I love that you guys are telling me what you want to see on here! I had a request for a soft, hazy edit, and since the response to my last video was positive, I decided to record another. I’m sorry I say ‘um’ so much. :( I really don’t like listening to the videos I record, ha!
After the video, I will give a brief rundown of the steps, with links to the relevant tutorials.
Here is the Before:
And here are the steps I used:
- Soften the shadows under they eyes with the Clone Stamp Tool on Lighten mode.
- Use a curves layer to alter the tones, the goal being to brighten the photo and to even out the skin.
- Add some creamy warmth to the skin using a Color Balance layer and targeting the highlights.
- Add some sparkle to the eyes.
- Use a levels layer to create a hazy, soft effect. Reduce the blacks using the output slider, bump the midtones, and play with the red channel. (This tutorial shows a similar concept, but with a curves layer instead of levels.) Read about color opposites to better understand how to tweak the colors.
- Create some midtone contrast for the face using the Defog method and masking. (I will get a tut for this, but you basically use the Unsharp Mask filter. You use a high Radius and low Threshold values. Try 14% for the Amount, 40 for the Radius, and 0 for the Threshold)
- Finally, I used the High Pass filter for some final sharpening!
A couple of additional notes… I make reference to creating a ‘merged layer’ or a ‘composite layer’. I’m not sure those are technical Photoshop terms, just my own!! :) What I mean is that I create one pixel layer that is the result of all the layers below it. To do so, make sure your top-most layer is selected, and on your keyboard hit Cmd + Option + Shift + E (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E on a PC). If you’re not familiar with what a pixel layer is, you can read Adjustmet vs. Pixel Layers. Many of the Photoshop filters need to be run on pixel layers (and any actions using filters), so that’s why I had to create a pixel layer. :)
And, as always, this is just one way of doing things!
Here is the After (if you’re on a computer, rollover for a before/after comparison):
Thanks for coming by and watching! Do you have a favorite method of creating a hazy look? I’d love to hear!