More Photoshop Effects

Today we will go over some Photoshop effects that may help you tie the different parts of your project together.


To make just one layer black and white, select the appropriate layer in the layers palette, then go to the top of the screen and click on Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate

Film Grain

To make an image look like it has been photocopied or printed in a newspaper, select the desired layer, then go to the top of the screen and click Filters  -> Artistic -> Film Grain. Adjust the sliders until you achieve your desired effect.

Multiply Mode

To see two layers at once (at full opacity),  go to the layers palette, select the  layer that would would like to be able to see through, and make sure it is directly above the other layer you would also like to see.  Then at the top of the layers palette change the mode to “multiply.”

In the image below, the layer with the film grain kitten is in multiply mode, allowing us to see the solid light blue layer below.

Gradient Masks

Gradient Masks allow you to gradually make an image fade to become transparent.
Devon used a gradient mask on the image of his face:

  1. In the layers palette, select the image you would like to fade.
  2. Click the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom right hand side of the screen. Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 6.56.43 PM
  3. Click the Gradient Tool. Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 6.58.22 PM
    Make sure that the Foreground Colors are set to Black/White.
  4. Go to the Gradient Editor on the top left side of the screen and click on the Foreground to Background.
    Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 6.59.37 PM
  5. Click and drag the gradient tool across the part of the image you would like to fade. You will have to experiment to see the effect you want.

Color Adjustments

If the various images you have combined have different lighting, you can use levels and photo filters to make them match better.

To lighten or darken a particular layer (or to increase the contrast in the range of values), adjust the levels. (Image -> Adjustments -> Levels).

To reduce the blue or yellow tinge in an image, use a warming or cooling photo filter. (Image -> Adjustments -> Photo Filter). Select a warming filter to make an image less blue, and use a cooling filter to reduce yellow or orange lighting.

At the end of today’s class, you should create a new blog post with the following:

  • an image of your project’s progress
  • a paragraph describing any challenges you faced (and how you worked through them), what you will do during the next few classes, and anything you would like me to help with

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