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3.2 Re-Evaluate Your Image and Apply Final Touches

In this lesson we will discuss the process of giving our photo a particular “look”, as well as the methodology behind adding your own personal style to an image. Then, we will move forward and add style to our image in Pixelmator.

3.2 Re-Evaluate Your Image and Apply Final Touches

In this lesson we'll discuss the process of giving our photo a particular look as well as the methodology behind adding your own personal style to an image. Then we'll move forward and add style to our photo in Pixelmator. At this point in the process if you were working with a set of photos, you would take them all through our previous corrective editing process. After that point you would decide how you want to style your photos and add your own personal touch. That's what we're going to quickly do right now. If you're not already in Pixelmator, make sure you're in there. And also have your class photo open. This is the TIF version. Also, I'm sitting in full screen mode, in order to have fewer distractions from my desktop. And if you'd like to do so as well you can head up to view and the full screen mode option will be at the very bottom of that menu. So let's take a look at our image and evaluate what we want to emphasize and how we want to style it. As I said, and take a look at our photo, I think we should bring out the blues in her eyes and her jacket just a bit more and also emphasize the gold tones in the photo so that those hues can really complement each other. I'd like to add that this stage can be as basic or extensive as you want it to be. As with Photoshop, there are many tools within Affinity Photo that allow you to take your styling as far as you want it to go. So lets go ahead and stylize our image. The nice thing about Pixelmator is it's simple to use, intuitive and has many similarities to Photoshop. The first thing we're going to do is duplicate our background layer. And this is so we can preserve our original image. Within my layers pallete in the upper right-hand corner, I'm going to control click on the background layer and then select duplicate. And then I'm going to rename that layer. By double-clicking on the name of it, it allows me to change the name. And I'm going to change it to Edits Round 1. And you can name it that, or whatever you'd like to. Now the first thing I'm going to do is bump up the contrast in our image and I'm going to do that using the effects browser which sits just below my layers palette. As you can see, you have quite a few effects that you can add to your image. When the option All Effects is selected, it will show you everything. And using the drop down menu, you can also browse them by the type of effect that you're looking for. We're gonna head down to color adjustments, and then we're going to select the curves option. And what we're going to do is click it and drag it either onto our image, or you can click and drag it directly onto the layer itself. You can also double click on the effect and it will open up the options for you. And here we have our curves graph. I'm going to move it to the side so we can keep an eye on how the image changes as we make our adjustments. And now, I'm going to slightly adjust the curve in order to boost the contrast in our image overall. And you do wanna be very gentle with this because it is sensitive. If at any point you'd like to reset your settings you can select the small arrow in the bottom left hand corner and it will put it back to the way it started. Let's go ahead and give this a slight S curve. We are essentially boosting the dark hues as well as the light hues. And so here, we have a slight S curve. After that point, you can click OK. Next, I'm going to boost the brightness of our image ever so slightly. And so back within our effects browser, I'm going to click and drag the brightness option onto the image or the image's layer. And I'll increase it by just 2% because if you increase the brightness too much it does begin to wash out the image. So then we can go ahead and select OK. Now as I mentioned previously, I'd like to boost the gold hues within the image, as well as the blue. So that they can further compliment each other. So let's go ahead and target those specific hues. Let's head back over to our effects browser. And let's scroll down just a bit and select the hue option. By default, you can increase the saturation and lightness of all of the hues globally within our image but we want to target specific hues within our photo. So let's go ahead and select the third button which reflects the golden tones in the image and as you can see, it also modified the active area within this graph. Now we're gonna head down to the saturation slider, and we're gonna boost that just a bit. And I'll leave it at 11% for now. And then let's go over to the second to the last option so that we can target the blues. And we're going to increase the saturation of the blues as well. And we'll leave that at 15%. At this point, if you need to go back and make many additional adjustments, you can. And I'm gonna head back to the gold hues and increase the lightness of the golden tones within our image ever so slightly. We'll bump it up by 10% and then I'll increase the saturation. As well. And when you're done, you can select OK. Now at this point, I'm going to zoom into the image ever so slightly, just to double check the blue of her eyes. I'm going to select Z on my keyboard, or you can select the zoom tool from your tools pallete on the left hand side. And then I'm going to click on her face Just so that I can get a better look of her eyes. And they're looking pretty good. Specifically, what I'm checking for is to make sure that there are no blue artifacts from the saturation that we increased. If you overdo it, then you might begin to see some pixelation around her eyes. But this is looking pretty good. And let's zoom into our image just a bit more because next we're going to sharpen our image. And I'm going to zoom into our image 100%. And then from our effects browser let's go ahead and select sharpen. And then I'm going to click and drag or double click on the sharpen option. And we're going to increase the sharpness of our image. Now, we zoomed into our image 100% so that we could get a more accurate view of the sharpening being applied to the image. And we'll just increase it by 9 or 10% and then we'll select OK. And then I'm gonna hold down the alt option key on my keyboard and zoom out of my image to look at the effect overall. And also to make sure that we didn't over do it. Now if we did, you could simply select the sharpen option again, and then re-adjust the sharpening. And so here we have our image with a much more dramatic feel. At this point let's go ahead and save our image. We'll head up to the top menu and select file and then save. Now keep in mind this image will be saved as a Pixelmator file. However, if you'd like to save a copy at the same time, you can do that as well using this bottom option. And you have a selection of file formats that you can use. For now, we'll go ahead and leave that box uncheck because I'm gonna show you another way to export your file. And then you can rename your image whatever you'd like. I'll call this Class Photo Pixelmater and then I'll select Save. Next, I'm gonna head back up to the file menu and this time I'm going to select Export. And so here we have, once again, various file types that we're essentially exporting or saving our image as. You can save your image as a JPEG, a PNG, a TFF, a Photoshop file, a PDF or other. And within other they give you additional options. For this course we'll select TIFF. It gives you a file size estimate in the bottom left-hand corner. You can leave compression on or off and that will affect your file size. For the purposes of this course we'll go ahead and leave compression off. And then we'll select Next. And here it gives you the opportunity to rename your photo. And so I'll just leave it as class photo and then I'll select export. And so that brings us to the end of this lesson. In this lesson, we took a moment and evaluated how we wanted to style our photo. And then, we went in, and made some stylistic edits with the in Pixelmater to finish up our image. That brings us to the end of this chapter. In this chapter we exported our file out of DXO Optics Pro and finished it up in Pixelmater. In our next and final chapter, we'll go over the concepts that we've covered in this course.

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