Start with your base, cropped to 100 x 100. I used this base.
Step 1- Auto levels
Auto Color (optional)
Step 2- Duplicate base and set to soft light 100%
This is where we get into layers
Step 3- New Fill Layer #deb700 set to Color 40%
Step 4- New Adjustment Layer- Selective Coloring
R: -65, 75, 45, 67
N: -13, 8, -15, 6
Step 5: New Adjustment Layer- Brightness/Contrast
Merge layers. Add text or brushes, be creative! You can always adjust opacities and such in layers to your liking, what I've offered is just a guide. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I'd love to see your results!
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