Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tutorial: how to turn any photo into an EXPLOSION of color

As you all know, I'm a huge Lisa Frank fan and a fan of color in general. Super saturated colors, every color of the rainbow, psychedelic & funky colors, etc.

Here's how you can use Photoshop to make any photo into a Lisa Frank-esque masterpiece of color!

1. Open your original photo in Photoshop, and make a new Gradient Map adjustment layer:

2. Pick one of the rainbow spectrum gradients:

3. You can also load more pre-made gradient options by clicking the little arrow circle and choosing "Spectrums" or "Color Harmonies 1 & 2". Append gradients so you have one big list.

4. Merge the adjustment layer and your background layer so the file is flat:

5. (This step is optional! I just did it to make the image smoother and a little more richly saturated.) Create a copy of your flattened layer, then Gaussian Blur that top layer:

6. Choose "Overlay" for the blending mode on your blurry layer, and adjust the opacity til you're happy: [I learned this trick from this tutorial from ShopRuche]

Yay, you're done! Here are some more examples done on photos from Morgue File.

There ya go. Don't stare too long or the saturation might make your eyes bleed.
(Zebra photo from here)

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