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Photoshop Fundamentals: Class #5 Editing Professional Photos

teacher avatar Michael Lemma, Designer & Photographer

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5 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Editing a Photo to Look Professional Part 1

    • 2. Editing a Photo to Look Professional Part 2

    • 3. Editing Urban Photography

    • 4. Editing Photos: People

    • 5. Editing photos Curves instagram effect

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With this continuation of photoshop Fundamentals learn how to edit photos professionally, Learn tips, tricks, and techniques the pros use.

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Michael Lemma

Designer & Photographer


Mike is a successful designer. He worked for a hot startup in the Techn Industry. He grew up in California and received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Also has recieved his minor in Architecture. He has studied art and design since he was seven.

He's had clients that have ranged from NY Red Bulls, The Amazing Spider-man, Coors Light, AMC's Breaking Bad, Powerade, Verizon, and more.

His specialty is UI/UX, Branding, Corporate Identity, Poster Design, Logo Design, Package Design, Web Design, Concept Design, Matte Painting, Photography and Art Direction. He is the founder of the website exhbit.

He has gained inspiration while traveling the world and recently wrote and published a book on his travels. He's had articles writ... See full profile

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1. Editing a Photo to Look Professional Part 1: Hey, everyone. And welcome to the next section and this sexy. We're gonna talk about editing a ordinary photo like this, and we're gonna make it look like this. Um, so you gonna take you through this Stops on how to do this. Now, if you have camera raw and you take pictures with raw, you can edit your photo camera roll, then push even further with these techniques. So let's get started. And, uh, let's make a really cool picture. So first thing I want to do is duplicate the layer. So that way I know what the old layer it looks like. Or at least the original. Next, I'm gonna go to image adjustments, and I'm gonna start with brightness and contrast. So I'm gonna just the brightness and contrast slightly and I'm gonna make sure previous on looks good. Just zoom in a little bit so I could see what I'm doing next. I want Teoh go to adjustments. I'm gonna just the levels slightly darker, warmer Looks good. Then I'm gonna go to curves and it just occurs now. Basically, as I go down the list, I'm pretty much adjusting it to my liking. Um and I really want to make the image have that magical feels you just saw. So actually digging the linear contrast and a lot of this is trial and error and just, you know, see how you like it. You know, I've been doing this for a while, so I kind of just play with the adjustments and kind of pick on the spot. I don't need it adjusting the exposure. She wanna go next to vibrance and saturation, which bombs up the color. I don't want to go crazy because under you doing this later on as well, it looks good. When you go back, you go to color balance and you got to be careful with color bounds because it can really drastically change the overall image by a slight touch of, um, color. So, for example, and went up about plus 26 it's a good, fair amount. But now it looks kind of overall red, which I don't want. So I just wanna and as you can see, I went 13 and that kind of killed the image. You really wouldn't be careful When it comes to adjusting with color balance, you want to do it very very slightly. Um, you don't want to go crazy. Sometimes you might even leave particular cases at zero Teoh. All right, good. You the highlights. Good. I'm doing this all by I Okay, Looks good. So now, so far we look at the before and the after we kind of bumped up the image a little bit, but we're and take it a step further. After that, we're going to skip all these filters until we go down to selective color. The sewer kind of gets a little fun. Now, we got to start playing with the actual colors of the image and make pop a little bit more . Now, there are other effects and other techniques to do it in a different way. And I'll cover that here as well. So we're gonna start with the Reds and just the reds. Not anything red in this photo is the tree bark. So let's start adjusting that and see how that looks. Want to bring out that tree bark and really make it look really, really reading. And don't forget whatever effect here is gonna sect on the ground as well, Really? Bring that out. Just the overall darkness of it next. I want to focus on the yellows. And pretty much all these greens are really, really, um uh on the fringe of green and yellow, and it will adjust image drastically, as you can see. So I want to bring those into the yellow range too much. Just the overall. It it's good. I just actual yellows. Good. And the overall blackness of the image that's good is good on the greens, just those from back some of the greens from the yellows. Sometimes you can't tell what's working with them that looks like a relative absolute okay and basically relative and absolute color differences. You can't really see it here, but when you start to really at it, um ah colored thought or not so much this