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Tutorial - Evan Rachel Wood in Across the Universe

I was quite pleased with my recent batch of Across the Universe icons and I happened to still have all the PSDs so I thought I'd make a tutorial. If people seem to like it, I might do more.

This tutorial is written in Photoshop CS2. It uses Selective Color, so you should be fine with any version of Photoshop that has that. I didn't go into too much detail, so if you're confused about anything please leave a comment and I'll try to explain. Hope you enjoy!

1. To begin with, of course, choose an image, crop it into a square, and resize to 100x100. Sharpen your image if necessary. I've chosen a shot of Evan Rachel Wood as Lucy in my favorite movie ever, Across the Universe.

2. Duplicate your base layer and set the duplicate to Screen in order to lighten your image up. I've left the opacity at 100% but if it gets way too light you may want to lower that.

3. My image is a little washed out and I want to bring out the color, so I'm going to increase the saturation. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and increase the master saturation to 20.

4. Add a Selective Color adjustment layer. The main idea is that we want to bring out the red/orange colors in her skin and especially in her hair, and bring out the cyan everywhere else. So, the settings I've used are these:
Red: -100 0 0 0
Yellow: -100 0 0 0
Neutrals: 25 0 0 0

5. I want to exaggerate that coloring more, so I add another Selective Color layer with exactly the same settings. You can just duplicate the first one.

6. It's getting there, but I still want more orange tones in her hair, so I make another Selective Color layer with almost the same settings. This time I used:
Red: -100 0 0 0
Yellow: -100 0 0 0
Neutrals: 20 0 0 0
This layer was making her skin too orange, so I masked out everything but her hair and her shirt.

7. Next, duplicate your base layer and drag the duplicate to the top of your layer palette. Apply a Gaussian blur - you want to blur it so much that you can't see any details anymore. I've used a radius of 4.0 pixels. Gaussian blur layers like this can really give an image a soft, dreamy look when set to screen, soft light, or normal at a lowered opacity (depending on the coloring of your image). In this case, I've set the layer to screen in order to lighten the image even more and left it at 100%.

8. Duplicate that layer and set the duplicate to soft light at 26%. Soft light layers tend to add contrast, so this will make the image a little less washed out while still keeping the light areas nice and bright.

9. Now, select all and go to Edit > Copy Merged (or just hit ctrl+shift+c) and then paste. This will create a new layer which is basically a duplicate of everything we've done up until now. Set this layer to soft light at 62% to add a bit more contrast. I also used the blur tool to soften up her hair just above her shoulder where it's a little pixelly on this layer.

And voila! You're done!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I hope you found it easy to follow. Once again, let me know if you have any questions. I'd also love to hear your thoughts in general about it!
Tags: tutorial: colouring

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