Color cinema

In this lesson you will learn the easiest way to create a “movie effect”.

Let your photos look as if they were taken by a video camera and without any UV filters. Let’s start the lesson.

Step 1. Open the photo. Naturally, this should be a digital photograph, not a scanned photograph.

Step 2. At the bottom of the layers palette, click on the button and select “Curves“. This will add a new adjustment layer with curves over the first layer.

Step 3. We will work with colors on this adjustment layer. Curves simplify the process and eliminate the need for multiple layers. To start, select green channel. And do the following. OK do not click yet.

Step 4. Now select blue channel and do the following. When done, click OK.

Here is what your image should look like. At this stage, we have such a pop-art effect.

Step 5. Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer to Overlap.

This is how the image with mixed curves now looks. If you look from afar, you will see a light fog, as if the photo was taken by a camera and no UV filter.

Step 6. Now we diminish the contrast. For this Layer – New Adjustment Layer Brightness / Contrast (Layer – New Adjustment layer – Brightness / Contrast). If you are using Photoshop CS3, then in the window that appears creating a correction layer, check the box next to “Use the previous layer to create a clipping mask”. This will have the effect that the correction Brightness / Contrast will only apply to the previous layer.

This author did this lesson in an older version of Photoshop, where there is no “Use previous layer to create clipping mask” function, so Brightness / Contrast gives the image a more linear look.


Before and after.

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