with the tree. But good example. D. Um, trying to think of something. If you were to let's say, adjust the color of a color to room with colored malls, then you would see the difference. All right, so I think that's good for everything. Let's just see if there's anyone Magenta. No, not really. It's good down in black, so just blacks your image. I'm not really going crazy for it. It's just a magenta portion of it. We'll be going crazy for it. Like I said, this is all trial and error crazy for you. All right. Looks good enough. So after all that is done, we're going to go to shadows and highlights and adjust the shadow on highlights of the overall average, as you could see off the bat, its default. It looks really, really bright and really nice, you know, as it with HDR. I personally don't like that look, So I'm gonna go back to see your own. Kind of just moving on up. That looks pretty good That I know started just in the tone and again, Like I said, this is all, um, based upon how you look at it, look and feel. This is all on your eyes. Follow what I do. But also do it for yourself as well. If you just the radius, it brings out the clarity of the image. Actually, I deal with the highlights. I don't want to go crazy with them for bring him down. This image is in the back. We're gonna good little fake. No, he's like color. Just the Midtown looks good don't wanna hit. Okay, Now that that is done, the next step is to do hdr toning. Now, basically, when I select that, it's gonna flatten everything that's okay, cause we're gonna go back to this section and we're gonna add the HDR toning into this layer area. So hit yes, and draggers off to the side. And there is our hdr toning. Obviously, it looks really, really crazy. So we're gonna drop down the strength and everything, and we're gonna really start adjusting this, uh, to look how we wanted to look someone to bring in the details, the strength. Just the radius of the effect. Prion those details. I wanna go too crazy. I definitely want to drop that Gamma. Uh, oops. Not the game. Um, yes, yes, yeah. Bring it back down to zero. Well, one point. Oh, just exposure. Absolutely. Details. China's highlights down in saturation slightly. Looks get hit. Okay, Next, we're gonna go after it's done rendering. We're gonna hit command a and then command See then command d to de select. So that's command a command C Command v soca mandates a select command. See to copy command D to de select. So next, we're going to go toe option command Z. We're gonna hit it a few more times to get back to the area that we're in. Another way you could do is, uh, at it. Step back at it, step back and it step back. Um, now you're here. Now, I'm gonna add the HDR picture. We, uh, pretty much just editors in a command paste hit, OK, and it's going to pace that image on top. Now there's a before there's thereafter. Added a slight effect to it. Looks pretty cool. So basically, I'm going to add a layer on top of this, a layer mask that's black. And I'm gonna pretty much, um, go on the layer, select the mask and hold option click. It's gonna make it black. And now, basically, I'm gonna paint in what I want for the details. Like in the tree, bump up the capacity of our brush. And so we're painting with white on black Azi could see here. So brushing in those details right now, I just want to focus on the trees. The tree of the trunk. Nice, happy little tree joke. Um, I think that looks good. You're before there's you after next. I want Teoh. Um, pretty much merge the two. Actually, I don't want to get some issues of Mina Duplicate that bottom later. Then I'm gonna merge into, So now that we're done with all the adjustments, now it's time to play around with the colors. So now that I've added that cool effect now I'm gonna go toe this little iconic at this little circle icon. I'm gonna hit Hue saturation and basically like, um, clips like selective color. This kind of does the same thing. I want to focus on my greens when a kind of bring back those greens actually gonna shut off that layer, I'm going to do it on this bottom layer. Basically, what I'm doing is I'm gonna hold option pretty much put my mouse between two layers, click. This effect is going to take place inside that bottom layer, Uh, which is right here, so I'm actually go to yellows before the greens. I'm gonna just those to be green, and then I'm gonna add a layer mask over It's a paint back in all these green pieces. Just the saturation, the whiteness. Then it's good and go green see all those look really doing anything for me. All right, All right, so that's done. I'm going to duplicate our I'm gonna merge these layers and then basically, I'm going. Teoh, take this and put it above it. Going to take the mask? I'm gonna make a black mask and then I'm going to paint in all the greens. I don't want to go crazy. I'm gonna drop down on my capacity painting the greens, The man. It's nice. Those greens looks good trees a little bit. The greens. Actually, she's a good So now, so far, this is the original image. And this is what we've done so far before, after it looks pretty good. And now there's her before there's your after. So we added those greens back into the tree. Now what we're gonna do is we're going to duplicate this layer going to delete the mask, delete we're going to go to you. Multiply will make the image darker. We're gonna put the mask on it