First of all, we’ll have to prepare the workspace to cater for our project. To do that, go to the Windows menu and make sure at least these windows are ticked: Adjustments and Layers. The next step is to import your image. You can do this by simply dragging and dropping the picture into photoshop. I prefer using this method because its fast and easier for me but you may have your own. After your image has been imported, you will need to locate and click on the Adjustments window. Once you’ve located this window, click on the Hue/Saturation icon. Notice that, after clicking the icon, a layer has been added to the Layers window and you will also see a Properties window. Ignore these for now and click on the Brightness/Contrast Icon. Notice that you get the similar reactions from the program. On the Properties window, reduce brightness to any desirable number, in my case -58 but make sure contrast is between +78 and +100. This will make the image look dark and rich with colors. These next instructions are very crucial and must be followed diligently. When you’re satisfied with what you have, select the Hue/Saturation layer in the Layers window and on the Properties window:
- Drop Saturation value to -40 and increase Lightness to +10
- Click on Master and select Reds and set the values of both Saturation and Lightness to -100
- Do the same for Greens, Cyan, Blues and Magenta.
- Now select Yellow and then select the type of HUE you want. Then, play around with the Saturation and Lightness values until you get the quality you prefer. For my case, Hue was -123, Saturation was +83 and Lightness was -44;
After these, you just add on some text and wallah! you have just become a professional at editing photographs. 🙂 Here are samples of what I’ve done using this method. Please go to my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sudodez and post samples of your work on my wall. I’ll be happy to share and feature them.