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Create Some Style from a Black and White Image

Oct 01

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Creating Style

There are no limits to what you can do with an image in Photoshop, all it takes is a bit of imagination and knowing the right tools. That is the whole point of Phlearn and this episode.

This image was created from a black and white photo provided by Varun, who won last week’s contest! We start by separating the highlights from the shadows and coloring each independently.

Step and Repeat

The light effect coming from the right was created using an awesome technique called step and repeat. To start the process, select the content on your layer by CMD clicking the thumbnail. Then OPTN CMD T to start the step, make your adjustment, hit ENTER. SHIFT CMD OPTN T to repeat over and over

This Week’s Contest

Submit your best photo with 2 or more subjects interacting. You can use people, objects, or anything you can think of, just be sure there are more than one of them!

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Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

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  • Daniel Maťátko

    Thank you for the tutorial. I can finally make abstract lines!!

  • Isi Akahome

    Erica downtown

  • Isi Akahome

    Erica downtown chicago

  • Jonathan

    Thanks Aaron for teaching me this technique, here is your lesson integrated with my no shave november themed photo.

  • Isadora

    Bonjour to all your team! Thanks a lot for all those tutoriels, its been a couple month i watch you and its helping me a loooot in all kind of ways growing in my photographs…
    I did that one watching this tutoriel, Super cool thanks !!

  • Samantha Pugsley

    How about something creepy :) A girl interacting with a broken porcelain doll

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