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5.2 Finishing Colour Correction

In this lesson we finish with the colour correction and add two more foreground rocks to our scene.

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5.2 Finishing Colour Correction

Hello. Welcome back to Lesson 11 of Creating a Thrill Scene with manipulation. In the last lesson, we nearly completed the color correction. Actually, we've just gotta do a few more things to finish it off. Now, I have done a few things in between the lesson. I just put these rocks ready for this lesson. They're exactly the same as the ones flying up in the air there. I sort of put these at the very front in our foreground to make sure that it finishes off the image and makes it look like there's some stains creating a bit of depth field. So I'm just gonna place these here. This one a bit bigger. Okay, and they're in their own group called front, so I'm going to call this front rocks. Finish it off, change this to normal. The layer start of the group. Bring up the brightness and contrast layer, bring that brightness down and the contrast down. At a color touch layer, you can merge these together to make it easier for us. Attach it to those rocks, edit, fill black. And then do the same thing we did with the other rocks. Color dodge get a nice cream color. The sun really low flow. I'm just gonna add in a bit of highlights. It looks like the sun is actually hitting it, like that. Okay, that looks really good. Add a overall one as well, it's a bit more lighter. Just round that off a bit more colorful like that. Okay, so now finishing off, do the color correction. So before we do anything else, I think it's a bit too orange. So I'm gonna add a bit more of the blue back in. So I'm gonna go to the shadows and add in more blue, like that. Now, I've, now I'm looking at it, yeah I think these front ones looking way too bright as well, I'm gonna add in even more. So another brightness and contrast layer. Darken these up a little bit. And on the color dodge layer, let's actually darken that a little bit as well. It's definitely a bit too bright. So hue and saturation. And choose the lightness layer here. And bring down that color there. It's a bit too bright, isn't it? So something like that. And new layer. Attach it, another layer. I'm gonna make it just completely yellow here. And just add a bit of yellow onto those rocks, cuz they look a bit dark. Something like that. Change the overlay. And then they're a bit more yellow now. Okay, looking good. So now with the general color correction again. Let's actually go back to that. What do I do? Make a new curves adjustment. Okay, I'm just going to go down on the bottom here. I'm going to go up on the highlights. So that's basically, the bottom is off to the shadows and the top is highlights like that. That's obviously brightened up the sun quite significantly. We're can go to our blue channel. Play around with that a little bit, add a bit of yellow or you get a bit of blue into there. Here's the red channel. And then add back in some of that red. Let's have a look what that looks like zoomed out. Like that, looks good. Okay, I still think it needs a bit more orange in there. Now that we've got little contrast looking really good, let's add in another solid color. And don't worry if you've got thousands of solid colors. Or thousands of adjustment layers. It doesn't matter in the end as long as the image looks good. Change this to soft light, our overlay. Wanna get this color looking perfect. So let's go over here. So, something like that I think. Zoom out. Lower down the opacity, and bring it back until it looks proper. Okay, perfect. I think that's it. So now that you've done your color correction, you want to finish off the image. There's one more thing you could do and that is a general 50% gray dodge amber layer. So Edit > Fill > 50% Gray. Change this to soft light. What you can do in here is just use the dodge and burn tool just to create shadows in certain places easier. So a bit more shadow in the front. A bit more shadows on this rock here, on this rock here, need more highlights on the mask. More shadows on this rock, that rock. Just a bit more easier than actually going through all the layers. A bit more on here there, bit more shadow work, through at the top. And finally, on the corners of the image. So, just darken up the image a little bit. Add a bit of vignette more, like that. Okay, perfect. So now you've done all that, just gonna finish it off with a little bit of sharpening. Let's close all the groups, like so. Make a new layer. Now this is gonna be, actually, destructive. So if you want to save it now. Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E and that makes a flat image of all of the layers underneath it. And I'm going to duplicate this a few times, so Ctrl+J, Ctrl+J. Hide these two layers first and this is gonna be a gentle sharp so go the Layersol, go to Overlay, gonna go to Filter, Other, High Pass. This one's gonna be 1. And that's just added a overall sharpness. As you see if I turn off and on, blurry, sharp. Now you can add a few of those if you want. So Ctrl+J, make it really sharp. Okay and then there that one's about 50% so as to increase the sharpness even more. Okay, so on this second one, I'm gonna go to soft light. Filter, Other, High Pass. This one's gonna be about a third of the way up. Or maybe a bit more than that, about half way. Okay, okay, so it's a bit a bit strange now, but layer the opacity down to 0, and bring it up gradually until you like what you're seeing. So just overall sharpness here. And the last one soft light again, Filter > Other >High Pass fully up to the end, okay, down to 0 on the opacity. And bring that to about 10%, a bit more than that. So that just increases the contrast slightly and even the sharpness a little bit as well. Okay, I need one more step, one more layer. Edit > Fill > 50% Gray and now you can add noise to this. So change this to soft light. Add in some grain to the general image. Let it Filter > Noise > Add Noise. And then add as much noise as you want. This basically looks like a film poster. In fact it is, but it just brings all the image together. Makes it look more like it's in the scene. So I'm going to go back to that should do it for us. Okay, perfect. That is the end of the course. So we've got one more lesson to watch and it's the conclusion going over what we've learned so far and everything that has happened inside the course. So please join me in the next lesson to finish off the course.

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