Textured vignette effect

To keep the girl's face sharp, I added a mask to the blurred Again, a mask is used on the center of this picture There is This recipe isn't just suitable only for low-contrast, muted steam layer, and the droplets were deleted manually around also a little vignetting because of the use of a Screen blending images Here, I also used a mask to reduce the blurring of her mouth and eyes mode, which lightened the edges of the image the balloons Q Hard Light 100 100 Q Hard Light 100 100 Q Hard Light...

Soft Light

Photoshop describes the Soft Light blending mode as similar to shining a diffused spotlight onto the image. Like a softer version of Overlay and Hard Light, Soft Light belongs to the same contrast-increasing group of blending modes that have mid-gray as their neutral color. Essentially, Soft Light blending mode dodges the image if the blend color is lighter than 50 gray, and burns the image if the blend is darker. Deciding between these three modes is always a case of applying your judgment to...

Using Emboss

Every digital image needs some level of sharpening before it's printed, saved to the Web, or output to its ultimate use. Many sharpening techniques exist, from Photoshop's Unsharp Mask (USM), edge-sharpening variations where the USM filter is applied in Lab mode, plug-ins, and countless actions. As for which is best, there's probably no right answer and it's better to add the tools to your armory, try them out, and decide with your own eyes. So, here are two more techniques to try. They are...

Difference

When white is the blend color, the result is the same as inverting the image. You already know that Difference produces black if you use it to blend a photograph with a copy of itself But something interesting happens once you invert the blend layer I find it easier to think of what happens to the original's tones when the image becomes a negative The original's highlights become almost black in the blend layer, so they are darker but still show through The original's shadows become bright,...

Blurred edges

Now let's try applying the same technique to a very different subject What's most noticeable here is how the blurred Darken layer bleeds into the surrounding sky Here, it's strong, and leaving off the top layer has produced an almost posterized effect The bleeding shadows hint at an early morning mist, and we can obviously reduce the layer's opacity if that seems to suit the image Here the sandwich is very simple The darken and screen layers were blurred using a Gaussian amount of and were then...

Linear Dodge

Linear Dodge also belongs to the Lighten group of blending modes it will always lighten the picture and blending with black has no effect. Linear Dodge can be seen as a combination of Color Dodge and Screen, but it's a more powerful blending mode than either. Like Color Dodge, Linear Dodge can clip highlights, which does not happen with Screen, but Linear Dodge differs from Color Dodge in that it lightens black. Linear Dodge inspects each color channel and brightens the base color to reflect...

Natural reversal

Layers jlels I Paths Difference v Opacity 100 gt 3 Lock Fill 15 . gt Q Layers jlels I Paths Difference v Opacity 100 gt 3 Lock Fill 15 . gt Q This recipe produces an image that is similar to the original and with its highlights more saturated, but reverses and reduces contrast in the shadows and midtones. It usually results in a darkening of the image, but this can be fine-tuned by adjusting the Difference layer. With this night shot, notice how the brightly lit church is almost as the...

General Sharpening

linost every digital image needs to be sharpened at some point, and the Unsharp Mask filter is a favorite tool. However, because it's a destructive process, Unsharp Mask is often applied as the final step before printing. There is a surprising nondestructive alternative that involves the Hard Mix blending mode used in conjunction with a low-radius Gaussian Blur. When I first encountered Hard Mix, its obvious use seemed to be to drastically transform an image. It reduces an image to just eight...

Hiking Map Contours

Iost effective with pictures containing lots of detail, this recipe takes advantage of some Photoshop filters that produce an image that is mostly white. Find Edges is probably the most commonly used of this group, but another is Trace Contours. This filter outputs a basic contour map by joining together all pixels matching the brightness value that you choose in the Trace Contours dialog box. You can create an effect like a hiking map's contours by adding many such layers and setting their...

Soft Posterization

Layers ' Ch-i'iM i I i l. , Q Difference j Opacity jlMSC HQ Layers ' Ch-i'iM i I i l. , Q Difference j Opacity jlMSC HQ I Layers tanru s .Paths - , I Layers tanru s .Paths - , hough Photoshop has a posterization adjustment, its dialog offers little control and the results can be harsh and hard-edged. Here's a technique that lets you create posterization that's much softer and easier to control. 1 In the Layers palette, duplicate the original image layer by dragging the background layer onto the...

Images shot in low light

LIn the Layers palette, duplicate the original image layer by dragging the background layer onto the Create a new layer icon, or use Ctrl Cmd-J 2 Using either the pulldown blending mode menu in the Layers palette or the shortcut Alt Opt-Shift-L, change the duplicate layer's blending mode to Color and rename it Color. 3 Zoom in to ioo using View gt Actual Pixels or Ctrl Cmd-Alt Option-Zero and move around the screen to an area where the digital noise is clearly visible 4 Apply some Gaussian Blur...

