Photoshop Before and After: Soft and Sweet

before and after

I love before and afters, I hope you do, too!  Here is one that shows one way to get a soft, slightly hazy look for your photos.

Here is the original, SOOC image:


Here are the steps:

1.  I created a Curves layer and made the below adjustment to the RGB curve.  This gave the photo a lighter and hazy look:

RGB curve

2.  Using the same Curves layer, I selected the Red channel and made the following adjustment to add some red to the photo:

red curve

3.  Then I chose the Blue curve to add some yellow (blue is the opposite of yellow):

blue curve

4.  Finally (still on the same curves layer) I adjusted the Green curve to add a touch of magenta (green is the opposite of magenta):

green curve

5.  Next I added a second Curves layer to further brighten the photo.  I made the following adjustment:

second curves layer

Now the photo looks like this:

before texture

6.  The last thing I did was to add a texture.  I used a texture from Shadowhouse Creations called Used Canvas 4. 

If you don’t know how to add a texture, choose File->Place from the menu.  Open the texture you want to use when the dialog box opens.  Stretch the texture so it covers your entire image.

stretch texture

Hit ‘Enter’ after it’s stretched.  Your image is now covered with the texture.

used canvas4 texture shadowhouse

I set this texture to the Soft Light blending mode.  I used a layer mask and masked the effect off the subject with an 80% opacity brush.

And here is the after!


That’s it, so easy.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I appreciate you being here!

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12 Responses to Photoshop Before and After: Soft and Sweet

  1. Rochelle says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Looks really great!

  2. I tried this on a very different picture and I love it!!! Especially the way of adding the colours through your curves, what a discovery!

  3. Kaman says:

    OMG thank you so much this is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for making this so easy to understand!

  4. Melanie says:

    Thanks so much for all your tutorials. I love them and your free actions! Have you thought about adding more actions to your website? I’m obsessed.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Melanie! So glad you have found some useful tutorials on the site! Oh I’ve thought about adding more actions… it’s just finding the time!! :) Thanks so much for visiting!

  5. Karen says:

    Thank you again for ur generosity. I have been looking on how to do a hazy/dreamy effect on an image. Your tutorial is very easy to follow. I love your blog. Thanks for sharing yor knowledge. I am new to photoshop world. Thanks for making my editing easy peasy.

  6. Katie says:

    I wish I had found this blog a year ago!! I love all of these tutorials. Thank you!

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