Photoshop CC for Photographers Fundamentals

The following assignments were completed in the Photoshop CC for Photographers Fundamentals course.

 

In the chapters 1-4, I mainly worked on Adobe Bridge CC and in that I used Camera raw to edit photos.

Before:

retouching

After:

retouchingks

 

I edited this photo in Camera raw. The only tool I used was the spot removal tool to clear the model’s skin of blemishes.

 

I finished Chapters 5-13. These videos were mostly just reviewing what I learned in the Photoshop CC One-on- One: Fundamentals.

Before:

snow-camping

After:

snow-campingks

I used Photoshop to edit this image. To change the color of the tent I used the magnetic lasso tool by clicking and dragging around the opening of the tent. I found that this tool didn’t work well because of the trees in the background so I deselected that. Instead, I decided to use the quick selection tool and clicked all around the outside of the tent. The edges of the opening were quite rough so I used the refine edge tool and adjusted the ‘radius’, ‘smooth’, and ‘contrast’ sliders just a little to the right. Then, I went to the select menu and clicked on ‘inverse’ to select everything but the background that you see outside of the opening of the tent. Finally, to change the color go to the image pull down menu, go to adjustments, click hue/saturation. This brings up some sliders and I just moved the ‘hue’ slider to the left at -43%.

 

I watched chapters 13-15. While watching the videos I edited a few photos. The videos were mostly just describing different ways to change the colors of photos.

Before:

pumpkin

After:

pumpkin

First I duplicated the background by dragging the layer to the new layer icon. Then I went to the image pull down menu, selected adjustments, then I clicked on Black and White. Then, I added a layer mask on the new layer by clicking on the new layer, then clicking on the new layer icon. I then selected my brush tool, changed my color to black and decreased my brush size. After that I simply painted over the pumpkin carefully.

Before:

kara

After:

kara

To get this effect on the photo I went to the select pull down menu, then selected focus area. This brought up a menu in which the default was auto. Auto wouldn’t work for this photo because the dress is white so I clicked on the brush on the left with the minus sign and painted over the model. I then refined the photo with refine edge. Then I went to the select pull down menu and chose inverse. This made the selected area the background instead of the model. I went over to the adjustments panel and clicked on the black and white icon.

Before:

kara-2

After:

kara-2

To edit this photo, I clicked on the adjustment layer named curves. I moved the curve up to brighten the photo. To invert the mask I went to the mask panel, then clicked invert. Next, I used the brush tool, changed the color to white, then painted the model and around her. To soften the brightness to look more subtle, I increased the ‘feather’ effect by moving the slider up.

Before:

chalk-drawing

After:

chalk-drawingks2

First I went to the adjustments layer and brought up the vibrance adjustment sliders. Then I moved both the ‘vibrance’ and ‘saturation’ sliders all the way to the right at 100%. This was a very simple edit but made a dramatic difference.

Before:

lens-flare

After:

lens-flare2

For this photo I went to the Filter pull down menu chose ‘Render’ then selected ‘Lens Flare’. this opens a lens flare dialogue in which I clicked on the lens type: 50-300mm Zoom. Then I moved the flare to behind the girl close to where the sun would be. After that I changed the brightness to 147%.

 

Today I continued working on the Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals course on Lynda.com. I finished chapters 16-17 before leaving class to go to a career fair with my school.

Before:

blur

 

After:

blurks

First I went to the filter pull down menu, clicked on blur gallery, then iris blur. I then moved the blur slider to 8 px and applied the new settings.

 

Before:

jeremy

 

After:

jeremyks

First I duplicated the background by dragging it to the new layers. Then renamed the layer CR. Then I went to the filter pull down menu and went to Camera raw filter. After that I just moved the sliders to create a bit more of an edge to the photo. When I finished the sliders read: Temperature: 8, Tint: 0, Exposure: 0.25, Contrast: 21, Highlights: -10, Shadows: 31, Whites: 0, Blacks: -7, Clarity: 39, Vibrance: 0, and Saturation: -10. Then I simply clicked OK and applied the changes.

 

Today I worked on chapters 16-18 in the Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals course on Lynda.com.