again, holding option click. And now we're gonna paint in all dark spots. It's a cool little trick to dio, um, when you want to paint in dark spots of a image? No, I drop the opacity of my brush because it was too hard. So I'm just gonna start paying in areas. I want to be darker. He's inner part here here, corner here. It's nice. And next out, pretty much take, um I'll duplicate the layer and then I'll put a light layer over and painting the highlights. So if I zoom in, get some close up details you could spend a long time in this If you want, you can spend a short time. It really depends on you and what you want to dio for the sake of this tutorial because I have a 20 minute limit. I'm just gonna do it. Uh, as quick as I can still cover everything I need to. All right. So pretty much looks good, pretty much covered all the shadows on the tree. Since the tree is our focus, it's a little blurry down there, but the focus go up here. This is all detailed. All right, so that's done. So the next thing I need to do is duplicate this layer, and obviously that effect doubled. So which we don't want and I'm going to delete the layer mask I want to go to multiply. And what would a screen that's gonna make everything bright? Good. Try some different options. Like color dodging or linear Dodge. It was very nice. Uh, linear color doesn't do anything like do anything screen. So I'll mention Goethe. Screen looks good. And I'm gonna pretty much add that layer mask on again. Now I'm gonna color in the highlights, but there really isn't any place where you see the highlights. It's just what you'd like to pop out a little bit more somewhat the greens to pop out a lot more. Pretty much gonna color with the greens color in the bright part of the bark Pop sound. Same here, here. I mean, this greens of it, these pieces. So now we got a nice look and feel to this tree we've added in all our highlights nor dark spots. It also go back and add in some dark pieces if we want kind of push and pull it going to dio back and forth darkness to ground. So we're all looking really, really nice that backers tree can pop out so so far are before and as we later on our after before, after really nice is making everything pop. So again, that's what we had originally. And now we just brought it back to life. So now what we can do is we can merge all these together. You don't necessarily have to do that. It's up to you. And if you want, you can even go back and push it even further. Goto adjustments go to selective color and even play around with the color. Some more go to yellows, adjusted as you need play around reds of the bark, more brown, really bringing those greens. I'm sorry, those reds. So there's our before and there's our after looks really, really, really nice, really liking it Now. If you want to something even cool and take it a step further, you can duplicate the layer. Click here and click black and white, and then you could do a green filter to bring in the greens. Or you could do a high contrast blue play around filters infrared whenever you want. All right, black. Then today, say, a red filter. And then what I can do is I can paint in, um, colors to really do some damage. Painting And what a pain in this greens. Why do something cool like that? Welcome to, um has some cool effect up to you Pain in some pieces of the photo to really make it pop again. I'm doing this as an example. Don't necessarily have to do this, nor will it look like this or could look like this. But sure, you do a lot better even do a cool effect. Were you bleated in? I say bleed it in pretty much do this. I believe the colors into the photo so it looks like it's transitioning. I like to call bleeding The best term. Pretty cool. So that's another thing you could dio, um, as an example. But that's basically our before, uh, lips are before and then our after. So that's it for this tutorial. See you guys in the next one. So you guys there 2. Editing a Photo to Look Professional Part 2: everyone. And welcome to the next section or a next lecture in this section, we were going to be going forward and editing some more photos with the techniques we just learned. So let's ah, pretty much get started. So pretty much going to go through the staying the same steps as I did before, but kind of see if we can push it a little further and give it a little more off magic to it. So let's start off with our basics to go toe adjustment. Let's go with the brightness and contrast and pretty much gonna fly through this just so I can get to the good parts. Um, so pretty much just my levels again. I'm doing this all by how it looks by I It's nice. Okay, well, im just our curves to go through some options. Not good. Too dark. Interesting. Great. No. All right. I think I know what you want. Late that. Okay. Okay. Next, I'm gonna go to, um I'm gonna skip exposure again. I don't really need to focus on exposure. Ah, just to show you what it does if I bump that apogee estimation, Saudi brighter actually doesn't like that bad in the offset is really weird. Um, I don't really need a just any of those, but don't you? Just to show you what it looks like since I did it all this hit. Okay, Just get added to the mix. And now let's get to some good stuff. So the vibrance bump up the vibrance of it all saturation going to go crazy And we want Teoh Just the hue and saturation Now just it's all yellows You