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  • Creating Pseudo-vector Wallpapers for Desktop

    Creating Pseudo-vector Wallpapers for Desktop (Part 1)

    In this tutorial you will learn how to create pseudo-vector wallpapers for your desktop. This tutorial will be very useful for beginners and it will be divided in two parts. On first part (of two) we will create everything except the grass and the kitten.

    Final Image Preview

    Step 1

    Create a new document with the resolution 1900×1200 for this tutorial with white background. Select Gradient Tool (G) and drag a gradient on canvas like on image below.

    Step 2

    Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create selection similar to the picture below and fill it with linear gradient by using colors of #81ec00 and #41bf01 on the new layer. It will be meadow.

    Step 3

    With selection still active, apply Inner Shadow layer style to this layer.

    Step 4

    Keep selection active. Create new layer under the current layer and fill it with white color. Now remove selection with Select > Deselect (Ctrl+D) and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with these settings:

    Set up layer opacity to 53% and you will have what i have now:

    Step 5

    Now let´s start creating clouds on the sky. Create a new layer above all the layers, then use Elliptical Marquee Tool to create round selection and fill it with white color.

    Step 6

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D. Duplicate this layer with Ctrl+J two times and move both duplicates like on image below. For the image on the right, click on layer to select it and then reduce the size with Edit > Free Transform.

    Step 7

    Merge three of these layers in one and correct the bottom part of the cloud. Use the Pen Tool to create shape similar to the shape on my screenshot. If you prefer you can use other tools like Lasso Tool but i prefer Pen Tool in this case.

    Step 8

    Click on Paths and select Path (if window not visible go to Windows > Paths), click on selection icon on the palette which says Load Path as a Selection (Ctrl+click on shape thumbnail on Path also works). Go back to layers palette, invert selection with Ctrl+Shift+I (Select > Inverse) and press Delete button to clear selected area.

    Step 9

    Finally load selection of current layer with cloud by using Select > Load Selection and fill selected area with linear gradient by using colors of #e7f6fd, #b5e4fd.

    Step 10

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D. After that apply Inner Shadow layer style to this layer.

    Step 11

    We now have one cloud but we need more. Duplicate this layer a few times with Ctrl+J and move copies to the left and right. Apply Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal for some copies and apply Edit > Free Transform to change sizes to some of them.

    Step 12

    Now we need to create flowers. Select the Elliptical Marquee Tool and create oval selection, then fill it with gradient. It will be one of flower´s petals.

    Step 13

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D and apply Drop Shadow layer style for current layer.

    Step 14

    Duplicate this layer with Ctrl+J a few times. After that apply Ctrl+T to rotate each layer and organize it like i have. We now have flower’s petals.

    Step 15

    Now we have to form the middle of flower. Create a new layer and using the Ellipse Tool create round shape with foreground color of #ffa200. After that apply Drop Shadow and Inner Glow layer styles to shape.

    Step 16

    Create a new layer where we create a stem and leaves of camomile with color #9cfe15 by using the Pen Tool. Do similiar steps as used to create cloud (Load Path as selection and then fill it with color).

    Step 17

    Create more camomiles on the same way and put it to the different parts of our canvas to create feeling that they were knocked up upwards.

    Part 2

    Part 2 of this tutorial has been published.


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  • Creating Roller Shutter in Photoshop

    Creating Roller Shutter in Photoshop

    On this tutorial you will learn to create a realistic wood roller shutter texture using only Photoshop Tools.

    Final Image Preview


    Step 1

    Create a new document with 800px width and 500px height. Fill background with linear gradient using Gradient Tool.


    Step 2

    Apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with following settings:


    Step 3

    Apply Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with following settings:


    Step 4

    Select Crop Tool and remove borders of our background texture by cropping each side.

    After cropping your image should look like mine:


    Step 5

    Now we are going to increase constrat. Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast:

    We need to reduce light intensity so go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.


    Step 6

    Apply Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen.


    Step 7

    Select one Hard Round Brush, 3 pixels and set foregound color to black color (#000000). Draw several lines and when drawing hold Shift key to make them straight.

    Go to Layer > Blending Options and apply following styles:


    Step 8

    Select Rectangular Marquee Tool and select area as shown below.

    Create new layer and fill selected area with black color (#000000).


    Step 8

    Select a soft-edged brush with 80 pixels and opacity 70%. With Eraser Tool selected clean up lower edge of the black area.

