Between Documents

13:19
53

Crop Tool

10:07
54

Frame Tool

02:59
55

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools

08:14
56

Paint Brush Tools

13:33
57

History Brush Tool

06:27
58

Eraser and Gradient Tools

03:06
59

Brush Flow and Opacity Settings

04:17
60

Blur and Shape Tools

11:06
61

Dissolve Mode

09:24
62

Multiply Mode

15:29
63

Screen Mode

14:08
64

Hard Light Mode

14:54
65

Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes

11:31
66

Smart Filters

11:32
67

High Pass Filter

13:40
68

Blur Filter

05:59
69

Filter Gallery

07:42
70

Adaptive Wide Angle Filter

04:43
71

Combing Filters and Features

04:45
72

Select and Mask

20:04
73

Manually Select and Mask

08:08
74

Creating a Clean Background

21:19
75

Changing the Background

13:34
76

Smart Object Overview

08:37
77

Nested Smart Objects

09:55
78

Scale and Warp Smart Objects

09:08
79

Replace Contents

06:55
80

Raw Smart Objects

10:20
81

Multiple Instances of a Smart Object

12:59
82

Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects

05:42
83

Panoramas

13:15
84

HDR

11:20
85

Focus Stacking

04:02
86

Time-lapse

11:18
87

Light Painting Composite

08:05
88

Remove Moire Patterns

06:11
89

Remove Similar Objects At Once

09:52
90

Remove Objects Across an Entire Image

05:46
91

Replace a Repeating Pattern

06:50
92

Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel

10:27
93

Remove an Object with a Complex Background

07:49
94

Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes

12:27
95

Warping

11:03
96

Liquify

14:02
97

Puppet Warp

12:52
98

Displacement Map

10:36
99

Polar Coordinates

07:19
100

Organize Your Layers

11:02
101

Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss

02:59
102

Layer Style: Knockout Deep

12:34
103

Blending Options: Blend if

13:18
104

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

06:27
105

Layer Comps

08:30
106

Black-Only Shadows

06:07
107

Create a Content Aware Fill Action

08:46
108

Create a Desaturate Edges Action

07:42
109

Create an Antique Color Action

13:52
110

Create a Contour Map Action

10:20
111

Faux Sunset Action

07:20
112

Photo Credit Action

05:54
113

Create Sharable Actions

07:31
114

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1

10:23
115

Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2

07:57
116

Image Compatibility with Lightroom

03:29
117

Scratch Disk Is Full

06:02
118

Preview Thumbnail

02:10

Lesson Info

Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment

Sometimes they're other adjustments you want, because if you're working on the extremes of brightness, meaning things that are close to black were close toe white, it's hard to be really precise with the adjustment you're doing. And there are other adjustments that specialize in working on those areas. So in this case, if you look at the waterfall, this is in Iceland and the waterfall is close toe white. And if you look at the rock that's in the lower right of the image, that's pretty darn dark. It's getting close to black, and in those cases, sometimes using curves could be frustrating because it's too easy to get all the water fall to become white or just to make a non smooth adjustment. It's when you're in the middle of the curve that it's really much easier. The extremes that the ends are more difficult to control. So when that's the case, I end up choosing image adjustments. Shadow highlight Now Shadow highlight, unfortunately, is not available as an adjustment layer, so I have to...

