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Post #044: Tutorial 001 - Alexis Bledel  
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Tutorial #001 - Alexis Bledel

Going from to in roughly eightish steps. Made using Adobe Photoshop 6.0 with selective colour/curves/etc.; non-translatable.

Step 01. Crop your base. Create a new Curves adjustment layer with the following settings (or similar):

RGB: input: 82; output: 124
Red: input: 127; output: 180
Green: input: 126; output: 130
Blue: input: 114;output: 153

Set the adjustment layer to Soft Light at 100%.


Step 02. Duplicate your base. Go to Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp Mask, Amount: 25%, Radius: 1.0. Set the duplicate to Screen at 100% opacity or as needed depending on how light or dark your base is. I used a soft, round brush at 34% over Alexis's face.


Step 03. Create a new layer (ctrl+N). Fill it with #031118 and set it to Exclusion at 100%. Duplicate that layer and reduce the opacity to 45%.


Step 04. Another new layer. Fill it with #FBF8EE and set to Color Burn, 100%.


Step 05. Create a new Color Balance adjustment layer with the following settings (or similar):

Highlights: -13/0/-11
Midtones: +9/-6/-25
Shadows: -30/+4/-11


Step 06. Create a new Selective Color adjustment layer with the following settings (or similar):

Reds: cyan: -100; yellow: +100
Yellows: cyan: +42; yellow: -28
Neutrals: cyan: +51; magenta: +13; yellow: -43

Duplicate the adjustment layer and reduce the opacity to 20%.


Step 07. Now, to me that looks a bit under-contrasted and exclusion-y, so I added a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer with these settings:

Brightness: +10
Contrast: +14


And you're done! :)

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__xxgwen on January 7th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
woah, the result is amazing!!! memming and trying later, thank you for sharing! ^^
Alyssa.badasspeanut on January 7th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Love it :)

This is what I came up with, after a few minor adjustments:

jewlatte :): So look upbluebellflames on January 7th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Ah, your result is so pretty! Glad you liked it. :)
Valliegurl: Aryavalliegurl on January 7th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
hi, i love the tut, but i was wondering:
is there anyway to do the last part without selective coloring?
jewlatte :): Neverlandbluebellflames on January 7th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry, but I don't know of any alternatives. :\
Katepureskies on January 7th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
this is just an amazing tut! I love your result! Thankyou!
sun_12 on January 7th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
thanks! =)=)
Tha Slowwhipperslowwhipper_gfx on January 7th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Beautiful results and an easy to follow tutorial. Thanks :D
partys_0ver on January 8th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
i love this tut.
the outcome is beautiful ♥
are you out of your vulcan mind?: PoT: Atobe: Atobe (OVA 10)xiahtic on January 29th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
WONDERFUL tutorial!! I've been hoping to try out some new coloring techniques and this helped me SO much. I had awesome results for my first try:

this to

islandoftheship on July 27th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
So I totally just found an illegal download of Photoshop CS3....so I tried it.
And I did it!
I'm very excited.
But you need to teach me how to use this program. It's like a foreign language to me.
xiahannah on August 1st, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
thank you so much!!
actually, it's ms. chinandler bong: Halo : teh chemistry! it burns!jecca_o9 on January 26th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
♥! awesome tut, this is what i got:

thanks! :DD
reyyalinreyyalin on October 12th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
Looks great! I have it memorized!