Photography Daily Creative Challenge #02

welcome back everyone it is day two of the photography Photoshop creative check daily creative challenge so it's my pleasure to be here streaming live in San Francisco in the adobe studio my name is Terry White worldwide design and photography evangelist for Adobe and it's my pleasure to do this daily first time photography daily challenged now hopefully next time we do one of these will actually have you guys go out and take pictures based on the daily challenge but today we're and the rest of the rest of the week we're going to concentrate on post-production of your existing photos or you can use my samples that I've provided so if you shout outs for the people in the house I see mark Michael voodoo Val's back again objective and bieber her welcome Susan Daniel mark Damian Aaron fields Debbie let's ease soiled if I'm saying that correctly Samuel and welcome everyone whose name I did not see or I missed because they were scrolling by so fast and welcome Jill so yesterday we kick things off with the first challenge which was just just a challenge to adjust the lighting of a photo and I gave a photo that I used from Iceland and a lot of you we're gonna look at some of those submissions on just a moment but how do you you did great job on those photos I think is a chance to look at every single one or comment on every single one but I started adding my emoji and discord to the ones that I really really really liked I liked them all but there were some that really stood out one of the things I will point out and it's not at really a critique or slam against any one particular person but it's one thing I should have actually mentioned yesterday is that a lot of the adjustments that you'll make sometimes you can if you're not careful you'll adjust a slider and the picture keeps looking better and you're happy but sometimes depending on the effect it could actually add artifacts like halos around different parts of the photos so I did see a little that yesterday and again I take that as my fault I should have said you know when you go too far and you see halos it's time to pull back a little bit but otherwise the submissions were great you guys did a great job with the challenge and I'm happy to kick off today's challenge which is going to be converting to black and white and we're going to do it very similar to the way we did yesterday I'm going to bring up the same photo that you have to work with we're gonna look at various ways to do it because that's what Photoshop is all about and people seem to like the analogy I used yesterday of a Photoshop being a buffet and you take from the buffet the things or techniques you like from it and put back the ones that don't work for work well for that photo or work well for you there is no right or wrong it's just there's a way and sometimes there's a better way but both will end in the same result or a result that will get you to the end of the challenge all right so with that said let's pop over to the website for those of you who are new who haven't done this yet head over to Behance net slash daily creative challenge slash photo that's the big thing add photo to the end of it and you'll see the ability to click the blue button to register so that you get notified when the challenges are happening and you'll see the challenges unlocked each day at 8 a.m. Pacific time so yesterday was about lighting today is about black and white photo you can get the template which is actually the photo itself and of course you can watch today's video or yesterday's video if you want to continue if you missed yesterday and you want to continue working with the challenges and of course will unlock them each day all the way to Friday the 24th and then we will wrap things up that Sunday I believe it's the last day for submissions all right let's head over to the score for a couple seconds here before I get to the challenge I just want to show some of the stuff that's that you guys have started submitting so I see a black and white looks pretty cool right there as a matter of fact I'm gonna go ahead and add my emoji to that photo so great submission so far that's from yesterday and again great job on the color so and what the halo I was talking about not seeing in this photo really that much but you'll see it around the rocks so if you see it a white edge around the rocks probably means you push the slider too far so just be on the lookout for halos around buildings or structures or anything when you're using the camera on sliders alright great job on color great job on black and white you guys are rocking it you're doing fantastic and I love the fact that you're not only using a photo I gave you but you're showing me some of your own examples beautiful job on the lighting here just improving the color overall great job great job here great job just again nothing wrong with any of this fantastic black and white good black and white from today's photo I'm a little dark on the shadows there but again black and white is it really a creative taste it's really up to you to decide how you want it to look all right and good again taking color images and converting into black and white the one thing I would recommend on this photo good job on a black and white conversion we're going to talk about this in a future challenge before this week is out or next week and that is once you've done this this is great make sure your horizon is straight so this looks like the photos like leaning to the right just a little so just a quick quick tweak with that and we're going to show you how to do that one of the challenges good good job great and I could go on and on and on great comparison but I can color it