Photoshop Editing: Desaturate+High Pass=Moody

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 26, 2010

Category: Videos

Ok so as promised here’s a short video walk-through showing how I edited some of the photographs from the recent studio shoot with Danny Bartlett using Photohop. I did consider including a written walk-through including screen captures but to be honest having started it I soon realised it would have gone on for quite some time despite this being a quick technique (Apologies for those who would have preferred this).

The technique only consists of 2 main steps making using of the Desaturate adjustment and dare I admit it, the High Pass Filter. At the start of the video before getting into adjusting the colour & tone of the photograph I also show some minor retouching using the Liquify Filter including a little tip to help Photoshop work just that little bit quicker.

As always I’d love to ‘hear’ your thoughts/comments about what I go through in the video so please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
By the very nature of how photoshop works, there are literally limitless ways of doing the same thing, so do you create a similar look but go about it in a different way? If you do, then why not share it in the comments section below.

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Keith

    not being that experienced in PS or LR i liked how you showed what tools you were changing to by zooming on them, a lot of tutorials just “say” what tools they are using and for the inexperienced thats not a lot of help. I found it clear, not rushed and i feel i could follow that and get good results.

    • Glyn

      Hi Keith,
      It’s great to hear that you found the tutorial easy to follow and would be able to make use of it in the future; mission accomplished huh 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Glyn

  2. Neal Hibbert

    Nice video and tut mate, precise and to the point and very easy to follow, cheers 🙂

    • Glyn

      Hey Neal,
      Glad you like it mate and cheers for the comment.

  3. Neil Holmes

    Thanks for the follow-up post, ‘on post’ Glyn, it’s a useful technique

    • Glyn

      No worries Neil. I’ll be posting another video tutorial in the next week or so covering ‘Content Aware Scaling’; something I’ve been using quite a bit in my editing lately.
      Hope all is well with you,
      All the best,

  4. Paul Pratt

    Thanks for this Glyn. It’s a very nice technique. I’ll need to try it, no idea where I’ll find a model with THAT physique though!

    I can’t believe I never knew about the freeze tool either! I learned so much in this 8 minute video. Thanks mate.

    • Glyn

      Hi Paul,
      Thanks for leaving a comment mate; it’s great to ‘hear’ that the tutorial was useful and you got something out of it. Mission accomplished huh 🙂

      Cheers, Glyn

  5. Steve Porter

    Hi Glyn, I am really enjoying your tutorials, the photoshop tips are great for time-saving. I always end up spending too much time trying to achieve results i am happy with and your videos are saving valuable hours. Thanks and keep them coming. Are the photoshop tutorials going to be a weekly thing?

    • Glyn

      Hi Steve. Thanks for the comment; it’s great to hear that the tutorials are coming in handy especially when it comes to saving you some time. At the moment I’m just releasing the tutorial videos ‘as and when’ and don’t plan to make them an every week thing; however that doesn’t mean to say I wont. At the moment it’s just a time issue. I’m going to be putting another one together at some point this week though covering the Content Aware Scaling in PS CS4 and how/why I tend to make use of it quite a bit, so all being well that will be released early next week. I’m sure with all the upcoming shoots I’ll come across something during the editing phase that will make a useful tutorial so I’ll keep you posted 🙂

      Thanks again for dropping by and for the kind words; I really appreciate it.


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