Create a Stylized, Artful Photo Effect in Photoshop

We all know Photoshop is a powerful, versatile tool, but it’s at its best when it’s used for its original intended purpose — photo editing. You can turn boring and plain photos into stylish masterpieces with just a few careful enhancements. If you have good photo editing skills, you can easily add professional touches to your photos and projects with surprising speed.

Today, we are going to create a dynamic photo effect that you can use on your photos to give them an impressive, professional, stylized look. To achieve this effect, we will use some interesting blending options and adjustment techniques. So, let’s get started.

First, let’s have a look at our final result:

Final result

Resources:

Girl Image by Random acts

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new file with a 600px width and a 680px height.

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Open the resource image and paste it onto our canvas.

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Now, duplicate the image layer and add an inner shadow using the following settings.

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Create a new layer and fill it with color #767676 using the paint bucket tool.

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Change the blending mode to “Overlay,” and use dodge and burn tool over the image (“Dodge” on the light parts and “Burn” on the darker ones).

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Now, let’s start with adjustments, so click on “Layer” > “New adjustment layer” > “Levels.”

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Click on “Layer” > “New adjustment layer” > “Curves.” Emulate the settings shown below.

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Now, click on “Layer” > “New adjustment layer” > “Selective color.”

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Click on “Layer” > “New adjustment layer” > “Brightness/Contrast.”

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Create a new layer and fill it with color #946f66 using the paint bucket tool.

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Change the blending mode of the above layer to “Hue” and reduce the opacity to 50%.

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Now, click on “Layer” > “New adjustment layer” > “Color Balance.”

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Click on “Layer” > “New adjustment layer” > “Photo Filter.”

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Now, click on “Layer” > “New Adjustment layer” > “Black & White.”

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Now, change the blending mode of the above layer to “Overlay.”

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Now, simply reduce the opacity of the above layer to 55%, and we are done.

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I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial. I’ll be back with some more tutorials. Let me know what you think!

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  • http://sunnieweb.com Sunnie

    Nice effect! Thank you!

  • http://www.shahamirian.info Mehdi Shahamirian

    Hi, I didn’t get the same result although I it was okey.
    I have a question, how did you found out by doing these effects you’ll get this result? And how we can do sth different like you did?

    • http://websoulz.com Anum

      Hi Mehdi, good question. After I decide what kind of effect I’m looking for then I adjust and experiment with the tools until I get the the desired result. As we know each image is unique and require special adjustments just play around with the settings and I’m sure the end result will be great. Thanks