Summer to Autumn Photoshop Tutorial

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Autumn Photoshop Tutorial Video

Here in Southern California, our autumn looks and feels a lot like summer.  But sometimes you just want to have that warm, golden look of fall.  So I’m going to show you in 8 minutes how to change the look of your image in this Autumn Photoshop tutorial. 

Since I wanted to show how quickly you can make this change, I didn’t do any explaining as I went – Just a quiet video showing every step I took.  

 Here’s a rundown to let you know my starting and ending point.  I didn’t have a plan when I started, so in this video is I’m really winging it.  And remember – Photoshop is such a powerful program there are probably 20 other ways to do this – but this is what I came up with. 🙂

  1. The beginning image is just straight from Camera Raw.  I did minimal adjustments and opened it, then started recording.
  2. You’ll see me fix a few tiny blemishes – mostly using the patch tool & cloning tool.  
  3. I do some color correcting.  The white shirt had a very blue cast to it.  That gets removed.  Also, the white shirt threw some color casting on his cheeks and under his lip.  I fix that, too.
  4. Then I use a plugin called Portraiture to gently soften his skin.  Unfortunately this costs quite a bit of money.  But you can get the same basic effect without the plugin; hit command+option+shift+E.  This will create a new layer on top using all your layers underneath.  Run a slight gaussian blur on this layer, then drop a mask on the layer.  Hit command+I to invert the mask (make it black)  then brush in the skin where you want it softened.  Just don’t over do it.  
  5. Then I change out the background colors.
  6. I finish up by doing some minor adjustments.

From this point you can do any other edits/adjustments that you’d like.  Maybe pull back the saturation a bit, add a vignette, whatever looks best to you.

As you watch the video, keep an eye on what tools I’m using.  I use as many keyboard shortcuts as I can in Photoshop – it makes the work go so much faster! So when you see the tool change, if you’re not sure what it is just pause the video and glance at the left side to see what tool is selected.  And there are a few spots where random tools get selected and not used, so this probably could have been even quicker without that!

Consider this technique a jumping off point to your image.  Where can you go from here?  Get creative!

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