4.4 Tone Adjustments
Now you will transform the image using a number of adjustment layers to add warmth to the composition.
1.Introduction1 lesson, 01:36
2.Setting Up the Document and Background3 lessons, 16:08
3.Constructing the Island7 lessons, 1:00:20
4.Adding Light, Color, and Depth5 lessons, 44:25
5.Conclusion1 lesson, 00:28
4.4 Tone Adjustments
Hey, this is Gavin from Tuts+ and in this lesson I'd like to continue the composition by adding some adjustment layers and depth to the overall image. But before I do that, I'd just like to add in another element to the foreground, which is this set of flowers. And let's just put that to the foreground top layer. Let's just zoom out slightly. I'm just gonna reduce the size to about there. Let's zoom back in, and let's bring it into the middle. Now, let's zoom in again. Now, I'm gonna try a different extraction method. I'm gonna try the actual magic wand tool that we used earlier to take away the blue from the background. Let's bring the tolerance up to 41. And we'll get a cleaner selection there. Let's go to Select Similar to look for any other blue elements within the image. Let's press Q to see how it looks, so we can see exactly what's being selected on the image. That's actually not too bad. And the reason why it's good to use the magic wand in this case is because you've got a clear background. So if I just go ahead, and what we need to do in this case, cuz I've chosen the outside area, is invert the selection. So when I press Shift+Cmd+Alt+Ctrl+I, and let's go back to our layers panel. Let's just rasterize the layer. Cmd+Alt+Ctrl+J cuts it out. Let's hide that layer. Let's come out slightly and move the flower layer across. Let's come out again. Now, let's just increase the size of this slightly. Bring it down, increase again, and bring it down just to see where we can put that. Right. Let's try that there. Okay, so what we need to do is play with the levels again. Let's bring it right down, all the way down there. Let's bring the mids down again. Let's bring down again on the left. Not too much. I think that's good for now. Let's play with the hue saturation. Let's take out some of the color. Bring it down to about there, and the reason why I've chosen these flowers is because the color complements the main perfume bottle. Now let's add some blur. Now, bear in mind, we could always use the smart filters. We're adding blur rather than just at the blur. As I did before, if you do it using the smart filters, it gives you the ability to change the blur at a later date, so if we just go to that Gaussian Blur, let's add. Maybe, let's see. Let's keep it a 4 for now, which is good. As you can see there's our Smart Filter there. So I kinda wanna go back and edit that blur. Which is good, but again it just depends. If you know you're not going to go back and do it, you don't have to add a smart layer. But it's just good to know the difference between the two options now. I'm going to duplicate this layer. Open up, duplicate this layer, holding down the out key. Let's just bring it across, and I'm going to just tilt this slightly. Let's just bring it down to about there. Okay. Let's just bring it across a little bit and zoom in. Go back to our Layers Panel. Let's add a mask. And let's get our brush out, make sure it's on black. Let's put it on 90%, and let's just get rid of some of the petals there. And here as well, let's make that glow stand out there. In fact, let's bring some of that back in. Let's not. Okay, so let's maybe leave it there, like that. Let's zoom out and see how that looks. Okay, so that's fine. Let's group these two together. Let's call that flowers. Let's delete that layer. We don't need it anymore. And what I'd like to do now is create a new layer. And again, there's many ways of doing this, but this is just my method. Let's create the new layer, which we've done. Let's make that layer black. Now to do that, you can just use the paint bucket, get black, fill it in black, which is the easiest way. And with that black layer selected, let's create a mask. And let's make sure that we have our gradient tool selected, and let's have it on the circular option. Let's zoom right out of the image. Then with the mask selected and the black and white option here, let's just make sure that we've got that taken out and it just goes from black to white. Simple, straight forward, and let's just drag it down. As you can see there, it takes away the central part of the image, and the edges will be slightly darker. So if we hide that, we can just see the effect that it gives. What I'd like to do is just zoom out slightly. Let's make the brush bigger, and let's take away again some more of the central area of the image. Let's make sure we've got the right color. We have black. We want to pass in 90. I'm just dabbing away, just to bring out the brightness in the middle. So when we zoom back in, then we take that away, you can see we just added an element of shade to the corners of the image, not too much. Again, if you want to add some more, you can always duplicate. Just to bring it slightly darker again, so you can see there. Just add some more depth to the overall image. So now I leave it as it is. Just gonna call that. Shadow 1. Shadow 2. Let's group those together. Okay. All right, so let's zoom back in. Now what we can do to really transform the image is add a couple of adjustment layers. So, the best thing to do is just bring this up, add a new layer, go to the adjustment layers, and I'm going to add a couple of Photo Filters. So let's choose the option there. And I'm gonna leave it on the default, the Warming Filter, and I'm gonna bring that up to 75. And then I'm gonna leave it as it is. And I'm gonna add another adjustment layer, Photo Filter. Now, let's choose Deep Yellow, and let's bring it up to about 50, 55. And I'm gonna bring down the Opacity just slightly to see how it looks. Like that there. And as you can see, it completely transforms the look and feel of the image. In fact, let's just delete layer 10. Let's close that down. And let's zoom back in. As you can see the lights really stand out now. It's got a warm, deep feel to it, and it's fantastic now. The pink in the sky. So what I'd like to do is leave it where it is for now. We may do some final alterations in the next lesson, but we're gonna add the text in our final lesson to round off the image and finish our overall composition.