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How to use blend modes with adjustments for eye-catching images

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Blend modes adjustments

Step 1 – Remove colour

On an image of a portrait, to instantly remove colour press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U.

How to use blend modes with adjustments for eye-catching images

Step 2 – Add Levels adjustment

Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels. Hit OK in the pop-up box and in the Layers palette changes its blend mode to Color.

How to use blend modes with adjustments for eye-catching images

Step 3 – Warmer portrait

To warm up the monochrome image, change Levels from RGB to Red inside its adjustment menu. Boost the midtones slider to the left to around 1.60.

How to use blend modes with adjustments for eye-catching images

Step 4 – Add green

For a subdued green tone, select the Green option and slide the same pointer to around 1.80.

How to use blend modes with adjustments for eye-catching images

Step 5 – Extra cool effect

To cool down the mood of an image, select the Blue option and adapt all three sliders under the Levels adjustment to adapt the tone.

How to use blend modes with adjustments for eye-catching images

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How to change eye colour in Photoshop

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Change eye colour

Step 1 – Set up image

Create a new layer and change its blend mode to Hue. Select the Brush tool with 100% Opacity and set its size so that it’s just large enough to cover the colour part of the eye.

How to change eye colour in Photoshop

Step 2 – Choose colour

Click on the Foreground swatch to open the Color Picker menu. Select a new colour for the eyes, such as orange (this doesn’t have to be a natural colour!).

How to change eye colour in Photoshop

Step 3 – Brush over

Zoom in close to the eye and brush over the colour part of the eye with 100% opacity. Lower the opacity of the brush to 40% to add colour at the edges.

How to change eye colour in Photoshop

Step 4 – Tidy up

If at any stage you went over the edges, use the Eraser tool with 0% Hardness to remove those areas of colour on that layer.

How to change eye colour in Photoshop

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How to create an atmospheric landscape effect in Photoshop

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How to create an atmospheric landscape effect in Photoshop

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Mist effect in landscapes

Step 1 – Dim the lighting

Start by adding a new Levels adjustment layer from the Layers palette. To dim down the light, shift the midtones marker to the right towards the highlights. A setting of about 0.53 works well. Under Output Levels, move the white marker to the left to about 223. This will reduce the overall strength of the highlights.

How to create an atmospheric landscape effect in Photoshop

Step 2 – Tint the image

We can do this step using the Photo Filter adjustment layer. Choose the Warming Filter (LBA) within the adjustment and set the Density slider to around 86%. Tick the Preserve Luminosity box in this menu. The image should turn a nice shade of sunrise orange.

How to create an atmospheric landscape effect in Photoshop

Step 3 – Boost contrast

To create a stark contrast in the image, add a new adjustment layer, this time call upon Brightness/Contrast. Push the Brightness slider up to 20 and then pump up the contrast to around 60. As these are adjustment layers, they can re-edited/removed at any stage.

How to create an atmospheric landscape effect in Photoshop

Step 4 – Add mist

To top off the effect mist can be added into the landscape. A quick way to do this is with the Brush tool set to white. A low opacity is also needed, such as 20%, and a large soft brush tip. On a new layer, brush over the horizon area to apply soft white mist. Use the Opacity slider that comes with the layer to reduce the impact of the mist if required.

How to create an atmospheric landscape effect in Photoshop

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How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

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How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

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Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 1 – Apply filter

With an image open in Photoshop, press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the Background layer, and then go to the Filter menu. Find Blur>Radial Blur and set the Radius slider to 4 and Method to Zoom. Hit OK and you should see the edges of your image distort slightly.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 2 – Add Noise

To add noise go back to the Filter menu, but this time into Noise>Add Noise. Set the Amount slider to around 14, Gaussian Distribution and the Monochromatic box ticked.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 3 – Vignette

To darken the corners of the image for a vignette, head to Filter>Lens Correction. Among the many sliders inside this filter, the only one you’ll need to adjust is Vignette! Slide the Amount down to -100 and hit OK.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 4 – Add Levels adjustment

The Levels adjustment allows us to play with the colours as well as lighting. Add a new Levels adjustment layer from the base of the Layers palette.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 5 – Adjust green

In Levels, change it to Green from the default RGB. Enter 68 and 191 inside the two boxes under Output Levels to distort the colours.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 6 – Adjust blue

Change this from Green to Blue and enter 102 and 166 in Output Levels, as shown in this image below.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 7 – Adjust red

Change to Red, but this time edit the boxes directly under the graph. Enter 52 in the left box and 1.97 in the middle box. This completes the changes we need to make to the Levels adjustment.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

Step 8 – Hue/Saturation

Lastly, add the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (from the same area as Levels) and boost the Saturation slider to 30, with Master set at the top. The red should become more prominent in this image. As the Holga covers many styles of distortion, these adjustments are all down to personal preference.

How to apply the Holga effect in Photoshop

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How to use the Levels adjustment in Photoshop

Channel selection

In the Levels adjustment you can make adjustments to the image’s individual Channels, to target certain areas.

Eyedroppers

These icons are used to interactively set the black, grey and white points of an image.

Levels adjustment in Photoshop

Output Levels

These sliders adjust the available tonal range of the image. Pulling them inwards will remap the black and white points, fading the image.

Histogram

A graph shows us how many pixels the image has for of the 256 luminosity levels in the visible spectrum. A well balanced image has a graph that peaks in centre and trails out evenly both ends.

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5 tips for using layer masks

Black, white and many shades of grey

Layer masks work with black, white and grey to shield away or show parts of a layer. Press Cmd/Ctrl+I to inverse the mask. For solid white masks, this will turn them to solid black, which is another way to hide them.

