Hey guys! And a happy Tuesday to you! I'd like to share one of the photo editing tricks I use in Adobe Elements and Adobe Photoshop with all of you. One very popular vintage technique to add to your photographs involves adding a navy blue color fill layer and setting that layer to the "Exclusion" blending mode.
So let's get started:
- Open the image to be edited.
- Adjust the lighting with the levels toolbar.
- Add a solid color layer by going to the top of the tool bar. Select layer-New Fill Layer-Solid Color.
- The color picker window will pop up. Pick a dark navy blue color. I use hex#70144, which is very close to black. However, feel free to chose your own custom color. Your image will now be completely dark navy blue.
- Now, set the color fill layer to "exclusion" and adjust the opacity. In the image above, I set the opacity to 60, but many times, I will keep it at 100. Leaving the opacity at 100 will give your photos a strong yellowing effect. Just play around with it and adjust the intensity to your liking.
- I then wanted to beef up the whites, so I added a new color fill, using steps #3 and 4, and set the color picker to hex#cccc99. I then set this layer to soft light with an opacity of 50.
- After that, under the layer tab, I selected, New Adjustment Layers-Levels and played around with the color gradients, particularly, moving the dark left hand triangle to the right to add more depth.
- Last, I flattened the layers and saved the image in JPEG format.