can make it all green can make it all Reds Michael for the luscious green. You know what? I was crazy on the saturation. Looks nice. So already there's our before there's her after. Looks pretty nice and we're gonna nah, push it further. Just the color balance. Kind of bringing this reds. Bring back some of those pillows, See? Push your way to the left. He really brings in those yellows, especially to the right really brings on those blues. Now, if you could see this kind of gives it that mid day time feel this gives it that morning Feel so you know they can give a good feel depending upon the type of mood you want to set . It's nice justice shadows. The last photo. Ah, you know, slight change really made a difference in this one. Not slight changes hurt. Making much of a difference. Have to really go drastic. And several them. Not that drastic, but because we're focusing on greens. Go more towards the greens and all right. Okay, so now that's that's all done. We're going to go now to selective color again. You start adjusting the selective color play around with it. So bringing the bring it back, the bark, the trees pop a bit. Now there are no yellows in this. So there really isn't anyway, to play with yellows. Split the greens. Now, little scion, do you think No, no. If you could see the difference when I click between the two. But if you look down in this area, figure absolute. It's slightly lighter green. And this one's more of, ah, vibrant green. So I kind of like the absolute going, uh, go to the blues, Play without a bit harder blues in this. Sometimes it will change the picture. I'm sorry. The science lose nothing. I mean, the up top. Okay, so that's not really doing anything magenta is really going on going on. Skip that. See what White could you white we don't really want to mess with? Don't really touch the neutrals or mess with, um, uh might kill your image. Sometimes neutrals. It's very tricky. I sometimes skip them. Sometimes I'll play with them to see what they dio and the same with blacks. It really depends on your image. You can sometimes make the area look weird. Like that was sold. Are you can, uh, healthy image. So let's see the before and after there's the before and there's the after so obviously made it slightly darker. Give it that nice look and feel to it. It's actually pretty cool for after before, after and next, we're gonna go to shadows and highlights kind of brings in all the detail forest Drop that Bring that up slightly tone image, Trucked radius. Bring it up a little. It's working. The highlights don't want to kill the highlights. You bet down really much, captain There color adjustment. Okay, let's get so again our before and our after hdr toning. Let's see how that looks. Yes, sometimes it could really to damage to an image which we really don't want not really working for me. So I am gonna do it, and I'm pretty much like it. Everything's working now. So now I want to actually play with the original image and see what I could do with it. Um, meaning? I'm gonna paint some of it back in. And I want to see how this plays out and see if I can add some pieces back in seal. That will. Look, I had some of that green back in original lips. It looks like on the ground that looks a lot. No, it looks I'm not crazy about it. But however, I will add it in log, have given old field right, adding pieces back in just to give it a nice blend. Not really noticed. Drop are passing me a little bit, boy. Okay. Looks nice for after slight changes, not much. Okay, so now that we've done that, now let's go play with all these options. Now that we ready did human saturation. I don't want to focus on that anymore. However, I do want to focus on the lightness and darkness of the photo. So I'm going to command you this minute delete this layer. This mask, you go to multiply and then I'm gonna add the black mask on and I'm gonna start painting in pieces. I think that should be darker. So we really want to make this groups sorry. I really want to make this image pop. We're going a little bit darker. It's focused on the brightness multiply screen that it's adding some elements. No, it's already bright. Fine. I want to. Crazy, adding And multiplied does help. Can't really tell a difference on office it before or after as pilots Okay, looks and I so an original, enhanced, enhanced and enhanced looks really good. So now we can if we want to merge these, we can even drop the opacity of that top layer adding parts of the original photo back in. Or we could even do an effect, an overlay or a softly or multiply, which will make it really dark. Lydia Burn. You could play around, see how they look, your dodge screen. So there are many ways to make a photo better by enhancing it. Go back to normal. The colors you're out there. Yeah, I just want to get slightly brighter. It's a little dark up a bit. It's good. Therefore, there's the after now I wanna add, um, even yet a few ways to do this. I like to add a little bit ingredient Start from the top like that. So the focus is in on the actual image Trump. And they're Ugo. My eye kind of goes over here before after. I can't really tell after a while. Um, and there is here image, the before and the after could really dio a really good job by really enhancing your photos that way. 3. Editing Urban Photography: everyone. And welcome to the next lecture this lecture when we're talking