She’s baaaaaack! CMmentor, Lisa Harrison is back this week with some more tips and tricks for Photoshop. Our members are able to submit questions for her and she may choose their question to answer in her post – so fun and a great way to get answers to your Photoshop questions. Blog readers are also welcome to submit questions in the comments section if there’s a topic you would like Lisa to cover. I know I’ve been learning a lot – you’ll have to keep checking back to see what she does next!
As a special treat we’re giving away a spot in the next run of Lisa’s Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers that begins May 21st. See below for more details!
photoshop friday | a before & after
One of our wonderful members, Mara, posted this in picture play, looking for some help on the skintones. So I asked her if I could use it for a Photoshop Friday tutorial and she said yes. It’s a really lovely sooc image and doesn’t need much. The main issue is that mom and baby both have excess magenta on their faces and are a bit underexposed as well. To fix this, I used 4 adjustment layers.
This was our starting image. You can see where I chose to drop my color sample points. I was looking for diffused highlights. We don’t want our magenta higher than our yellow so a quick check of my CMYK values confirmed that the magenta was high as well as the cyan. But I knew the cyan would come down once I raised the midtones a bit.
First I added a curves adjustment layer and boosted the midtones and then I went to the green channel and pulled up on it to remove some magenta. I masked this adjustment so it was only on mom and babies face and chest.
Next I added another curves adjustment layer and this time I masked it so it only effected the babies face. I boosted the midtones even further and pulled up on the green channel to remove some more magenta and the red channel to remove some cyan. A check of the info panel told me the yellow to magenta ratio was looking better and we had brought the cyan in line too.
I added a multiply layer at 36% to darken the background up, masking mom and the baby off from it.
The last thing I did was open a selective color adjustment and went to yellows and pulled the yellow slider to -47 and selectively masked it off the shadow areas that seemed to have an excess of yellow.
Congratulations to Anna Hollister who our lucky winner! We will contact you shortly with information on how to claim your prize!
Want more? Here’s your chance! Lisa is giving away one full participation seat to her upcoming Photoshop 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshop that begins May 21st. To enter leave a blog comment with a question you have about some aspect of Photoshop. It can be about a particular tool, a type of processing, resizing images – anything at all! Not only does your comment enter you to win the spot but your question might show up in a later edition of Photoshop Friday!
You have until Thursday, May 10th, 11:59pm PST to enter. One entry per person. The winner will be announced via an update to this blog post so make sure you check back! Spots in the class are filling quickly so don’t hesitate to sign up – if you happen to win the spot and you’re already registered then your payment will be refunded. To register, click here.
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As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Lighting 101: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was born I became hooked on photography. I wanted to capture everything I could. When he napped, I read about photography and taught myself Photoshop. My husband bought me my first DSLR in 2004 and the rest is history.” With her Canon 5d mark II and various lenses, mostly primes, she enjoys lifestyle photography with bright clean processing and natural skin tones but equally loves black and whites. Living in Vermont with her husband and two children, Lisa loves skiing and boating. Family, friends, Starbucks, Zumba, her camera and computer are among her list of must haves.