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Post Processing Meerkat Photo with Anette Mossbacher

In this guest post guest photographer Anette Mossbacher talks us through how she processed one of her Meerkat images.

Open image in Camera RAW

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Adjust camera lens to your camera brand and lens, in Lens corrections.

Tick enable Lens Profile Corrections

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Go to the “Targeted Adjustment Tool”

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Click on it and hold it clicked, a drop down menu will open. Go down to Saturation till it is highlighted than let go. You can see to the right, where the Saturation tool brought you. Click into the sky, hold it clicked and move the tool to the right or left till the color of the sky is what you like.

This tool you can use for anything in your image, Highlights, shadows, saturation overall…etc. You just need to click on it, hold it, go down in the menu which tool you want to use and off you go adjusting.

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When done I go to the front page/basic of Camera Raw, adjust Clarity and Vibrance.

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When done with all adjustments click open image. That will bring you to Photoshop.

Image is now open in Photoshop CS5.

Open a Background Layer under “Layer”, can be found on top of the Photoshop.

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I also can open a duplicate layer with the shortcut “CMD +J”

Open up a Layer mask, this you can find at the bottom of the Layers palette. It is the rectangle icon with a white circle in it. Just click on it, that opens the Layer mask.

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The blending mode of the Layer I set to “multiply”, this can be found beside Opacity on top of the Layers palette.

Switch Foreground and Background colors, BLACK needs to be on top! The little arrows need to be clicked for that.

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We are than “black onto white”.

Grab gradient tool form the tools palette, start to draw a line from the bottom up to the top with the gradient tool.

In this Meerkat image I can go straight up to the top. If there is a little angle or more in your image than you need to use the gradient tool as well in that angle.

I can stop with the gradient tool at 5% > 100% of the image. Experiment with this gradient tool that you get a feeling for it. Just stop somewhere in the image, that you can explore the results and see what it does.When I draw with the gradient tool in the image you can see the Meerkat is a bit dark.

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I grab a SOFT brush tool, from the tools palette or just hit the key “B” and clean up my Meerkat. The brush tool should be a soft edge. I clean the body of my Meerkat very carefully, as well the bushes. This you can see in the Layers mask, that the Meerkat is black painted / cleaned up !

I wanted to add a bit more saturation to the grass and to the Meerkat.

I click on the Saturation tool to saturate the bushes . That’s the 2nd highlighted layer in the image above.

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I grab the Pipette and click into a green leave which guide my Saturation tool to yellow. I add more Saturation till I am happy with the bushes and the Meerkat. Play around with Hue, Saturation and Lightness, that you get a feeling what that does to your image.

At the end I flatten the whole stack of layers under Layers and save my image in any format I need.

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Anette Mossbacher is a photographer who specialises in Wildlife, Landscape and Travel Photography. She lives in Switzerland but spends a great deal of time traveling. See more of Anette’s work on her website and connect with her on Google+ here.

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  • constance lowery

    This one and all previous Tips are good, to a point. They all feature Photoshop CS. Well, I don’t have the proffesional Photoshop software. So I can’t really follow any of the lessons. How about haveing some Tips or tuterals useing just Photoshop Elements ?

  • mark

    This could be done much faster, and in far fewer steps in something like Lightroom. why go through the complicated steps of layers, masks, etc.. just increase the saturation of the blues, bump up your clarity/contrast a bit, and be done. takes about 5 seconds, no layers, no masks..

  • http://www.renlish.com Erin

    This method has basically killed all the contrast in the image. The original is much better. Can we please all grow up and STOP trying to make things look flat with HDR-like editing?

  • http://www.anettemossbacher.com Anette Mossbacher

    Hi Constance,

    The Photoshop Elements runs for my knowing nearly the same as Photoshop CS. It just doesn’t offer all the features of Photoshop CS, but offers than some other features than PS !
    This tutorial above includes the most basic features on PS, which PE should have too.
    Try to follow the steps from above in your PE, the buttons sit maybe on different places. There is the need to click on the buttons to find them. That way you learn easily where everything sits and can be find later on more easily for you.
    PE as well lets you open your images in Camera Raw from Adobe Bridge for editing.

    If you have any more questions or need help, please do let me know.
    Have a great day :))

    Ciao
    Anette

  • Greg

    Thank you for the walk through, can wait to give it a try.

  • Anette Mossbacher

    Mark you are right. thank you very much. Indeed that could have been done faster. For me it was not about the Saturation, it was to show what you can do with the gradient tool, Layer Mask, Brush…etc.
    For Saturation itself, there are faster ways for sure, which you mentioned already :)

    Have a great weekend

    Ciao
    Anette

  • Anette Mossbacher

    Erin, I thought HDR is much more not just using a Gradient tool and Layer Mask combined with Saturation.
    I personally have not much in common with HDR.
    This tutorial was done to show what you can do with a Gradient tool and Layer Mask not ONLY for Saturation.
    As I mentioned try it out, use it if you like to figure out what else can be done with it.
    The final image for the missing contrast you mention you can see in my website.
    Thank you very much for your honest comment. I highly appreciate it.