about urban photography and how to edit a cityscape Urban escape for your enjoyment or just to you learn how to edit them. So in this case, what I've done is I turn a color photo into black and wait. And then I isolated a particular color out in the image. Do they? Did I have to do this? No. I could have just made it clearly back Black White, which I will show you how to do. And then this will be the final step, which you can add on if you wish. Um, so let's go dive into it. Now. First off, this is the original image, and then this is the final image. So I'm gonna go ahead and delete these layers. That way we can start from scratch. So here is my original image. Now the first route. If you just want to make it purely black and white and at that cool, urban type of photography effect, then this is what you need to dio. We'll break this out into two steps. So first off Ah, we can duplicate the layer if we wish. Usually I like to do it. I'm gonna go down in my adjustments layer, and I'm gonna select black in light. And then from here, I'm gonna go to my presets. And then I'm just gonna play around with the presets just to see which ones look the best. And I really like the darker tones going kind of digging the late ones, too. But for what I'm looking for, I'm just looking for a nice, moody, black and white filter that Connor blends in with the overall mood of photo. The one reversal better like was the high contrast blue filter. So it just makes a lot of things darker and other things later. I could play around with ease and make other things lighter, like the yellows and whites trees which are green. Also, the readiness in the lights as well, could even backwards it looks. And what I can do now is I can't even play around even more. I can start playing around my blend modes. So a seesaw hit okay, accepted the, um, options. I was very happy with it. And now I want to do some good in my blend mode. I'm gonna hit Multiply and I'm going to play with it a little bit Mawr and I'm gonna play with how I want the overall image to look. That looks really nice. So, as you can see, so far we've gone from that to this and we've got a really nice black and white photo. Um, Now, if we want to add that color a sect, this is what you need to do. So if you just want a black and white photo that boom, you have it there. It's done. You can edit it. You could always go back and make any necessary changes if you wish. But if you want to add that coloring to it, just isolate a specific color. This is what you need to do. So what I'm going to do is involvement. Lead everything and start from scratch. Duplicate the layer This time I'm gonna hit, multiply, make it really dark. Make those lights really pop. Drop your passes slightly. I'm gonna go ahead and go to select color range. And basically I don't know if I've talked about this in the past. If I haven't, then I will tell you exactly what it is. Basically You can select and pick specific colors. Toe. Isolate them if you wish. Um, so what? I'm doing this. I'm selecting the yellows. And as you can see, it's giving me a mask Of all the yellows that are in the photo now, this isn't going to be completely on 100% perfect. That's okay, because we could do some editing later on. Just selecting all the yellows that I want to select in the photo. I'm holding my shift key to select multiple, um, whips, varieties of yellows. Oh, that's why my keyboard lost connection is really quick. Uh, those that I should have it OK by now. But I lost the connection of a keyboard. Unfortunately, that's okay. Okay, so now that that is done, I'm gonna hit, OK, And it's going to make a selection of all the yellows in the photo. It's not gonna be particularly perfect, but that's OK. Next I'm going to do is I'm gonna go toe my adjustment later. Anonymous, select black and white. But now it made the actual selection black white, which I don't want so to fix that we just hit command I and then it inverts everything. Um now, as you could see, it picked up other pieces that are yellow, that I don't want to be yellow. And I want to be a black and white. That's an easy fix. We just paint over it with a layer mask. So we're on the layer mask right now. We're gonna have our brush elected. We're gonna be on the white layer. I'm sorry, the white color, and we're going to just paint. And what? We don't want to be yellow, so I don't, uh, that grand nor this side, actually, because the focus is on this side. You're back here. All right, so now that that is done, I'm going to invert my, um, brushed by hitting X is gonna change the black. I know. What I'm gonna do is I'm actually gonna go and now paint in parts of yellows, parts that I've missed parts that didn't get selected. It looks like the ground got pretty well selected, but I'm just gonna go ahead and paint in more parts of it. You man, it's details going. You have to be perfect, but want to get the water is Obviously the reflection in the water is, uh where the yellow is really going to stand out. If you really want to get the details. The pain in her leg, it's when No So and I'm gonna pain awaited him. Read here because I don't read tear. And this is you really want to get into the finer details of things pretty good. It's January pieces I don't need. I just want to focus on the windows and other Parsons of the photos. Now this for this actual Torrey Elit doesn't have to be