choose it from here. In case you're not aware, there are two types of adjustments. One would be in a direct adjustment, which is what you get from this menu image adjustments that applies directly to the layer that's currently active in When you're done, it's permanent. So if you save and closed the image, open it a month later. There's no way to undo the adjustment, whereas an adjustment layer is a layer sitting there floating above your image, and you could always open the image you know a year later and just throw the adjustment away. The image would return to the way it used to look, but there are certain adjustments that are not available. This adjustment layers and shadow highlights is one of them. When you first open it and look like this, and it'll automatically assume that you want to adjust your shadows so this slider, called shadows, will be turned up. I'll turn it all the way down. Then, if I turn preview off and on, you'll see it's not doing anything to my image at the moment. If I bring up the shadows slider, it's gonna brighten up the dark part of the picture. What's nice about it, though, is it's gonna make sure that any area that's black remains black, so it's not going to just start looking like a ghostie kind of weirdness. Then we have a highlight slider. If I bring it up, it's gonna darken the highlights so you could potentially more easily see the detail that was in that area. But right now, with just those two sliders, it's not giving me too much control. Well, there's a check box at the bottom called Show More Options. And if I were to turn that on now, I have more control. Let's see what control it gave us. Well, we still have amount, which is the amount of a change we're making. How much brighter the shadows becoming, or how much darker are the highlights becoming? But then we have a choice called tone, and if I bring tone all the way down, then what it considers to be a shadow is a very narrow brightness range that is really, really close to black. So now if I adjust my amount and move it around, you see that not much of the image changes, and it's mainly the areas that are extremely dark. If I bring tone up higher, then it means let's not just work on that narrow, narrow range, close to black. Let's expand it and get closer and closer to 50% gray. You know a medium brightness level. So as I bring this up more and more of the images affected. So what you might want to do when you're in here is start by bringing up the amount higher than you need, just so you can see that the image has changed. So here's no change in the shadows. Bring it way up. So you see the bright ning. Then move the tone. Bring it all the way down. So that's the narrowest range it could work on. Slowly bring it up until it seems like it's affecting the general range you want. So in my case, maybe about there. Then there's a choice called Radius in Radius controls the transition from that dark area that we are adjusting toe how it blends in with the rest of the image and so you could swing radius low and swinging high. It depends on the picture, as far as what's gonna look best if I get it too high. It looks too dark in that right edge. Bring it to low. It looks artificial, with somewhere in between is gonna give me the best transition. But remember, I brought the amount really high, and I didn't necessarily want that big of an adjustment. So once I've gotten the other things tweaked will probably bring him out, back down and now decide exactly how much bright and do I want. And I could do something similar for the highlights for the highlights. They might start by just bringing this up a lot, so I can easily tell where it's happening. Then we have the same slider cold tone, and it means the same general thing. But in this case, we're talking about the bright portion. So this means between white and what shade should we consider to be. Ah, highlight. The higher I bring it with wider of a range it works on. I don't want it to work too much on the sky and the water. That's not the waterfall portion, so I'll bring this down and adjust it until I noticed not much of that sky changing. Then Radius controls how it blends in with the surrounding image and all experiment low settings, high settings to see on this particular image, what looks best. It really depends on the picture. Then finally, I'm you know, just my amount. I had it cranked up just so I could see what I was working on. And now I confined. Tune it to the side exactly how much of a change I want. And if it's not making enough of a change, I need to go back and fine tune my other sliders. All right. When you have show more options turned on, you get some additional choices down below. Mid tone means what should we do with stuff that is not highlights and is not shadows. Instead, it's the in between shades. How should they look? And so now it could brighten or darken those in between shades. And then we have a choice called color, and color is a little bit interesting. If you bring it down, the colors will look more similar to each other, and as you bring it up, color separate more so in this case, there's not much of a difference in the colors, but if there was blues and greens and reds as you bring color up, you're going to see a much more much more separation between those colors. And if you bring it down the look more like the originally did, so this means we want to separate the colors a bit more, and that's the main thing that's in here. The choices at the very bottom you don't usually need to change. Black clip in white clip. What they do is ensure that the darkest Portia year of your picture becomes really close to black in Same with the bright portion. If you found that you had a foggy seen and when you win in here, it just suddenly had way too much contrast. You could set thes 20 and then it wouldn't attempt to make the dark part really close to black for the bright part, really close toe white. But anyway, shadow Highlight is a specialty tool. I use it when the issue that I have is near the extremes of brightness really close to black, really close toe white. That's when I think about going there, and it's not available as an adjustment layer. Most the time I'm not playing with all those sliders. I'm playing with either the shadows or the highlights. They don't usually need both, uh, and takes a little bit of time to find tune, but I usually like the results that I get from it.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly

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Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lessons 1 - 6 - Handbook 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Lessons 7 - 12 - Handbook 2: How to Use Camera Raw

Lessons 13 - 18 - Handbook 3: Making Selections

Lessons 19 - 24 - Handbook 4: Using Layers

Lessons 25 - 30 - Handbook 5: Using Layer Masks

Lessons 31 - 38 - Handbook 6: Using Adjustment Layers

Lessons 39 - 44 - Handbook 7: Color Theory

Lessons 45 - 51 - Handbook 8: Retouching Essentials

Lessons 52 - 59 - Handbook 9: Tools Panel

Lessons 60 - 64 - Handbook 10: Layer Blending Modes

Lessons 65 - 70 - Handbook 11: How to Use Filters

Lessons 71 - 74 - Handbook 12: Advanced Masks

Lessons 75 - 81 - Handbook 13: Using Smart Objects

Lessons 82 - 86 - Handbook 14: Photography for Photoshop

Lessons 87 - 93 - Handbook 15: Advanced Photo Retouching

Lessons 94 - 98 - Handbook 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify

Lessons 99 - 105 - Handbook 17: Advanced Layers

Lessons 106 - 112 - Handbook 18: Actions

Lessons 113 - 117 - Handbook 19: Troubleshooting Issues

Practice Images 1: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Practice Images 2: How to Use Camera Raw

Practice Images 3: Making Selections

Practice Images 4: Using Layers

Practice Images 5: Using Layer Masks

Practice Images 6: Using Adjustment Layers

Practice Images 7: Color Theory

Practice Images 8: Retouching Essentials

Practice Images 9: Tools Panel

Practice Images 10: Layer Blending Modes

Practice Images 11: How to Use Filters

Practice Images 12: Advanced Masks

Practice Images 13: Using Smart Objects

Practice Images 14: Photography for Photoshop

Practice Images 15: Advanced Photo Retouching

Practice Images 16: Warp, Blend, Liquify

Practice Images 17: Advanced Layers

Practice Images 18: Actions

Practice Images 19: Troubleshooting Issues

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