People have complimented the colors in my photos and some have asked that I share my “techniques”. If any of you have noticed, I have a way of processing them and that I generally have 3 or 4 “color schemes” (that are similar to each other, just some minor tweaking). At first, I was hesitant to share (I still kind of am) because I don’t want to see a buttload of photos with the same colors/processing as mine and because my adjustment layers are a hot mess (when I edit my photos, I just create new layer upon new layer and then save the PSD for future use). However, I am not a greedy person (lol) and I’m all for sharing stuff like this.
A couple of things: This works best for well-lit photographs. My adjustment layers, like I said, are messy, may sometimes be redundant, and are stuff I just came up with by experimenting (and reading alli reviews HUHLOLZ).
So today, I will show you how to do this:
Step 1: Open your document in Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop, come over to my place, I can let you use my laptop.
Step 2: We’ll start with three adjustment layers. Click the “Create new fill or adjustment layer” in your layers panel. If you’re clueless, don’t worry: I encircled it in yellow green so you don’t get lost.
Click and choose “Color Balance”. Adjust your color levels to +100 +19 +50 (midtones). Click “ok” or hit enter. I usually set this layer to 10%-30% opacity, it really depends on what you want.
Create another adjustment layer, solid color. #FFE2E3, click “ok”, and change the layer blend mode to “soft light”. Again, the layer opacity is up to you. Mine never goes past 30%.
Create another adjustment layer, solid color. #011738, click “ok”, and set to exclusion, opacity 60%. I sometimes set it to 30%; again, it depends on what you want.
Step 3: Create another adjustment layer and pick curves. Try to adjust the curve to look something like this:
Set the curves layer to screen, 30%.
Create another color balance adjustment layer: 0 0 +17.
Optional: create a hue/saturation layer and set the saturation to -10.
Create a levels adjustment layer and change the values to 40 1.17 235. I love this layer lol.
This is what I have now:
Step 4: Last two adjustment layers! Create a brightness/contrast layer and set brightness to +10.
Create another curves layer:
Set to normal, 50% opacity.
And that’s it. You can stop at Step 3 if you don’t want your photo to look too washed out (or do away with the curves layer in Step 4). Not counting my photo’s layer, I have 9 adjustment layers in total.
These layers are my “base” layers, meaning I recycle them and just add more layers to get other colors/tones.
I edit out my pimples using the patch tool. If my original photo is too grainy due to poor lighting, I reduce the noise aka smoothen my skin.
I hope that wasn’t too confusing for you guys. Feel free to ask questions!