Non Destructive Layer Using an Adjustment Layer
Look Both Ways
This was taken at a railroad crossing near my home. It was about 6:30 in the evening and the sun had just set. I had my camera on a tripod low to the ground. In Photoshop I created an adjustment layer using Levels. In the blending mode I selected Multiply, and then clicked on the mask in the adjustment layer to select it. Then I used the paintbrush tool to lighten different areas of the photo. In Lightroom I cropped it, increased the clarity, and added a slight vignette.
Non Destructive Editing – Smart Filter
In Photoshop I duplicated the layer first. On the duplicate layer I created an adjustment layer, where I used the quick selection tool to make a cut out of the flower. I them selected the background. I made this layer a Smart Filter, so I could edit it independently from the foreground (flower). On this layer I lightened the background, and then I added a new layer where I used a paintbrush to add texture over the top. Finally, I cropped the image to bring the flower head up close to make it the focus of the viewer’s attention.
Blending Modes – Non Destructive Editing, Dodge and Burn
I LOVE dodge and burn! In photoshop I first created a duplicate layer of my original. Next I added an adjustment layer, and hit shift + cmd N for an edit window to appear, where I changed mode to overlay, and checked the box below to fill with 50% gray. Then I selected the dodge tool, and I lightened the areas that were too dark. I selected the burn tool to darken the areas that were too dark. Fun!
My granddaughter, Brylie was my lucky subject for this photo. Using the same techniques as above in Photoshop, I used the dodge tool over her eyes, and whitened her teeth slightly. I used Lightroom to add a slight vignette, used the spot tool to increase the sharpness on her eyes, eyebrows and mouth, and then increased the luminance to make her skin softer. I also increased the clarity and changed the temperature to decrease the gold tones.