In this tutorial you’ll learn how to add a simple and stylish effect to any old photo. This effect can be applied to many photos, and will teach you a thing or to in Photoshop.
Firstly start by finding a nice stock photo, a man or a woman. I got my stock photo from DeviantART, you can get it from here.
Now open up your stock photo in Photoshop. After I opened my stock photo I resized it to 70-80% of it’s original size. (Image > Image Size…)
After you’ve got your stock photo ready, you can start editting and adjusting.
Start by sharpening your image, then fading the sharpen if necesary. (Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen, Edit > Fade Sharpen.)
Now duplicate your main/Background layer and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, use a radius of about 1.5-3.5, then change the layer mode to Overlay and lower the opacity if you think it needs it, which it probably will. I used an opacity of 30-50%.
Now let’s make some more image adjustments.
Start by brightening up the image with an adjustment layer, you can make a Brightness/Contrast layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast …, you can use similar settings to mine:
That will have given the entire image a very nice, dark-contrast look.
Again with the adjustment layers, make a Gradient Map adjustment layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map…, use similar settings as mine:
Now you’ll have a very weird looking image, but don’t worry. Change the layer mode for your Gradient Map layer to Lighten, and lower the opacity of the layer to 10-20%.
Firstly, download this brush file, and load it into your Photoshop. After loading your brush, create a new layer, size your brush down a fair bit and paint a splat on the canvas.
Note that after I brushed my splat on my canvas I erased a few corners and applied Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
Again with the splat brush, brush again in the same corner with a differnet part of the brush, use white.
One last time, brush a splat on the canvas using a bright pink color.
Pretty much the last thing I added for this effect was a bright-pink flare kind of thing. I did this by first creating a new layer, then making a bright pink to black radial gradient inside of the layer.
Changing the layer mode for your gradient layer to Screen will get you an effect like this:
Also try out the layer modes Lighten, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge.
Thanks for visiting and reading the tutorial, we hope it helped you out. If you need to, you can download the PSD file from here.