We are going from this: to this: in Photoshop CS3. Alright, here we go!
First off, find your base, of course. Mine is made by theghostparade and it features Avril Lavigne. You can choose any base you want or make your own. Now, depending on the lighting of your image, duplicate your base once and set it to Soft Light 100%. It's obviously a little more darker and smoother...or at least mine is.
Now, I made a new fill layer with #ffffff and set this layer to Soft Light 100% to make it a little brighter.
To add a nice, vintage effect, I made a color fill layer with #000221, a dark blue, and set it to Exclusion 100%. It's all yellow now!
Now I want to up the Saturation a little so I made a Hue/Saturation layer...
Now the colors of my image pop a little more, which I love. Feel free to change the settings depending on your image.
Now, to darken it up a little, duplicate your base once more and bring it to the top. Desaturate it and set it to Soft Light 100%. I love the effect of desaturated soft light images ^^
Make a Color Balance layer with these settings...
Midtones: -20, -25, +30
The image is a kind of pinkish now. Don't worry, it'll get better.
To brighten up the image, make a Curves layer.
RGB, Output: 164, Input: 129
Blue, Output: 114, Input: 124
Now make a dark brown exclusion layer - a new color fill layer filled with #201100 and set to Exclusion 50%. The skin is now darker in my image.
Make another color fill with #040024. Set it to Screen 100%. Blacks are a little blue-er now (:
Another color fill layer! This time, fill it with #000000 and set it to Soft Light 50%. Darkened it up a little, hehe.
Now we're going to make a Color Balance layer to change the colors a tad.
Midtones: -40, -20, -35
The colors changed juust a little bit!
Make a Selective Color layer (this will darken it up) - our final step!
Reds: +100, +100, +100, -40
Yellows: 0, 0, -100, 0
Neutrals: +40, 0, 0, 0
And (finally!) you're done!
If you have any questions, please post here. If you use this tutorial (or any of my tutorials) please credit me, since it's mine. Also, show me your results...I always love to see them. And, of course, comment if you like it or you're using it...whatever! I love to see comments. They make me feel happy (:
Thanks and enjoy this tutorial!