a black and white that's the photo we're going to be doing today and great job yesterday as well so like I said I've looked through a lot of these already and I've given my emojis to the ones I've seen that I really liked I'm not a cat fan but that was a great job and a good job on just everything we've done so far so with that said let's dive in and I'll keep looking at these a little bit later today I'll give you some more feedback let's dive into today's challenge since I'm on time all right so let's jump over to the image that you guys have to work with which I believe is the Eiffel Tower that I shot this one and believe it or not this is an iPhone shot like I was literally walking by on a sidewalk in just that good and that was it so it was ok you know not gonna win any awards but it's a good example of a photo that I might want to see in black and white let me explain why you would convert to black and white before we get into the various ways of doing black and white is one of usually two things it's a creative way of looking at a photo meaning I want to add some nostalgia to it I want to add a classic look to it I want to maybe the color is distracting and it would look better in black and white it's usually good for structures like towers and things like that it's good for landscapes it could be useful people as well even black and white photos for decades but it's really a creative choice you don't ever have to convert to black and white you can convert every photo to black and white it is really up to you if you think the photo looks better in black and white by all means convert it however when you convert to black and white it's really then about adding all of a special sauces to make the black and white look great so another food analogy alright so with that said time to take a look at most of the ways I can't guarantee it's all the ways of converting to black and white but we'll start with the very beginning ways some ways that are okay some ways that are better and then of course the way that I do it alright so let's start with the very first way you would have converted to black and white from Photoshop day 1 and it's the worst way so let me show it to you so you'll never do it again image mode grayscale when you choose this you're actually physically changing the mode of a photo from an RGB to you're getting rid of all color possibilities whatsoever and you convert it into black and white as a matter of fact when you run this option now in Photoshop it's even gonna pop up with a warning you really want to discard the color information maybe you want to use to control the conversion use an adjustment layer called black and white is even telling you don't do this anymore but we're gonna say no no discard the color and the reason why this is not the best way this is like one of the worst ways to do it is because you get no control over it is the Photoshop deciding what the black and white should look like taking the color away taking away all your options and now if you want to improve it you got to go through any you know hoops to figure out how to make it better you just get no control over switching to grayscale so I can't think of a reason why you do that today like before grayscale was a format that was required for certain you know uploads or things I really can't think of a reason why he would use this anymore so let's not do it that way all right the second way that we probably won't do because it's almost just as bad desaturate image adjustments desaturate it's the same thing except it doesn't change the mode so it's still an RGB photo now why is that it why that distinction why is that important because this means that this photo can still have color all we simply did was take a RGB color photo red green and blue and take the color out of it but it's still RGB so I can add color back into it so if I were trying to like paint in color where I wanted it maybe on the trees below then leaving it in RGB allows me to do that when it's converted to grayscale you're done you can't add any color back in but still the black and white conversion if that's what you're aiming for worst possible well second worst possible way to do it simply because I have no controls alright let's undo that next and let me see if I got another way under here this is going to be one that is unexpected this is gonna be one that you were to be like what why would I never even know you could do it that way and it's an adjustment using gradient map now this one is kind of cool because it does give you some adjustment capabilities it's not the way I would do it today but it's better than the first two ways but before you choose this you have to do one thing you have to make sure your default color is black your default foreground color is black so the way to do that let's say my default color was any other color the way to make your default color and I'm talking about the color right here on the color color swatches the way to make that color black is simply hit the letter D on your keyboard D for default that will switch no matter what it is because it might look black but it's really gray it will just make it black by hitting the letter D now that you've done that the next thing you're going to do is go up to image adjustments and you're gonna come down to gradient map and watch what happens gonna bring up the dialog box and it's gonna make a black and white but it's gonna make a black and white with control and what I mean by control is you have the ability first of all even if I don't do anything it made a better black and white then gray scale or desaturate so it made some adjustments that are just simply better here's what I get to do with it now that it's