 

Before:

boats

After:

boatsks

To start off I selected the smart sharpen layer, then I went to the Filter pull down menu and hovered the mouse over Sharpen and clicked on Smart Sharpen. After that, I moved the sliders to sharpen the image. I moved the Amount slider to 181%, the Radius to 0.8%, and the Reduce Noise to 33%. Finally I simply selected OK to apply those settings.

 

Before:

stussy

 

After:

stussyks

To edit the car out first I had to make a good selection of the photo so that the man and the steps are not involved. I did this by selecting the rectangular marquee tool and dragging around the area of the car. Then I copied this to a new layer by pressing Command + J. I renamed the layer ‘car’. I used the lasso tool to make a selection around the car. Then I went to the edit pull down menu and selected Fill. I made sure content-aware and color adaptation were selected then clicked OK. I kept repeating this step until all the problem areas were gone.

 

Before:

patch

After:

patchks

 

I selected the Patch Tool by clicking and holding the Spot Healing Brush Tool then clicking on Patch Tool. In the options bar I left the setting on Normal and source was selected.  After that I clicked and dragged around the little tree until that area was selected. Then I clicked and held inside of the selected area and I moved it over to a clear spot in the snow and released. That moved the snow over and covered the tree.

After:

patchks2

After removing the tree I decide to remove the hiker as well. so to do that I went to the options bar at the top and chose Content-Aware instead of Normal. I used the patch tool to select an area around the hiker. Then went back up to the option bar and went to the adaption settings and changed Structure to 3 and Color to 5. After that I clicked and moved the selected hiker left to a clear part of snow. I didn’t like that the texture of the snow in the selected area looked different to the rest of the snow so I went back up to the option bar and once again changed the adaption settings to Structure: 5 and Color: 0.

 

 

Today I finished working on the Photoshop CC for Photographers: Fundamentals course on Lynda.com. This included chapters 18-19.

 

Before:

maddie

After:

maddieks

 

For this photo I wanted to remove wrinkles and brighten the teeth a little. After making a duplicate layer of the background, I selected the Quick Selection Tool and clicked the teeth without selecting any areas of the gums or lips. Then I went to Refine edge at the options panel and turned on smart radius then I moved the Smooth slider to 5% and the Feather slider to 0.8% and clicked OK. After that I went to the adjustment layer and clicked hue saturation. I chose the little hand icon next to the icon labeled Preset and clicked on the teeth. Then I moved the saturation slider to -84%. I held down the command key and clicked on the hue/saturation mask. I clicked on the Levels icon in the adjustment layers. I moved the right arrow to 235.  To get rid of some wrinkles, I selected the Healing Brush Tool. Then I held the option key down and clicked on a smooth part of skin under the eye. Then without holding the alt key down I clicked and dragged the brush all under both eyes. I went to the side panel and moved the opacity slider  to about 45%.

 

Before:

liquify1

After:

liquifyks

I went to the Filter pull down menu then clicked on liquefy. I selected the forward warped tool then changed the brush size to about 30 and the brush pressure to about 20. Then I started to kind of brush in on uneven areas of the model such as under the arms and the sides of the stomach.

 

Before:

liquify

 

After:

liquifyks2

 

At the angle this photo was taken the man’s right jaw sticks out a little too much. So, to even that out, I went to the Filter pull down menu and selected Liquefy, then turned on Advanced mode, and made sure Pin Edges was selected. After that I adjusted my brush size to about 250 and my brush pressure to about 50. I basically just pushed the jaw in a little. Then I clicked OK.

 

Before:

rob-print

 

After:

rob-printks

All I needed to do to this photo was resize and sharpen it so that it would look good as a print. First I went to the Image pull down menu and clicked Image Size. I changed the dimensions to inches instead of pixels and clicked OK. Next I selected the Crop Tool. Then I went to the options bar and clicked the option ‘4 x 5 in 300 ppi’ in the pull down menu. I brought the left top corner in just a little and then clicked enter. I duplicated the background layer. I went to the Filter pull down menu, went to sharpen, then clicked smart sharpen. I moved the Amount slider to 131%, the radius to 0.9%, and the reduce noise to 31%. I then applied the sharpening effect by clicking OK.

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