Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Whitening Tones In A Photo Using Photoshop - How To

stock photo of a cat from Morgue File
 I got this lovely cat photo from the stock photo site, Morgue Photo.
white cat recolored in photoshop
The tutorial for this fun effect came from Design Nocturne. It was very easy to do and the directions were great.

My Notes:

Cool the color:
Adjustment Layer > Photo Filter.  Cooling Filter (80), Density 60%, Preserve Luminosity

Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Reduce Saturation -90%

Adjustment Layer > Curves. Move the curve line to make an arc over the current line. Add two points on the curve, one dark, the other light.

Bring back some color:
Click on the Hue/Saturation layer's mask.
Start painting back some detail with a Black Brush, Hardness 10%, Opacity 5%.
Change the Opacity to 30% for areas you want to stand out more.
If the image has something you want to truly accentuate, change the paint brush's opacity to 50%.

To bring back more dark areas you can go to the Curves Layer and click on it's Layer Mask. Set the black brush's blending mode to Overlay.

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