Shorthand Notes For Some of My Favorite (or hard to remember) Artsy Techniques.
Quite a few years ago, I created a “cheat sheet” page of steps and techniques on one of my sites. I was the only one that knew about the page unless someone stumbled on it through the back door with some sort of keyword search. In Photoshop, it is easy to “learn” a nifty effect, only to forget one of the important steps when it’s actually time to use it. I found myself referring to my own cheat sheet page regularly. Many of them were learned originally by doing Internet searches, like “Orton Effect”. Others were learned by watching video tutorials on Lynda.com or Kelby Training.com. Quite a few of the third party filter designers now offer some of the effects like Orton Effect and Bleach Bypass Effect, so I don’t use some of them as much as I did early on. Still, it can be a nice option to know what’s going on under the hood of a popular filter.
Rock Springs, WY ~ Base Image
This is the basic photo with a Curves adjustment layer to add in some yellow and red to give it an old, golden glow. The street lights in the original image were actually quite orange to start with.
- Copy the background layer to a new layer.
- Go to Image>Apply Image> then pick Screen at 100% and hit okay
- Control/Command – J to duplicate that layer to a new layer.
- Change the blend mode of the new layer to Multiply
- Do a gaussian blur on the Multiply layer (adjust opacity if desired).
DONE: Flatten (Control-E) and save if desired
Orton Effect using OnOne Perfect Effects 7:
There are sliders in the Photoghop Plug-In, so I could have made the blur more noticeable, or less apparent. Currently, OnOne has a great deal you should grab while you can. Go to their site and get their Free pack of 70 effects: Perfect Effects 4 Free
- Open and image and give it a new name.
- Control J to create a new layer, Control J again
- On the bottom new layer, Desaturate and give it a Screen Mode.
- On the top layer, change the Mode to Overlay or Soft Light. Adjust Opacity as desired. Blur is also an option
- Add noise at any time for old time effects.
Separating Color from Luminosity Effect
- Open and image and give it a new name.
- Control J , three times to create three new layers
- On top layer, change the mode to color.
- On the bottom layer, fill with 50% gray.
- On the middle layer, change the mode to Luminosity, label luminosity
- Duplicate the gray layer (not sure how necessary)
- On the top gray layer, change blend mode to Luminosity.
- Select the Luminosity Layer, and merge it with the gray layer
- Change the blend mode to Luminosity of the merged layer
For all practical purposes, this image looks exactly the same as the original image. However, after color and luminosity are separated, you can work on either layer for special effects…see next image.
This version has an Orton Effect layer over an Edgy Layer. The layer mode on Orton Effect is set to Darken.
A Luminosity Layer has a Photoshop “Watercolor” Filter added, along with other various filters.
For a 5.5mpx image: On a new copied layer:
- Filter>FilterGallery>Artistic>Paint Daubs 6,0,wide
- Filter>FilterGallery>Brush Strokes>Accented Edges: 1,0,1
- Filter>FilterGallery>Brush Strokes>Spatter: 10,15
- Filter>FilterGallery>Texture>Texturizer: Sandstone, 80,3
- Image>Adjustments>Selective Color>Pick White,move black slider to-100. ~Neutral, move slider to -50
Adjust variables to taste and according to original file size.
Detail of the Watercolor Effect image above. Click to view it larger!
Using variety of Photoshop filters, NIK, RedPaw, and so forth.
I didn’t keep all of the steps for this one. I was just playing with all of the filters in Photoshop and stopped when I ended on a look that interested me.
Shorthand Notes: This page is intended for Photoshop users with Intermediate skills. There are many steps for separating the color and luminosity. After going through them half a dozen times, I could remember them, but after a month, I’d forget one of them or get them out of order. I’ll try to add to this page once in a while as I learn a similar effect.