Add 5 simple photo effects in Photoshop

How do I achieve such a transformation? This question is constantly asked. In this lesson you will learn about 5 simple styles, as well as how to create them in a few steps. Believe me – everything is very simple, for this you do not need a lot of layers.

1. Matte surface / Vintage / Dark tones correction

This simple effect has many names, it is applied to photos to make them more intimate and emotional. Very often, this effect is used in Instagram. It is also mistakenly referred to as dark tone enhancement, but this is not a completely correct term — in fact, dark tone enhancement is the opposite of the effect of dark tone correction (See the next paragraph of this lesson).

How to create an effect in Photoshop:

Step 1

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves).

Step 2

Pull the lower left control point up until you reach the desired level of dark tones. Add two more control points to create an S-curve. This will add contrast to the photo; otherwise, the photo will turn out to be faded.

2. Enhance dark tones

Not to be confused with the literal meaning of the word amplification, enhancement of dark tones – this is a technique of compressing dark tones of an image to obtain the emo style.

How to create an effect in Photoshop:

?Step 1

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves).

Step 2

Pull the lower left control point to the right until you reach the desired level of dark tone enhancement. Add a control point in the middle to brighten the bright areas of the image.

Step 3 (optional)

Change the blending mode to Brightness (Luminosity).

3. Clear and bright look.

A clear and bright style is another style that is often asked about because of its popularity. You can see a great example of this style on timmy727 on Instagram. People often wonder how you can add whites to your photos so that they look completely white. The secret of white tones is to correct Vibration (Vibrance), which can completely discolor white areas without discoloration of the rest of the image. Correction Vibration (Vibrance) is based on the same principle as the Technique of Smooth saturation, which we met in 2006.

How to create an effect in Photoshop:

?Step 1

Add adjustment layer Vibration (Vibrance), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Vibration (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Vibrance). Reduce the vibration value until you get the desired result. You can also increase the saturation value to restore image saturation.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). Pull the lower left control point slightly up and then right. Next, pull the upper right point to the left. Add a control point in the middle, and then drag it to create an arch to lighten the image.

4. Pastel

Pastel is one of the simplest effects that can be recreated in Photoshop. With just one layer, you can muffle the tones and enhance the light and shadow. What gives the effect a good look is the additional colors that can be added to the shadows and highlights. For example, if you add blue tones to the shadows, the lights will get the opposite shade, i.e. yellow. It creates color balance.

How to create an effect in Photoshop:

Step 1

Add a new adjustment layer fill. Colour (Solid Color), for this we go Layer – New adjustment layer – Color (Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color). Choose any color you like (for example, blue).

Step 2

Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to An exception (Exclusion) and then reduce Opacity (opacity) layer to about 5-20%.

5. Film style

The effect of the film is the most popular effect, but, honestly, it will be great if you experiment with different techniques to create this effect. On this site you can familiarize with a free lesson on imitation of the effect of film from SparkleStock. If you want to learn how you can independently recreate the effect of film, then you can watch a video tutorial on this subject. But, if you want to understand just the essence, then follow the instructions below.

How to create an effect in Photoshop:

?Step 1

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). Add two control points, arrange them in such a way that an S-curve is obtained. You can also enhance darker tones (using the lower left control point offset) or loosen the white tones (using the upper right control point offset) at your discretion.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation). Next, select a separate color channel to expand the color range. For example, I enhanced the yellow tones in green. Correct the values color tone / saturation (hue / saturation / lightness). Repeat the whole process, choosing a different color that you want to adjust.

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