Add a warm photo effect in Photoshop

Hello, today, we, in just a few steps, add sun and bright colors to a photo taken at sunset.

Select the photo you want, and open it in Adobe Photoshop.

Step 1

Choose a tool Gradient tool (G) (Gradient tool), in the tool settings, click on the gradient to edit it. In the window that opens, select any double gradient. Then, change the left color to white #ffffff, right to red # ff0000. Create a new color, orange # ffa200, in the middle, at Position 50%. Drag the color sliders, white by 17%, orange by 58%. Click on the New button to create an additional gradient in the set.

With the help of the gradient, we will increase the brightness of the sun. Create a new layer. Select Radial Gradient. Draw a small gradient circle in the center of the document, as shown below. Using tool Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) (Oval Region tool) create a selection. In the Layers window click on the button. Add mask .

Change the layer blend mode with gradient to Screen (Screen). Being on the layer mask, in the Layers window, open the filter Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and change the Radius to about 271 pixels, depending on the resolution of your photo, to blur the layer mask.

Using the Free Transform tool Ctrl + T change the location and size of the “solar” gradient. Optionally, change the Opacity of the layer.

Step 2

To align the color, you need to correct the photo. In the Layers window, select the first layer with the photo. At the bottom of the panel, click on the icon. Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new adjustment layer or a fill layer) and select Curves (Curves). Thus, in the layers window, the first will be a photo layer, then an adjustment layer, and the top will be a layer with a gradient imitating the sun. Adjust the adjustment layer as follows: click on the menu where RGB is indicated initially, select the Red channel in the list that appears, and change the curve as shown in the image below.

In the same way, change the Green and Blue channels, respectively.

In order to remove the effect of overlapping Curves, we will resort to using a mask that was originally attached to the adjustment layer. Click on the mask, press the key combination Ctrl + I, to invert the color to black and completely hide the effect. Select Brush tool (B) (Tool “Brush”), color is white, the size is very large, pressing 20%. And start brushing where the effect of the dawn of the sun should overlap.

Step 3

On top of all layers, create the next adjustment layer. Color balance (Color Balance) and adjust it as follows.

Before starting the next step, we will slightly correct the layers already created earlier. Click on the gradient layer. Change the Opacity to 82%. Layer with Curves up to 85%, with Color Balance up to 71%. Again, returning to the gradient, click Ctrl + T, to enable free transform. Reduce the sun a bit. And finally, let’s add a little more yellow color, by slightly changing the Blue channel in the Curves adjustment layer.

Step 4

Click on the gradient layer, open the window Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) command Ctrl + U. Reduce Saturation as shown below.

On top of all layer, create the next adjustment layer. Solid color (Color), in the appeared color selection window, enter # 1d346a in the corresponding field. Change the blending mode to Lighten (Replacing light). Thus, the effect of the selected color will fall on the shadow of the image. Reduce the layer Opacity to 85%.

Such a wonderful sunset turned out with a blue tint. We wish you success and look forward to your work.

Posted by: Aaron Nace

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