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Quick Stylised Photos From Just 3 Photoshop Layers

Here's a tutorial to show how to produce a batch of stylised images from the one photograph in Adobe Photoshop.

Firstly, copy and paste or duplicate the image and flood fill the lower layer with white so your image is the top layer over a lower layer of solid white.

If there are people in your photograph and the photo was taken indoors, you often end up with slightly yellowy-looking skin tones due to the artificial lighting. If this is the case, open up the Hue/Saturation dialogue (Image> Adjust> Hue Saturation or press Command U) and slide the Yellow channel a couple of notches towards the Red end of the scale:

Next, once you have altered the levels (Image> Adjust> Levels of Command L) and are happy with the image, duplicate this layer twice.

The top layer should be desaturated to Black and White. (Image> Adjust> Desaturate or Alt+shift+H). Adjust the levels here until you have a crisp black and white image.

The second duplicate layer is to become our sepia layer. Open up the Hue/Saturation dialogue again click to colourise the image. Set up the values somewhere along the lines below:

You should aim to acheive a sepia look like the image below:

Move this layer down underneath your original image. You should now have 4 layers. A white layer, a sepia layer, your original colour layer and a black and white layer. It should be arranged as below:

Layer 02 copy 2
Layer 01
Layer 01 copy 1
Background

Now, by altering the layer modes and hiding/showing the 3 layers, you can produce a huge range of stylised images. 15 examples are shown below:

STANDARD

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Layer mode: Normal
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Background
   

INTENSE FLASH

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Layer mode: Hard Light
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Background
   

DEEP SHADOWS

 
Layer mode: Overlay
Layer mode: Normal
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Background
   

INTENSE POSTERISED

Layer mode: Overlay
Layer mode: Hard Light
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Background
 

PASTEL COLOURS

 
Layer mode: Screen
Layer mode: Normal
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Background
   

VIVID PASTEL

 
Layer mode: Screen
Layer mode: Hard Light
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Background
   

EVENING SUN

 
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Layer mode: Overlay
Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

SILVER SHEEN

 
Layer mode: Darken
Layer mode: Exclusion
Opacity: 70%
Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

SOFT SILVER SOLARISED

 
Layer mode: Overlay
Layer mode: Exclusion
Opacity: 70%
Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

INTENSE SILVER

 
Layer mode: Screen
Layer mode: Exclusion
Opacity: 70%
Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

BLACK AND WHITE

 
Layer mode: Normal
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Background
   

HARD BLACK AND WHITE

 
Layer mode: Hard Light
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Background
   

SOFT BLACK AND WHITE

 
Layer mode: Darken
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Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

SEPIA

 
Layer mode: Hard Light
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Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

BRONZED SEPIA

   
 
Layer mode: Overlay
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Layer mode: Normal
Background
   

FADED SEPIA

   
 
Layer mode: Screen
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Layer mode: Normal
Background
     

WHITE PETROL

   
 
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Layer mode: Exclusion
Layer mode: Exclusion
Background
   

BLUE PETROL

   
 
Layer mode: Overlay
Layer mode: Exclusion
Layer mode: Exclusion
Background

 

 

 

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