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Warm Colors on the Photo

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In this Photoshop tutorial we are going to add warm colors to one photo playing with color settings and layer blending modes.


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Warm Colors on the Photo

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Step 1

Open photo in Photoshop. Resize photo to 1000×664 pixels by going to Image > Image Size. Duplicate photo using Ctrl+J. On duplicated layer apply Image > Adjustments > Color Balance.

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Update layer blending mode to Multiply.

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Step 2

Duplicate background photo using Ctrl+J. Place layer above all other layers. On duplicated layer apply Image > Adjustments > Color Balance.

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Update layer blending mode to Lighten.

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Step 3

Duplicate background photo using Ctrl+J. Place layer above all other layers. On duplicated layer apply Image > Adjustments > Color Balance.

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Update layer blending mode to Darken.

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Step 4

Duplicate background photo using Ctrl+J. Place layer above all other layers. On duplicated layer apply Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

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Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast.

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Update layer blending mode to Darken.

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Step 5

Duplicate background photo using Ctrl+J. Place layer above all other layers. On duplicated layer apply Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

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Apply Filter > Other > High Pass.

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Update layer blending mode to Overlay.

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Merge all layers into one layer by going to Layer > Merge Layers or pressing Ctrl+E and rename layer to “Background”.


Step 6

Duplicate “Background” layer with Ctrl+J and apply Filter > Blur > Smart Blur to duplicated layer.

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Select Eraser Tool and a soft round brush. Erase boys from this layer and with that we will have a clear picture of boys and blurred image around them.

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Step 7

Duplicate “Background” layer again and move it above all layers. Apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur to duplicated layer. With Eraser Tool repeat process done in Step 6 but leaving more blurred areas on the image bottom.

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Step 8

Create a new layer on top of all layers. Fill layer with color #987f3f.

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Select Eraser Tool one more time to erase light brown color in a way similar to mine to get same effect as you can see below.

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Step 9

Create a new layer on top of all layers. Press D to set foregound color to black and background color to white. Drag a linear gradient using Gradient Tool.

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Update layer blending mode to Overlay.

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Step 10

Duplicate “Background” layer again and move it above all layers. Desaturate duplicated layer by going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

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Apply Filter > Other > High Pass.

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Erase layer background area with Eraser Tool (soft round brush with 400px).

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Change layer blending mode to Overlay.

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Reduce layer opacity to 60% and we are done.


Final Image

Warm Colors on the Photo

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  • Sanne Huis

    Thanks for that, I tried the standard tools in PS, but somehow never got convincing results. I’m gonna try this tonight!

  • Peter

    i like this tutorial)

  • sevagra

    This tips are very usefull ,knowleging and inspiring to me. Thank you.
    :-)