Transform Photos to Trippy Colors with Photoshop

In Photoshop, you can alter your images by creating some trippy colors to give your pictures added wow factors. You should be able to make some really impressive images using Photoshop, and they are all easily created by even a beginner in digital enhancement. In order to learn how to make trippy colors on your photograph, you will need to set aside some spare time when you can use the computer uninterrupted, and a suitable image which is not irreplaceable or which can be downloaded again from your camera.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Suitable Images
  • Spare time

Step 1: Upload Your Picture

Before you can start to add trippy colors to your image, you will first need to find a suitable picture, and then download it from the camera or other storage device. You should put the picture in a convenient file, so that you will be able to find it easily later. When the photo is in position, take the device off of the port, ad then open up your Adobe Photoshop program. Find the File button at the top left of the screen, and then find a box within this tab called New Image. Click on this, and you should be able to look through all of your computer's pictures to find the right one for you. When you have found your picture, click select, and it should now be placed in the Photoshop image enhancement area.

Step 2: Prepare the Photograph

Now that the photograph is in Photoshop, you can prepare it to be enhanced by firstly resizing it, so that it fits all of the effects you will be using on it. You can do this by making the image around 1.3 pixels squared. When this is done, create a second layer by right-clicking on the image, and then selecting Duplicate. You may also find a tab with this in your screen area. This should be the top layer.

Step 3: Give It Some Blur

Once you have made the top layer, you will need to add a blurring effect. Click on the Filter tab, and locate a box called Blur. In the drop down, you should find another box called Gaussian Blur. This will give you the option of reducing the sharpness of an image. Opt for one around 5 pixels. You will then have to reduce the opacity of the layer, somewhere around 55 percent should be enough to allow you to position it over other layers later. Create a new layer, and using the brush tool, wipe some color across the layer. Leave the opacity at 100 percent. Repeat with other colors until you have layers of red, green and blue moving across your image.

Step 4: Finish

You will now need to create a new layer, and add the colors to it. Do this by pressing CTRL+ALT+Shift+E. This will put all of the layers you colored together. Now go into CTRL+T, and enlarge the layer slightly. Change the opacity to 35 percent. Repeat the process where you added layers, and then use the filter effect to create the final adjustment. 

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