Okay (bare with me this is my first tutorial):
1. Start with your base image.
2. Now you don’t have to do this, but I do this for creating the songcover template. Open a new page and create a square 500x500 pixels.
3. Then I adjust my base image size to 900x506 pixels and drag it onto the 500x500 sqaure.
4. Once I am satisfied with the placement of the image in the square, I dupliate the base image.
5.Then I change the duplicated image to ‘soft light’ and change the opacity to between 50-60%
6. From here I create a ‘Curve Layer’ to lighten the image. (e.g. point 1 input: 20 output: 22, point 2 input: 47 output: 230).
7. Then I create a ‘Solid Color Layer’ and choose a dark dark blue for the colour (e.g. 081931). I change the layer to exclusion and opacity to 55-70 ish %.
8. Create another ‘Solid Color Layer’ and choose a tan-like yellow (e.g. DAB97F). This is to make the image lighter again. Change the layer to ‘soft light’ and change the opacity to between 45-60%.
9. Then duplicate the base image again and drag to the top of your layers. Change the layer to ‘Soft Light’ and change the opacity to between 55-70%
10. Duplicate this layer and change it from ‘Soft Light’ to ‘Screen’ and change the opacity if you want to make it slightly darker. Then move over to Channels and hold down shift-ctrl-alt-E.
this will select and lighten the whites/light colours in your image. This will increase the lightness of the image.
11. Change back to the ‘Layer’ tab and change layer from normal to ‘screen’, then lessen the opacity until you are satifsfied that it is not too bright.
12. From here create a ‘Levels Layer’ and play with the levels to make it light or brighter (which ever way you are comfortable with).
13. Create a ‘Selective Color Layer’ and play with the colour, I tend to prefer to have a high Red and Yellow saturation in my images, it tends to create a brighter and nicely contrasted image.
14. If you are happy with the outcome from this point, you can simply add text or whatever you like to the image. I Also put on a border (just a 500x2 pixel white line around the edges)
From here you can still change the ‘hue or saturation’ with that layer or ‘brightness/contrast’ if you think it will create a prettier image.
If you want a different look, I like to add some ‘Gradients’ to the image like light blues or magentas.
‘Hard’ or ‘Pin’ light looks pretty good with ‘Gradients’
This part is really up to you, and most of these layers are to create a brighter and better contrasted image to play with (with a show like Glee this is greatly needed to add brightness to the image as It has become so dark this season).
Song Cover Photoshop Tutorial:
optional texture (and bigger version in case you need it)
More to come! :D
- contains brightness, vibrance and black and white option
PSD #24 → download.
- does not contain vibrance.
- works on photo shoots and bright photos.
- adjust to your liking if needed.