Clive R. Haynes FRPS
Here's a subtle technique that will, for the right image, create a softly romanticised version of the original.
The basics steps comprise copying the original image, turning the picture to monochrome, then using the copy to overlay the colour information only with blur applied.
The effect is subtle and shows more clearly on a print. The example below illustrates what can be done but you'll need to carefully compare the 'before & after' images - As I mentioned it is subtle but the effect is there.
The colour has spilled and merged from one area to another and this has the effect of pleasingly homogenising the colour tones.
Our Working Image with rich, evening tonality
shown in brackets)
Layer Palette - after making the Copy Layer
Turn off / deactivate this layer by clicking on the eye icon.
to the Background Layer and make this 'monochrome'.
Above: The Monochrome appearance
'Channel Mixer' can be used to refine the tonality of the monochrome image.
See 'link' below for more information re 'Channel Mixer'
Layer Palette with Copy Layer set to 'Color' Blend Mode
to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
As a rough guide, the image from which this working example was taken was a 20mb file and I used a Gaussian Blur setting of 35.
result is below.
The final image with gentle tonality and subtle diffusion
|For another approach and also for additional information about this technique, visit my pages about 'Pen & Ink Technique'. Towrads the end of these pages, the effect of adding 'blurred colour' is discussed and illustrated. Click on the 'link' below.|