Now I don’t know about you… but sometimes Photoshop puts the fear of God up me. And the worst part is no matter how many videos you watch, until you get to grips with Photoshop, you feel as if you are a fish out of water at times.
Then comes the fear of asking others, ‘How did you do that?’ You want to ask but think my god I darn’t because they will think I am a right thicko. So for me Photoshop is about watching those videos and all about practice, practice and more practice until you’ve mastered what you want to do.
Yes adding the old textures now, is simple… I’ve mastered that and learning how to use layer masks to a certain degree.
But what about changing the whole appearance of a photo? For instance take this image:
Yep it is nothing spectacular is it? Just a plain old boring shot of Broadstairs from high up on the promenade overlooking the beach.
So what can I do to change the appearance?
First of all, I did my adjustments as normal in Lightroom until the picture looked like this:
Then I right clicked on the image and selected ‘Edit in’ Photoshop
I selected the ‘Edit a copy with Lightroom Adjustments’ and then clicked Edit..
The image was then transferred to Photoshop.
My first adjustment was to right click on the layer and select blending options and then going down to gradient layer and moving the sliders to these settings (note by making sure the Preview box is ticked you can see the effect your adjustments are having on your picture in real-time:
I could have masked out certain areas to bring a lighter tone to them, but I decided to save the file by selecting File and then save, which automatically transferred the image back to Lightroom where I could work on it further.
Once back in Lightroom I used the radial filter to several parts of the image to increase the exposure and I increased the overall clarity of the photo. Then I increased the exposure to lighten up the photo slightly. Which in the end gave me this image:
I could and probably will work on this image further.. but I just wanted to show the powers of Photoshop and Lightroom and how they integrate with each other and make life a whole lot easier.
So don’t be afraid of experimenting for fear of ruining your photos… because by using Lightroom to copy your photo to Photoshop, your original image will remain in tack… as Lightroom is non-destructive.