January 8, 20151 Comment

Behind the PSD! – The State Law Building in Brisbane

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Here is a recent edit of mine of the State Law building in Brisbane, Australia. It was photographed earlier this year using my iphone5, during my lunchtime break. I wanted to re-edit this image using my Photoshop knowledge and apply some nice tonal ranges for my black and white conversion process.

IMAGE SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Camera - Iphone 5.

WORKFLOW:

• Creating an appropriate channel of contrast to determine the overall tonal value and range of my black and white conversion. Apply this to a single layer above the background set to Luminosity blending mode.
• Selective colour adjustments to increase the cyan and blue values to add more contrast to the sky.
• Black and white solid colour layer set to colour (black and white conversion).
• A overall 10% highlight increase in a curve.
• Selectively darkening using curves the right hand side of the building and selectively brightening using curves on specific lines of the main building.
• A gradient map fill to accent a vignette to give more depth to the image.
• Sharpening targeted to highlights only using blend-if. For this particular image I used the 'sharpening details' function from within Facebook Powertools Photoshop extension. *Please not this is only available for users of Photoshop CC and higher
• Added noise to the image.

 

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Before / After

January 5, 20151 Comment

Behind the PSD! – Titanic Museum – Belfast. Northern Ireland

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This image was photographed at the Titanic Musueum in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

IMAGE SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Camera - Iphone 5.

CONSIDERATIONS

1. To create a really simple high contrast black and white image.
2. Utilise channels efficiently to produce the desired contrast.
3. Add an appropriate vignette to help focus the viewers attention and create more depth within the image.

PHOTOSHOP PROCESSING

Step 1. Import the original square iphone image into Photoshop CC2014.

IMG_2988-originalOriginal Image

Step 2. Select the appropriate channel to edit the luminosity of the image. As this image is already monochromatic, it only gives you two main options for your choice. Both the composite channel of RGB (or known as grey) as well as the individual channels of red, green, blue which will all be the same value. There is a slight difference between the RGB and the Individual channels.
*Please note that you do have to have the Channels palette open to view your channels within your image. Simply go to File > Window > Channels to display the channel palette if you can't find it.

Step 3. Once the channel is selected decide how you wish to edit the contrast of the Channel. You can use any method of adding contrast to your channel (curves, levels, brightness/contrast methods), I simply used my method of Apply Image to both darken and brighten the contrast of the channel.

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Original Image, Selected the RGB (Grey) Channel - Multiplied x 3 using Apply Image

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Same Channel Selected, Inverted the Channel or Selection - Multiplied x 3 using Apply Image

 

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The Inverted Channel of the Last Selection; The combined effect of (6) multiply adjustments only using Apply Image

Step 4. Once the combined channel has been created. I copied this channel onto its own individual layer within the layer stack.
*A useful shortcut I use is by pressing Command/Ctrl + A (select all) then Command/Ctrl + C (copy), Create a new layer (Shift + Command/Ctrl + N) and then to (paste) Command/Ctrl + V.

Step 5. To create a selective vignette using the gradient fill adjustment layer.

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This Gradient Fill was set to Reflected, 128Degrees and with Reverse enabled.

Step 6. Using the combined channel as a mask for a curve adjustment layer. (exactly the same channel as per step 3).

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This adjustment performed through the combined mask, subtly lifts boost the highlight information.

Step 7. Created a noise layer using the Facebook Powertools Photoshop extension.

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Before / After