Lee Varis – The 10-Channel Workflow
The Radical New Image Enhancement Strategy for the 21st Century, in 11 step-by-step projects
The 10-channel workflow takes advantage of the channel structure of the digital image to sculpt the tones and contrast of the image in ways that go beyond traditional image adjustments like curves and levels, and even luminosity masks! The cornerstone of this collection of techniques is the concept that any photographic image can exist in any of the three major workspaces in Photoshop: RGB, Lab, and CMYK—resulting in 10 individual channels of differing grayscale luminosity. Each of the different channels can offer something unique for our tone & contrast enhancements. This course examines the use of channel blending to control and enhance color, tone, and contrast to create image enhancements that go well beyond what is possible with normal adjustment techniques. Along the way, we will learn how to:
- Use the Channel Mixer to create B&W conversions
- Use the Apply Image command
- Blend channel luminosity
- Desaturate shadows
- Enhance color saturation selectively
- Darken skies and lighten foliage
- Lighten or darken skin tones
- Build complex image enhancements using multiple versions of an image
Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 35 years. He started working with computer imaging about 23 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.
Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is responsible for the moth on the “Silence of the Lambs” movie poster! His creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune magazines as well as trade journals like PDN, New Media, Micro Publishing News, Rangefinder and Photo Electronic Imaging. Most of Lee’s work starts off as photography that is manipulated in the computer using a wide variety of imaging software. Images are often re-combined with digital painting and effects or with additional photo elements to create digital images that transcend the original source materials.
Clients, art directors and fellow artists look for inspiration at Lee’s web site:
There he displays recent imaging work and updates on his numerous classes and workshops, as well as links to his blog and book websites. You can learn more about Lee’s extensive career as an imaging artist from his presentation at Adobe:
Lee has also been involved with consulting and training activities for numerous corporate clients. He did two series of imaging seminars for Apple Computers that took him around the country to most of the major metropolitan areas and is currently active in seminar programs with APA, PPA, ASMP, and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops as well as a touring Creative Production Photoshop roadshow with Mogomedia. You can purchase a video download of a 3-day workshop he conducted at creativeLIVE here:
Lee’s first book was “Digital Photography for Creative Professionals” with Rockport Publishers 2003. This is an examination of professional applications of digital photography for commercial graphic artists and art directors concentrating on workflow issues and creative solutions for graphics workgroups. His best know book is the best seller: “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” Wiley Publishing 2006 & a 2nd edition in 2010. This book has become a must-have reference for every portrait and fashion photographer. His latest book is “Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers, Cengage, 2010—an detailed examination of calibrating and shooting for ideal quality in digital captures. He has written numerous articles for Design Graphics, PEI, PC Photo, Rangefinder and Digital Photo Pro.
The 10-Channel Workflow
10-Channel Workflow Introduction (15:18)
From Color to B&W and Beyond (24:40)
Lightening & Darkening Skin Tones (14:14)
Southwest Power Plant (16:49)
The Red Church (35:50)
Scituate Lighthouse (16:13)
Lighthouse – Clouds (35:45)
Lab Masks (29:19)
10-Channel Forrest Project (20:35)
10-Channel – Venice Grand Canal (34:32)
Channel Mixer for Color (20:36)
Advanced Layer Blending (17:02)
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