Following an earlier post where I mentioned about a recent ‘mini’ Photo Walk down on the coast at Brighton with my buddy Neal Hibbert, I’ve been asked a few times about the photograph of the ‘Bearded Guy’ that I took; in particular regarding what editing was done.
So, I thought I’d put together this short video which breaks down each of the 8 simple steps in Photoshop that I went through to achieve the final look; those 8 steps being:
- Levels Adjustment
- Adding Contrast to the subject’s eyes by using Quick Mask and a Levels Adjustment
- Adding overall contrast with a Curves Adjustment Layer
- Greyscale Conversion followed by reduced opacity to bring back some colour
- Restoring colour in the eyes (following the greyscale conversion)
- Adding detail to hair using the High Pass Filter
- Darkening the background using the Multiply Blend Mode and Burn Tool
- Reducing Saturation overall
To change things up a bit, and because each of the steps are very simple and brief, rather than do a ‘voice over’ I’ve split the video into sections so you can clearly see each of the 8 steps as I work through them.
As always, if you have any questions or would just like to leave a comment then please feel free to make use of the ‘comments’ section’ below; it’s always great to ‘hear’ what you have to say.