How to Process Photos in Photoshop - Example: The Canals of Venice I | Photoshop Tutorial https://youtu.be/nAI-eAPJsrk
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Part One - Recover the Sky in Photoshop (2:30 min)
This image is not an HDR image for a change, but I still wanted to make sure that the sky is nicely visible. For that, I used a curve adjustment layer to first check if there are any information retained in the sky - and I got lucky because decreasing the brightness in the sky showed me that there are indeed a lot of information! Great, so, I used the quick selection tool located on the left-hand site to draw a selection of the sky. Once done, I clicked on the curve adjustment layer symbol, which loaded the selection into a layer mask for that curve adjustment. I just dragged the curve down and the sky came back into the image.
Part Two - Increase the Brightness of the Water and Change the Color of the Building (3:45 min)
Now, the next step was to increase the brightness of the water a little bit - ultimately, my idea was to place as much attention on the boat and the water as possible. I used a simple curve adjustment layer to do so. The building on the left had a somewhat nice red color, so I used the chance to bring that color out even more by creating a hue/saturation layer.
Once I created the layer and increased the saturation, I hit CMD+I on the keyboard to hide the adjustment (because I inverted the layer mask). I then used a white brush with an opacity of 20% to bring the effect back into the building.
Part Three - Increase the Tonal Contrast of the Image with Nik (11:00 min)
The Nik collection is an awesome tool and I would recommend to have that installed within your Photoshop, too! It is a free plugin, which allows you to use a variety of filters - and filters save time. In my case, I first created a stamp visible (all information on one layer) by hitting CMD+Alt+Shift+E on my keyboard. With this new layer selected, I went to Filter-Nik-Color Effex Pro-Tonal Contrast. There, I just played with the setting until I was happy, after which I used a layer mask to bring the effect out where I wanted.
Part Four - Create a Vignette in Photoshop (14:00 min)
As one of the last steps, I felt like darkening down the edges of the image to make sure the attention is placed on the boat. In this case, I did this twice, using different ways (as most things on the road of how to process photos).
First, the automatic way - after creating a stamp visible (CMD+Alt+Shift+E) I went to Filter-Camera Raw Filter-Effects. There, I adjusted the vignette button to darken the edges. After hitting Ok, I used a layer mask to remove the darkness from areas where I did not like it, such as the boat area.
Second, the manual way - for this, I created two complementary curve adjustment layers, one where I reduced the brightness and one where I increased it. Using a combination of a black and a white layer mask, I placed brightness on the boat and darkness around it - neat little thing to do! Have a look at the video to see what I mean, hehe. That was all there is to edit this image in Photoshop!
Remember, shortcuts make your life easier and can speed up your processing a lot! Here is what I used in this image and most of my Photoshop tutorials:
CMD+Alt+Shift+E to create a stamp visible
B for the brush
X to change between background and foreground colors
CMD+I to invert anything
CMD+J to duplicate a layer or a selection
CMD+Alt+Shift+N to get a new layer
CMD+G to group things
On a Windows PC, just replace the CMD with Ctrl.
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