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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.
On today's show we've got exciting news about a special Photo Day on TWiT Live, hosted by our good friend Chris Marquardt. I'll be joining Chris on air at 4pm pacific (midnight UK time). We've also got another quick tip showing some of the new targeted adjustment features in Photoshop CS4. These features have been ported over from Lightroom and make editing your images much more natural. And of course we have a new assignment ready for our next show - the big Episode 100!
In this final chapter of Tutorial 1 we finish off our image of Weston-super-mare with a vignette, some extra steps to even up the light in the sky and add some final brightness and contrast adjustments.
In today's episode we get down to the fun part of dodging and burning our image to add shape and direct the eye of the viewer. So far we've been giving ourselves the solid foundation we need to bring the image together. Now we add expression by painting with light.