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Miss Behaving: Tantalizing Treatment Tutorials

February 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Miss Behaving, Tutorials, Weekly Features

Have you noticed I’m drawn to alliteration? Terrible yet true. Heh There is an alternative title: “Miss Behaving has gone off her rocker. Maybe.”

Today, I’m going to take you on a photo effects whirlwind tour. I’ve 8 complete super easy tutorials that will take your photos to the next level.

Feast your eyes on what we’ll be learning today.

Tantalizing Treatment Tutorials X 8

Eight. WOW! Am I insane? You betcha!

Let’s get started on this crazy train.

One thing before we get started. The first tutorial will be very detailed with screen captures. To save space on the blog, if in the second through eighth tutorial I’ve already covered the method in the first tutorial, I won’t repeat the screen capture.

    Treatment One:

I’m starting with my favorite effect. It enhances the highlights of your photo and brings a dream quality to it.

Treatment 1

Hit “Ctrl + J”. This copies your original photo super fast and easy.

Go to Select > Color Range

Select > Color Range

Go to the pull down menu and select “Highlights”. Make sure to have the “Selection” ticked.

Highlights

This will select your highlights. With the ants marching, hit “Ctrl + J”. Now the highlights are on a separate layer.
Set the Blend Mode to Screen.

Screen Mode

The edges are a bit rough so we’re going to fix that. Go to Filter > Gaussian Blur

Filter > Gaussian Blur

These are my settings:

Filter > Gaussian Blur:  Radius 8

I want to make it … hmmm … I don’t know … more highlight-y. Duplicate this layer.
Here’s what my layer palette looks like at the moment.

Layer Palette

It looks like she’s been spending way too much time with the powder puff.

WHOA!

I’m going to go back and tweak the saturation and colors to make her look a bit more natural.

Highlight your original photo. Click on the Add new Adjustment Layer (Circled in red.)

Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer

Choose the Hue/Saturation. These are my settings:

Saturation @ - 40

Click on the Add new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Brightness/Contrast. These are my settings:

Brightness: +50 Contrast: +23

Click on the Add new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Color Balance.

Make sure to click on the shadows. These are my settings:

Color Balance: Shadows - +60/+29/+20

That’s it! At the end of each Treatment, I will add a screenshot of my layer palette which includes what was done to each layer. That way, if you are an advanced PS user, you can just speed on through. :D

Final Layer Palette - Treatment 1

    Treatment Two:

This treament has a nice pink hue to it. And it’s so easy it’s mind-boggling.

Treatment 2

“Ctrl + J” to duplicate your original layer. “Ctrl + B” for Color Balance. Make sure to click on the “Midtones”. These are my settings:

Color Balance: Midtones +50/+29/+23

“Ctrl + J” to duplicate this layer. Change the Blending Mode to Screen.

She’s too colorful. Click on the Add a new Adjustment layer. Choose the Hue/Saturation. These are my settings:

Saturation: -20

We’re going to add some contrast. Click on the Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose Curves. These are my settings:

Slight S-Curve

That’s it! Here’s the final layer palette:

Final Layer Palette - Treatment 2

    Treatment Three:

I like to think this effect has a nice Caramel hue to it. So pretty.

Treatment 3

“Ctrl + J” to duplicate your layer. Click on the Add a new Fill Layer. (circled in red)

Create a new fill or adjustment layer

Select Solid Color. Color is: b76e0f

Fill Color #b76e0f

Change the Blending Mode to “Screen” and lower the Opacity to 70%.

Click on the Add a new Fill Layer. Select Solid Color. Color is: 040747

Fill Color #040747

Change the Blending Mode to “Exclusion” and maintain th Opacity @ 100%

Click on the Add a new Fill Layer. Select Solid Color. Color is: 1e1203

Fill Color #1e1203

Change the Blending Mode to “Color” and lower the Opacity to 44%

Now to add a little contrast “POP!” Go back and highlight your original photo. “Ctrl + J” to duplicate this layer, then place it on top of all of your current layers and change the Blendingi Mode to “Soft Light” and maintain the Opacity @ 100%.

That’s it! Here’s the final layer palette:

Final Layer Palette - Treatment 3

    Treatment Four:

I’ve got the blues. Yes … we’re venturing into the cerulean. I love this dark and moody effect.

Treatment 4

As always, “Ctrl + J” to duplicate your original layer. “Ctrl + B” to bring up the Color Balance menu. Make sure the Midtones button is ticked. These are my settings:

Color Balance: Midtones +22/0/0

“Ctrl + U” to adjust the Saturation. I have mine set @ -55

Saturation -55

Go to Image > Adjustments > Auto Levels

Image > Adjustments > Auto Levels

Still a bit too bright so I’m going to adjust the Saturation again. “Ctrl + U” and adjust to Saturation to -20.

