Thursday, November 27, 2014

Miss Behaving: Lighten, Brighten & Tighten

January 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Miss Behaving, Tutorials, Weekly Features

Ohhhh … if only!

Today we’re going to lighten, brighten, add a bit of color and tighten up select areas of our dark fuzzy photos. So strap yourselves in and we’ll see you after the jump. ;)


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First, duplicate your layer so we’ll have the original intact (just in case). Right-click > Duplicate layer.

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Duplicate your copy layer and set the Blend Mode to Screen.

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Much brighter, right?

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Now we’re going to add a nice soft romantic glow to the overall photo.

Select all of your layers, Right-click and Merge layers.

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Right-click > Duplicate layer. Change the Blending mode to “Soft Light” and lower the Opacity to 50%.

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Go to Filter > Gaussian Blur

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These are the settings I used:

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Right-click > Duplicate this layer and change the Blending mode of this layer to “Screen”. Keep the Opacity @ 50%.

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Select all of your layer, Right-click and Merge layers.

Hit “Ctrl + L” to bring up the Levels Menu. These are my settings:

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Beautiful. Now we’re definitely lighter and brighter.

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Let’s add a bit of color, shall we?

Hit “Ctrl + B” to bring up up the Color Balance Menu. These are my settings:

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Mommy likey.

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More? You want More? Yes!!!!

Alright then. We’re going to shapen up select areas of the photo to give it a bit of crispness. This gets a bit more complicated but definitely do-able. Screenshots = lifesavers.

Hit “Ctrl + A”. This will select your image.

Go to Edit > Copy Merged. Make sure you hit Copy Merged not “Copy” or this won’t work.

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Go to your layer palette and select the Channels Tab. Then Click on the New Channel Layer button @ the bottom (circled in red).

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It will be and Alpha Channel and it will be black when it comes up. Hit “Ctrl + V” and it will paste the photo into the Alpha Channel. The photo will be in black and white, but don’t panic.

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Go to Filter > Stylize > Find Edges

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Now we have a very cool looking pencil sketch.

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Ctrl + Click on the Alpha 1 channel. This will select all of the white areas of the channel. What we want are the black areas (the edges) so we need to invert this selection (Shift + Ctrl + I).

Do NOT deselect. With your “ants” marching, go back to your layer palette and click on the “Layer Tab” and highlight the photo layer.

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Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask.
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These are my settings:

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Well, what do you think? Not too terribly painful, right? heh


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I really really hope you all find these forays into photo fixing fantastically fun and fabulous. Yay for alliteration!

Big hugs to you all. :D

Comments

5 Responses to “Miss Behaving: Lighten, Brighten & Tighten”
  1. Rebecca says:

    You – Are – A – Maze – Ing!!!! Love it!!!

  2. Angela (daisy) says:

    I love that look on her face – pure attitude!! Yup…you’re in trouble! tee hee

    Another FABulous tut – this is always a joy to find, thank you M!!!

  3. Jenna says:

    This is really amazing to me … I have (unfortunately) tons of photos to try this out on. I love your posts!

  4. Sandy_in_MD says:

    Awesome effect! Thanks for another great tutorial, Miss B! Now if only you could come up with a way for me to do this on myself (lol!)…..

  5. Shelly says:

    I never thought I could do this! I am so excited.
    Thanks so, so ,so much!
    Shelly

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