perfect. But obviously we would want it to be perfect in the real world. So I don't want to spend too much time on detail. I just want to kind of get the idea across. I'm just going to pain and what I need that looks pretty good. So far. I'm gonna focus up here, annoy that. Are there little details like you don't want to get that? You just want to focus on the windows. That's okay too. So that looks pretty good. Um, up here, we missed a couple spots. I'm going to paint all that away. I just want to focus to be here. Why would even got up here? Tools of really good tool to use. Okay, there we go. We got all of our yellows. Looks pretty good. Just gonna paint the ground a little bit more. Shake it all the reflection. Okay, That looks pretty good. So we pretty much isolated all the yellows in the photo Looks really, really nice. And if we want, we can go back and we can even adjusted how we please. We wish she just noticed. So still. Now, now that that is done, we can even go in and adjust our layer mask. So if we right click, we can go to refine mask in this little pop up box will show. And what we can do is we can smooth out the layer mask. We can feather it. We can even adjust the edges of it by adding more of the layer mask or taking some of it away. This case, I'm gonna take some of it away, even on plus Looks good. All right, so we've pretty much done all that, and we want it on layer, and we're gonna hit, okay? And then again, I'm going to go back and just just this don't want all of this even dropped. Passing reverse a bit. So there we go. We have a black and white image with a, uh, isolated color in the background. Now, again, if you don't wish to do this, um, you can just make it purely black and wait with the technique I showed in the first half of this video. But that's pretty much it. Urbanski. It looks really cool how to take a normal ordinary photo and then make it really, really interesting. Um, so that's pretty much it. See you guys in next lecture. 4. Editing Photos: People: hi, everyone, and welcome to the next lecture. So just so you can expand your skill set. And I didn't want to focus purely on nuclear photography on how to edit them. I want to also show you how to edit photos of people and other things like that. So I have a photo of a guy that I found on Google. What we're gonna be doing is we're gonna be editing his photo to make it pop a little bit better. Now, this photo he has, ah lot of acne, and we're going to be fixing that as well, smoothing out the skin and brightening up the eyes a bit and just adding a bit of a glow to ah, the overall photo. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna duplicate earlier Beijing Command J. And what we're gonna do is gonna go to our to a pilot on the side. We're going to go look for the spot healing brush. And if I remember correctly, it is right here. Spot healing brush. Um, it's we're gonna click that and we're gonna zoom it, and basically, we're gonna just click on each individual acne. Ah, just so we can blend it all in. Now you want your radius of your brush to be a little bit bigger than the actual acne itself. So where it is going to click on the acne and there it goes. Is Disi disappearance? Uh, really, really easy to Dio, actually, and doesn't take long, You know, you just click, and it will pretty much make them all blend together. Looks really, really nice. No, I'll show you the before and after in a second, you don't necessarily get all of it, because when we smooth the face out, it's going to kind of blend it all together. So there you go, clicked all the acne, get a few more pieces. Pretty, pretty good neck you there. And so far we pretty much killed on the acne on the face. And there's air before and there's her. After we did a pretty good job you could see here on the nose, though, however, it does look like there's a piece there. We'll do this. We will kind of blend in peace of the nose, the cloning brush. And then there we go. Cherries are before and after looks pretty good. So now what we're gonna do is we're going, Teoh, smooth out the face. And by doing that, we are actually going to duplicate earlier and we're gonna go to select. Sorry, that's like filter, Blur. We're going to go to Smart Boyer. And as you can see right away in the preview that the faces very, very smooth eso we want to kind of drop down our threshold Doesn't want kill the over quality the face because we grow up. You could see it looks really, really bad. We just wanted to be enough where it's going to be nice and smooth. I can adjust a radius a bit by pumping it up. We can increase our quote if we'd like too High media merlot. This case will keep it at low and keep her threshold About 10 is pretty good radius about six. We can change our mode if we wish, which we don't need to do. Just leave it at normal and hit. OK, now what we're gonna do is we're going to add a layer mask on this, but we're gonna invert the layer mask beholding auction and clicking on at layer mask. And now we're gonna is gonna grab a paintbrush and drop the size of fresh, and we're going to paint in white at about 40 ish percent. We're going to paint in the face to smooth it out. So now we're painting in the effect. Now we're just smoothing the face out, and this is basically what they do in graduation photos. NOS. We're ahead. Kind of makes even the freckles go away, too. Here could always