Hi and I hope that you are all well? Am sitting down in the kitchen typing away and listening to a digital radio station called Smooth Christmas which is really getting me into the spirit of things – as the big day is just over a month away.
Earlier this week I shared an image on the blog which was edited using a distinctive Gold Look that you often see. Today I would like to give you a step by step walk-through on how I achieved that look. There are only a few very easy steps, and they all involve the use of 3 Adjustment Layers.
So here you go –
Click the Selective Colour adjustment layer and where it says colours select NEUTRALS from the drop down menu.
When you have your neutrals showing you need to adjust your CYAN / MAGENTA / YELLOW
Now you need to add a little contrast to your image so go back to the drop down menu and change from NEUTRALS to BLACKS.
Go to the slider marked BLACK and change the value from 0% to about +15%
Now return to your adjustment layers and select the HUE and SATURATION adjustment layer. But before you press it you also need to press your ALT key.
You will see a dialog box appear and where it says MODE change it from NORMAL to SOFT LIGHT and press OK.
Click COLORIZE which is a box to the right of three pipettes. Once you have pressed this go to HUE and adjust it so that you get quite a warm tone. My settings would be as follows
In order to adjust the shadows and lighten the very dark areas you will need to click onto the LEVELS adjustment layer. Now adjust your levels to suit your image.
What I would recommend is that you play around with the settings as I have found that each image is different, so the values I have given you are just a guide – these are the values I used for the image of Mel Mills [click here].
Let me know how you get on with this technique and please feel free to share a link to your images, as I would love to see how you have put this technique to use.
Thanks for reading!