    Change Layer Blending Mode to Soft Light and we get a deep shadow.

    Copy layer with Ctrl+J and move it to next line. Repeat process till you have all lines with shadow.


    Step 9

    Create new layer on top. Select Brush Tool and Grass Brush (it is one of standard brushes that comes with Photoshop). Change foreground color to green (#00ed00) and draw some grass.

    Apply Drop Shadow by going to Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow.


    Final Image

    Apply Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen and this tutorial is over and we got a realistic wood roller shutter.


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  • Poster from the Words

    Poster from the Words

    Would you like to make your own cool musical poster? This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to do it.


    Final Image Preview


    Resources

    Girl


    Step 1

    First we are going to create a new document in Photoshop with 1000×1000 pixels with all the default settings. Fill the background layer with black color.


    Step 2

    Select Horizontal Type Tool and place any text (white color, caps on) filling all background as you can see below. Only use one text layer.

    Rotate text 45 degrees CW by going to Edit > Transform > Rotate.


    Step 3

    Open photo and copy it to our canvas over text layer. Go to Edit > Free Transform and resize photo to something similar to what I have.

    Select text from text layer (Ctrl+left click on text layer thumbnail in layers). Press Ctrl+Shift+I to invert selection. With selection active, select photo layer and press Delete to clear selection contents.

    Press Ctrl+D to deactivate selection.

    Apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.


    Step 4

    Create a new layer. Select Horizontal Tool (Arial, white color, 55px) and write something like “DJ Music!”. Create a second new layer and write “Only best hits!” (Arial, white color, 25px).

    Rotate text 45 degrees CW by going to Edit > Transform > Rotate on both layers.

    Apply Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options > Outer Glow to both layer to make it more readable.


    Final Image

    This tutorial is now finished and you got a great effect!


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  • Aging a Young Woman: Photoshop Tutorial

    In this Photoshop tutorial we will take a picture of a young woman and make her look older by a decade or two. It’s quite amusing to do this as you can see how you or your friends will look when you get older.


    Final Image Preview


    Resources

    Young Woman 6
    Wrinkles
    Old Woman Portrait II Stock


    Step 1

    Open the picture “Woman” (or any other portrait). The first thing we want to do is drop/drag down some of the parts of the face. I am talking about cheekbones, nose, jaw. Why? Because that’s what happens to old people. To do this make a duplicate of the original layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + J) and open the Liquify Filter (Filter > Liquify). Use the Forward Warp Tool to drag the highlighted areas down.

    Be subtle, we are not making caricatures.


    Step 2

    Now let’s make the teeth more yellow. While not a general characteristic of old people, yellow teeth make a person look older.

    Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and use the settings shown below. I have selected a yellow hue and lowered the lightness a bit. Fill the layer mask of this adjustment layer with black and use a round, soft white brush to paint in the teeth in the layer mask. If you don’t know how to use layer masks then check out this tutorial.


    Step 3

    Generally, old people have gray hair. So let’s make this young’s lady hair more gray.

    Start by adding a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and lower the saturation to -90. Fill the layer mask with black and with a white brush paint over the hair in the layer mask.
    Next, add a Curves Adjustment layer to add some lightness to the hair. Drag the curve upwards as shown below to achieve this effect.

    Finally, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and with a 1px brush at 50% Opacity and 50% Flow draw some random hair strands. It helps a lot if you have a Wacom tablet, but I did it without it.

    Be subtle and if the results are to obvious lower the Flow or the Opacity.


    Step 4

    Old people have less hair. If this was a man I would probably create some baldness, but as this is a woman, the other area for hair reduction is the eyebrows.

    Create a new layer and select the Clone Stamp Tool (S). Set the Opacity of the tool to 30-40% and Alt-click somewhere near the eyebrows to sample. Paint over the eyebrows with the sampled area. Again, my advice is to be subtle.

    You can see below how my layer with the cloned eyebrow area looks.


    Step 5

    Time to add some wrinkles. In order to do this we will use two pictures of old women. If you want to be more realistic you should find old relatives of the person you want to make look older.

    Here’s how this process works:

    Open the picture of an old woman, select all (Ctrl + A), copy (Ctrl + C) and paste in our document (Ctrl + V). Desaturate the picture (Ctrl + Shift + U) and change the blending mode to Soft Light. Add a layer mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All) and using a white soft brush at 30-40% opacity paint over the areas you wish to reveal in the layer mask. To position the wrinkles correctly, use the Free Transform to resize and position the layer.