go back and use a spot healing brush If we wish on specific points. Now there's a little jagged nous around him. And that is because we chose a low setting. And also because this is a photo from the Internet. So the d. P. I is at a low resolution now because there's a few dots on his face now what we can do is we can go to this photo and we can just hell it go away. Whoops. Do this one course one thing, Groups. Okay, here we go. And I'm going on the original one. So now I'm using the healing brush, and I'm just getting rid of those dots on the face, and I'm just selecting pieces that's near his skin to kind of blend it all in. I can Yeah, on the image below it. Because again, we're using the image below as well. This is a mask. So it is taking pieces from image below ginger brush a bit. Play around if we want, and it doesn't have to be perfect. But if we don't want there to be spots we just got a samples from places from around his face and just pain all that in. Okay, that looks pretty good. So there's a before there's our after that. Looks pretty good so far. Should know. What we're going to do is we can leave this leader like this or we can merge it. It's up to you. In this case, I'm going to merge it. And now one of the news they're gonna duplicate this name, this top layer screen, and I'm going to put a layer mask on it. And I'm going Teoh now, pain in the eyes hoops, my paintbrush and I'm gonna make the eyes just pop a little bit. And then now what I'm going to do is I'm going to duplicate this bottom layer. There is no right or wrong way to do this and I'm gonna multiply and I'm going to add a layer mask. I'm going to you painting dark portions of the eyes. So was there before. There's thereafter, really, really pops. And if we want even paint at low, low, low opacity, we can pay the skin. Kind of give it a nice glow we wish. Doesn't have to be perfect. I care of it too, Dr. Here and there we go for after. So here's our original. We added. We took away the acne and then we merged. Layers and smooth was hardly murder. Later degree the acne. We smooth the face and then we merge layers. Then we've added brightness to the eyes and then dark into them up a bit. So again are before and after, and just to make it easier, you can see it all in one click before after definitely has improved a lot and what we can do to to even push it a little further. We can barking up his eyebrows a bit, can't even bring out the color on the lips. And here we go before and after looks really, really nice and just close before after, So we did very minimal work, but just fixed everything and made it look like a professional photo shoot. So if you have any photos you need edit of herself for friends. We just did it in a few simple steps. That very straightforward because I was talking through it took a little bit longer than it really should. But reality. It takes about five minutes ish to edit the photo, and you could always push it even further. Um, too adjusted even more, if you wish. So that's it. There you go. There's our before there's air after we made ah, very minimal adjustments. Very easy to do. We have the original here. Um, we used layer masks, and this time it was very, very quick. All right, so that's it. I will see you guys in the next lecture. So you guys there 5. Editing photos Curves instagram effect: Hey, everyone. And welcome to the next lecture, this lecture going, talking about editing photos some more. But we're gonna be talking about how to do kind of like the instagram effects to your photos. Now here, have a photo that I got for free off this side over here called Ah, Magda Lini. Basically, I got it from this website called Freebies bug. So, excellently, I go to freeze be, but freebies Bucktown Com. I scroll down, I go to free hybrids photos and click it. It takes me to mag. Uh, Magdelin. I said that correctly. Quick on it. And then I have an array of photos I can download for free. Ah, that has the creative common license. So you can obviously edit some of them. But but obviously give, um, credit where credit is due, I just click download, and then you can download it. Kind of changes throughout, um, days. You know, the photos will kind of Ah, very. For example, this has been on there for a while. But if I went to people, let's say they only have ah selected few for people, whereas a few weeks ago they had some other really cool arms, Uh, abstract ones objects Nature City. So then here is the one that I got. And so pretty much, you know, you can grab a few free ones. Ah, that you want for the particular days. But you can also go back to some older ones. Ah, you know, they do have, ah, set library a few of them. But it's only for a limited time per section, unfortunately, kind of really cool and actually of someone's feet at a particular angle. Ah, I should have downloaded it when I had the chance. Unfortunately, didn't. So ah, if you see something called definitely go and download it. And it was right around the time this photo came up. So, you know, you could browse some old photos, see which ones are available. Ah, some sections have a little bit more than others. Um, and so on and so forth. So let's get back into it pretty much. We're gonna talk about how doing the instagram a factor with that, we're gonna be basically using a we'll filter called curves. And I use only use this, um filter or effect. When