Quick and Easy Pse Effects – 06/02/13

I personally use Photoshop Elements 9, its mainly because it was on offer and I have better things to spend my money on but it also does everything I need. I really don’t see the point on spending massive amounts of money on software, as long as it’s reliable, stable and quick and can process raw in a non-destructive work space.

So here are a couple of my favourite effects I like to apply to some of my shots after I have finished doing the basic work flow editing. And remember there is no need to religiously adhere to how I do it, experiment & find your own aesthetic!

BRONZE TONING FOR PORTRAITS:

A simple but beautifully effective technique that works well on colour or B&W portraiture.

  1. Duplicate the Background Layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer or press CTRL+J).
  2. Go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Color Variations. Now choose the More Red option in the dialogue box and click this 2 or 3 times.
  3. Now sometimes the skin is too toned so you can do one of two things to rectify this. Firstly, select the Eraser Tool, set the Opacity to about 40% and lightly go over the skin to remove the excess toning or add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation) and make a Hue adjustment. Somewhere in the plus range usually works best.
I apologise for this image but my hubby will not sit & have his photo taken!

I apologise for this image but my hubby will not sit & have his photo taken!

GRUNGE EFFECT

A simple technique that is ideal for architecture or portraiture

  1. Duplicate the Background Layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer or press CTRL+J).
  2. Go to Enhance>Convert To Black & White, then in the dialogue box select the Newspaper option and hit OK. Now change the Layer Blending Mode to Luminosity.
  3. Now go to Enhance>Unsharp Mask. In the dialogue box that appears set the Amount to about 100, Radius to about 250 and Threshold to zero.
Grunge Effect applied to a simple snapshot

Grunge Effect applied to a simple snapshot

Try them out on some of those images that are sat on your hard drive and remember that you can experiment on the basic formulas to come up with your own recipe for adding an interesting effect to your precious images..

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