It is important to make sure that our second image looks its best before continuing. We can continue doing corrections after compositing images, but it is best practice to prepare both images first.
Let's open the second image.
Step1. To begin opening a file, on the Menu bar,
Click File, Click Open...
Step2. To open the image, in the Photoshop Basics folder,
Using the Levels' Set White Point Tool
Scanned images usually need adjustment before saving the final image, and this image is no exception. This photo is a bit dark, the colors are drab, and there are some scratches on it. As we have seen, the slider in the Levels adjustment panel allows us to brighten up the image similarly to the way we did in the Brightness/Contrast panel.
In this case, we will not use the Levels slider. Instead, using the Levels panel's Set White Point tool, which looks like an eyedropper, we will indicate to Photoshop which point is the whitest, and then Photoshop will automatically adjust the rest of the image accordingly.
Let's see how this works.
Step1. To access the Levels control, in the Adjustments panel,
Step2. To activate the White Point tool, in the Levels panel,
Step3. To select the white point in the image,
Click the whitest part of the rock
NOTE: If you have trouble finding a good white point, simply Press & Drag the white slider to the left until it meets the beginning of the histogram.We could also use the Black Point tool to set the black point, but it is not necessary in this image.
NOTE: The middle eyedropper button, whose tool tip is labeled "Set Gray Point," may be used to adjust the color tones of an entire picture. Although it is a useful tool for color correction, it should be used only when a known gray object exists in the picture.
Step4. To collapse the Levels sub-panel again, in the panel dock,
Step5. To save the file, from the Menu bar,
Click File, Click Save As...
Step6. To change the file type, in the Save as type field,
Click, Click Photoshop (*.PSD, *.PDD)
Step7. To save the file, in the dialog box,
Step8. To accept the dialog box,
Using the Spot Healing Brush Tool
Notice the scratch in the sky area of the image. The Spot Healing Brush tool can fill in small blemished areas while preserving some ambient characteristics of the surrounding area such as shading, lighting, and texture.
We have used this tool before, but let's see how to use it for a different correction.
Step1. To select the Spot Healing Brush tool, in the Tools panel,
Step2. To activate the Background layer, in the Layers panel,
Step3. To position the cursor,
Point to the scratch
Step4. To use the Spot Healing Brush tool,
Press & Drag over the scratch
Using a Vibrance Adjustment Layer
As the tool's name suggests, the Vibrance adjustment enhances colors, making them more vibrant. We are going to apply a vibrance adjustment layer to give the image a somewhat more colorful appearance.
Step1. To access the Vibrance control, in the Adjustment panel,
Step2. To change the Vibrance field,
Press & Drag the contents, type: 50 Enter
Step3. Collapse the Vibrance sub-panel.
Step4. To save the file, on the keyboard, type:
NOTE for MacOS Users: The keyboard shortcut for saving a file is Command key+S.
Step5. To accept the default settings,