Use the Brush tool to edit masks

Just use the Brush tool to edit a mask (as opposed to switching between Brush, Eraser, Brush) by setting the Foreground colour to black and the Background colour to white. Then press ‘X’ while editing a mask to switch between adding and removing parts. This way you only have to set up the Brush tool.

5 tips for using layer masks

Switching off a mask in the Layers palette

Masks can be hidden by Shift-clicking on their thumbnails in the Layers palettes. This is indicated by a red cross when they’ve been switched off.

Add a Gaussian Blur to soften the edges

Masks can be softened gradually and in a controlled way by applying the Gaussian Blur filter to them. Be sure to highlight the mask first by clicking on it in the Layers palette. Start with a 0.5px Radius in the Gaussian Blur filter. Apply the Gaussian Blur in 0.5px increments to build up softness.

Reveal a bigger mask on your layers

Layer masks are quite small in the palette and it can be difficult to see exactly what’s happening. Press Opt/Alt and click on a layer mask to reveal the mask on the actual canvas for the bigger picture. From here, the Brush or Eraser tools can be used to edit this.

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How to make fur pop in Photoshop

Improve fur colour

Step 1 – Hue/Saturation layer

A fast way to make the fur come alive is to add the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Change the adjustment from its default setting of Master to Yellows (this will depend on your animal).

How to make fur pop in Photoshop

Step 2 – Eyedrop colours

Use the Eyedropper with the plus symbol to pick out the colours on the fur more accurately, selecting the light and dark shades of that colour on the animal. This will expand the amount of colour within the spectrum at the base of the adjustment.

How to make fur pop in Photoshop

Step 3 – Increase colour

All you have to do now is increase the Saturation slider until you’re happy with the amount of colour. You’ll notice that only the fur turns more vibrant. All other parts of the image should be left out of this.

How to make fur pop in Photoshop

Step 4 – Brush over mask

If areas of similar colours are affected in your image, use the Brush tool set to a soft round edge to paint over those areas using the mask on the adjustment layer.

How to make fur pop in Photoshop

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Top 5 Photoshop interface shortcuts

1. Tab

Hit Tab on its own and see all your palettes and bars disappear. Hold Shift while pressing Tab to hide just the palettes on the right.

Photoshop interface shortcuts

2. Ctrl+Tab

This two-finger shortcut cycles through open tabs in the Photoshop interface. Hold Shift in this shortcut to cycle the other way.

3. F key

Press F once to enlarge Photoshop to cover your entire screen. Press F twice to show just your image and nothing else on your computer. Press F once more to return to normal Photoshop.

4. Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+W

This combination of keys closes down all open tabs in one, prompting to save files along the way.

5. Fn+F1 and Fn+Shift+F2

This one’s for Photoshop CS6. Press F1 holding the Function key to darken the interface in CS6. Hold Shift and press F2 to lighten the interface using one of the four grey to black options in the new version.

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Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Select the Type tool from the Toolbar and click once onto the canvas. Write your message, choose your desired font then set its font size.

With your font and sizing in position, go to the top bar and select Layer>Type>Warp Text. A dialog box will appear, so click onto the Style drop-down menu.

For our purposes we are using Arc, but play around with the other settings to suit your project’s needs.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Move the three sliders and watch how your text alters instantly. Small movements make a big change.

You can position the text with this dialog box still open by just clicking onto it and moving into place.

Applying layer styles help to blend the type into the building.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Photoshop tutorial special effects

All the tutorials are available here under ‘Steam effect’, so you can follow along with the steps below.

Step 1

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Because the sky was too bright, the only way of creating a realistic night effect was to replace it with a darker one. Use the Quick Selection tool to select the sky and mask it, then paste the new stormy sky below the city.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

Layer styles can be used to create light effects. In this case add a Gradient Overlay to the city layer at an angle of -90 degrees using Linear Burn to darken the top part of the image and to keep the bottom part brighter.

Step 3

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Add a Black & White adjustment layer to create a high contrast monochrome effect. This adjustment enables you to change the intensity of each colour Channel separately and gives you more control over which hues are brighter and which are darker.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

To achieve the night effect and add more contrast to the composition, add a black-to-white Gradient Map adjustment layer. Use the Multiply blend mode and set the Opacity of the layer to 70%.

Step 5

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Use a smoke brush to add the steam effect on the bottom-right corner of the image. This kind of detail will give more depth to the artwork and make it more interesting.

Step 6

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

Paint a second load of steam on a new layer, set on Screen, and then create a clipping mask. Add clouds from the menu Filter>Render>Clouds for a bit more texture. The blend mode was set to Normal at 100% Opacity.

Step 7

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

You can create realistic headlights using the Lens Flare filter. Create a circular selection and fill it with black. Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare and choose 105mm Prime. Centre the flare into the circular shape and desaturate after you place it.

Step 8

How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

After adding the lens flare to the circular shape, switch the blend mode to Screen and position the flare over the car headlights. Create the headlights of the other cars by duplicating and resizing the layer as needed. Group all related layers by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+G and dragging layers into it.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

Add more light effects to the scene using the Brush tool. Use a big soft brush to paint with white over the neon panels in the background. Use 100% Opacity for the brush, but if you think the effect is too strong, use less.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to create the light for the street lamps, apply the same technique as was used for the headlights for the cars. Simply duplicate that layer a few times more and resize as needed using Cmd/Ctrl+T to activate the Transform controls.

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How to create a smokey cityscape effect in Photoshop

A Gradient Map adjustment layer was added with a very subtle colour. A dark blue (#041521) to white gradient was used and the Overlay blend mode set to 35% Opacity helped blend it in. As a final touch you can add a Levels adjustment layer to control the contrast of the entire artwork. Lower the midtones and kept the shadows and highlights untouched.

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