Photoshop: enhancing and colour correction

By | March 20, 2020

Outcome: This workshop will build upon previous photoshop knowledge. Students will create digital artwork, focusing on:

  • Using enhancing tools with compositing techniques.¬†
  • Use multiple layers and naming them correctly
  • Using Adjustment Layers and Clipping Masks
  • Using Blending Modes for colour correction

Level: Intermediate to advance

These are the before and after images:

To follow along these workshop, download this image from Paul Castanié

Walkthrough

Select and separate the focal point

  • Copy the background image

Using this copy, create a selection of the focal with the quick selection tool.

Refine your selection with the Select and Mask menu. I use the Overlay view mode.

Using the Add Vector Mask, create a mask of the selection. Rename the layer by double clicking on it.

Enhancing the eyes and lips

Duplicate this layer. Here we are going to enhance the eyes and lips

  • Rename the layer by double clicking it.
  • In the Tools panel, select the burn tool to darken areas in the iris.
  • Select the dodge tool to bring light to other areas in the iris.
  • Select the Sharpen tool to sharpen eyelashes, eyebrows and creases in the lips.

Use adjustment layers to enhance images

  1. Go to the Adjustments panel
  2. Use the Levels to adjust the shadow and light on the image
  3. Right click in this adjustment layer and select: create clipping mask
  4. Now this mask only affects the focal point
  1. Go to the Adjustments panel
  2. Use the Hue/Saturation to colour correct
  3. Click in the little hand and select a part of the face you want to tone down. I want to tone down the reds.
  4. Lower the saturation
  5. Right click in this adjustment layer and select: create clipping mask
  6. Now this mask only affects the focal point.

You can bring tone back by using the Brush Tool loaded with black. I brought back the reds in the lips.

Make a selection to edit the environment

Note: Environment is misspelled in the layers, please don’t focus on that.

  • Copy the background image and rename it
  • Right click on the mask of the “woman” layer
  • Invert the selection by clicking: Command + Shift + I
  • Go back to your Environment layer and create a mask

Using the Blur Tool from the tool panel, we are going to blur parts of the image that are in the “environment” layer.

Give the image a colour theme

  1. Select the upper most layer
  2. Click the Create New Fill icon (black and white circle)
  3. Select solid colour

Select the colour theme you want for your image

Change the blending mode from Normal to Hue or colour. Then change the opacity to your liking.

Make a selection of the woman by right clicking one of the masks.

Fill that selection on the colour fill mask with grey.

You unselect with cmnd+d.

And you can see the final product!

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