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Spring is here and Easter is coming this weekend! Sometimes it can be fun to add a few little filters to your photos and give them some extra special love! Today’s tutorial is all about creating a springy, colorful look to your photos! Think of it as adding an easter egg polish to your photos!
Here is my before photo:
It’s not even all that great of a photo because I’m pretty bad at capturing the perfect photo for occasions! Usually they are all a mess and I have to come up with creative ways to make them look decent! Photography is certainly not my strong suit! BUT if I can make it work, so can you!
The first thing we are going to do is ADJUST THE CURVES:
This will boost the brightness in the photo which will help give a good foundation for when we add our homemade filters! To boost the brightness of your photo, simply pull the curve up a little like I have done in the photo above!
Second we are going to ADJUST THE LEVELS:
By adjusting the levels, we are increasing the black in the photo to give it depth. To do this, simply click on the Levels menu under adjustments which is between properties and styles on your layer palette. As you can see from the screen shot above, it pulls the menu into a layer above your photo. This is great for being able to adjust later, if needed! Slide the black slider on the left in a little towards the center. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, because you can always come back and adjust it later.
Now it’s time to add the vintage look!
Start by clicking the circle at the bottom of your layer palette. It’s the one that is a half circle. It will give you a menu:
Choose the top options which is solid color. This will open a layer with a color on top of everything else. Choose your color. I went with a bright pink and then chose a dark version of it. This layer we want dark so dark pink, dark blue or even a dark grey.
You can copy the exact code that is highlighted in blue on the image above or you can wing it yourself! Once it is added, change the blending mode to exclusion:
Now it’s time to repeat!
This time when the color layer comes up, we’re going to add a yellow and change the blending mode to soft light:
This is obviously way too dramatic for what we want, so now we play around with the opacity on each of the top two layers of color:
It’s not too dramatic, but you can definitely feel the warmth added in! Now it’s time to scrap the photo for my Easter layout! I even have an Easter mini to share with you! It’s available for download from my Resource Library!
Here is my final layout:
Now it’s your turn to give it a try! Start with grabbing the photos you want to work with and this free Easter mini:
And if you want to save this for later or to share with a friend, feel free to pin the image below!
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