Schindler: Make One Color Pop

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Making one color stand out can be done in different ways in Photoshop. The simplest way is with two Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layers on top of each other.

Step 1: First Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

All shades, except red: set the saturation to -100

Step 2: Second Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

Set all shades to -100 saturation in one go.

Step 3: Paint.

Now paint on the layer mask of the 2nd Saturation, with a black brush, which must retain its color.

For this effect if you use another photo, you’ll have to paint on the layer mask again.

Step 4: Finishing Touch.

Set the Levels to:



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This effect makes the photo cooler, with a blue feeling. Make sure you don’t use a photo with a lot of blue, use more contrasting colors. Again, make sure you use Adjustment Layers, so that you can apply the effect fast and easy on more photo’s.

Step 1: Levels.

Set the levels like this:

Step 2: Color Balance.

Set the Color Balance to this:

  • Shadows: Cyan-Red: -25, Yellow-Blue: + 23
  • Highlights: Cyan-Red: + 16, Yellow-Blue: -16

Step 3: Color Fill.

Use the color: #2284dc (C 78, M 43, Y 0, K 0) = Bright blue.

  • Set the Blending Mode to Soft light
  • Set the Opacity to around 80%

Quick Photo Effect: Red Haze

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With this effect you can enhance your photo by giving them a red glow appearance, it gives the photo a warm(er) feeling. Use Adjustment Layers for this effect so you can replace the photo to recreate the effect on other of your photos.

Step 1: Curves Adjustment Layer.

Set the curves like this:

Step 2: Levels Adjusment Layer.

Set the Levels like this:

You can change the photo to apply the effect on anyphoto:

Quick Photo effect: Forest Light.

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With this effect you can enhance your photo by giving them a Lime green glow appearance. Use Adjustment Layers for this effect so you can replace the photo to recreate the effect on other of your photos.

Step 1: Full Color Adjustment Layer.

Original photo.

Color: Lime green (#91e0a9). Set the blend mode for this layer on Soft light.

Step 2: Levels Adjustment Layer.

Set the levels on: 36/1,25/255.

Step 3: Color Balance Adjustment Layer.

Set the color balance on:

  • Shadows: +5, -21, +16
  • Midtones: -28, 0, +12
  • Highlights: +11, +8, -9

Keep the light intensity checked on.


Simple Comic Book Effect

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Simple comic book effect.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a simple comic book drawing effect. You can take any photo you like. It will work on almost every photo.

Photo before.

Step 1: The photo.

Duplicate your photo (ctrl+j) then convert it to a smart object. When you do this you can alter the effect on the photo. Now go to Image -> Adjustments -> Shadow/highlights. Use the standard settings. Remeber you can alter the settings afterwarts, because you converted the photo in a smart object.

Step 2: Stack of effects.

Now we can begin to create the comic book effect. with the following filters:

  1. Stylize -> Oil Paint. With these settings: stylization 2, cleanliness 10. The rest is standard setting.
  2. Filter Gallery -> Poster Edges. Settings: thickness 0, intensity 1, limitation 6. Then adjust the effect to: oppacity 60%, blend mode: normal.
  3. Noise -> Reduce Noise: strenght 10, the rest of the setting 0.
  4. Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask. Settings: quantity 70, radius 4 px, threshold 0.
  5. Blur -> Smart Blur. Radius 4, threshold 25, Quality: low, mode: normal.
  6. Filter Gallery -> Cutout. Levels 4, edges 4, precision 2. Then adjust the effect to opacity 50% and blend mode to Soft light.

So this will create a simple comic book effect. You can play with the settings of the effects to increase or decrease the effect if you want a more subtle of stronger effect.


Tintype effect in Photoshop

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Let’s recreate a tintype photograph in Photoshop. This effect works best on portraits, as I have discovered myself. Tintype photography saw it’s peak between the 1860s and 1870s and a lesser use in the 20th century. Today it’s a novelty and fine art form. I’m using Photoshop CC 2019. Remember to use adjustment layers so your photo stays in tact and can be replaced by another photo.

Step 1: Adjustment layers: Gradient map.

The colors for the gradient map are: 1f1c17 to a49e91

Step 2: Curves adjustment layer.

Add a new adjustment layer for curves under the gradient map. This is so that only the photo changes. The values are different for each photo. Make sure that you increase the contrast and make it darker overall.

Step 3: Add texture.

For this I’m using a old paper texture. Put the texture under the adjustment layers and above the photo. Set the blend mode to Soft light. This will lighter the photo and give it a nice texture.

Step 4: Finishing touches.

The photo is looking pretty good so far. Now let us bring back some contrast. Create a new layer and set it to Soft light for blend mode and fill it with a 50% grey. Now you can paint with black and white on this layer. White will lighten and black will darken.

Photoshop tutorial: Daguerreotype

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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a easy but effective daguerreotype in Photoshop.In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a easy but effective daguerreotype in Photoshop. I’m using Photoshop CC 2019.

We’ll start by choosing a photo. You can use whatever photo you like. The photo in the image on your left came from Pixabay. It’s important to know that you’ll have to work with non-destructive adjustment layers. This way you can imsert new images in your document to create other daguerreotypes.

Step 1: The stack of Adjustment layers.

  1. Set the Channel mixer adjustmet layer on monochrome and change the values of Red & Green to 0% and Blue to 100%.
  2. Add a Levels adjustment layer. Now it’s specific to the photo you choose. For this photo the values are: (black) 32/ (white) 255. The photo is now lighter.
  3. Add a Gradient map on top of the stack. Set the colors to: 12100D (dark brown) and f0e7ca (soft cream). Set the opacity for this adjustment layer to around 66%

Step 2: Adding texture.

Now it’s time to add some texture to your photo. You should search for a metal textureNow it’s time to add some texture to your photo. Set the bleding mode to one of these: soft light, screen or overlay. For this image I choose overlay and an opacity of 100%.

Step 3: Adding a second texture.

Your photo looks now quite like a daguerreotype. But let’s add some more texture. The second texture is a black and white dust texture. It comes under the metal texture. Set the blend mode to screen and the opacity to around 68%. Set a levels adjustment layer clipping mask to this texture. Set the values to 13/1,00/255 and 4/255.

Now you have your daguerreotype in Photoshop. You can change the origiam photo to whatever you want. You only have to play with the levels adjustment layers to fit it to the new photo.


Levels 1: 44/1,00/230 and 37/255. Levels 2: 0/1,00/246 and 25/255.
Levels 1: 16/1,00/252 and 9/255. Levels 2: 6/1,00/140 and 35/255. I also used a different metal texture.