Local adjustments for an old man please !
Hello guys !
I'm trying for hours to get the stained glass more fine, not so white and more colored. I know how to improve the original photo, but I'm going crazy when I intend to select the stained glass using line select (I too know how make the selection good using add/substract points), my problem is that I don't know how really use masks for only adjust expo, white, colours etc) on the parts I have selected. May I first duplicate the original raw ? I view many video tutorials, but I can't get a "step by step" I understand.
Some one may help me ?
There are 100 different ways to do this. I'll tell you what I think is easiest. I've borrowed your screenshot to help illustrate...
1 Duplicate the layer and label the top one 'subject' and the lower 'window'.
2 Select the masking options for the upper (subject) layer. Click Lumen and set the sliders like this. With view mode ON, the object is to make everything but the window black..
3 Click Invert
4 Now tidy up the mask with the Masking brush with 0 feather. It should look like this when done...
5 Now you can make any adjustments you like to the lower layer to make the window look nice and any you like to the subject to make everything else look nice.
6 I was able to make the window like this by adding a curves filter with a Multiply Blend mode. Multiply makes everything darker and helps with this scene. You can use any filters you like without affecting the upper layer.1
I would recommend within a new Local Adjustment, showing the blending options (this appears as a gear icon adjacent to the Adjustment name. Then set the Apply To option to highlights. You can then use a brush to paint in roughly over the area of the window, not worrying about overlapping the walls. The adjustments you make will then only be applied to the highlights in the area that was painted in. This means there is no need to select the window at all. The range that will be considered as highlights can be adjusted using the Range slider.
I often use this method to avoid the need for making selections that can be problematic due to halos etc. I am surprised that this Apply To method does not get more publicity because I find it quick, easy, and very useful!!1
Rick and I must have been typing at the same time!
I should also have added that the blending options I described can be used with Effects filters.0
Thanks both !
I'll try your workflow on my raw file (the photo I posted here is a very small jpg just for illustrate).
Anyway, as I think selecting the glass using line tool might be more accurate (maybe I'm wrong), once I have the selection done, I don't know how to "develop" it (make a selection of the right side, then left side of the window, then apply adjustments exposure, highlights, color etc), that's my miss.0
Sometimes setting develop to use 'Linear Raw' can help - if you are using a raw file, this will work on the file without any camera profiles (under tone & colour) applied - that might give you access to better colours in the window areas?0
Thanks for your idea.
In fact what I can't understand is why selections and their further adjustments are so complicated.
I tested the same photo raw within Pixelmator and Affinity Photo, it took me about 2 minutes to select the window glass, and add adjustments just in the selected areas using select tools, then adjust colors, exposure, luminosity, contrast, curves. ON1 PR is very hard to learn, even if I use it from years ;-))0
I showed you an easy way to do it. The masking took maybe 3 minutes, then another couple to find a useful filter.0
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