Monday, February 6, 2012
Welcome to another week of Tips & Pics. Remember, if you don't have a tip to share you can still link up! We can learn just by seeing each other's work!
This week I wanted to show how I used a fill layer (and my other steps) to edit one of my Fruit in Bubbles shots.
Here's my favorite lime shot, SOOC.
Obviously, it was REALLY under exposed. I started in Lightroom and adjusted exposure, fill light, blacks, etc. Here are my settings:
Here's my image when I brought it into Photoshop.
I decided it was still too dark, so I ran Pioneer Woman's Slight Lighten Action, and then I ran Pioneer Woman's Boost Action. I was happy with the result but noticed all these smudges on the photo.
I'm not sure if it was on the glass I was shooting through (though I cleaned it carefully) or if was a blur of other bubbles in the water. I could've cloned them out but I wanted to try using a solid color fill layer since my background was a solid color and I thought it would help lots of little imperfect spots, as well as even out the edges where the blue got a little darker.
I used the eye dropper tool to select the blue background, then opened a fill layer that color.
That created a solid blue layer on top of my image with an automatic layer mask built in. I lowered the opacity of the layer so I could see the lime through it. I used a black brush on my layer mask to remove the fill layer from the lime.
I started with a large brush to go over the bulk of the lime and then moved to a smaller brush to go around the bubbles on the edges. I didn't have to do it too perfectly, since the background around the bubbles was the same color as my fill layer, but if I messed up I could just switch back to the color white and go over it again on my layer mask to erase my mistake.
When I was done I put the opacity back to 100% and here was my result. I really like how even the background is.
Here's the before and after:
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