    Here’s how I made the forehead wrinkles:

    After I imported the image of the old woman and desaturated, I used Free Transform (Ctrl + T) to position the image correctly over the face of the young woman.

    After I filled the layer mask with black I used a white round soft brush at 40% Opacity to reveal some of the forehead.

    I changed the Blending mode to Soft light and played with the opacity until the results looked good. 50% Opacity did the trick.

    Now repeat the step above for the cheekbones, eyes and where you feel that wrinkles are required.

    Here’s how my picture looks:


    Step 6

    The final step is to add some final hand painted details. Use a 1px brush at 20% Opacity and 40% Flow to paint some more wrinkles over the upper lip, on the neck and near the eyes. Increase the brush size to 30-40px and paint some black bags under the eyes.

    This step is optional but it adds to the realism of the final result. Be subtle and don’t draw heavy wrinkles as they will look fake.


    Final Image

    There is room for improvement – like adding more hand painted wrinkles and hunting every single strand of hair to make it grey – but I leave this as an optional exercise for you.


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  • How to Create Realistic Tears in Photoshop

    In this quick Photoshop tutorial I would like to bring your attention to this unique technique on how to make realistic tears.


    Final Image


    Resources

    blue eyes


    Step 1

    Open up the picture and reduce the size to 600 x 328 pixels with Image > Image Size. Then select the Pen Tool and try to make a good shape of the tear with black. Make sure that the shape is uneven, similar to a real tear.


    Step 2

    Change the layer mode to Screen for the current layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options.


    Step 3

    Looks good, but not so realistic right now. We need to add some white glare to the tear. Select the Pencil Tool set to about 1 pixel, then make a few dots with white on a new layer as shown on my picture below.


    Step 4

    Apply the Blur Tool to the current layer.


    Final Image

    We end up with a nice, realistic tear. Don’t be afraid to experiment and you will get your own cool effects!


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  • Create a Forest Fairy Using Artistic Photo Processing

    In this tutorial I’d like to share with you one very interesting method of stylization and Create a Forest Fairy Using Artistic Photo Processing. We are going to create a forest fairy from an ordinary photo of a girl.


    Final Image


    Resources

    girl
    Butterfly 4


    Step 1

    Open photo in Photoshop.

    With the Polygonal Lasso Tool make a selection of the girl.

    Copy the selection to a new layer by pressing Ctrl+J.


    Step 2

    Let’s work on the background first. For this purpose select the layer with the original photo and work with it only, the layer with the girl should be over the layer with the photo. Apply to the layer Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast with the following settings (double-click layer if it’s still set as the background layer to convert it to a regular layer):

    Apply Image > Adjustments > Curves.

    Finally apply Image > Adjustments > Color balance to add a little green.


    Step 3

    Let’s give the background more contrast and sharpen it. For this purpose duplicate the layer with the photo and apply Filter > Other > High Pass to the copied layer.

    Set the layer mode to Multiply.

    Select the Eraser Tool (Opacity: 70%) with soft-edged brush and erase this layer along the shape and contour of the girl – this will create the shining effect.

    Let’s increase the shine around the girl. Create a new layer, place it over the background and below the layer with the girl that should be still above all the layers. Set Overlay blending mode for the created layer. Select a soft-edged brush, Opacity 30%, black color (#000000) and using the Brush Tool darken the edges on the new layer.

    Change the foreground color to white (#ffffff) and dodge the background beyond the girl.


    Step 4

    Let’s create the fairy now. To start select the girl layer. We are going to correct the contours of the girl a little by going to Filter > Liquify.

    Brush Size: 194; Brush Density: 100; Brush Pressure: 35; Mode: Revert

    As we’ve corrected only the layer with the girl, the contours of the girl have remained the same on the layer with the photo, so it’s worth using the Clone Stamp Tool to correct the image. To begin with, create a new layer and place it under the layer with the girl. Then select the Clone Stamp Tool in Sample parameter, select All Layers tab and correct the image on the created layer.

    Now let’s correct the skin a bit and remove the shoulder straps from the shoulders.

    Use the Healing Brush Tool for this purpose.

    After moderate correction copy the layer with the girl and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to the copied layer.

    Change Opacity of this layer to 60%.

    Then change layer mode to Screen for this layer.

