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4.4 Light and Other Adjustments

In this lesson you'll check your composition, add light, and finalize the overall look and feel.

1 lesson, 01:25

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2.Adding Images, Masking, and Blending
3 lessons, 33:49

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Masking Techniques


3.Constructing the Sky and Architecture
2 lessons, 26:37



4.Finishing Touches
5 lessons, 55:21

Technical Checks


Blending and Color

Light and Other Adjustments

Final Touches

1 lesson, 00:47


4.4 Light and Other Adjustments

Okay, let's get on to Part 9 of our tutorial. We will be going to the final adjustments for our whole image. So right here, we're gonna apply some levels. But in this case, we will edit our mask using a simple gradient to get the overall feel of an atmosphere going into our image. So as you can see, you drag diagonally your gradient tool, and you'll get a soft gradient with an angle. And from here on, we'll adjust the color balance in our whole scene. Going a little bit bluer and cyan to have that atmospheric effect onto the distance, just a simple color correction. We should back as always checking if everything is working correctly. And now let's create a new level layer that will lift the blacks a little bit for that background portion. But we will mask it off on the top section of the sky. Since I just wanted to bring in the black, lift the black levels over to the horizon. Okay, seems we're doing okay. I think we'll go now all the way to the top of our stack of layers, and create even one more adjustment layer. This time darkening the whole scene, and using the linear gradient, let's supply a gradient so it's a darkening effect is increased at the foremost part of our image. After this, what I notice, the only thing we have that is not matching according to light direction is our castle to the left. So let's try to fix this using our same key that we made in the previous steps. And using that one, try to apply another levels layer just to bring in, or create even, new highlights on our castle. Since the original image for the castle is quite overcast and it doesn't have any real light direction. So we will create this using our key. And maybe we can get away with that. Now to start with, we only need it in this section. So let me mask it out with the lasso tool. Just the influence of this layer, so it's limited only to this portion. Okay. Let me see, we might have to brush out a little bit since the key is not working all that good. And we might have to make a new key, or let's see, we might even have to do it manually for this distant castle. But for now let's see, I will have to, We will have to be careful masking out this so, it's better. Let's try filling everything in, painting in the highlights manually. It might be easier. Let me try it right here. Okay, so our castle layer is all the way down here. It might be better to apply this adjustment layer only to the castle so let's drag it all the way down here. Plug it in there, if you plug it in a clipped stack of adjustments it instantly goes into clip mode. So now I'm testing to see if applying this manually with the adjustment layer would be enough. Yeah, this is probably what we need to do for now. So let's reduce the size of the brush, I'm editing right here the mask. Because there was a section missing from that tower of castle. But then, We're really trying to get some light direction into this castle. So yes, I think this is the way to go. I'll just apply it manually, a little bit of brightness, Probably dragging the image on top of the other adjustment layers. Yeah, the other adjustment layers were muting the effect of our brightness. Maybe even a little bit cooler, reducing the red. Just trying to match the color of the highlights on the sky. Yeah, and there we go. We have one layer that is controlling the coloring on the brightness of our highlights so we can paint in and get a good result, mostly for this castle that it's weighing to the distance. That will work quite good. And as you can see, we have the same data over in the tutorial, this is non-destructive, so we can edit and alter this mask in many ways without the need to apply it to the actual image. So we can always go back and forth until we get a good result. So we'll end up this part of the tutorial right here and can continue in the next section

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