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Learn how to create rays of light going through tree. We cover the use of the
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
levels
command on a channels layer, the
Radial blur simulates the blur you would get by moving or rotation your camera quickly.
radial blur
filter, the free transform tool, and
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to fix the midtone of your image to always give you a perfect color correction. For this effect, we cover the use of the difference
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
blend mode
, threshold
Adjustment layers apply color and tone adjustment to your photo non destructively. This means that rather than making an adjustment directly to your photo, you can create a separate layer that will make those adjustments, leaving your original photo untouched.
adjustment layer, the
The eyedropper tool allows you to sample colors from images or layers and designate a new foreground or background color.
eye dropper
tool, and gray point adjustment on the
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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Adjustment layers apply color and tone adjustment to your photo non destructively. This means that rather than making an adjustment directly to your photo, you can create a separate layer that will make those adjustments, leaving your original photo untouched.
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Learn how to add multiple color effects to your photos. Here we cover creating new guides at precise points in the image, and creating
With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
hue and saturation
adjustment layers in the color
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to add your own split toning effect. To achieve it, we cover the use of the
The "channel mixer" allows you to create grayscale, sepia tone, and other tinted images. To create these effects, choose the percentage for each color channel.
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The color balance command changes the overall mixture of colors in an image. This allows you to add or remove more of a specific color such as red or blue.
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Learn how to overprocess a photo to make it gritty. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the
This filter removes low-frequency detail from an image and can be seen as the opposite of the Gaussian Blur filter. In other words, it can be used to sharpen varying parts of an image, depending on the setting.
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filter, the hard light
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
blend mode,
This command adds random dots to an image, emulating the effect of using high-speed film such as 1600 ISO. Add noise is also used to reduce bands of lines in selections that have been feathered or gradients, as well as to give a more realistic feeling to areas of your photo that have had heavy retouching done.
add noise
filter,
With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
hue and saturation
adjustment layer, and overlay
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to make someone's eyes more exciting, bringing out the colors. We cover the use of the lasso tool, multiply, soft light, and overlay blend modes, feather command, unsharp mask and gaussian blur filters, and
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to make it appear window blinds are casting a shadow on your photo. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the gaussian blur filter, LAB color mode,
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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This command allows you to select a specified color or range of colors. If you want to replace a selection, remember to deselect all before applying the command.
color range
commands to create a
A "bump map" allows you to map a pattern of bumps around an object. This gives the impression of depth and a certain 3D quality to an otherwise 2D image.
bump map
and finally the
Displace uses a separate image, which is called a "displacement map", to determine how best to distort a selection. For example, by using a cone-shaped displacement map, you would have created an image that appears to have been printed on a cloth held up by its corners.
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Learn how to dodge and burn non destructively. To achieve this simple yet very versatile effect, we simply use a gray layer in overlay
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to very, very quickly fix the exposure of every day
A snapshot is a record of an image state, a stored rendition. By creating snapshots, you can easily compare the effects of adjustments you have made.
snapshots. To achieve this quick effect, we cover duplicating the image layer a few times and setting its
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to make it seem like it's snowing in your photos. Here we cover the use of the
This command adds random dots to an image, emulating the effect of using high-speed film such as 1600 ISO. Add noise is also used to reduce bands of lines in selections that have been feathered or gradients, as well as to give a more realistic feeling to areas of your photo that have had heavy retouching done.
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The "blur more" command softens hard edges or reduces detail in an image. This command softens and reduces more than the standard "blur" command.
blur more
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Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
motion blur
, and crystallize filters,
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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command, and screen
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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