    Duplicate this layer and change the blending mode of the copied layer to Multiply.

    Now we return to layer with the girl again (not to the blurred layer). Select a soft-edged brush with a small diameter and using the Eraser Tool erase the contour, due to this the contour of the girl will be a bit blurred, it will give the impression of a fairy tale.

    Duplicate the layer with the girl (the one, that wasn’t blurred) and place it above all the layers.

    Apply Filter > Other > High Pass to this layer.

    Apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast with next presets:

    Set Soft Light blending mode to this layer.


    Step 5

    Create a new layer on top, select a soft-edged brush, black color (#000000) and just paint out the clothes of the girl, making it dress-shaped.

    Duplicate the layer with the dress and apply Image > Adjustments > Levels to the copied layer.

    Reduce opacity of both layers with the dress to 50%.

    Select the Eraser Tool and use it on the layer with the white dress to clean the chest area.

    Increase the opacity of the layer with the black dress up to 100%, set the opacity of the layer with white dress to 10% and merge down the two layers.

    Now we change the color of the dress using Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.

    Select a Chalk brush and using the Smudge Tool (Strength: 50%) process the contours of the dress.

    Create a new layer, select the brush again, 1px in diameter, white color (#ffffff), then using the Pen Tool (Paths mode), create a curve, taking into account the breast line, the curve should repeat the shape of the body a little.

    A little dialog box will appear as in the screenshot. Choose Brush as a source in the dropdown menu.

    Next right click again and select Delete Path.

    Other curves are created using the same principle. To increase their amount, curves can be copied, transformed etc.

    Copy the current layer with curves and put the copied layer under the original. Then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to it.

    Set the opacity of the layer with blur-free curves to 60%.

    Apply Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation to the layer with blurred curves.

    Copy the layer with blurred curves and apply Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation to the copied layer.

    Apply Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical to this layer.

    Now select a soft-edged brush, and correct this layer a bit by using the Eraser Tool.

    Create a new layer, assign Overlay blending mode to it, select a soft-edged brush and using the Brush Tool darken the waist area to emphasize it, dodge in the chest area, also darken the hair and dodge the highlight on the hair, use black to darken (#000000), and white to dodge (#ffffff).


    Step 6

    Open the Butterfly photo. Cut out the butterfly by using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, scale it down with Edit > Transform > Scale and paste it on girl canvas.

    Apply Image > Adjustments > Levels to the layer with the butterfly.

    After that apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:

    Copy the layer with the butterfly, lower the copied layer by one position and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

    Also apply Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation to this layer.

    Create a new layer, lower it by two positions (the layer should be under the layer with the butterfly and under the layer with the glow around the butterfly) and using the Brush Tool create lines, the brush should be soft-edged, color #fc6d05.

    Then using the Eraser Tool erase the edges of the rays.

    Finally assign Lighten blending mode to this layer and set the Opacity to 45%.


    Final Image

    Here is how your final result should look.


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  • Cool Transparent Effect on Clothes

    In this Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to make an interesting creative effect of creating transparent clothes on woman body.


    Final Image


    Resources

    Esperance beach 4
    Bikini Model Shoot
    Pink Daisy


    Step 1

    Open the beach photo and reduce the size to 400 x 600px with Image > Image Size.


    Step 2

    Open the bikini photo and reduce the size of it with Image > Image Size again.

    Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool (Feather: 1px) to separate the woman from the background.

    Hold Alt button and cut away the inner parts of the background between hands and body also.

    Press Ctrl+C to copy the selected area, then go back to the main picture with the scenery background and paste the image selection with Ctrl+V.

    Use Edit > Free Transform to reduce the size of the copied fragment a bit and flip it horizontally with Edit > Transform > Free Transform as shown on my picture below.


    Step 3

    Since the background where we put the girl is brighter, we have to adjust the brightness of the layer with the girl. Make the layer with girl active and make the adjustment with Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast:


    Step 4

    Open the pink daisy photo and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to separate the flower from the background.

    Press Ctrl+C to copy the selected fragment of the image, then go to the main canvas and paste the copied fragment with Ctrl+V.

    Apply Edit > Free Transform to reduce the flower size.

    Duplicate this layer a few times to create the upper and lower contour of the dress.

    Duplicate the last  layer with the flower again and press Ctrl+T to reduce it a little bit. We need smaller flowers to create the dress straps.

    After that we can bring a few flowers of different sizes to the dress area as ornaments.

