The Method of Soft Ventilation and Coloring in Photoshop

In this course we’ll show you how to achieve a subtle natural look with Photoshop. This video tutorial focuses on applying subtle lighting and coloring and restoring details from your image. This tutorial is appropriate for people who wish to develop their own unique way of coloring their photos by starting from beginning. Learn how to create stunning soft effects by using the tools and techniques in Photoshop on your pictures.

This effect basically gives an extra coloration to shadows and highlights, less contrast, and ensure there is enough depth to photographs and soft lighting across the whole image.

Step 1: Download the Image. Step 2 – Open the Image

Then, download the test image to Photoshop by using Unsplash then start it up within Photoshop. Select the File menu, then open and then open the image using Photoshop in the manner shown below. The image is bright, and it has plenty of contrast too. It will add soft coloring (which is able to be changed anytime) as well as reduce contrast in order to preserve the details of the photo.

Step 2 – Lift Shadows

While this photo has the majority of highlights, there is a areas of shadow, like hairstyles. The shadows will be lifted to level out the light within the photo since the bright highlights in this image are overly high in contrast to the shadows. In order to do this, we need to make an adjustment layer called curves adjustment layer. Select the Layer menu and then Create Adjustment Layer and then Curves.

Include a line in the Shadows area and raise the shadows, adding additional information to the dark regions of the image. It is possible to see the setting below.

Step 3 – Target darker Areas

Then we’ll be able to use Curves that affect only dark regions of the picture. When you remove shadows or other tones by using Curves, it influences the other tones as effectively. I do not want to impact the tones of other colors and prefer to limit the effects of Curves limited to shadows. Blend-If is a tool that helps blend effect depending on highlights and shadows. We’ll be using this. Click on the Curves layer and then select Blending Options.

If you are in the Blend If > Layer Separate the white slider pressing ALT + CLICK and drag it to that black slider This will cause Curves to be able to alter only Shadows and keep the others tones unaffected.

Below you will see how far the process has gone The soft appearance is beginning to appear:

Step 4 – Apply the color of your choice to bright areas

Then we’ll apply coloring in bright areas of the photo. It will be subtle and unlike flashy colour grading. This effect is ideal for weddings and photographs of family members. Make the Smooth Color Layer when you click on the third icon located at the top of the Layer Panel.

Choose a vibrant color Don’t be concerned about color, just choose any color and then you are able to change it anytime. I picked the color #b1c0bb.

Switch the blend setting in the blending mode soft light This blend mode gives an uplifted and clean appearance in the picture as seen in the below image.

I’d like the hint of color to show up in Highlights for this purpose, we’ll make use of Blend-IF. Start the Blending Options of Solid Color by double-clicking on the layer. Split the black slider, and then shift it to the white slider, making Solid Color appear only on Highlights. Solid Color appear only on the highlights.

Step 5 Subtle Coloring

Finally, what we are able to achieve is adding slight coloration to various areas of the photo. Additionally, you might even be able to improve the an uneven exposure (if there is an imbalance in the image exposure) of the picture to add a final finish. By using Curves Curves I added some (not obvious) yellow to highlights and shadows. It’s not too much like you can see in the way I shifted the points within the setting.

Click on the Layer tab, then New Adjustment Layer Selective Color and I have added subtle red hues on darker parts of the photo, such as hair, or any other area that is darker.

I made use of Levels initially, then I utilized RGB to raise shadows once more that you can view under the settings (left on the right). After that, I added a few delicate magenta hues for Shadows, Midtones (trying to reduce green tones) However, with highlights I’m including green tones.

Step 6 Final results

Here are the final results that have soft, airy color:

If you’d like to change the Color of Solid Color that we added in step 4 You can change the color by double-clicking the Solid Color and changing the color that you feel is appealing with your pictures.

Below are the before and after outcomes:

I hope that you have enjoyed this video. The soft and quiet style will definitely give your photos a fresh feel as if you’re fresh out from bath. This effect can be used for family photos, weddings, indoor and other photos which is not on the edge of being bright. If you have any concerns, please let me know via the comments section below.

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