    Have a great weekend

    Ciao
    Anette

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloufrost/collections Mary Lou Frost

    Anette, just one correction. People working in Photoshop Elements, on either PC or Mac platforms, no longer receive Bridge.

    I think this is something which needs to be remedied. Perhaps Adobe might consider marketing Bridge as a stand alone piece of software.

    Mary Lou

  • http://www.anettemossbacher.com Anette Mossbacher

    Hi Mary Lou,

    you are right, PSE 10 has now a Organizer instead of Bridge. Sorry for that, I thought of PSE 8.
    For those who use PSE, you might want to have a look in this site.
    photoshopelementsuser-com / no warranty for anything, just found it on the Internet :)
    If you like to keep Bridge while upgrading to PSE 10, try what my friend did.
    He updated to PSE 10, than installed again the older version PSE 8 from a CD, just for Bridge. The draw back what I have found on the Internet is, that after PS CS 5 release there is no update of the ACR anymore!
    I am not so much familiar with Photoshop Elements 10. I tried it several times, but for me it just doesn’t go that deep, as I need.
    Why not ask DPS for Photoshop Elements Tutorials ? Constance Lowery suggested it already.

    Ciao
    Anette

Some older comments

  • Anette Mossbacher

    August 8, 2012 06:02 am

    Hi Mary Lou,

    you are right, PSE 10 has now a Organizer instead of Bridge. Sorry for that, I thought of PSE 8.
    For those who use PSE, you might want to have a look in this site.
    photoshopelementsuser-com / no warranty for anything, just found it on the Internet :)
    If you like to keep Bridge while upgrading to PSE 10, try what my friend did.
    He updated to PSE 10, than installed again the older version PSE 8 from a CD, just for Bridge. The draw back what I have found on the Internet is, that after PS CS 5 release there is no update of the ACR anymore!
    I am not so much familiar with Photoshop Elements 10. I tried it several times, but for me it just doesn't go that deep, as I need.
    Why not ask DPS for Photoshop Elements Tutorials ? Constance Lowery suggested it already.

    Ciao
    Anette

  • Mary Lou Frost

    August 8, 2012 12:59 am

    Anette, just one correction. People working in Photoshop Elements, on either PC or Mac platforms, no longer receive Bridge.

    I think this is something which needs to be remedied. Perhaps Adobe might consider marketing Bridge as a stand alone piece of software.

    Mary Lou

  • Anette Mossbacher

    August 4, 2012 04:52 pm

    Erin, I thought HDR is much more not just using a Gradient tool and Layer Mask combined with Saturation.
    I personally have not much in common with HDR.
    This tutorial was done to show what you can do with a Gradient tool and Layer Mask not ONLY for Saturation.
    As I mentioned try it out, use it if you like to figure out what else can be done with it.
    The final image for the missing contrast you mention you can see in my website.
    Thank you very much for your honest comment. I highly appreciate it.

    Have a great weekend

    Ciao
    Anette

  • Anette Mossbacher

    August 4, 2012 04:43 pm

    Mark you are right. thank you very much. Indeed that could have been done faster. For me it was not about the Saturation, it was to show what you can do with the gradient tool, Layer Mask, Brush...etc.
    For Saturation itself, there are faster ways for sure, which you mentioned already :)

    Have a great weekend

    Ciao
    Anette

  • Greg

    August 4, 2012 12:57 am

    Thank you for the walk through, can wait to give it a try.

  • Anette Mossbacher

    August 3, 2012 06:06 pm

    Hi Constance,

    The Photoshop Elements runs for my knowing nearly the same as Photoshop CS. It just doesn't offer all the features of Photoshop CS, but offers than some other features than PS !
    This tutorial above includes the most basic features on PS, which PE should have too.
    Try to follow the steps from above in your PE, the buttons sit maybe on different places. There is the need to click on the buttons to find them. That way you learn easily where everything sits and can be find later on more easily for you.
    PE as well lets you open your images in Camera Raw from Adobe Bridge for editing.

    If you have any more questions or need help, please do let me know.
    Have a great day :))

    Ciao
    Anette

  • Erin

    August 3, 2012 05:36 pm

    This method has basically killed all the contrast in the image. The original is much better. Can we please all grow up and STOP trying to make things look flat with HDR-like editing?

  • mark

    August 3, 2012 11:05 am

    This could be done much faster, and in far fewer steps in something like Lightroom. why go through the complicated steps of layers, masks, etc.. just increase the saturation of the blues, bump up your clarity/contrast a bit, and be done. takes about 5 seconds, no layers, no masks..

  • constance lowery

    August 3, 2012 09:24 am

    This one and all previous Tips are good, to a point. They all feature Photoshop CS. Well, I don't have the proffesional Photoshop software. So I can't really follow any of the lessons. How about haveing some Tips or tuterals useing just Photoshop Elements ?

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