Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you a quick and easy technique to create powerfully compelling,
photographic portraits from ordinary color photos.
Open a photo you’d like to use. The size of this document is
1500 by 1500 pixels with a resolution of a 150 pixels per inch. This portrait effect works best when
your photo is cropped tightly around your subject’s face.
Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl + J on a PC or Cmd + J on a Mac. Go to Filter…Other… High Pass. For the Size, Resolution and characteristics of this photo,
I’ll make the Radius 7 pixels. Experiment with the amount to
get a similar balance that you see here. Change the Blend Mode to “Overlay” and make a copy of it.
As I toggle it back and forth, you can see the difference.
Next, we’ll reduce its color saturation and adjust its exposure and gamma levels. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon
and choose Hue/Saturation. For this photo, I’ll reduce the Saturation to minus 60. Since every photo is different,
you may want to adjust this number for yours. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon again and this time, choose “Exposure”. “Exposure” increases or decreases the brightness throughout the image. but it effects the shadow areas far less
than the highlights. “Offset” does the opposite. It darkens or brightens the shadows without overly
influencing the highlights. Finally, “Gamma Correction” primarily
effects the midtones. For this photo, I’ll type in point 7 in “Exposure” to brighten the overall image and in “Gamma Correction”,
I’ll type in point 6. Experiment with the amounts to get just
the right balance to your photo. Enjoy transforming your photos into
powerful portraits. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!