Deconstructing the Edit: Week 1

Hello and welcome to my creating room my
name is Brooke Shaden and I’m a fine art photographer and general artist because
it’s really hard to define what we do these days but one of the things that I
do is Photoshop and I thought it’d be really fun to create a new series all
about breaking down images in Photoshop talking about why I made them how I made
them and showing all the steps in between so join me we’re going to make
these quick informational inspirational videos and they’re coming out of the
week so let’s jump in I’m in Photoshop right now and I tend to work in
Photoshop exclusively so I create with a camera specifically a Sony camera and
from there I take my images directly into Photoshop from bridge so that’s
we’re working today is in Photoshop this is my workspace as I would normally have
it set up I really want to work to demystify this process because creating
does not have to be difficult coming up with amazing art that’s the challenge
but it doesn’t have to be difficult to make something and I want to break down
those barriers so I’m a self portrait artist and that means that I create by
myself so I take my camera my tripod and myself and whatever other props and
things like to lug with me out into the field meaning literal fields most of the
time I shoot on location a lot and I shoot wherever I can get to so fields
forests mountains creeks my bedroom outside of my house wherever I can I
don’t have a studio I don’t have an assistant I don’t have big budgets I
just have me and what I can carry and that’s what we’re gonna look at in
Photoshop so diving in here this is an image of mine actually from 2010 maybe
even 2009 I’m not sure but it’s pretty old but it’s one of my favorite images
that I’ve had made and the first thing that you’ll
notice if you look at the layers palette in Photoshop is that I only have three
layers here for this image it’s just some texture that I’ve put on top and if
you want any of my textures they’re totally free to download on my blog if
you go to promoting passion comm you’ll see a link there for free textures so
that’s what I’m using but the thing about this image is that I have edited
totally destructively in this image because when I first started in
Photoshop I had no idea what I was doing I still largely don’t know what I’m
doing but I’ve got a pretty good system now
but back then I didn’t know not to combine my layers because I would lose
all of the steps of my work so this image isn’t gonna be that much fun to
deconstruct because it’s just this just these textures popping on here so
instead I thought that we would open up some of the original images this is the
actual original image that I started editing and you can see from this to
this what changed maybe just a little bit of the skirt was added on from this
image so let’s dive in and edit this from the beginning and just see where I
would start and how this would end up so here we’ve got an image that is the
normal 2 to 3 ratio of a photographic frame and I like to get rid of that so
I’m immediately going to start cropping this image and for the sake of time
we’re just gonna crop so I’m gonna leave that oh there well I can use my arrow
keys to get it exactly where I want it and say ok now I know that I did use
some of this skirt so I’m gonna use my lasso tool to just grab some of that
skirt there and copy it and paste it over and I’m just gonna start to blend
the skirt in there to make a little bit more of a round shape it’s not quite
perfect for me it’s not totally the shape that I want but that’s ok cuz we
have so much room to play so if I want it I could go into edit
transform work and just start moving this image around wherever I think it’s
best to create whatever shape I want and we have that ability in Photoshop
because that’s the beautiful thing about creating is that we have this ability to
create something out of nothing to make something tangible it wasn’t there
before so why not manipulate an image to be exactly what your imagination can
dream of that’s what we’re doing I’ve got layer one here that’s my little
skirt layer that we just put on and I’m going to create my little layer mask
here and in order to erase some on my brush tool on black my opacity all the
way up and I’m just right clicking to make sure my hardness is down and I’m
just going to start to erase any hard edges that there might be just right
through there good it looks pretty good to me um but you’ll notice one glaring
mistake which is that we have a tripod in this picture so let’s get rid of the
tripod that’s on my background layer I’m just gonna duplicate that so that I can
go back if I mess something up here and with my clone stamp tool I’m just going
to get rid of those lights so really quickly just alt clicking to create a
set of pixels and then covering up the legs we don’t really want that there
because these shadows that we’re seeing are from the tripod so we’re just gonna
get rid of some things it doesn’t have to be perfect I’m not like going in for
every detail at the moment and that’s totally ok so we’re just getting rid of
some things and so now let’s take a look at this versus the original i’m gonna go
ahead and close this image because that’s all we really needed from it so
from this one to this one we’re looking pretty good I mean that looks really
so far with composition we’ve got a lot of work to do so if I’m gonna go in here
and start to play with the color the contrast things that I can see are
definite differences I’m going up to my layer one so I’m clicked on my top layer
and then I’m clicking on my adjustment layers and using curves and from here
I’m going to start to manipulate this image so that the blacks aren’t as black
the whites aren’t as white and then create some contrast right in the
mid-tones and you can see how that just immediately brightens things up and
gives it a lot more contrast I think that looks great so let’s look at this
again just that versus this we’ve got the contrast now that this image needs
so let’s go and make another curve you can autumn just do the same curve that
we had before but my brain doesn’t work like that
so I’m on a new curve on top of everything affecting all the layers
below it I’m clicking on blue and I’m just going to start to add a bunch of
yellow into this picture and I’m gonna do the same thing with the red just
starting to change the color profile of this picture so let’s click back so what
have we done here I think that what is missing is that there’s still too much
cyan but there’s also too much yellow in the face in the in the tone of the face
compared to this one so let’s see what we can do and I don’t know the answer
automatically to this question so let’s just explore so I’m going into color
balance because I know that back then I used to use color balance a lot and I’m
taking away the cyan adding red adding yellow we can always play with this
magenta slider but I tend not to so much and so we can see that’s getting a
little closer just a little right just a little but there’s more brown in this
image and so that makes me think that I either desaturated it or added a sepia
tones so let’s go into hue saturation and
see if desaturating helps and I think that that does help just a little bit I
still think that this image needs more contrast
so back in curves creating more contrast there and something that I think is
interesting about this image is that it has a lot of a lot of contrast and sort
of sparkle going through the dress so let’s go ahead and add that with this
lasso tool and I’m just going to select the areas that I want to be a little bit
poppier right click and feather do 150 pixels and I’m creating another curve
adjustment just in those areas just to make the dress really pop really stand
out awesome so now we go back and forth back and forth so it’s not perfect we
didn’t get it exactly where we needed it to be and a large part of that is the
texture application I love applying textures to my images so in this case I
would add a texture I don’t have the same textures that I used before for
this image so I have to find a new one I’m here in my textures folder and from
here I’m just gonna choose one that I think would be nice or maybe a couple I
think these two would be quite good so let’s bring those into Photoshop I’m
just opening both of them without making any adjustments they’re already in black
and white and I’ll talk more about that in future episodes so I’m taking the
texture over I’m gonna drop it on top and change the blending mode to soft
light that’s a little bit too subtle maybe to lighten and then we’ll lower
the opacity and you can see that it’s bringing the more earthiness to this
really lightening up the shadows so I’ll leave that as it is let’s grab this
texture as well just to get them both layered on there and see
thing with lighten and then lowering the opacity quite a bit now on those layers
I’m going to create curve adjustments and pin them down just to make the
textures a little bit darker and stand out a little bit more with contrast same
thing pinning it down adding darkness and contrast to the
textures but you know we can also add color back into the textures so I might
choose to add some red into that texture maybe on the other one I want to add
some yellow into the texture and this is going to allow us to bring some of that
earthiness into the image this one has a little bit more but like I said it’s
just a different image you can’t edit the same image the same way twice that’s
what I think and I really do believe that so I’m almost finished here and
we’re going to make the final comparisons between them I think it’s
looking pretty awesome though ready okay not bad for just a few minutes of
editing so in future episodes we’re gonna break down the images that I have
because I have learned how to save all of my layers and how not to delete them
so we’re going to go through so many of my prior images break them down talk
about the process but most importantly I hope that this inspires you to get out
there and create thanks for watching