made those adjustments I can click and I can bring up the gradient editor now this is the same gradient editor that you use for any gradients in Photoshop but what you get here is the ability to adjust the black point so I can adjust how dark the shadows will be I can adjust the highlights so I can adjust that and make it that way and blow out the clouds really not what I want but more importantly I can go in and I'll select this one again and I can go in so I selected that first one again make sure the color was back to black and I can add a stop in between just by clicking now why would I do that because that just made it worse because now I can adjust that stop not that way this way area and I can adjust these little two points of the range for that stop and I started mean to add a new one I can go in and just simply make adjustments to my black and white now this is again it's kind of a off-the-wall kind of way to do it and there are better ways to do it today but today is this week is all showing you your options showing you the buffet you take and choose from it what you want all right so um would I do it this way today no but it's it's a creative way that lets you adjust how you want the black and white to look all right let's cancel that cancel that now we're gonna take photoshop's recommendation we're going to use adjustment layers now we have a whole challenge on layering and compositing and all of that coming up and I almost feel like I'm jumping the gun sometimes with with day 1 and day 2 because I'm showing you things that we're really gonna spend more time on later but I have to show you because it's the way you would do it today so you have an adjustments panel and it and by the way to make sure you're on the photography and I'm not on that workspace let's go to the photography workspace there we go and then a photography workspace you will see the adjustments panel so in the adjustments panel you've got all of the non-destructive adjustment layers that you can add to your photo and one of those is black and white so what's the difference every way we did it prior to what we're about to do now is really destructive so I would if I wanted to make sure I could get back I'd have to duplicate my layer or and save a copy or whatever but adjustment layers are non-destructive that means that when someone says non-destructive you can either undo it meaning get rid of it or change it if you don't like the way it looks you can change it tomorrow destructive usually means you've done something to the photo that's permanent once you save it and close out if you come back all those adjustment capabilities are gone and you'd have to either start over again or start from the adjusted photo so I know people tend to make a big deal about non-destructive because they always want that safety net to come back and I would say it really depends on you and your client if you're if you're not the client so if you have a client or you are always changing your mind then you want to look towards a non-destructive workflow so if you are the boss and you say no no I get it right the first time and I don't make mistakes then have that destructive workflows it is really up to you and I'm making a joke because no one's perfect so it really depends on your taste all right so let's go in and now the black and white one looks literally black and white there so if it's a square with a black side and a white side so when I click that it makes the photo black and white but it remembers that the photo really has color in it and that's the best part about this is because not only did it make it black and white but I can use all of those sliders to adjust the original colors in the photo to make the black and white better so let's go in and now if if you remembered what the colors were in the photo then you can just go right to those sliders so I'm pretty sure those trees were green so I can go to the greens in the photo and adjust and it will adjust the photo accordingly so it's adjusting the greens in the photo I'm pretty sure the clouds in the lower left corner were blue so if I adjust the blues the blues get adjusted now unfortunately with this technique you don't get to pick only the right tree versus the left tree it's just all green it's just all the blues in the photo but at least you do get the ability to adjust overall but by color now what if you don't remember what if you can't guess the right slider maybe it's green but maybe it's a little blue mixed in maybe just a little cyan mixed in make this a little yellow mixed in you don't remember exactly what color it is do I have to turn it off and turn it back on to see what it used to be no you actually have this very fun targeted adjustment button the one with the little finger and the arrows on both sides that's your targeted adjustment that says whenever you see that in a dialog box that says you click this and you can use your finger to adjust and I will adjust the right sliders because I know what color that used to be so if I click that and I come down here to the truth though did I click it if I click that and I come down here to the trees and yellow eyedropper but all I'm gonna do is just drag left or right when I drag left or right look it's adjusting that color it's being very specific look this is just a yellow slider because it thinks there's some yellows in that area and maybe there are well obviously there are because it's doing it so it's adjusting based on what I'm dragging on the color that I sampled so I take the same target adjustment and go over here to the clouds and start dragging and look it's adjusting the Blues as well it should so I can bring that down and kind of bring some more clouds