Okay, I promised the second part of the edit from yesterday's post and here it is. The original image is by my friend Spring Kraft. I've already done some selective sharpen and blur now I'm going to add some layers of color.
|Click on the Layers tray and select Merge Visible|
|Right click on the background layer and click Duplicate Layer|
|Set it to "Soft Light" by clicking on the Layer Mode drop down menu|
|Set opacity to 40% & Merge the layers|
|Click on the New Layers icon. Click Solid Color and add a solid layer of creamy orange|
|Set the layer mode to "Soft Light"|
|This is what it looks like when you set it to "overlay"|
|Change the opacity of that layer - I set it to 70%|
|I've added some other color layers. I'm going to go through these now setting their layer mode to "soft light" and the opacity to less than 10% I have a layer of cool pink set to 8%|
|I have a layer of deep orange set to 4%|
|Then I'm going to Merge Visible layers again.|
|I thought that my edit was a little too bright so opened the light levels tool|
|This is what the light levels looked like when I started|
|On the top slider I slid the mid-point toward the bright end, making the whole image a little darker, and the dark end up. On the output I slid the bright down a little bit. I thought this made the edit look a little bit more natural.|
|Then I merged the layers again|
I cropped the image. I set it to a vertical 8x10 and cropped out the distractions in the background
There are some more things about layers that I want to show you but that is going to have to wait for another post...
Do you enjoy this style of learning? I just got my first copy of CS5 and will be working on writing a class for it soon! I'll be taking you step by step through everything I've learned how to do when it comes to editing.