30 Replies to “Deconstructing the Edit: Week 1”

  1. Brooke, I'm a fan follower from Colombia, you inspire me to be a great and wealthy photographer someday, I am learning a lot from your Instagram histories and the fine art complete guide from creative live, please, will be an honour if u can see my work, please, follow me in Instagram @_valcarcel_

  2. I'm so excited for this project, always inspiring people.
    Now I can see that I tend to overwhelm myself to create something really tedious but it doesn't have to be in that way to get something really amazing like you do.
    Thank you Brooke <3

  3. Wonderful to watch you going through your edit process in this level of detail and sharing it with the world! Your workshops and willingness to share your vision are an inspiration!! Thank you!

  4. Yay! Been looking forward to watching these since that day you filmed like 1000 videos in one day (that actually happened right? lol)!! 😀 😀

  5. This was so good and love the way you brake it all down so much better with sound . Love your work Brooke looking forward to the next and the next and the next one , keep them video's coming x.

  6. I’ve recently purchased your creative live class and I’m in love with how infectious your passion is, I’ve learned so much in such a short space of time.

  7. Hi Brooke
    I watch all you vlogs religiously Fantastic love them. I’ve asked before what is that touch screen you work on. Love your work keep the tutorials coming..Tony

  8. Few artists share this for free, thank you very much ! Do you accept suggestions for next or another week? an easy one (I mean I think it doesn't take long) I always liked it a lot. July: Day 2 of 31

  9. Yay!!! Watching you work is always so inspiring. It really makes it feel learning these skills is accessible by everyone. It’s the vision of how you turn photos into art that is a tougher thing to learn.

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