Saturation -20

I want to bring out the beautiful blues. “Ctrl + B” to bring up the Color Balance menu again. Make sure the Midtones button is ticked. These are my settings:

Color Balance: Midtones -47/0/+22

For more blue bliss I’m going to enhace the blacks in the photo. Go to Image > Adjustments > Selective Color

Image ? Adjustments > Selective Color

Go to the Drop Down menu and choose black. These are my settings:

Selective Color Black Menu

Now you’re going to think I’m crazy but I want to darken the edges and bring in a “highlight” effect. Hit “Ctrl + M” to bring up the Curves Menu. These are my settings:

Ctrl + M Curves menu and settings

Now for the highlight effect. Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects

Filter > Render > Lighting Effects

The settings are this particular step are up to your individual photo. The angle, size and brightness are what works best for each shot. You can change the angle and size by manipulating the circle over the preiew picture. Brightness is adjusted by the menu sliders. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the settings. These are my settings:

Spotlighting

Ok, yes. You’re right. It’s a tad too dark. Let’s “Ctrl + J” to duplicate the layer and set the Blending Mode to “Screen” and lower the Opacity to 85. Now we have the dark AND the highlight included in the blue tones.

That is it for this tutorial, however, showing you the layer palette wouldn’t do much good. Hopefully, the above instructions are easy to follow and not too wordy. Heh

    Teatment Five:

Good news! We’re halfway though. Are you enjoying this bountiful goodness? LOL
This treatment is more of a Split Toning effect. It’s a nice warm b/w effect and we’re going to do it all with no filters. Yay!

Treatment 5

“Ctrl + J” to duplicate your layer. Set the Blending Mode to “Screen” and lower the Opacity to 30% and the Fill to 20%.

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Black/White. These are my settings:

Black/White: Custom Settings

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Color Balance. We’re going to adjust both the Shadows and the Highlights. These are my settings:

Color Balance:  Shadows -23/0/+34

Color Balance:  Highlights +23/0/-30

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Hue/Saturation. These are my settings:

Saturation: +13

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Brightness/Contrast. These are my settings:

Brightness: +45 Contrast: +50

That’s it! Here’s the final layer palette:

Final Layer Palette - Treatment 5

    Treatment Six:

This effect is on the Levels. No, seriously. It’s all about changing the levels. It’s a nice soft subtle change that is a little bit vintage, a little bit soft, and a whole lot of effect.

Treatment 6

There’s no final layer screen capture on this one either, because all of the layer changes are done on a single layer.

I’ll bet you think I’m going to say “Ctrl +J”, right? oh well, alright … if you insist. LOL I only say to do this, just in case you need to refer back to your original photo later on in the process and this way it is oh so coneniently there.

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Levels. We’ll be using a lot of our drop down menu to adjust the settings on the RGB, Red, Green and Blue Levels, so I’m just going to go ahead and show you the screen captures of the settings that I used to achieve this effect.

Color Levels: RGB settings

Color Levels: Red settings

Color Levels: Green settings

Color Levels: Blue settings

Seriously ladies. That is all there is to it.

    Treatment Seven:

This treatment is a veritable oxymoronic achievement. It’s a vivacious POP of contrasts with a wonderful washed out color. Delicious!

Treatment 7

All together now … “Ctrl + J”. Ohhh … that’s sounded so beautiful. Go to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight.

Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight

I’m using the default setting:

Shadows: 50% Highlights: 0

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen

Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen

These are my settings:

Amount: 100 Radius: 10

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Black/White. We’ll be making a Custom setting and here is what I’ve used for this photo:

Black/White: Custom settings

Now I’m going to add a Vignette effect. Click on Add a new Fill Layer. Choose the Gradient. We’re going to change the Direction to “Radial” first, then tick off the Reverse button.

Gradient layer: Radial

It is overwhelming Morgan’s petite little face so I’m going to make the vignette smaller and just coer the corners ot he photo. Rick-click inside the gradient bar to adkust this size.

We’re going to modify the Location and Stop of the the gradient to … well … tell it where to stop. Here is what I’ve used:

Gradient settings

Change the Blending Mode to “Soft Light” and lower the Opacity to 50%.

Yes … we’re almost done! Wooohooooo!!!! Oh yes. Here’s the final layer palette:

Final Layer Palette - Treatment 7

    Treament Eight:

We’re in the home stretch. I know I was wishing I was just a wee bit less enthusiastic about photo treatments right about now. How about a game. Every time you accomplish a tutorial you have to do a shot. Bwahahaha!!! This way, I know the Tuesday chat girls will be doing them. Hehehe I love you guys! Did I mention, I might have had a shot or two already? *Ahem* Of Nyquil. Back to the business of creating beautiful photographic memories.

Focus.

