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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

PSWorld Portrait Tip

This tip comes from Scott Kelby's Killer Tips for Photographers class at Photoshop World. He also showed it to viewers on last week's Photoshop TV.

Though I added a few steps before the final output, here's basically what I did to turn an ordinary photo that my friend Kevo took of our friend Al into something a little more dramatic. (If you know another way, I'd love to hear it. I just love this effect.):

  • Duplicate your background layer twice.
  • Change the blend mode of the middle layer to Screen and the top layer to either Soft Light or Color Burn (which ever looks better)
  • Adjust the opacity of the upper layers until you get your desired color balance
  • Flatten the image, or stamp visible (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E)
  • Add some noise and then sharpen it
  • Duplicate the layer and change the blend mode to Multiply.
  • Make a rectangular selection around most of the image and then feather it at least 100 pixels and hit Delete
Give it a try.