For this tutorial, I will be demonstrating
and giving suggestions to help you create a dramatic effect on
your photos. In
this example, I will be working with a photo that came out a
little over exposed and fuzzy and I will be transforming it into a
dramatic, black and white photo with selective tinting and
coloring. Many of
these steps will be suggestions and you will have to judge what
your own photo needs and skip the steps that donít help your
Here is my beginning photo:
Copy your original photo and open in a new
image. Never make
changes on your original photo, always use a copy.
Since the photo is overexposed (bright) I
duplicated the photo and set the top layer to overlay at opacity
Choose Layer>Merge>Merge Visible.
Now you should have one layer.
Duplicate this layer.
And turn the top layer to black and white.
Effects>Photo Effects>Black and White Film, I used a
setting of brightness at -26 and clarify at 15.
You should now have two layers.
The bottom layer is your enhanced photo layer and the
second layer is your black and white layer.
Duplicate your black and white layer and turn that layer
visibility off for the moment.
On your visible black and white layer, change
the blend mode to overlay and the opacity to around 40%.
Turn back on the top black and white layer,
change the blend mode to burn and the opacity to around 10-15%.
Merge these layers together so that you have
one layer. And
duplicate so that you have two layers.
On the top layer we are going to do some burning.
With your burn tool, set on a soft brush, at
a size of about 30 and your limits set to shadows, darken up all
the dark areas of the face and the photo that you want to stand
out. You want to
exaggerate this, so make the areas darker than you normally would
Set the burned layer to a blend mode of
multiply with the opacity set at 70%.
Take a small soft erase brush and erase any areas of the
photo that you want to really stand out in brightness, for mine, I
did a small area of the bottom lip and the irises of the eyes.
You can enhance these areas even further later.
Merge the two visible layers together.
Take a small soft sharpen brush and sharpen
the edges of the eyes, the lips and the nose if your photo started
out a tiny bit fuzzy, just to make the edges crisper.
This is not necessary in clear, crisp photos.
Duplicate this layer and set the top layer to
sepia tone at an aging of about 80 years.
Set the sepia toned layer to overlay and the
opacity to about 80%. Since
I started out with a dark background, I am going to erase the
background with soft fuzz brush so that I can still see it,
otherwise it blends into her hair.
Merge the sepia toned layer down.
Then duplicate the layer.
On the top visible layer, do a high pass sharpen with a
radius of 10 and the opacity of 70 and a setting of hard light.
Set the sharpened layer to the opacity of
At this point you can add details of your
own, adding a hue to the cheeks, dodging the eyes to brighten them
(a suggestion would be turn your limit to highlights while doing
this, to keep the pupil remaining black), and any other areas that
you want to enhance more!
You now have your dramatically enhanced photo and you
are ready to scrap it, print it, and share it!!! J