In this tutorial, the author will show us how you can create a simple portrait effect using adjustment layers and blending modes. This lesson is well suited for those portrait photos in which you need to add a lost effect, or give the photo a modern hipster look.
We will apply several adjustment layers. GradientMap(Gradient map) and experiment with blending modes to add a photo of brown autumn tones.
The author recommends using correction layers, since you can apply the same effect to another photo, or correct the effect on another if you do not like it.
For convenience, you can even create Action (Action), which significantly systematizes all your actions, making just one click of the mouse. The description of creating an Action is described in detail here.
Simple settings GradientMap (Gradient maps) and Levels(Levels) along with blending modes, will open up possibilities for other possible combinations.
So, let’s begin. We will work with this photo.
First, let’s transfer the photo to Adobe Photoshop, or open it (Ctrl +O).
Create a new adjustment layer GradientMap(Gradient map). The author uses a gradient called “Platinum“, which is essentially the same as from black to white. Therefore you can use black and white gradient. Next, change the blend mode of this adjustment layer to Hue(Color tone) and also put Opacity(Opacity) of this layer – thirty%.
Create the adjustment layer again. GradientMap (Gradient Map) and apply a gradient called “Gold–Copper” (Gold – Copper). Change the blending mode of this layer to SoftLight (Soft light) and lower Opacity(Opacity) of this layer to 50%.
Create another adjustment layer GradientMap(Gradient map) and apply the effect called “Sepia 4 “(Sepia 4) and change the blending mode of this layer to Color (Chromaticity) and change Opacity(Opacity) of this layer on 15%.
Create a new adjustment layer. Exposure(Exposure) and apply the settings as in the screenshot.
So, the result:
Create a new adjustment layer SelectiveColor(Selective color correction) and apply some settings, as in the screenshot.
Translator’s Note: The author used these settings, as they are suitable for this photo, but you can use others.
Create a new adjustment layer Curves (Curves) and apply the following settings:
The result, which is obtained:
Now double-click the key combination Alt+Shift+Ctrl+E. Top copy of the merged layers name “lighten” with blend mode Screen(Screen) with Opacity (Opacity) – 0%, and the bottom – “darken” with blend mode Multiply(Multiplication) either Overlay(Overlap) with Opacity (Opacity) – 0%. Now you can adjust Opacity (Opacity) of each of these two layers, applying the effect in a way that you like best.
Note author: if you write Action (Action), in this case it will be convenient to combine all the layers into one group (Ctrl+G).Can name this group “Autumntones“.
And here is the result of the author.