May 13, 2015

Photoshop is my foe and friend at the same time. There are days where it makes me want to smash my laptop and throw it out of the window and other days where I could play with it for hours. Lately I discovered this super fun tutorial that I want to share with you guys today. And in case you’re not equipped with Photoshop yet, I suggest to download the 30-day trial version since this period of time already allows you to find out if you like it or not. As I’m well aware that buying Photoshop is highly expensive and that not everyone (including myself) feels like spending a fortune on a program, you have the option to make a monthly subscription which is quite affordable and can be stopped at any time.

So here’s a very easy idea, which gives you lots of space for creativity.

I hope you enjoy it and that my explanations are somewhat understandable.

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First things first: Start by duplicating your photo.

This is so essential since it allows you to revert the added effects and used tools within seconds without having to start right from the beginning again.

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Next you select the square symbol in the 3rd row on the right, gradient( in German Verlaufsumsetzung) There you get to choose from many different color combinations and grades.

As you can see I went for the fifth option which turns my photo all orange and purple.

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Of course I don’t want my picture to stay that way. So next to the opacity (in German ,,Deckkraft”) you select the box where it says ,,Normal’.

There you can play with multiple effects until you find something that you like. I choose ,,Screen”(in German ,,Negativ multiplizieren”)

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Now you just have to set the opacity(I went for 80%)  save your photo and you’re done.

Voila, here’s my before and after.

I think this effect is so easy to use and it only takes a few minutes. I really like how it can add a, somewhat vintage or late sunset type of look to your photo, depending on the colors and gradient used.


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