Posts Tagged ‘Photo Effects’

How to Add Light and How to Darken Landscape Images

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to change the atmosphere of an ordinary landscape in two opposite ways. You’ll learn how to alter the color, add light, create an eerie atmosphere and take care of details. Final Image Tutorial Details Program : Photoshop CS5 + Estimated Completion Time : 30 minutes Difficulty : Beginner [...]

How to Retouch a Model with Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to retouch a model portrait. We’ll wak through some basic retouching tools and learn how to use them effectively. Also we’ll use adjustment layers, brush, masking to get a beautiful and natural result. Final Image Tutorial Details Program : Photoshop CS3 + Estimated Completion Time : 30 minutes [...]

How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will change the hair color from black to magenta and we will make it look shinier and prettier. This tutorial uses some techniques that might be difficult for beginners but if you follow it patiently you should be able to complete it.


Final Image

How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Resources


Step 1

Open image “Girl”.

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Let’s increase the brightness of the hair a little bit. Add a new Curves Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and drag the curve up a little. Because we want this to be applied only to the hair let’s mask the effect elsewhere. Press D to set the default colors. Select the layer mask by clicking on it and press Ctrl + Backspace to fill the layer mask with black. Now with a round soft brush paint with white where the hair is. In a layer mask white reveals the layer and black conceals so by painting with white over the hair we will limit the Curves Adjustment layer effect only to it.

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Step 2

Now let’s decrease the saturation. Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Drag the saturation slider to the left in order to decrease the saturation. Do the same thing with the layer mask as you did at step 2 (fill the layer mask with black and paint with white over the hair).

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Step 3

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and change it’s blending mode to Overlay. Now choose a red color (#ff0000) and with a brush at 50% Opacity paint over the hair. And voila, we changed the color of her hair. But let’s make some further adjustments.

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Step 4

Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and drag the slider to the left or right until you find a color that you like. Once you’re done fill the layer mask with black and paint with white over the hair. I’ve chosen a magenta color to match with her dress.

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Step 5

Create a new layer from all the visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E). Select the Dodge Tool and lighten up some strands of hair.

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Step 6

Create yet another layer and change the layer blending mode to Overlay. Choose a green/cyan color (#50a596) and with a brush at 40% Opacity paint over her hair in some areas. This step will add some color variation to the hair.

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Step 7

Now let’s boost up the contrast a bit. Add a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast) and drag the Contrast slider to the right. We’ve changed the hair color and we added some shine to it.

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How to Change Hair Color in Photoshop 13

Step 8

Now let’s color correct the color of the skin near the hair. Duplicate the Background layer (Ctrl + J) and drag it on top of all the layers. Add a layer mask to it and fill it with black. Now simply paint with a white brush in the layer mask to reveal the original face.

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And We’re Done!

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Turn a Photo into Pencil Drawing

In this tutorial we will transform a regular photo into a pencil drawing (or sketch if you want).


Final Image

Turn a Photo into Pencil Drawing

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner

Resources


Step 1

Open image “Girls”.

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Desaturate the image by adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation). Drag the slider all the way to the left.

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Step 2

Now add a Curves Adjustment layer by going to (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves) and drag the slider a little to the right in order to increase the contrast a little.

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Step 3

Create a new layer from all the visible layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E.

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Now apply a Find Edges filter to this layer by going to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges.

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Step 4

Add a Curves adjustment layer to the layer we applied Find Edges and drag both the left and the right slider towards the center. This will make most of the ugly grays disappear and will increase the contrast.

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Step 5

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and fill it with #eaeaea . Move this layer below the Find Edges layer. You’ll see in the next step why.

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Step 6

Now lower the opacity of the Find Edges layer. 22% works for me, but you can play with the slider and see what works best for you. We can see now the use of the colored layer we created in step 5.

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Step 7

Now comes the hardest part. Create a new layer. Now with a round soft brush pick a color from the background by Alt-clicking and start filling in the areas that are way to stylized (like the hair). After you’re done use a black color and scribble along the edges, maybe add some lines of your own. The idea here is to hide the fact that this was computer generated. I also added a signature for extra effect.

