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How I Process My Photos, Part 2

Hello, hello, I’m glad you guys liked my previous tutorial. I have a couple more but I’ll do something really simple today. My friend, Alex, wanted to know how I did this particular photo:

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

It’s really really really surprisingly easy. Like, it only generally takes three steps. As usual, you will need Photoshop.

I hope you find this little tutorial helpful (the way I find colon cleanse products helpful hrhrhrhr)!

Step One: Open your document in Photoshop.

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

Step Two: Convert to black and white. Now this is the tricky part, at least for me. I really suck at black and white and a simple B&W gradient map or desaturate or #00000 color fill set to color won’t work. Feel free to check out B&W conversion tutorials online or mess around with your levels. This is what I have:

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

Step Three: Choose the color you want for your “light leak” (lol). I particularly like hot pink/red or purple, but it’s up to you. Set it as your foreground color.

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

Click the create new fill or adjustment layer button on your layers palette and choose ‘Gradient’.

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

Adjust the angle to your liking. I like the color on the upper right corner but again: it’s up to you.

Set the gradient layer’s blend mode to ‘lighten’.


Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

Adjust the layer opacity according to your preference. You can also use more than one gradient layer/one color:

Helga Weber Photoshop tutorial

I told you guys it was easy!

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  • Reply angie January 18, 2010 at 10:29 am

    this is great, helga! thank you.

  • Reply Xyla January 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

    and another one. Hihi. Thanks Helga!

  • Reply Azrael January 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

    astig!! ganun pala yun hehehe


  • Reply diana alexandra January 18, 2010 at 11:02 am


    That light leak escapes me! :) YAYYYYYYY!!!

    See me next time, I shall give you your pretzels. :)

  • Reply Gel January 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks for the “light leak” (haha) tutorial, Helga! :)

  • Reply Angie January 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Yay! Thanks Helga. Hope for more Photoshop tutorials from you.

  • Reply crisel January 19, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I’d love to try this on my pc! Thanks a lot! :)

  • Reply cyn January 19, 2010 at 8:09 am

    i wanna hump you.

  • Reply Aaron January 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Kelan ulit yung next tutorial mo? :)

  • Reply DK January 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    heehee, yung comment ni Alex panay YAYYYY!

    I want pretzels from Alex too! What kind of pretzels? when I was younger (first year college) pretzels + beer were my favorite things to have after a long day.

    also, ang ganda ng tutorial, ang sexy nung leaks!

  • Reply Bea March 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    hi! i want to ask how you did the B&W conversion. i can’t find a tutorial similar is yours. thanks! please tweet me:
    thanks again!

  • Reply Henrick February 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    awww.thanks for the tip! nice one :D

  • Reply pamuji99 March 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    your site at nice and beautiful…

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