The picture above looks too dark. To make it lighter, add a new adjustment layer Gradient Map and set the gradient as shown below.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Color Dodge. To increase the contrast and add a few more colors, add one more Gradient Map adjustment layer and set the gradient as shown below.
Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light. Personally, I like the overall image better in cooler tones. To change this, create a new adjustment layer Solid Color on top of all the layers and pick #7c7f9f color. Press OK. Change the Blending Mode of the layer to Soft Light.
Step 25 - Applying the Texture
If you like the grunge effect as I do you can add a grunge texture to the image. Download the grunge texture you like (I used one from this set) and drag it into your manipulation. Now play with different Blending Modes and opacities to get the result you like. I used the Soft Light Blending Mode and lowered the Opacity to 60%.
Step 26 - Bit More Contrast
Add a bit more contrast to the picture by adding one more adjustment layer Gradient Map on top of the layers. Select Black, White gradient and change the Blending Mode to Luminosity.
By Jarka Hrncárková
Thank you for reading the tutorial. I really hope that it was useful for you and you've learnt something new or found some inspiration for your new manipulation. It would be great if you show pictures made according to this tutorial in comments below.
Have you all nice day!
- Jarka Hrncárková