Friday, November 22, 2013

Give Your Picture More Punch


In a previous blog, I talked about a method of adding some more punch to your pictures by incorporating a black and white layer into the workflow by watching a webinar presented by Topaz labs "The Topaz & Photoshop Workflow: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creative Imagery...FAST!!, with Glyn Dewis".

Today as I was searching through some images that I had taken this fall in New Hampshire, I found an image of a waterfall that I did not like in color and had made a black and white of the image. 


I started wondering could I incorporate these two pictures together and create a better image. Well, I had nothing to do and would only cost me some time so I decided to try. First, I selected both of the images in Lightroom, and under Photo I selected Edit In > Open As Layers In Photoshop.

 












After the images were opened as layers in Photoshop, the first thing I had to do was to change the order of the layers and make the black and white layer be the top layer.

Position of Layers after Import

Layers Position Changed
Next, with the black and white layer highlighted as the active layer, I needed to change the blending mode from normal to luminosity. This helps give the punch of the black and white layer to the colored layer without changing the colored layer to black and white. You also can change the opacity of the luminosity blend mode to give the feeling that you want to the picture.


Blending Mode Selected
Blending Mode Changed


Here is the final composite picture. Notice the improvement from the original.There is more pop to the image , the shadows are opened and the water looks better.


Final Image


However, if you are starting from scratch then the methodology that was shown in the Topaz webinars is probably the best way to go. The video should be loaded on the site within the week http://www.youtube.com/user/topazlabs.