Tutorial: Soft smooth color touch on your photos!
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I’ve opened a desktop wallpaper of Rihanna (just google for it ;)). You can make the effect on every well lightened photo as well!
- Open the image
- Create a transparent layer
- Choose the blend tool. Set the FG color to #fff2d8. Choose the gradient type “FG to transparency”.
Drag a gradient from the upper left corner (start from outside of the canvas) to the bottom right corner (to outside as well). That creates a very soft light shine.
Set the opacity of the transparent layer to 40%. The lower you set the value the lesser dark parts will be colored in the next step.
Right click the layer in the layers dialog and choose “New from Visible”.
On the newly created layer go to
- Colors / Color Balance with these values. Set the “shadows” option and use the values 20/-20/17 to create a dark violet color in the dark parts of the image. Try other colors as well ;)
The image is now looking more interesting and a little softer while the not dark colors remain unchanged. Hope you like it!