If you’re part of Polished Picture’s Facebook community, you probably saw me post about My Happy Accident. :) I was editing a recent session, and I came to an image I was going to turn black and white using the Gradient Map technique. Well, by default Photoshop used the last color from my color picker instead of black, and I ended up with an unexpected but interesting effect. Hence, a Happy Accident! I thought I’d do a quick tutorial if you wanted to experiment as well. There’s also a FREE action at the end as well as the video tutorial.
Here is my Before image:
1. Create a new Gradient Map layer as in this tutorial. Instead of using black and white, use hex color #816768 and white.
2. Simply duplicate the Gradient Map layer and change the blending mode. Then play with the opacity of your duplicated Gradient Map layer. I put mine on Multiply mode to darken it a bit and then reduced the opacity to 30%.
Voila! Super easy. Here’s the After:
Play around with different colors, blending modes, and opacities. This color was actually from his shirt! I’d love to see what you come up with.
Here’s the effect on a few more images from that session:
If you’re interested, you can download Polished Picture’s FREE Happy Accident action here!
Thanks for stopping by, Happy Editing!!