Advanced Photoshop Color Effects

One of the most creative and visually stunning things that you can do with Adobe Photoshop is create advanced color effects to alter digital image files that you have on your computer. Altering the color composition of a photo can give your image a completely different feel from what the image was before you altered it. By following the tutorial below, you will be able to create a particular color effect that is very popular and pleasing. By tweaking the steps to your own specifications, you can create different color effects as well. When working with color effects, your results will be limited only by your own imagination.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Computer
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Image File

Step 1: Open Photoshop and Load Image

First, you will need to open your copy of Adobe Photoshop and load a digital image file by going to "File > Open" and selecting an image file.

Step 2: Change the Hue/Saturation

Adjust the hue and saturation of your image by clicking on "Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation" and setting the saturation to -70, and leaving the hue and brightness at 0. This will effectively remove the vast majority of color present in the original image that you loaded. We will return to this step later in the process to fine-tune the saturation of this original layer to fit the finished look that you are looking for.

Step 3: Create New Layer and Adjust Blending Options

Click on "Layer > New > Layer" and click "OK." In the blending options menu in the layers palette, change the blending to "Soft Light."

Step 4: Paint Colors in New Layer

Once you have created the new layer and adjusted the blending properties, select the brush tool in whatever size you are comfortable with, and paint diagonal sections of your image in roughly 4 quarters of the image. Feel free to select colors of your choosing to do this. Paint fairly wide bands of color, selecting colors next to one another that you feel complement the image you are painting over.

Step 5: Apply Gaussian Blur

Apply the Gaussian blur effect to this layer by selecting "Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur" and setting the radius to 90 pixels. This will give your painted layer a wavy, dreamlike effect and allow each painted color to blend in nicely with the one next to it.

Step 6: Adjust the Saturation of the Image

If you want the painted color to show up more or less, return to your original image layer and readjust the saturation levels by going to "Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation." the higher the saturation on the original image layer, the less you will get the effects of the painted layer that you added over this layer. Conversely, if you want more of the painted layer to be visible, you can move the saturation level of the original layer down even further. Once you are comfortable with the appearance of your image, you are all finished!


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