    Go to the woman layer and create the same selection with the Polygonal Lasso Tool as on my picture below.

    After that press Ctrl+Shift+J to cut the selected part of image on a new layer. Then set the fill opacity to 0% and apply Inner Glow and Color Overlay layer styles for this layer:

    Now we have one small hole on the bottom of the dress. To remove this defect use the Polygonal Lasso Tool and create selection as shown on the picture below. Fill this selected area with any color.

    Remove the selection with Ctrl+D. Merge all the layers together except the interior background and the woman. Duplicate the merged layer and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to the copied layer.

    Change the layer mode to Soft Light for this layer.


    Final Image

    Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful.


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  • Imitation Evening Eye Make Up in Photoshop

    Today I will show you how to imitate evening eye make-up in Photoshop. This lesson will be very useful to those who process photos for fashion magazines.


    Final Image


    Note: Original tutorial published on just2code.com some years ago. Tutorial was updated and now republished.


    Resources

    woman


    Step 1

    Open up the photo, press Ctrl+A to select canvas and copy selected area with Ctrl+C.

    Create a new document and paste the copied fragment on it with Ctrl+V.

    Then use Edit > Free Transform to reduce the size of the fragment.

    I think it will be better to start by adding eye shadow to the eyelids. Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool and create a selection similar to mine on the picture below:

    Hold down the Shift button and when the plus sign near the cursor appears, just add the second eye area selection.

    After that fill the selected area with color #556141 on a new layer.

    Remove selection with Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with these presets:

    Change layer mode to Overlay.


    Step 2

    To correct the eye shadow borders we can apply the Smudge Tool (Brush: 50px; Mode: Normal; Strength: 70%).

    Create a new layer and start creating the eyeliner effect.

    Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool again and create a selection as on my picture below, then fill it with color #282a37 on the new layer.

    Deselect the chosen area with Select > Deselect and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with similar settings to these:

    Change layer mode to Color Burn and set the opacity to 70%.

    Apply the Smudge Tool (Brush: 15px) for this layer again.


    Step 3

    Time to add the white glow under the eyebrows. Create new layer, then select the Brush Tool and a soft round brush about 35px to color the area under the eyebrows with white.

    Apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with similar settings to these:

    Change layer mode to Soft Light.

    Apply the Blur Tool a little bit.

    Select the Eraser Tool and apply it to make the white highlight realistic-looking.


    Step 4

    Create new layer, then select the Polygonal Lasso Tool again and create selections similar to mine and fill with black.

    Remove the selection with Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to blur the current layer content about 1,5px and then reduce the opacity to 24% for this layer.


    Step 5

    Now I would like to add eyelashes. I’m going to show you an interesting method by using the Pen Tool. Before we start making them, just select the Brush Tool and set up with the following settings:

    Then set foreground color to black. After that select the Pen Tool (you need to make sure that you’re working with Paths instead of Shape Layers). Draw out the line using paths:

    Then right-click and select Stroke Path.

    A little dialog box will appear as in the screenshot. Choose Brush and make sure there is a tick next to Simulate Pressure. This is important as it will give your curve tapered ends which will make it rock!

    Next right click again and select Delete Path. Create more eyelashes in the same way.


    Final Image

    Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful.


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  • How to Make Drawing from a Photo in Photoshop

    There are a lot of techniques on the Internet on how to make a drawing from a photo. But I would like to invite your attention to another one unique simple Photoshop tutorial on how to achieve the desired effect in an easier way.


    Final Image


    Resources

    Young woman sitting with an encyclopedia


    Step 1

    Open the photo in Photoshop.

    With the Crop Tool selected crop the photo as shown on my screenshot below. After that, select the Polygonal Lasso Tool to cut the lady’s silhouette from the background.


    Step 2

    Select some appropriate colors, for example black color (#6d0000) and orange (#69360e), then create a new layer under the layer with the lady and apply Filter > Render > Clouds.

    Then go back to the layer with the lady, use the Eraser Tool with a soft round brush of small diameter and make the border between her and the background softer by erasing some parts of the hair.

    Now we have to reduce the red hue on the photo. Duplicate the current layer with Ctrl+J and use Image > Adjustments > Color Balance on the copied layer to edit the color balance.

    Use the Eraser Tool to do some cleaning up work to reduce the blue color presence on the photo.


    Step 3

    Merge all layers into one except the background layer. Duplicate the background layer and move it above the layer with the photo.

