Metallic Shadows

False infrared d Normal Opacity: 100% > Q

Layers T Channels 1 Paths

Midtones + Inverted i Shadows + Dissolve + Inverted

Background

O A Normal I 100 C 100

0 A Dissolve I 100 C 100

0 Color Dodge 100 100

11 Hide the Shadows layer by clicking the eye in the Layers palette

12 Activate the background layer and Repeat steps 6 to g, but choose Midtones in the Color Range dialog, and name the new layer "Midtones." Leave its blending mode set to Normal

13 Move the Midtones layer to the top of the layer stack d Dissolve

Layers Fath-

Midtones + Inverted

Shadows + Dissolve + Inverted

Color Dodge + blur 10

Background

Sunny highlights l In the Layers palette, duplicate the original image layer by dragging the background layer onto the "Create a new layer" icon, or use Ctrl/Cmd-J

2 Using the pull-down blending mode menu in the Layers palette or the shortcut Alt/Opt-Shift-D, change the new layer's blending mode to Color Dodge and name it "Color Dodge."

3 Invert the Color Dodge layer with Ctrl/Cmd-I The image should now appear completely white

4 Add blur to the Color Dodge layer using Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur

A radius of 5 should be enough to make an edge drawing appear

5 Hide the Color Dodge layer by clicking the eye in the Layers palette

6 Activate the background layer and use the menu Select > Color

Range Choose Shadows from the drop-down box and click OK

most of this book's recipes involve self-blends (where an image is blended with copies of itself), but here's one that blends the tones separately. Use Select > Color Range to copy shadows and midtones into new layers, before applying blending modes. Here, the result is to reverse shadows and midtones, but you can use the same method to select and transform the color channels. I feel it works best with images where the focal point is in the highlights, which you don't reverse, but you can try it on any type of picture.

This recipe preserves the highlights, ensuring that the sunlight on the girl's face remains the central subject of this picture

7 Using Ctrl/Cmd-J, copy the selection into a new layer and rename the new layer "Shadows."

8 Move the Shadows layer to the top of the layer stack

9 Invert the Shadows layer using Ctrl/Cmd-I

10 Using the pull-down blending mode menu in the Layers palette or the shortcut Alt/Opt-Shift-I, change the Shadows layer's blending mode to Dissolve

14 Show the Color Dodge and Shadows layers by clicking the eye in the Layers palette

Q Normal 100 100

0 A Dissolve B 80 I 100

0 Color Dodge 100 100

This scene contained plenty of cool midtones and drab shadows that are warmed and partly reversed by the recipe

J Color reversal

Reflective surfaces

Non-reflective surfaces

This recipe works well with subjects containing metals and other reflective material Here, the reversed midtones layer produced an unnatural orange sky; desaturating the layer, however, produced an effective result

This recipe works well with subjects containing metals and other reflective material Here, the reversed midtones layer produced an unnatural orange sky; desaturating the layer, however, produced an effective result

This midday shot consisted almost entirely of green midtones and few shadows, so the color reversal is especially obvious

Original image..

Original image..

Midtones + Inverted

Midtones + Inverted m

Shadows + Dissolve + Inverted

Color Dodge + blur 10

P^^ Background

Q Normal 100 100

0 A Dissolve B 100 I 100

0 Color Dodge 100 100

Q Normal 100 100

Q A Dissolve B 100 C 100

0 Color Dodge 100 100

You can still apply this recipe to subjects that contain very little metal

Q A Normal I 100 C 100

0 A Dissolve I 100 C 100

0 Color Dodge 100 100

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