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5.1 Colour Correction

Hello and welcome back to advanced retouching techniques course. I'm Les Moorhead and we're now on lesson 17. In this lesson we will be finishing off our just tweaking one thing, and then getting on with our main color correction and finishing off our image. So first of all I'm just gonna fix, as you can see here, in front of our bottle, we've got these leaves and they're a bit too bright. So let's just fix this quickly. So there's our bottle here, so it's not in there it's in our front. So there we go, in the front group. It's not in those, let's make sure we get to the right part. Trunks, yep, it's it's in trunks. Leaves above bottles, so these here. So add a levels adjustment and attach it to that group. And on there what I'm gonna do is just increase the shadows a bit, and the highlights, and the shadows. That's all I wanted to do quickly. But we also need to add in some shadows to the bottom cuz there's a little bit fake at the moment. At first I'm just gonna fade away at the bottom of that stem into the bush or the moss trunk. So add a mass to the whole group. Black brush, soft brush, full opacity and full flow, and what I'm gonna do is just soft brush, not too much there. A bit of a too big brush there, not right. Okay, so again, smaller brush this time. Make sure it looks realistic, okay, it looks good. Okay, so I'm just gonna add quite a few bits shadows underneath here, so a new layer. Get a black brush, low opacity, and then low flow. And then just go around where you think there should be a shadow, so around here. A bit more shadows, where the plants meet in the floor, so a bit of shadow there for that leaf. That stem, underneath that leaf there. So just adding a bit more detail in here. I reckon it's a bit too green, so let's add in a hue and saturation layer. Then go to left, and that looks a lot better. Okay, so we go back to our shadows and make sure we're getting in all the shadows you think it needs. So something like that will be fine. Okay, so zoom out, see what it looks like. That looks really nice, I'm liking what this is looking like. Okay, so let's go over the general color correction now. So let's close all these groups up, we're done with these, finally. Okay, so just before we do that though, I've noticed on our right-hand side our mountain is a bit too big. So go back to your background layer, your mountains here. And all I wanna do on the right-hand side one, is just move this one down a bit. Show a bit more of that purple, cuz it looks really nice. Yeah looks something like that, looks fine. So we only have to fix that top right-hand side, before we do anything else. We have to go up to that, go under Mask, black brush, soft brush, low opacity, not too low though. I'm just sitting here, rub out that section, sort of bring back into that sky more, get rid of that horrible line which we see. And now it's blended in more, so just make sure you go over it a bit more on the right hand side to make it a bit more realistic, and then that looks a lot better than it did. Okay, brilliant. Okay, so, back to the color correcting, I'm gonna be using this one a little bit more there. Yep, brilliant, that's cool. So that's the color correction at the top, so close all these groups. Okay, so that's just a little bit refinement there, not really much too there. Okay, so first of all, we're gonna add more blue into our scene because there's not enough blue. The mountains have like a hue of red and magenta and the trees as well and the trunks, the grass. It's just not looking right at the moment, so add a bit of blue. So first of all, add a photo filter, we don't want it on warm, we want it on like a blue, so we can even do a cooling filter or possibly deep blue. Okay, so on the deep blue I'm going to put a zero first. Bring it up to see how much I think it needs, so something like that. So I'm gonna do 20%, okay. Leave it out like that, that's fine. And another adjustment is gonna be color balance this time. Bring the blue up, and then bring the cyan up. Not too much, something like that. Okay, now go to shadows and we're gonna bring out the yellows and the greens. Just to bring that green back into it. We still want the leaves and the trunks to look green, but we want to add a lot more blue in, okay. A bit more green, not too much though. Okay, like that. Back to our midtones, add a bit more blue, add a bit more cyan. Not too much. Lets see what this looks like. Okay, so zoom out, see if that looks good to us. Yeah, that looks really good. So, make sure you get this right, so I'm just gonna pull here if you have to. So -6 on the cyan, +13 on the blue, on the midtones, shadows, -10 on the yellow, and that's it. That's all we need really. Green stays as it is. Okay, that's looking really good. You're going to add in a general levels adjustment. Just to affect the shadows and highlights a bit more, so we can fine tune this. So, make sure it's all in our scene here, drag down this navigator. Okay so, I want a bit more highlight into the highlights of course, so let's bring up the highlights, not too much. Bring up the midtones and shadows as well, just slightly. Okay, let's see if that looks any good. Yep, looking really nice there, it's bringing out a lot more highlights in our bottle as well which is good, it's what we want. Okay I'm gonna add another adjustment, it's gonna be a selective color. Okay, so on our greens, just increase the yellow, or decrease it slightly actually to -50. Now what that's done, if I zoom in a bit more, it's taken most of the green out of our bottle. Okay, so hide and then bring it back in, it's having a bit more blue. What that means is it just makes it a little more realistic with the sky. So the sky would actually have an effect on the bottle and make it a little bit more bluey. So that looks a lot better now. Okay, looking really good now. I don't want it too much, I'm gonna actually reduce the opacity about 50%. It's got a hint of blue in there, but I really don't like what that's doing to it. Okay, so I still don't like the trunks, they're looking a bit, that murky, horrible browny color, I wanna get rid of that. We've had this problem before, so it's always good to come back and change it, you know, don't leave it if it's not right. Always come back to a different layer or change it if you think it needs changing. So let's find that layer, so it's in the front in here. So it's this one here, this hue/saturation layer affecting the trunk color. I'm gonna leave that but I'm gonna add another one, a color balance. I'm just gonna increase the blues and the cyan, not too much though, you don't want it to look fake. Something like that, maybe a bit of magenta in there. Let's try and change the shadows. We're not gonna be changing the top of the moss, we're just changing the trunk part. Don't worry if it changes the top. Okay, not quite right. Maybe something like that, okay, so I'm going to input the mask. And then on there, I'm gonna reveal it with white just over which I