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Step 8

Since this is supposedly paper let’s add a paper texture to it. Create a new layer from all the layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E. Choose Filter > Filter Gallery. From the list on the left choose Texturizer and tweak the settings to your liking. The effect is too strong so lower the Opacity to 30-40%.

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Step 9

It is looking good already but let’s add another little bit for more realism. Open the image “Pencil”. Use your favourite selection tool to select the pencil. Copy the selection (Ctrl + C) and paste it into our image (Ctrl + V).

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Let’s add a shadow to this pencil. Double click the layer to enter Advanced Blending mode and use the settings shown below.

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Step 10

We’re almost done. Add a Curves Adjustment layer and tweak the sliders as shown below in order to boost the contrast.

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And We’re Done!

Turn a Photo into Pencil Drawing

That’s how you quickly turn a regular photo into a black and white pencil sketch.

Learn How to Add Snow to a Photo in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial we will add snow to a photo. The following steps are easy to follow and you can use them on any photo.


Final Image

Learn How to Add Snow to a Photo in Photoshop

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CC, Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Beginner

Resources


Step 1

Open image “Cabin”.

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Step 2

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and fill it with white (press D for default colors and Ctrl + Backspace to fill it with the background color).

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Step 3

Double click this new layer and tweak the Blend If sliders as shown below. This will cause the underlying dark pixels from the layer below to replace the white pixels while leaving the lighter pixels to be covered with pure white. It’s a neat little trick to do with Blend If sliders but they are useful for a plethora of other tasks involving masking. So if you have time, learn how to use them, it will be useful one day.

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Step 4

Add a layer mask to the snow layer (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All). Now with a round soft brush paint with black the mountains and other areas that look washed out.

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Step 5

The image already looks like it is covered with snow but there are many more improvements we could make. For example some snowflakes.

Create a new layer and fill it with black (press D and Alt + Backspace to fill the layer with the foreground color).

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Now add some noise to this layer (Filter > Noise > Add Noise).

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Add some blur to this noise layer (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur). The amount of blur will determine the size of the snowflakes so let’s start with something small, let’s say 1.2 pixels.

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Now change this layer’s blending mode to Screen. This will cause the white little dots to show and hide the black pixels.

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Step 6

Now our snowflakes don’t look very good. They are barely visible and there are way to many. Let’s add a Curves Adjustment layer to fix this. Create a new Curves Adjustment layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Also, clip the Curves Adjustment layer to the snowflakes layer by Alt-clicking between the two layers.

Tweak the sliders as shown below. This will hide most of the grey pixels and make the remaining ones white.

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Step 7

Ok, so we have some snowflakes. The image looks alright but we know that snowflakes that appear in a photo are not all the same size due to the distance from the camera. So let’s add some bigger snowflakes. How? Repeat steps 5 and 6 but when you add blur to the noise layer use a stronger Gaussian Blur (you can try 2.5 or 3).

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Step 8

Let’s hide some of the big snowflakes. Add a layer mask to the second snowflake layer (the one with big snowflakes) by choosing Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. Now with a round soft brush paint with black here and there to hide most of the big snowflakes.

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Learn How to Add Snow to a Photo in Photoshop 18

Step 9

Now let’s add some falling snowflakes (like falling raindrops in a photo but instead of raindrops they are snowflakes, like in a snow blizzard). Repeat steps 5 and 6 again to create some static snowflakes.

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We will now add some motion to our newly created snowflakes. Select the snowflakes layer and apply a Motion Blur as shown below. This will cause the white static snowflakes to streak across the screen in the direction we choose in the Motion Blur window.

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Step 10

Let’s add some snow on the roof of the cabin for increased realism. With a chalk brush (or a regular round brush) pick an almost white color (e9e8e8). Paint some snow on the roof with this color.

After you’re done choose white (pure white # ffffff) and paint over the snow you’ve already added, but don’t cover it completely, leave some grey-white areas. The reason for this is that the snow is almost never completely white, but has some gray color in it.

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Step 11

We are almost done. Because it’s supposedly a winter photo let’s add a bit of blue to it to strengthen the illusion. Create a new Color Balance Adjustment layer and add a little Cyan and Blue color.

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And We’re Done!

Learn How to Add Snow to a Photo in Photoshop