Friday, February 12, 2010

Barely There

I took this one at my parents house last weekend, the wall in their conservatory is a lovely blue colour and makes a great backdrop.
As well as a recipe today, I'm going to try and explain how I change the colour of textures or de-saturate them in photoshop by using a Clipping Mask, the big advantage of doing it this way as you can easily go back later and change things.

I started off by duplicating the background.
Hue Saturation layer to de-saturate the image slightly
Dark blue colour layer @ exclusion 29% with some of the colour removed from the focus flower
yellow/green colour layer @ screen 22%
Cholorophyl Texture @ Overlay 100%
and the photo looked like this:

Which was too green for my tastes so I decided to de-saturate the texture.
Press the alt key and at the same time click on the adjustment layers button at the bottom of your layers palette and select a hue/saturation adjustment layer. Release the alt key.
A box will open
Check the "use Previous layer as a clipping mask" box and press okay.
Your layers palette will now look like this with the  hue saturation layer attached to the texture layer.
And by adjusting the sliders in the hue/saturation adjustment box you can tweak the colour to taste. In my case the settings were Hue -16, saturation -100 and lightness -16. As I said before, the advantage of this method is you can go back and tweak things very easily and turn off the adjustment layer too if so desired. 
Next I added:
Apple Blush (pack 1) @ soft light 100% this was desaturated a little using the above method, I also removed some of the texture from the focus flower.
Grosgrain (Pack 1) @ Screen 27 % with some of the texture removed as above.
I finished with a  curves layer to give the colour a final tweak.

Of course you can use any of the adjustment layers as a clipping mask, it's a great tool!
Hope you've followed all that, feel free to ask questions and I'll do my best to answer.

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paulgrand said...

Great tutorial Jill, and a really dramatic before after mouse-over!:-)

Anita Bower said...

Thank you for this tutorial.

Donna P said...

I really like the tutorial thank you

Julie said...

Wow thanks so much for the tutorial. It feels like right when I figure out a new trick on Photoshop, there is a new one to be learned!!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks everyone, glad you found it useful! Of course you can use the same method with any adjustment layer.

Dib's said...

I have been overhelmed by this treatment. There is a problem, I cannot understand this step as how is it done, "Dark blue colour layer @ exclusion 29%" ? How do I add a dark blue color layer?
Thank you in anticipation.
Dibyendu Dutta

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Hi Dibyendu, there are a couple of ways to add a the colour, you can either press the fill adjustment list at the bottom of the layers palette, it's the halved circle in the middle, and choose "solid colour" from the top of the list, once the dialogue box has opened choose a colour and press okay, then change the blending mode.
The other way to add a colour fill layer is to go to Layer from the top menu bar, then choose New Fill Layer > Solid Colour and pick the colour as before.
Hope you've followed that.

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