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MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 05:44 PM

Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
For everyone who will be joining us tonight please open this image: http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc...StartImage.jpg

Save it to your desktop. We'll be using this photo for our session tonight. I have uploaded the full sized image so that we can all work on the same image ;) I'm off to grab a quick drink (Pepsi maybe!) and a snack and I'll be back here in 15min (9pm) to start our session.

Load your photo into photoshop.

Step 1.
We'll set the levels of the photo.
Image > Adjustments > levels (or Ctrl + L)
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/SS001.jpg

Step 2.
Zoom in to 200% and with the "Spot Healing Brush Tool" remove any imperfections or snow that looks distracting on the dog (some snow is ok)
The more time you spend on this the better off your end result will be. Try not to use your brush set too large. I am zoomed in at 200% and am using my Spot healing brush tool at a size of 5.
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss002.jpg

Step 3.
Image > Adjustments > Exposure
Typically you can do this BEFORE levels or instead of levels but for this particular photo this is what I found works best. Set the exposure as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss003.jpg

Step 4.
Let's adjust the colors in the photo using color balance.
Image > Adjustments > Color Balance (Ctrl + B)
Set your Highlights as follows (you need to click the highlights radio button to put that into context)
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss004.jpg

Set your midtones as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss005.jpg

Set your shadows as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss006.jpg

Step 5.
Duplicate your layer (Ctrl + J) do this 3 times!
Your bottom layer is your background layer and is your safety net. Do not touch it.

The next layer I want you to rename it "MAIN"
The layer above that rename "Color Dodge"
The layer above that rename "Color Burn" (this should be your top layer)

Now select the layer named Color Dodge and set it as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss007.jpg

Now select the layer named Color Burn and set it as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss008.jpg

Step 6.
Zoom in to 100% and make sure you can see the dogs eyes.
Select your Color Burn layer
Choose your Eraser tool (set the Opacity to 40%, I'm using a round eraser brush, size 17 and it's a soft edge brush)
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss009.jpg
Now gently erase the dogs eyes. Just go over them once or twice (or it will defeat the purpose of setting the opacity of the eraser down)
It will lighten the eyes of the dog slightly so they aren't so dark.

Step 7.
Duplicate your "Main" layer. And make it your top most layer. (It will auto name it "Main Copy")
Set it as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss010.jpg

Your photo should look like this:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc...g/EndPhoto.jpg


Save your image and size it for web and please share your results with us! If I did well all the photos should look the same :)

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 05:57 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Got it! :) Mmmm. . .I think I'll go get some Pepsi too. :)

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 05:58 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
So glad you could join me Kat! :)

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:00 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Well I didn't want you to be talking to yourself! ;)

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:01 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Step 1.
We'll set the levels of the photo.
Image > Adjustments > levels (or Ctrl + L)
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/SS001.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Katarina (Post 19932035)
Well I didn't want you to be talking to yourself! ;)

You have no idea how much I appreciate that :p

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:02 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Got it!

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:06 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Step 2.
Zoom in to 200% and with the "Spot Healing Brush Tool" remove any imperfections or snow that looks distracting on the dog (some snow is ok)
The more time you spend on this the better off your end result will be. Try not to use your brush set too large. I am zoomed in at 200% and am using my Spot healing brush tool at a size of 5.
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss002.jpg

What program do you use Kat?

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:08 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
I use CS4.

LadyK April 23rd, 2010 06:09 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
I'll be here on and off. I have to put the kids to sleep in 20 minutes. I just wanted to see your editing skillz lol.

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:10 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Awesome! So this should be easy for you ;)

Step 3.
Image > Adjustments > Exposure
Typically you can do this BEFORE levels or instead of levels but for this particular photo this is what I found works best. Set the exposure as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss003.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by LadyK (Post 19932117)
I'll be here on and off. I have to put the kids to sleep in 20 minutes. I just wanted to see your editing skillz lol.

Ya I have nothing on you hun! This is a beginner/intermediate tutorial ;) For us beginners :p So glad you are popping in though! Maybe you can provide insight for me that I've been missing. :)

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:15 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Done!

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:15 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Step 4.
Let's adjust the colors in the photo using color balance.
Image > Adjustments > Color Balance (Ctrl + B)
Set your Highlights as follows (you need to click the highlights radio button to put that into context)
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss004.jpg

Set your midtones as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss005.jpg

Set your shadows as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss006.jpg

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:17 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Am I the only one doing this, Natalie? :D

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:20 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Umm I think you may be :( But I know some people couldn't make it and will be doing it at a later time.

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:24 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Hehe. . .well, depending on how long this will take, I may have to leave. We might be watching a movie later, but Nate's playing guitar right now, and the kids are otherwise occupied, so I have a bit of time. ;)

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:25 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Step 5.
Duplicate your layer (Ctrl + J) do this 3 times!
Your bottom layer is your background layer and is your safety net. Do not touch it.

The next layer I want you to rename it "MAIN"
The layer above that rename "Color Dodge"
The layer above that rename "Color Burn" (this should be your top layer)

Now select the layer named Color Dodge and set it as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss007.jpg

Now select the layer named Color Burn and set it as follows:
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss008.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by Katarina (Post 19932276)
Hehe. . .well, depending on how long this will take, I may have to leave. We might be watching a movie later, but Nate's playing guitar right now, and the kids are otherwise occupied, so I have a bit of time. ;)

I totally understand if I have to go. I can talk to myself :P

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:28 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Yeah, you really LIKE talking to yourself, don't you -- be honest! :p

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:28 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Step 6.
Zoom in to 100% and make sure you can see the dogs eyes.
Select your Color Burn layer
Choose your Eraser tool (set the Opacity to 40%, I'm using a round eraser brush, size 17 and it's a soft edge brush)
http://www.outnumbereddesigns.com/sc.../Dog/ss009.jpg
Now gently erase the dogs eyes. Just go over them once or twice (or it will defeat the purpose of setting the opacity of the eraser down)
It will lighten the eyes of the dog slightly so they aren't so dark.

Kit Kat April 23rd, 2010 06:30 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Oh, Isabella is FLIPPING out over the picture -- she LOVES puppies! :lol:

MrsStuartD April 23rd, 2010 06:30 PM

Re: Photo Editing 101 (technique session 1)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Katarina (Post 19932315)
Yeah, you really LIKE talking to yourself, don't you -- be honest! :p

Hahaha if only I were an interesting enough person to keep a good conversation going with myself lol

How are you finding the tutorial? Easy to follow? Clear?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Katarina (Post 19932328)
Oh, Isabella is FLIPPING out over the picture -- she LOVES puppies! :lol:

Yay! I'm glad someone likes my photo :p


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