think it needs it. So this area here. See, that looks a lot better, that nice blue. Okay, looking a lot better there. Okay, so now we're gonna make a vignette around or image to make a bit more depth and make our focus be drawn into the center of our image. So to do that, don't matter what layer you're on at the moment, just get an elliptical marquee tool. Now draw a circle around our main image, so the vignette will be around our image here, not in the center, but it doesn't matter at the moment. And then click on this Quick Mask tool, and it'll bring up this red box here. And then on this we don't want it to be so hard the vignette, I keep saying the g. Go to Filter > Blur and then Gaussian Blur. What that's doing is it's blurring your selection, cuz all the red is the selection. So as you can see, we can actually adjust our vignette to whatever we want. So I think it's a lot better way of seeing it, a lot better way of making your selection a bit better. So that looks pretty good, I like that, click OK. And then not on this layer, but click out of the Quick Mask, and then select Curves. And what that'll do is it'll automatically attach that selection to our mask. So now all we have to do is bring down our white point, but we need to invert it first, because obviously, we're affecting the middle a bit here and we don't want that. Control+i on our mask, and now the black's in the middle and the white's on the outside. So, obviously the white is the selection. Okay, so on this layer here get the curves up. Bring down the black point, slightly, and then bring down the top of the white here. This is the white point here, bring down that so it's not affecting the actual midtones but it's just bring down the shadows. You can affect the shadows if you want to, like so, you can bring it down a bit more. That's looking pretty good, I like it. If you want to delete it or change it a bit just do it directly to the mask. You might want to reveal part, so for instance bottom of our leaves using the black mask. Wanna bring back in those plants here. Do this section here. But overall I'm liking what I've done there. If you wanna bring back some of the sky, you can also, dark at the top. Really up to you. Just like that maybe. Just that section there. Okay, so now we wanna do exactly same thing but for our bottle. And we want to make our bottle a bit brighter, so do the exactly the same thing. So on the same layer, it doesn't matter again. Select the marquee tool, but this time just focus around the bottle, so here. Again, Marquee tool > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, make sure on the quick mask, remember that. So that's not too bad, maybe something like that. Looks good with the gaussian blur, go OK. Again, go out the quick mask click this button in the corner here on the left. Click on Curves. Okay, so now we can leave that as it is now, because the white is actually our selection. So bring up our white point so you can drop here. That's a lot better already. Maybe bring down the mid tones a little bit. Not too much though, cuz it'll create too much shadows. And that's just a little bit better, a little bit of boost, not too much, though. Something like that is fine. Okay, so we also wanna do exactly the same thing but behind our bottle. But to do that, we need to go down to our layers so lets go down to our layers. So it's just above our background here, so again, do exactly the same thing. But make sure you're not getting the moon, because if you do it again with the moon, it's just gonna go completely white and you don't want that. So just around here. Again, Quick Mask > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. And then again, get off quick mask, hit on the curves and it's gonna boost that up slightly. Just to bring a bit more detail behind at the bottle, as well as making the bottle become our main focus. Okay, and that is looking really good. Okay, great. So I'm gonna bring down the vignette a bit, it's a bit too harsh for my liking. So I'm gonna bring it down to about 60%. Oh, that's a lot better, it's not too harsh but still there. Looking good. Okay, so now we're gonna add in a bit of fanciness. So we're gonna add in some glare from our city. I know we haven't got a city, but our pink glow is the city in this image. I don't know why the lights would be pink. Maybe it's Las Vegas, something like that. But I like the pink against the blue, so I'm definitely keeping that. So to do that go beneath your bottle. So it's this layer here, I'm gonna hide it. Make a new layer, we get this weird image here. So as you can see we have actual images together. We have a few errors, but it's fine, because it's not actually in view, It's completely fine. So, on a new layer above the bottle get a brush, like a pink, something like this. A size 15 brush. Just draw out some random lines, you probably think I'm going mad right now but trust me, this will work and looks really good. Something like that, again do another line, darker one this time, something like that, write down the codes if you want to, pause the video. And just do these in between, this is really rough right now. Okay, that looks good. Okay, so now you've got to somehow make these raise. So to do that go to Filter, actually I'm gonna draw a box around it first. So rectangular Marquee Tool and draw a solid, holding Shift, box, let's make sure it's this box here. Looking good. Get a filter, Blur and Radial blur. Set it right, I'm gonna show you how this works. This box here, that shows you this box. That's basically our box, our marquee box, we've just drawn. So we wanna get this in the center, to where our relation to our little lines. Okay so add Best, an amount, I'm gonna change it to something like 50. Click OK and let's see what we get. Looking good, that looks really good. Okay so I'm gonna Ctrl+d now to deselect, and then hit Ctrl+f. And do that multiple times until you can't really see the lines anymore. It's a bit too much, bring back the bottle. Control+t, and I increase the size of this ray, we've made, this raise here. Put it behind the bottle and that's basically what it is. But I'm gonna increase just the brightness of this a bit. It's not the best brightness, so Ctrl+l. I'm gonna bring out the midtones and the highlights make a bit more bright. Okay, you could try some different layer styles for this. So, not dissolve, that looks funky. So, you want it quite subtle but you want it to have an affect on the scene. So, I'm not liking these really. No, I think normal is gonna be the only one we can use. Maybe just layer the opacity slightly to zero and then bring it up. So something like that. It's not much of a difference but it's enough, you can maybe make it even more bigger, the blur. Something like that. It's not much, but it's enough and it makes a little bit of an impact on the scene. Okay, that's looking really good. Okay, so that's it for this lesson. Please join me in the next lesson and the actual last lesson and we'll complete this course.

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