From Washed Out to WOW!
Enhancing washing out photos
Do you have a stack of photos that are washed out
and you aren’t sure what to do with them?? Wish
they had that WOW factor that other photos have?
This tutorial will help take your washed out photos
to a whole new level!
1. Start by opening your photo that you want to
enhance. Copy it and paste it as a new image.
(this way we are working on a copy of the photo
rather than the original)
Here is the photo I started with:
2. Duplicate your photo and set the top layer to
the blend mode of Overlay at 100% opacity.
3. Duplicate the layer again and set the new top
layer to multiply at 100% opacity.
4. Duplicate the layer again and set the new top
layer to overlay at 50% opacity.
5. Duplicate the layer again and set the new top
layer to burn at 10% opacity.
6. Merge the visible layers (you can do this by
right clicking on the top layer in your layers palette
and choosing Merge>Merge Visible)
7. Duplicate this layer and while the top layer is
the active layer go to Effects>Photo Effects>Black
and White Film
The settings I used were: Brightness of 9, Clarify
of 4, Red 30.2%, Green 41.6%, Blue 28.2% (feel
free to change these settings according to your
This is after the Black and White treatment:
8. Next , duplicate the Black and White layer,
while the top layer is active, go to Effects>Photo
Effects>Sepia Toning and set it to 80 years
9. Set the sepia toned layer to the blend mode of
Color at an opacity of 60%.
Here are the final images that I created using the
steps in this tutorial:
Tutorial as it is written produced this photo:
Turning off the sepia toned layer produces this
black and white photo:
Turning back on the sepia toned layer, but turning
off the black and white layer produces this antique
Copyright 2008 Nicole Young