Overlapped Lighten Layers

Applying the Lighten blending mode to a layer means that the final image shows only those pixels from the blend that are lighter than those of the underlying image. You can use this behavior to overlay copies of an image and produce effects that range from viewing the image through patterned glass to simulating movement. l In the Layers palette, duplicate the original image layer by dragging the background layer onto the Create a new layer icon, or use Ctrl Cmd-J 2 Use the pull-down blending...

Hard Mix Magic

Df all the blending modes, my favorites for radically transforming images are Hard Mix and Dissolve. Hard Mix reduces a picture to just eight colors, while Dissolve produces a speckling effect as you reduce the layer's opacity. This recipe is a gentle mix of these two fascinating modes. When you set the Hue Saturation adjustment layer to Dissolve, the resulting image isn't really a blend, but a mix of pixels randomly selected from either the adjusted or the underlying image Above Hard Mix...

Pin Light Bleach

Here's a simple recipe for producing a bleached, high-contrast image on a colored background. Highlights are progressively blown out by the Blend If si ider, but a softer and more colorful result is achieved using Pin Light or another of the contrast group of blending modes. 1 In the Layers palette, create a new layer by clicking the Create a new layer icon, or use Ctrl Cmd-J 2 Fill the new layer with a color by selecting Edit gt Fill and choosing Color in the Fill dialog box white is a good...

Quiet Cooling

Here's a quick technique for cooling down skin tones and softening them at the same time. The technique lightens faces by making a layer from the image's Red channel and setting its blending mode to Luminosity. If you want to harden skin tones, try using the Blue channel instead. While I would use this technique mainly for portraits, it can also work with other types of images. 1 Open the image and activate the Channels palette by selecting Windows gt Channels You'll see thumbnails of the...

Basic technique

1 In the Layers palette, duplicate the original image layer by dragging the background layer onto the Create a new layer icon, or 2 Using the pull-down blending mode menu in the Layers palette or the shortcut Alt Opt-Shift-L, change the duplicate layer's blending mode to Hard and rename it Hard Mix 3 Co to Image gt Adjustments gt Desaturate or use Ctrl Cmd-Shift-U to desaturate the Hard Mix layer it Invert the Hard Mix layer using Ctrl Cmd-I 5 Use Ctrl Cmd-J to duplicate the original image...

Customizing contrast

This photograph was taken in bright mid-morning light, and This building detail was shot on an overcast morning This the Hard Mix layer's opacity had to be set to under 50 recipe helps to bring out the cold light before any detail became apparent in the walls In this example, the Hard Mix layer's fill opacity worked best at around 50 At 100 it bleached the image Q Q Q F Layers feanneis Hj'ailu Q Q Q F Layers feanneis Hj'ailu

Adding a highlight

After adding the flare, I repositioned the brightest spot directly over a highlight on the nearest balloon The Screen blending mode is often best at replicating how flare can produce washed-out, low-contrast results This contre-jour image whereby the photographer shoots into the light already contained lens flare I duplicated the Photoshop Flare layer to intensify the atmosphere it lent the image

Pin Light

Pin Light Blending Mode Effect

hough Pin Light, like Vivid Light and Linear Light, is a contrast-increasing blending mode, it behaves slightly differently. While you can use Pin Light for boosting contrast, because in effect Pin Light is a combination of the Darken and Lighten modes, it is more suited to creating special effects. Windows Alt Shift Z Mac Option Shift Z We can pass quickly over simple Pin Light self-blends, as applying them has no result Even if you apply Gaussian blur, there's little or no effect on the...

Hard

The Hard Mix blending mode, which first appeared in Photoshop CS, reduces an image to just eight pure colors. You can use this mode in a self-blend to posterize an image. To control the degree of posterization, try adjusting the fill opacity, or try applying some Gaussian blur and make it the base for radical image transformations. It also has a surprising use in sharpening just combine it with some blur and reduce the fill opacity. If you're ever near Albuquerque, New Mexico, look out for the...

Vivid Light and Linear Light

Uivid Light and Linear Light are two very similar blending modes, which is why I ve chosen to include them here together. They are both contrast-increasing modes, but Vivid Light combines the effects of Color Burn and Color Dodge, while Linear Light combines the effects of Linear Burn and Linear Dodge. Windows Alt Shift V Mac Option Shift V Vivid Light is a contrast-increasing blending mode that combines the effects of Color Burn and Color Dodge If the blend color is darker than mid-gray, Vivid...