Preview of Final Results
Step 1For this tutorial, we’ll be using Color Lookup adjustment layers which is only available in Photoshop CS6. Color Lookup layers are used to simulate color profiles used in film and Photoshop includes . Start by opening any photo into Photoshop.
Step 2Because this photo effect will be created with several layers, it makes sense to add them inside a layer group. Add a new layer group by going to Layer > New > Group.
Step 3Add a new Color Lookup adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup). In your Properties panel (Window > Properties), set the profile to Futuristic Bleak. The Futuristic Bleak profile gives your photo a faded look like what you see in many futurstic movies.
Step 4Next, we’re going to add a Film Stock color lookup profile. This profile boost the contrast and colors of your image. Duplicate the Color Lookup adjustment layer you created in the previous step by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+J. In the Properties panel, set the profile to Film Stock. The image looks pretty good already with just these two adjustment layers.
Step 5 (Optional)This step is optional but will give your photo some retro colors. The last Color Lookup adjustment layer we’ll add a 3 Strip color profile. Duplicate the previous Color Lookup adjustment layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J) then change the color profile to 3 Strip. The 3 Strip color profile simulates the 3-strip Technicolor camera from the 1930s used in the famous movie, Alice in Wonderland (1951). There was no true way of simulating this effect before Photoshop CS6 came out. Now with the new Color Lookup adjustment layers, we can easily add this effect.
A 3 Strip Technicolor Camera