Skip to main content

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 111 of 118

Faux Sunset Action

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

Starting under


Get access to this class +2000 more taught by the world's top experts

  • 24/7 access via desktop, mobile, or TV
  • New classes added every month
  • Download lessons for offline viewing
  • Exclusive content for subscribers

Lesson Info

111. Faux Sunset Action


  Class Trailer
Now Playing
2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
25 Using the Shape Tool Duration:04:39
30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
35 Understanding Curves Duration:06:18
36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
39 Editing with Blending Modes Duration:08:04
40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

Lesson Info

Faux Sunset Action

Well, let's make an action that creates a fake sunset, meaning that if you don't like getting up early for sunrise and your need to work at sunset, you're taking pictures in the middle of the day. Ah, that we can still make it look like sunset here on the open to images. And I have two images open. I'm gonna make it so I can see them both at the same time, but using a range and then choosing tiled to up horizontal and I'll click on the image that's underneath because that's the one I'd like to work with. And I want to create a fake sunset, you could say. So what I'm going to accomplish here is I want to, um, do an adjustment that is called a Grady INT map. So I'm gonna come into my actions first, I'm going to create a new action, and I'm going to call it faux sunset. Click on record in. All we're gonna do down here is creates a where is it Grady int map adjustment layer. And before we make any changes to this adjustment layer, I'm gonna go into my layers panel in the problem with the G...

rady int map adjustment is, it will end up changing the brightness of your picture. I want to prevent that from happening, So I'm gonna change the menu that's found at the top of my layers panel. It's usually set to normal, and I'm gonna set it to color. And that means the only thing that this adjustment layer will be able to do is change the color of the image, and it will not be able to change the brightness. Now let's explore what ingredient map adjustment layer is. What Grady it map does is it acts as if your picture is black and white. And then it's gonna replace whatever was black in your picture with whatever shade appears right over here, and then replace what was 50% gray with what's in the middle in to replace what was white with what's on the far right and the same is true for everything else in between. And it's only because we have this set to color mode that things that used to be black don't end up being this bright. Then you can click on the little arrow to the right, and you could pick any choice you want as faras colors go, But what I'm gonna do is actually to edit the colors that make this up. So I'm gonna start off with the choice on the far left and we'll make our own. If you click within this preview that's here, you're going to get an editor. That allows you to choose what colors things were going to be made out of. And let's take a look at what we can do. You're gonna notice at the bottom here there is a little stop here that's full of white, and over here is in the little stop full of black. And what I'm gonna do is double click on one of those. And that's gonna bring up color picker in that. Instead of coming in here and blindly choosing a color, I'm gonna come in and choose a color out of the image that's above. If you just move your mouse into this area in click on an area, I find you usually have to click twice to get it to choose a color. Then I'll click OK, and I should make sure that I'm not messing up because I was thinking black was what's on the left. It could be the exact opposite of that. We'll find out if it is. I should be starting with the dark portion of the picture instead. But then I'm gonna click on the opposite side. That's over here. I'm gonna double click, and I'm gonna choose from the dark area of the picture. Just double click in there and it should grab the color. Then if I want to choose what it looks like a little bit brighter than black, I'm gonna click, maybe about here and then I'll double click. I was just clicking just below that horizontal bar. I'll come in here and say, What does it look like when we're little bit brighter than black? What color is it? Well, I gotta click twice in there. Grab it. I mean, at a color in the middle, just by clicking below this bar right in the middle. Then double click on it. And now I'm gonna choose the middle brightness I see in this image. Then I'll continue working my way over here. I'll add another one double click, and I'll choose something that's close to the bright area. And I might add one more really close to white. Double click and go for something really close, Whatever color is there. And so here we have all these colors and I think I might have them reversed where I need these colors over on the other side. I'm not absolutely certain, though. I think I'm gonna find out by just manually moving them around. It's only going to record these once, and that is when I click. OK, so it doesn't matter if I kind of mess up and move things around here, but you can reverse all these by moving them around. You can always shift them around. And yes, I was off for white. Needs to be on the right, just mentally got shifted there. And the only thing with this particular picture is the highlights Might I need to be toned down so you don't have the white areas, but I'll click. OK, then I'm going to change the name of this layer by double clicking on it in. There we go. I'm going to go to my actions panel. I'm gonna hit the stop button, and then I'm just gonna look at my action to see. Is there anything that could mess this up is going to make an adjustment layer. Okay, It's going foreground to background color in all sorts of others settings in there, but it looks like just black and white. Er what's defined, Then set current layer to the mode code color. That's fine. And then here set the current mode. This is when I was starting to experiment. I went toe foreground to background. Then there's another one after that where I went and did a custom one. And then I made something visible. And then I said, the current layer to its name. So it looks like all these steps will work. There is one additional step in here that's really not needed. I think it's this one. And that's when I was just describing things and I switched from one of the preset Grady INTs to one that foreground to background so that a slowdown the action a little bit, but it will work just fine. It's just a matter of if this action was going to be applied to, like, you know, 1000 images a day. It's part of my production thing. I would want to get rid of any extra steps but I think that'll work out just fine. So now anytime it wants something, have the look of a sunset feel. I can click on the name of this action, hit the play button and end up with.

Class Description

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


  • 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


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


Noel Ice

I am an avid reader of photoshop books, and an avid watcher of photoshop tutorials. I have attended (internet) several hundred of presentations. In the course of this endeavor, I have found my own favorite photoshop websites and instructors. Creative Live is probably the bargain out there as well as among the top three internet course sites. I have to say with great enthusiasm that the best Photoshop instructor is Ben Willmore. There are many great ones, but truly, he is the best I have come across, and, as indicated above, I have watched literally 100s of tutorials on Photoshop. I have seen all of Ben's courses, I think, and among them, this one is the best by far, and that is saying a lot, because that makes this course the best course on Photoshop to be found anywhere. I am going back and watching it twice. Not only is it comprehensive, but Ben is so familiar with his subject that he is able to explain it like no other. This is crème de la crème of Photoshop classes. I have been wanting to write this review for some time because I have been so thoroughly impressed with everything about this class!

a Creativelive Student

Wow. I cannot communicate the value of this course!! The true value in this course is how the instructor identifies workflows you'll need before you'll ever realize it, repeats important information without it becoming annoying, and explains the "why" behind the techniques so well that even if you forget the exact method, you can figure it out via the principles learned. Excellent value, excellent material, excellent instructor!!!


The short lessons makes it easy to find things. Clear explanations, structured content, great examples, handbook plus practice images - this class is worth x10 the price! I have seen many of Ben's classes and I'm so happy you created this one, love it