    Apply Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical to flip this layer vertically.

    Desaturate it with Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

    Then use the Eraser Tool and  soft round brush to erase part of background as on my screenshot below.

    Change the blending mode to Hard Light for this layer.


    Step 4

    Create a new layer and set the blending mode to Overlay for it. Select the Brush Tool (Opacity: 20-30%) with a soft round brush and increase the contrast between dark and light parts by making strokes with black and white colors.

    If we turn the blending mode back to Normal for this layer, then we will see the following picture:

    It clearly shows that in the shaded areas we used black color, and for the lighter areas used white, that have increased the glare and shadow. Again turn back to Overlay mode and make one more copy of this layer. Change the mode to Soft Light for the copied layer.

    After that change the opacity to 30%.


    Step 5

    Create a new layer, press ‘D’ to set the foreground and background colors as black and white and apply Filter > Render > Clouds again.

    Add some noise with Filter > Noise > Add Noise:

    After that use Filter > Blur > Motion Blur with similar settings to these:

    Apply Filter > Blur > Smart Blur:

    Increase the size of the canvas with Edit > Transform > Scale to avoid showing sharp edges.

    Now, change the layer mode to Overlay for this layer.


    Step 6

    Create an adjustment layer with Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to reduce the strong contrast.

    Create another adjustment layer with Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer to achieve the desired effect:

    Add one final adjustment layer by using Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Exposure with following settings:


    Final Image


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  • How to Add a Realistic Rainbow Effect to a Photo in Photoshop

    In this tutorial we will create a realistic rainbow and add it to our photo. This is an easy Photoshop tutorial, aimed at beginners with detailed explanations at each step.


    Final Image

    As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:


    Resources

    A tree on the horizon


    Step 1

    Open file “Sky”. This will be our base image on top of which we will create a realistic rainbow. First let’s create a new layer by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N. Now select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and create a selection as shown in the image below.


    Step 2

    Select the Gradient Tool (G) and click on the icon shown below to edit the gradient.

    The following window (called the Gradient Editor) will appear. The little arrowhead icons underneath are the colors that form the gradient. Click just below the gradient representation to add new colors. You can also click on the colors and move them around after you have created them. Double click the arrowhead icons to change the color.

    Add the colors shown below to your Gradient Editor window and click OK. They are in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, cyan.

    Make sure you still have the Gradient Tool selected. Click and drag in the selection while holding shift to create a gradient with the colors you chose previously. Press Ctrl + D to deselect the layer.


    Step 3

    Make a duplicate layer (Ctrl + J) of the gradient layer just to have a backup in case something goes wrong. Turn off the visibility of the original gradient layer by clicking on the eye icon at the left of the layer in the layers palette.

    Select the Eraser Tool (E), select a soft round brush and erase the left and right edges of the gradient as shown in the image below.

    You could also use a Layer Mask to hide the unwanted parts of the gradient, but the Eraser Tool is simpler to use.


    Step 4

    Now let’s add some blur in order to disperse the colors. Choose Blur > Gaussian Blur and enter a value of 20px. Make sure the layer is deselected (press Ctrl + D just to be sure) otherwise you’ll get unwanted effects.


    Step 5

    We are almost ready with our rainbow. Let’s add some curvature to our rainbow. While on the gradient layer press Ctrl + T to enter Free Transform. Right click on the gradient and from the drop down menu choose Warp.

    In order to bend it in a nice fashion choose from warp options (in the upper Options Bar) Arc and play a little with the Bend value until you obtain a nice curved rainbow. Press Enter after you’re done.


    Step 6

    Let’s increase the size of our rainbow and position it a bit better. Press Ctrl + T to enter Free Transform and modify the size and position to make it look like mine in the image below. To symmetrically resize hold the Shift key while dragging on the corners.


    Step 7

    It looks very nice now but the effect is still a bit strong. Change the blending mode to Color and lower the Opacity of our rainbow layer to 51% for a softer effect.


    Step 8

    It looks nice enough as it is but I think that a bit of glow will make it look better. Duplicate the rainbow layer by pressing Ctrl + J. Double-click the layer to enter Advanced Blending options. Use the following settings:


    And We’re Done!

    Here’s how the final image should look. If you want a more artistic effect and not a realistic one then consider increasing the opacity of the rainbow layer and/or give the rainbow a bigger arc effect (Step 5).


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