Treatment 8

Last treatment is a classic retro, aged, almost vintage look circa 1974. I have real pictures from the time period and holy moly, I looked HOT in my plaid short jumpers. Oh yeah! No seriously, I was five and we were in Orlando, Florida visiting Disney World and it was HOT! hehe

Okk, if you don’t know what I’m going to say … Take a Shot! You need it. If you do know I’m about to type, take a Shot! You’ve earned it on this insane tutorial trek. Honestly, what the Heck was I thinking?? This has been my magnum opus post. (Probably more like I’m channeling the obssessed Captain Ahab and can’t stop!)

You in the back … start us off and we’ll build from there …. “Ctrl + J” to duplicate your layer. Such gorgeous harmony from all of SBG Land. Fabulous working with you, ladies. Take a Shot!

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose the Hue/Saturation. Lower the Saturation to -25.

Saturation -25

Click on Add a new Fill Layer. Choose Solid Color. Color is #530d24.

Color Fill #530d24

Change the Blending Mode to “Screen” and maintain the Opacity @ 100%

Click on Add a new Fill Layer. Choose Solid Color. Color is #080638

Color Fill #080638

Change the Blending Mode to “Exclusion” and maintain the Opacity @ 100%

Click on Add a new Fill Layer. Choose Solid Color. Color is #f6e7a9

Color Fill #f6e7a9

Change the Blending Mode to “Multiply” and maintain the Opacity @ 100%.

Click on Add a new Fill Layer. Choose a Solid COlor. Color is #d88792

Color Fill #d88792

We’re going to Click on a New Adjustment Layer. Choose Levels and select the “Blue” from your drop down menu. Here are the settings I used:

Levels: Blue  Output: 52/24

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose Brightness/Contrast. Set the Contrast to +45

Brightness/Contrast:  Contrast +45

Click on Add a new Adjustment Layer. Choose Hue/Saturation. Lower the Saturation to -15.

Saturation: -15

Click on Add a new Fill Layer. Choose a Solid Color. Color is #f4ecd4.

Color Fill #f4ecd4

Change the Blending Mode to “Soft Light” and maintain the Opacity @ 100%

Go back to the original Photo. Hit “Ctrl + J” one last time for today’s lessons my lovely ladies. Place this layer on top of all of the other layers and change the Blending mode to Soft Light and maintain the Opacity @ 100%.

Here we are at the end of our journey. Here’s the final … final layer palette:

Final Layer Palette - Treatment 8

You know, you can apply these tutorial effects to your LO’s as well. Especially if you are using material from multiple designers. Adjusting the hue/saturation, levels and color balance on your finished layout can make a HUGE difference. Take a look at the layout I did with the Impressions of Chocolate kit by our fabulous Studio Girls.

    Before:

Impressions of Chocolate by the Studio Girls

    After:

Impressions of Chocolate by the Studio Girls

After I was finished with the entire layout, I noticed the chocolate would use a tweaking so they looked more cohesive. I added a new Adjustement Layer. Chose Color Balance. Click on Midtones and used +60/+29/+20. Then added another Adjustment Layer. Chose Hue/Saturation and adjusted the Saturation to -40. It brings the entire look together.

I’ve hoped that you’ve been able to find that there are a myriad of ways to alter, design, enhance, and create a beautiful shot. Every shutter frame deserves at least a little love.

It’s been my priviledge to guide through eight of these processes this evening. Even if it was for the drinking game. LOL Thank you all for taking this adventure with me. Much love and hugs to you and yours. Happy creating!

Comments

11 Responses to “Miss Behaving: Tantalizing Treatment Tutorials”
  1. Tiki says:

    Wow! Thank you for the great tutorial!

  2. Amanda says:

    What an awesome tutorial! Is there any way you could put it in a pdf file so I can save it for reference? Thanks so much!!!

  3. Kait says:

    Fabulous tutorial, my dear.

  4. Flor says:

    Wow… this is fantastic Melissa

  5. Sandy_in_MD says:

    A very informative, and entertaining tutorial, Miss B! Your layout for the Impressions of Chocolate kit is fantastic. Thanks for another fab write up.

  6. Laser says:

    What a super tutorial. I know I will learn so much from this. Thanks a million.

  7. Silke Lemcke says:

    thank you so much for these great tips!!

  8. kate says:

    Fabulous instructions and such a great sense of humor included!!! I for one am one tuesday night chatter drinking a shot!!!!
    lol!!!! Thanks bunches

  9. Leslie says:

    Thank you for the tutorials – love the effects! My efforts didn’t turn out quite like yours =[ I noticed in the screen shots that all your layers (excluding the original) are indented under the heading Treatment #, with a little folder icon. All my layer thumbnails are left-justified with the original layer. I’m thinking this may affect how the layers interact with eachother? Thanks for your help.

  10. Miss Behaving says:

    Leslie, The reason they are indented is that I “Group”-ed the different treatment layers. In other words, each treatment was its own group of layers. A word of warning, some effects work differently with the original background colors. Which effect is not working for you? Or if you want, you can send me your original photo and I’l try to tweak the numbers to try and acheive the effect you’re looking for. =D

  11. Natalija says:

    Wonderful! I will have to try this out.

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