Create a Simple Photo Effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial we’ll learn a simple photo effect.Let’s get started!



Open girl image and duplicate to background layer(Ctrl+J).


And we’ll be using the Ripple filter. Choose Filter>Distort>Ripple from the main menu and set the Amount to 999% and leave the size at Medium.

Second we’ll use the Diffuse filter to rough up the edges of our ripples by choosing Filter>Stylize>Diffuse from the main menu.

Third lets soften the effect of the Diffuse filter with a slight blur by choosing Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur from the main menu and using a radius of 0.5 pixels.

And the last thing we’re going to do here is randomize the mess just a little more using the Splatter filter by choosing Filter>Brush Strokes>Splatter.

And Result


We adding mask to layer.


Press the B key to call the Brush tool, select a round soft edged brush from the Brush Picker and make sure that the Opacity of the brush is set to 100%. Press the D key to reset your foreground color to black and then making sure the layer mask is selected in the layers palette (it will have little brackets around it), paint onto the layer mask with black where you want the underlying Background layer to show through. In my photo I’m only going to paint over the woman, exposing her clearly and perhaps leaving a little grunge around her edges.

After using the brush at 100% opacity for the main features, I dropped the opacity of the brush to around 30% and painted around her rough edges as well as a little on the bench she’s sitting on, just to soften things up and let a little more detail through. If you Option-Click (PC: Alt-Click) on the Layer Mask in the Layers palette, you can see exactly what your mask looks like. I’ve inlayed my mask on the image so you can see it.


Create a new layer by clicking the Create New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and call it Gradient Map. From the main menu choose Image>Apply Image and click OK without changing any of the default settings. What the Apply Image function has just done is placed a merged composite of all our layers into a new layer.


We’ll now add the Gradient Map filter to this layer by choosing Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map. When the dialog appears, choose the Black to White gradient from the Gradient Picker and click OK.

Now lets change the way this layer relates to the layers below by changing the layer’s Blend Mode to either Lighten or Darken. Each will give a different effect so try them both to decide which works best for you. I chose Lighten.


Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N) called Channel Mixer and just like we did in Step 5 choose Image>Apply Image, creating a new merged snapshot of our project on a new layer.


It’s time to apply our last set of adjustments. We will be using the Selective Color adjustment so choose Image>Adjustments>Selective Color from the main menu. From the Colors drop-down menu at the top of the Selective Color dialog box choose the following colors and change the settings accordingly and click OK when you’re done.



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2 Responses to Create a Simple Photo Effect in Photoshop

  1. Claudia says:

    Love you blog , you are doing a great job. Swing by mine, check things out and leave a cmeomnt or sign my guestbook. Have a great day

  2. laura says:

    awesome wish other sites would do step by step and show pic of what its telling u to do

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