back into this photo and same thing if I go to the tower and click oh well it thinks that's the reds in RGB so it's adjusting the tower based on that so the targeted adjustment really let you fine-tune your black and white to get it exactly the way you want it to be alright we are already running low on time so adjustment layers let me explain one more thing about them before we move on to the final way to do this alright so when I added that adjustment layer and add it physically it added an adjustment to the photo it added the adjustment layer and a mask for that adjustment layer and again we have a whole challenge on masking and all that and you can see it added it to the photo below so any layers below are gonna get this black and white adjustment so that means a I can turn it off at any time and now I can see the yellows in there there were some yellows in there I could turn it back on at any time I can if it were high hidden I can double click to get back to those sliders and keep adjusting and get back to the targeted adjustment to keep adjusting but more importantly and you'll learn more about this as we go forward if you click the mask icon let me bring up my tablet here if you click the mask icon then you can actually use a a black paintbrush so I'm just get the letter I'm on the black color and I can go in and I can say I would love to bring some color back in this area so now it's not just a black and white it's got some trees in it so that's the cool thing about adjustment layers is that they come with a built-in mask so you can mask off parts of the adjustment to make it what you want if you don't like the adjustment that you masked hit the letter X to go back to white so X will toggle between black and white and your colors and we can say no no no make this black and white again and I can just paint that out so that's just a cool bonus tip that really wasn't part of what we're gonna do today but I decided to show you all right last but not least let's turn that off and let's do it the way I would do it today so that's one way I would do it today in Photoshop the other way is for people that you would rather see a series of black and whites and pick the one you want because you you don't know what sliders to drag you don't know what it looks good but you'll know what looks good when you see it so if we go back to the original photo again we can make it non-destructive by going to filter convert for Smart Filters and we're gonna use the photographer's secret weapon once we do that and that is we used it yesterday you guessed it filter Camera Raw filter when we bring up the Camera Raw filter the reason why I like this for black and white conversions especially is a I'm not limited to just black and white and adjust all the other things that are wrong in the photo too but more importantly for those that are saying I don't I won't know it till I see it if you go to profile and you go to browse so there's a profile menu click browse that'll bring up your favorites but more importantly it'll bring up a whole black and white section and you just hover over the various black and white conversions until you see the one you like best so you're kind of that I don't know until I see it and I think earlier I kind of like the orange filter or the green filter best they're very close very similar but you can go and pick the one you want now once you pick the one you want based on your taste there's no right or wrong I mean just I can't decide I'm gonna pick this one then you even have an amount slider so you can say less of that filter or more of that filter to even tweak it a little bit more so it's totally up to you so if I say more of that filter then I'm gonna go up and close it and now I have all mark all the rest of my camera raw things to do while I'm here so for example we mentioned yesterday especially on a day like this we can bring up a little D haze to kind of bring back some of that sky we can also adjust exposure if you thought it was overexposed or underexposed you can bring that back up we were just in the lighting yesterday using the shadows so if you want to bring out the shadows or not you can tweak all of these things right here in the Camera Raw filter once you're done click OK and how do you know you're done you like it that's when you're done if you like it you're done if you're happy with the way it looks you're done all right so at this point and I'm almost out of time you would do your export so we talked about this yesterday and under your safer web under export save for web legacy and we're going to bring it down to the height the longest edge of being 1080 because that's just a good size for the web we're going to choose the file format of JPEG high quality and then we'll save it we'll save it out to the desktop it's already day two black and white give it a name and then you're going to head over to Behance and in behance you're going to create a project you're gonna upload the files go to the desktop to get the black and white it's going to upload you're gonna hit continue and then you're going to not pick up the previous from that interesting oh it needs to be at least 800 pixels wide so go back and make 800 pixels wide give it a name and make sure when you when you get over to the tab for the key words you put in PS daily challenge that's the key word we want to use so in again if you forgot that it is on the website so with that I am unfortunately out of time stick around for a eunice woo she will be up next doing more photoshop for the Adobe live stream thanks everyone and good luck on your challenge today go make some good black and whites show me what you've done

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