Program: Photoshop CS2
Involves: Selective Coloring, Color Balance, Curves
Level: Easy - Intermediate
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BELLA SWAN TUTORIAL.
1. Begin with your base, I added the negative space at the top. I also sharpened my base layer, in this case it does not need any intial brightening.
2. Next I used a forest texture I found at flickr and set the layer to 'Lighten'. For the record, here is a copy of the image I used [click]
3. These next few steps I do often, I actually got it from one of Danielle's tutorials. Create a new fill layer with #fc1414 and set the layer to 'Overlay' at 2% opacity.
4. Create a new fill layer with #1a1302 and set the layer to 'Exculsion' at 42% opacity.
5. Create a new fill layer with #f2d61c and set the layer to 'Soft Light' at 14% opacity.
Those three fill layers add interesting depth and enhance the natural colors which are often unsaturated in Twilight pictures.
6. Create a new Selective Color layer (Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Selective Color). I used the following settings:
Reds: -70, +12, +45, 36
Yellows: +48, +21, +100, +27
Whites: +100, -7, -67, -14
This layer is quite drastic and will look bad on most images. My image is very unsaturated so it works, adjust yours accordingly.
7. Create a new Color Balance layer (Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Color Balance) I used the following settings:
Midtones: -29, -16, +21
Shadows: +9, +3, -12
Highlights: -15, -11, +5
This layer will help balance out the strong reds and yellows created in the previous layer.
8. Create a new Selective Color layer (Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Selective Color). I used the following settings:
Reds: -20, +11, +18, +24
Yellows: -7, 0, +10, +23
Cyans: +100, 0, 0, 0
Whites: 0, 0, -7, -12
Neutrals: +12, +9, +9, -4
9. Create a new Curves layer (Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Curves) I used the following settings:
RGB: Point one, Input: 3 - Output: 0
Point two, Input: 131 - Output: 143
10. Here is where some thought and creativity comes in. I often do this with icons. I create new layers and draw subtly with a soft-edged brush using black and white, I set these layers to 'Soft Light' and lower to opacity to usually 20-40%. These will help highlight or darken certain areas.
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