Next adjustment layer is “Curves” (Layer > New Adjustment layer > Curves…). I reduced dark tones on Red and Blue channels. Use the image below to accurately construct a curves.
Again “Solid Color” layer with color # 28337a and Blending Mode “Overlay”, Opacity: 30%. Add a “Brightness/Contrast” adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast… or click on icon on a Layer panel). Set Brightness: 3, Contrast: 3.
Now tinting gradient. This adjustment layer, we add color. Set up following gradient #d3b0ff (Location: 8%) > #2d1899 > #070c25, Mode: Radial, Angle: 67.62 degrees, Scale: 150%. Set Blending Mode to “Soft Light”, Opacity around 50%.
Now a little glow. To gently influence the image of warm light on the bird, I used an adjustment layer “Color Lookup”, from the drop down list, select “LateSunset.3DL” preset. Use 3DLUT file and Set Opacity for this layer 55%, Fill to 35%.
Next adjustment layer is “Selective Color”. This layer will help me to change each color separately. Here and try to change the tone of almost all colors. It helped me to achieve a balance of color. List of settings a little big, so I ask you to take attention to pictures below.
Now, increase the saturation of the entire image. Add “Hue/Saturation” adjustment layer. Set Hue: +7, Saturation: +36, Lightness: -16. Set layer Opacity to 52%. Group all colorize layers into one group (Cmd/Ctrl + G) and reduce group Opacity to 85%. Like my example, you can create interesting tinting or change this. All of your choice!
Now add some blur to create a presence and a nice fairy tale, soft focus. It works very well in the pictures on the theme of a fairy-tale or in the case where the artist need to create a gentle and soft picture. Create a merged copy of all photomanipulation (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E), Convert it to Smart Object (right click on layer > Convert to Smart Object). Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set up Radius to 15.0 pixels.
On a smart filter layer mask, with soft black brush, remove blur from the center. In the figure below you can see where the remains blur. Use different values of brush Opacity to create smooth transition and to control the amount of blur for each section of the picture.
To increase the sharpness of the image. Create a merged copy of image (Cmd/Ctrl + Opt/Alt + Shift + E), Convert it to Smart Object (right click on layer > Convert to Smart Object). Go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Set Radius to 2.0 pixels and click OK. To get rid of the gray background change Blending Mode to “Linear Light”. Using this mode will overlay greatly increase the brightness, so reduce Fill to 50% (do not use Opacity).
Well, that’s all! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you could find it useful. I am satisfied with my result. I hope that you are satisfied your result too and spent time with benefits.
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