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Now, in this lesson, we are going to be talking about Photoshop’s Suite of editing tools. Now, these are oldie bigetty tools. They have been inside the program for a long time but it is worth revisiting them because they are actually exceptionally powerful. The older I get, the more I like these tools. I do not know what in the world that means but it is true.
In order to experience these tools, I want you to go ahead and open up the mountain_and_clouds.jpeg image here. It is inside the Lesson 8 folder which is inside the Part 01 folder which happens to be inside the Project Files folder that you copied from the DVD to your hard drive and this is a photograph that I shot using an Olympus E1 in Rocky Mountain National Park, in a place called “Berkeley”, awesome place. It is a little hike, you can do it with the kids. Really, really charming and on this day, it was gorgeous.
There was a little slim skim of snow on the surface of the lake here and the clouds were with us, great sunlight coming through, just a gorgeous, gorgeous day. And I happen to get this pretty darn good Photograph. But it could be more dramatic. I mean you get this sense of how awesome it was but we sure could pump it up, do you not think? For example, we could bring some of the detail out of this range of trees right here. That would be awesome and we could darken up the sky maybe in this area and potentially I think bringing up some saturation values.
Now, these are all things that you can do with commands inside Photoshop and we have seen. For example, the hue saturation command and how you can bring up saturation values with it. And there are other commands that we will see in the future that you can use to bring out highlights and shadows and so on. What we are going to focus on in this lesson is tools. Ways to paint in brightness and darkness and saturation and so on and so on.
So, here is what I want you to do. I am going to go ahead and fill up my window here with this image and I want you to turn your attention to the toolbox. Right here, just this two slots right here, that is all we are going to be talking about in this lesson. This slot of toning tools as they are called and this slot of focus tools, as they are known. Okay.
So, these two banks of tools and they each have fly out menus. If you click and hold, you will see that there is a fly out menu of three toning tools, “O” for the toning tools by the way. And a little fly out menu here of the three focus tools and “R” for the focus tools. I will go ahead and press the “Esc” key to get rid of that.
Alright, let us start things off with the dodge tool here. It is the default toning tool. The one that looks like a little a little paddle and you get to it, as I say, by pressing the “O” key and it looks like a little paddle because dodging in the old days. You hold this little paddle and you sort of wave it around in front of the film as you were exposing it. Now, we would lighten things. Well, that does not really help most of us because almost all of us do not have traditional experience. Most of us are working in the digital world exclusively.
Now, let me just show you what it does. If I drag over the image, it lightens the image. That is all there is folks. That is all it does. It just lightens the image as you drag over it and believe it or not, that is an extremely useful thing. However, it tends to be more useful. The brush is a little bit bigger than this. Currently, my brush is quite small. It is only 65 pixels in diameter which would be pretty big if I were to zoom it in.
Right now, I am zoomed really far out of my image. I am just going to press “Command+Option+0” or “Ctrl+Alt+0”, another way to zoom in to 100% and you will see how big my brush really is. This is the 65 pixel brush. But when I am zoomed out, which is where I want to work on this image. I am going to zoom back out here a little bit.
When I am zoomed out, it does not look so big, does it? That is because the brush size is locked into the resolution of the image. It is always 65 pixels, so it grows and shrinks as I zoo