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I'm not sure if some of you have noticed or not, but my photo-editing routine has changed quite drastically for what I think is much better than what it used to be. Again, this routine is based on curves (most curves are from Julia Trotti of "I have something to tell you"'s weekly free curve friday feature which you should really check out at her blog here). Please note that I am no photoshop expert, so feel free to send me suggestions if you think this is too tedious (it is a bit, but it gets me the effect I want, y'know?). 

Also, I used a photo from my shoot with The Mondrian Shift mostly because they're awesome and I had way more fun taking/editing the photos than I ever have with my own. And I guess I should let you know that I use Adobe Photoshop CS5.

PS: I'm pretty gimped right now thanks to soccer and have very, very limited mobility. This means no outfit posts for a while! Sorry! 

1. I like to Auto Tone and Auto Color most of my photos unless they make the photo look icky.

2. Up the brightness of the photo. For this one, I increased the brightness to '40'

3. Find Hue/Saturation and increase the "Lightness" to 5. 

4. Make sure your Adjustments window is open. Download the following curves:
Open the menu on the top right-hand side of the Adjustments window and find "Load Curves Preset..." and load all the downloaded curves. 

5. Open the curves and set them at the following opacities.
alyssa lau - lighten at 40% to 60%
blue yellow field by julia trotti at 20%
ragdoll by julia trotti at 5% to 10%
lust howl by julia trotti at 10%
If the contrast is too harsh, increase "lightness" again by 5.

6. Pick the brush tool and set it to a dark army green with 0% hardness. Change the mode to "Soft Light" and the opacity to 20% to 30%. Color over the greenery. You can change the mode to "Hard Light" if you prefer darker tones. 

7. Using the same brush tool, now pick "white" and change the mode to "Saturation." Using an opacity of 20%, desaturate the greenery and whatever other parts of the background you want.

8. Click the half-black/half-white circle at the bottom of the layers window and select "Hue/Saturation". Check off the box that says "Colorize" and change the Hue to 30 and Saturation to 25. Now set this "Hue/Saturation" layer to 10% or less.

And voila, you're done!


  1. thanks for the tutorial :)

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  2. wow, i definitely have to try this. tysm for the tutorial!

  3. Wao! How beautifully you remove the sky. Great tip:)

  4. Thank you for these! I downloaded them fine but the curves don't open on CS 5.1 :/

  5. wow! i love this! but can you post where to dload those curves? and can i have your monochrome sun of julia? thanks!


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