Blending Exposures with Pixelmator and Lightroom Part 2

In this article we are going to talk about the part 2 for the blending exposures with Pixelmator.

Hello again! If you missed the first part of this article check it out here! So let’s keep going with out blending exposure using Pixelmator! Here is the look we are going for:

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In the first part we finished on the blending of the two exposures so now we are going to make it look more natural and more blend in.

I lower the opacity to 79 because I don’t need the sky to be that dark:

Then I take a brush:

To change the size of the brush I go to show brushes:

Then I change the diameter to 633 so pretty big:

I am brushing at 16% opacity so it is very subtle but I want to darken the entire photo:

I just blend both photos together:

This is the before:

And this is the after:

Now I merge all layers:

I take the healing brush and make the brush bigger diameter 36:

To erase some distracting object that doesn’t help to communicate what I want to express with this photo:

I could do it in Lightroom but it was just to show you how to do it here. So now I just want to finish the retouch in Lightroom but the problem is that Pixelmator doesn’t communicate well with Lightroom so I have to save it first:

I rename the photo and I put it on my desktop, I make sure to save it as TIFF:

Then I go to Lightroom and I re import the photo from the Finder I drag the photo to Lightroom:

This is a bit annoying because you have to go through the whole process of importing the photo again:

So let’s start the double processing,

Step 1. Adjust the Highlights and Shadow. I brought the highlights to -62 and the shadows to +37 I am not going all the way as usual because I am thinking with the fact that you might not have a high hand camera. (If you’ve read my tutorials or watched my videos, you know this is part of my workflow. You can get a more complete statement on why I do this in almost all my photographs by reading this how to article here.)

Step 2. Adjust the Whites and the Blacks. Next I will increase my whites to +38 and my black to -17. (If you’ve read my tutorials or watched my videos, you know this is part of my workflow. You can get a more complete statement on why I do this in almost all my photographs by reading this how to article here.)

Step 3. Clarity adjustments. I put clarity at +39, and +35 of vibrance to make the photo pop more.

Step 4. Cropping. I crop the photo to make it more panoramic, it is more dynamic this way:

Step 5. Create Brushes. Then I create a new brush and I set the tint at 62 and the temp 61 to warm things up. I feather it and set the flow and density at around 70. I just brush over the sunset to boost the colors:

I create a new brush and just boost the exposure 0,76 I brush over the house and under it over the sand:

Step 6. Close the photo with Graduated Filters. I want to close my photo so I put a graduated filter on top, I lower the exposure -0,75 and set the temp at -23 to add blue then I add another graduated filter on the bottom of the photo and I lower the exposure -0,43:

Step 7. Contrast adjustment. Just to make the colors more interesting.

I am going to boost a bit the contrast:

Step 8. Adding Saturation. And maybe add some saturation +10:

Add one or two spot of light with a brush to brighten the photo and make the lighting more interesting. I set the exposure at 0,76 the flow and density at around 80:

It’s basically it, I just add a little bit of magenta in setting the tint at +13 to the overall photo:

That is it for this photo that was the look I was going for.

Now I want to show a few things in Pixelmator, so here is a photo that I took in Paris on a rainy day:

But I think we don’t see the rain that much so they have great effect that you can add to your photo, you go to view > effect browser and you can choose any effect that you like, I am going to try the rain, I just drag the effect onto the photo:

It is amazing it looks real. You can even change the angle (41,2) and the strength (54,6) of the rain:

This is the before:

And this is the after:

This is another scenario, it is a photo taken in the Sequoia forest and it was snowing but I wish we could see the snow better:

I drag the snow effect on the photo:

And then I have snow in my photo!

For $30 I think that this software is a pretty good deal for people who can’t afford Photoshop.

I hope that you guys liked this article and you learn some new tips and tricks if you did please share it, that would be awesome.

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