I was editing photos. Ah, few lectures ago for the tree photo and the forest photo. But, you know, using curves could be a little scary. Ah, why? Because, you know, you go in and you start adjusting things, and you don't know what exactly you're doing, and it could get a little crazy. Um, but that's all right. You know, they have a few things you can use Ah, on here as default. So basically, they had presets, which I use, and also you can go in and use specific other tools. Let's go through the presets. So pretty much they have a color negative one which wouldn't see using it. Um, they have a colored process One. This is usually giving you that instagram effect depending on the image, um, and lighting and whatnot. Uh, this one obviously makes the image darker. This one increases the contrast that makes the little lighter. This one gives it a linear contrast. As you can see, the S is very a very small s shape. It's very linear. Medium contrast. There's more. Bend at the bottom and anything in the negative Rome, and then a stronger contrast, or you can do a custom one. But let's say if you don't want to do any of these. You go back to default, and now there's a tool that you can basically use over here. And basically this is the little hand tool, as I like to call it has another name. If you hover over, the name will come up. I guess it's going to click and drag image to modify tool. But I called a handle so pretty much you can click any point in this image and then manipulate that point by just clicking. And then it will do the work for you in here. So if you want to make his shirt lighter, you know you can do that. If you want to bring down, um, the brightness young, you could do that. Aurica revert back to the original and go back to default. Another thing to do. To start getting that instagram effect is to work with the colors, the different channel. So basically we can do the same thing clicking area. Start to edit it. We're getting that nice, cool little instagram effect. Do green click in an area like that, I thought, ah, playing around just to see what you can do, what you can get. Um, you don't have to go crazy with these effects, but, you know, there's always something new to do something cool to Dio and so you could get a nice cool sex. So there we have. Ah, pretty cool fact. And I have the before and after here, there's our before there's thereafter. So it kind of gives you that little instagram tinting effect, which is really, really cool. So you know, layers is not that daunting. It's pretty easy, Teoh. I'm sorry, um occurs is not that daunting. It's pretty easy to use you. You know, you can use it to adjust, um, multiple images if you have multiple things in, ah, one particular composition to make everything blend in nice and smooth. We can also edit things by showing particular items. Or we came in, select particular things and edit things in that way. That looks pretty cool. Um, you know, pick particular points of the image. You can get a a nice effect. So what the's air doing? Or basically, I'm telling the photo here to pick the lightest point. So and this one, I want to pick a medium tone. I'm gonna pick here and then this is gonna pick the darkest tone in the image. You know, the black is black, which would probably be around here. And then we'll Klein Inc probably just, um, give me a an auto version of it by picking those elements. And if we could see the before But we had and the after it adds again, another effect and then also the original compared to this before and after. So that's the one we did when we adjusted RGB. This is the one we just did with the color picker. And then that is the original. So that's pretty much more things you can do with the curves. It's really, really cool panel to use if you want to give it a name. Uh, there's a lot more you can do in here. You can do auto automate for you. Um, you go back to the original. You can keep pushing your colored images this way. If you like a particular preset that you've made, you can save it out. Ah, and name it something else. You know, we can name this, um, insta effect. Save it. And then there we go. It's in the presets So if, for example, I want to edit this photo, I go to adjustments. Curves go to my preset. There's just effect. Click it and it should apply. Oh, it didn't because I didn't have anything on it. Uh, add the effects because it was straight line. So we did this. We did it. That that that looks cool. Well, at this effects a preset instead to save it. Okay, I'm gonna go back to this original one. I'm gonna go back to KERS. I select my preset institute, and there it goes. It applies it onto the last time. Looks pretty cool. Um, so pretty much That's what you could do. You could create all your instagram effects if you want. Apply to any photos that you may have and basically saved the mount in presets and then applying to different photos. Keep pushing. Keep changing. Um, the way foot it looks, you know, make it look interesting. This is where the creativity comes in, and it gets a lot of fun. Um, it's really fun to start editing things and making things look interesting. So pretty much That's the general idea of curves. It's not as scary as it looks. So don't fear it, you know, Play with it. See how you like it on kind of go from there. All right, so that's pretty much it for this lecture. I'll see you guys in the next one.