Final ImageThis is the final image that we’ll be creating. This tutorial aims to show how a few simple steps canadd real intensity to your image.Images UsedLime PhotoStep 1Open up a photo of a lime:
Step 2Start by cutting out the lime. To do this, select it using the lasso tool or pen tool, and then paste yourselection onto a new layer.Then create a new layer beneath your lime cutout layer called ‘background’. Apply a radial gradientranging from 292C2F to 0F1010. This is the first step to making your photo more intense, bypositioning your photo in front of a dark background you’re giving it more contrast, and making thebright colors of your photo stand out more.
Step 3Now create a new layer below your lime layer and above your background layer called ‘backgroundhighlights’. Create a couple of radial gradients ranging from white to transparent behind each pieceof lime. Then reduce the opacity of this layer to 40%.
Step 4Now apply a color overlay to your background highlights layer (color: 83BFDE).
Step 5Now create a new layer called ‘background shadows’ and apply a black to transparent radialgradient beneath each lime piece, and between the two pieces.
Step 6Now duplicate your lime photo layer and change the duplicate’s blend mode to ‘hard light’. Reduceit’s layer opacity to 50%. Then duplicate your hard light layer and change the blend mode to ‘softlight’, keeping the opacity at 50%. Then merge down both of your duplicate layers with your originallime layer, by pressing option+e twice.
Step 7Now go to image>adjustments>hue/saturation and apply the settings shown below:
Step 8Now go to filter>sharpen>sharpen, to emphasize the details of your lime.Step 9Now go to image>adjustments>color balance. Make the adjustments shown below to reduce thegreen in your photo and give a more yellowy tint to compliment your gray background.
Step 10Now create a new top layer called ‘burn layer’. Select a large, soft black paintbrush, blend mode:‘color burn’, hardness: 0%, opacity 10%. Paint over the darker green areas of your limes to bring outthe shadows. I reduced my burn layer’s opacity to 50% eventually in order to make the effect a littlemore subtle.
Step 11Now create a new layer called ‘orange burn’. You want the edges of the yellow inner part of the limeto burn to a deep orange color. Change your brush color to orange (FF6C00) and use a medium sizesoft brush to brush around the edges of your yellow area. Then reduce your brush size, and brusheven closer to the edge of the yellow, making this area more intense with color.Finally, be sure to change the blend mode of this layer to ‘color burn’. This will really bring out theorange color of this layer, and won’t let your of your orange brush marks overlap into your darkbackground.
Step 12Now create a new layer called ‘white highlights’. Use a white paintbrush to paint in the highlights inthe yellow area. Use a very small brush to repeatedly brush over your white edge and thin whitelines. Then enlarge your brush and paint over the light areas of your green lime skin. If any of yourbrush marks go over into your dark background, use your magic wand tool to select outside of yourlime shapes, then return to your white highlights layer and hit delete.Finally, I reduced this layer’s opacity to 40% to make the highlights more subtle and realistic.
And We’re Done.And there you have it! Very simple photo manipulation, to create a truly intense end result. If youcompare the before and after images below, you can see how these easy techniques make a realdifference to your images.