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April 23rd, 2010, 05:44 PM
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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)


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.


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:


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)


Set your midtones as follows:


Set your shadows as follows:


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:


Now select the layer named Color Burn and set it as follows:


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)

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:


Your photo should look like this:



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
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April 23rd, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Got it! Mmmm. . .I think I'll go get some Pepsi too.
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April 23rd, 2010, 05:58 PM
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So glad you could join me Kat!
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:00 PM
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Well I didn't want you to be talking to yourself!
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:01 PM
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Step 1.
We'll set the levels of the photo.
Image > Adjustments > levels (or Ctrl + L)


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Well I didn't want you to be talking to yourself!
You have no idea how much I appreciate that
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:02 PM
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Got it!
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:06 PM
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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.


What program do you use Kat?
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:08 PM
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I use CS4.
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:09 PM
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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.
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:10 PM
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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:


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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 So glad you are popping in though! Maybe you can provide insight for me that I've been missing.
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:15 PM
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Done!
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:15 PM
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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)


Set your midtones as follows:


Set your shadows as follows:
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:17 PM
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Am I the only one doing this, Natalie?
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:20 PM
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Umm I think you may be But I know some people couldn't make it and will be doing it at a later time.
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:24 PM
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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.
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:25 PM
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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:


Now select the layer named Color Burn and set it as follows:


Quote:
Originally Posted by Katarina View Post
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
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:28 PM
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Yeah, you really LIKE talking to yourself, don't you -- be honest!
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:28 PM
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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)

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.
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Oh, Isabella is FLIPPING out over the picture -- she LOVES puppies!
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April 23rd, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Quote:
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Yeah, you really LIKE talking to yourself, don't you -- be honest!
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?

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Oh, Isabella is FLIPPING out over the picture -- she LOVES puppies!
Yay! I'm glad someone likes my photo
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