Over the weekend I received a request from Jim. He wanted to know if I could help him with a couple of images. He had taken some of lots of birds in tree tops. He was thinking black and white, and maybe infrared. I have never does this before, but I was up for a challenge. I had an idea of what I could do, looked up some tutorials, but in the end did it my own way.
I started by opening the image up in Camera Raw, I like the different changes you can make in there.
Hopefully you can see the changes I made there. I have lightened it up a lot, and I tried to lighten the shadows as much as possible.
The image was opened in the Photoshop CS6 and saved, image 1.
The next step was to click on the Invert Adjustment Layer, it will do this to the image. This was saved as well, image 2.
Both versions were opened, then image 2 was selected, copied (Ctrl A, Ctrl C) and then pasted (Ctrl V) on top of the image 1.
The image was blended with Multiply, that is just above the layers there on the right. I also reduced the opacity of the inverted layer, but not by much.
A Levels adjustment layer was opened and the image lightened a bit. The only problem was the tree ended up too light.
To correct this, a Curves Adjustment Layer was opened, and I darkened the tree, and lightened the sky, look at the curve, I have put arrows where I adjusted it.
I then clicked on the Channel Mixer Layer, there I ticked the Monochrome box, and selected the Black & White Infrared in the pull down menu that has Custom written on it.
I have put some red dots on the image because I wasn’t completely happy with how those areas were.
I used the Content Aware tool to make those areas better. It took a few attempts.
I also added a little gradient to the edges. I am not sure if this is totally what Jim wanted, but it is hard sometimes trying to interpret what someone else wants.
I did another one as well.
This one came out much better, and I like the atmosphere of it. I hope you like it too Jim.
It was an interesting process. I learned some new things about Photoshop, which is always a bonus. I have had a request for a tutorial on Gradients, so I might incorporate that into next weeks tutorial.