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We continue to work on applying the Dragan effect to our portrait in Tutorial 18, Chapter 2, starting with some work on fixing eye colour with colour blending mode and some more work on preparing the image for the draganizing layers. We then move on to boosting contrast and fixing colours by using curves and hue/saturation layers.
Today we start Tutorial 18 where I show you my take on how to Draganize a portrait using Adobe Photoshop CS4. Discover the Dragan effect by viewing Andrzej Dragan's amazing portraits if you're not familiar with his style. This is a 3 part free video tutorial and this section lays the ground work with getting the light and detail levels right using dodging and burning layers with soft light, hard light and a wacom pen and touch tablet so that the later, draganizing layers will look right. We also perform some basic colour correction using a curves layer.
This is the second and final part of Tutorial 17 where we do some further colour cast removal and then work on light and tone, guiding the eye and some dodging and burning. This show is in the new shorter PhotoWalkthrough style which should enable to me to get more episodes out.
This week I decided to celebrate the launch of Lightroom 2 with a full week of shows demonstrating the new features. Today we start with the best known new feature - the adjustment brush. We'll be using that to dodge and burn some flower macro photos taken at Kew Gardens.
This week in the second to last episode of this tutorial I spend quite a bit of time explaining what I'm trying to do with the light on this image and this really is the heart of this edit. It's what makes the picture what it is. I also cover levels adjustment layers and how to spread the tones in the shot more evenly across the histogram.