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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Dark Photo Manipulation Using Photoshop CS6 New Features

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Dark Photo Manipulation Using Photoshop CS6 New Features

This tutorial gives a you a quick overview about a few of the New features and properties in Photoshop CS6. We will work within the new software to create a dark, complex photo manipulation.

-We will have a quick walk-through about the new features of layers pallet and the new grouping system. As the tutorial progresses we will be more detailed about it.
-Working with the new Patch tool using along with the Mask tool.
-Batch color correction.
-Working with Stamp tool and its properties.
-This tutorial also explains new changes in the properties of few tools, as well as much more interesting tips ans tricks in Photoshop CS6.

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Step 1

Before getting into the tutorial I would like to talk about the New changes done to the Layers Pallet in Photoshop CS6.
- Usually when we work on some work with tons of layers it gets messy and difficult to get back to certain kind of layer with some specified effect applied to it which you would like to change.

Photoshop CS6 has made that search easy by introducing the New Search Option in the Layers pallet where you can browse through the layers easily without spending much time in scrolling down the whole layers pallet.

1) We are provided with few varieties of Filter types to pick from such as Kind, Name, Effect, Mode, Attribute and Color. The search for the layers can be finished within no time with these filter types.

2) In this step we will discuss about “Kind” Filter Type. As the name of the filter states, this search option is used to filter through the layers based on their kind.

-This category has search filters that allow you to browse through the layer kind such as Pixel Layers, Adjustment Layers, Type Layers, Shape Layers, Smart Objects.

3) In the Name Filter you just have to type in the name of the layer in the search bar to pick out the layer you are looking for.

4) In the “Effect” Filter you are given a drop down list with Effect Names through you can browse through the layers with specified effect.

5) With the Mode Filter you can browse the layers according to the Blending Modes. So this makes it easier to find the layer to which you would like to change the Blending Mode.

6) Layer can also be search by their Attributes. You are provided with a list of attributes by which you can optimize the search for layers.

7) Another New option provided with CS6 is assigning colors to Layers and Folders. By assigning colors you can differentiate the layers and folders precisely without any delusion.

-We will get in touch with more of the New Layer pallet properties as the tutorial progresses.

Step 2

In this step we are going to create an old hallway for the scene.

1) Create a new canvas in Photoshop with Width=2590px and Height=4000px and import the image of the old hallway on to the canvas. Then cut the pillars section and move it upwards as shown.

2) Now cut the upper portion of the wall as shown using the Lasso Tool (L) and move the portion upwards to fill the gap between the wall and the pillars.

Step 3

In this step we will be color correcting and also be discussing another new feature of the Layers pallet.

1) Another exciting feature in layers pallet is that you can add the Adjustment layer not just to the layers but also to the Folders. This reduces the repeated use of Adjustment layers for layers in a group.

- Now group the wall and cut portion of the wall into a single folder. Then create an Adjustment layer of Exposure to the Court Wall folder and set the Exposure Level to -0.76, Offset Value to -0.0124 and Gamma Correction to 0.75.

2) Now right click on the folder and choose a color to differentiate it among the layers in the pallet.

3) Duplicate the Exposure Adjustment Layer and clip it to the Pillars layer.

Step 4

In this step we are going to make use of another exciting tool called the Patch Tool to remove the sun shade on the pillar as we are creating a dark scene.

1) Using the Mask Tool (M) mask the area that is to be cloned and set the Feather of the mask to 3px.

2) Now select the Patch Tool (J) and set the Patch to Content-Aware. Then by using the Patch Tool (J) move the mask to the left pillar as shown and leave it to see the magic.

That’s the end of the preview!

About the Author:

I'm a freelance graphics designer and the Founder of Zillionarts and ZillionArts Workshop. Here we ought to provide the best training on Digital Painting and Visual Effects host by the experienced pros from the Hollywood and Gaming Industry. I work constantly to explore more possibilities and techniques to bring my imaginary worlds to live. You can follow me on Deviantart.

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  1. Ornella Walker says:

    I am very interested in joining you. I have looked at your tutorials and I notice that you link to DeviantArt for your stock photos/images.
    On checking they appear to be covered by copyright. By joining you how do I stand if I use images downloaded from your website in my own created images? or into photography competitions? am I contravening copyright or am I covered by your company copywright.
    I haven’t found anything on your website that tells me that if I use the downloaded images I would be contravening copyright.
    I welcome your reply as I am keen to join.
    Ornella Walker

    • Tom says:

      Hi Ornella,

      Let me try and clarify this for you.

      We often do use images from Deviant Art, etc… within our tutorials, but are careful to read the terms. Whilst some images may be copyrighted, often authors allow usage for photo manipulations, tutorials etc… without restriction. Other authors simply require a credit back to them as a thanks for using their image. Typically speaking authors won’t allow direct redistribution of their image (i.e.: we would never simply offer a link for people to download a deviant art image, we would only incorporate it as part of a tutorial/photo manipulation).

      In terms of our member resources at FanExtra they are available for personal and commercial use, but not direct redistribution.

      Your best bet is to check with Deviant Art image terms for acceptable usage (as we do).

      I hope this helps, and please let me know if you need any further information.

      - Tom.

      (I’ve also emailed this info to you).

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