Topics:   |   Free Tutorials   |   Photoshop   |   Styling   |   Graphics & Text

Make your Subject Stand Out In Photoshop With Curves Adjustment Layers

  • Easy
  • 30
  • Add to

Using Curves Adjustment Layers along with Layer Masks is a great way to Draw the eye to a certain place. It may not look like anything crazy right off the bat, but if you check out the Before & After below you’ll notice a huge Difference. They best thing about this method is that it’s fairly easy.

Brighten Things Up

To add Brightness to our subject, we can start by adding a Curves layer and pulling the Midtones up. We don’t want it to look like this everywhere though, so by painting white on the Layer Mask over our subject we can get a natural looking Light. The same goes for where we want the photo to be darker – drag the Midtones down and paint white to darker certain areas of our image.

One more thing we can do with Curves is exaggerate the sign’s green glow by pulling the greens up and masking it out everywhere except the area lit by the sign. This helps to add interest to the photo while bringing even more attention to Glenn.

Removing Distractions

It’s important to move distracting elements before doing any work with Color and lighting. The Light stand should be removed, so we’re going to use the Clone Stamp to get started. A hint when using the Clone Stamp – hold down shift to get a visible sample. This lets you line up where you’re stamping with where you’re sampling from, making it easier to get a seamless cover-up.

Now, even after clone stamping it the door still doesn’t look as smooth as we’d like it to. By using the Brush Tool with a low Flow, we can paint over the door and make it look good as new. Just make sure to sample Colors quite frequently from the surrounding areas, otherwise your painting will be blotchy and appear poorly done.

Combining Multiple Exposures

If you are interested in how to achieve the same result by combining multiple Exposures, be sure to check out this episode which covers everything in Depth.

Featured Tutorials

How to Master Layer Styles in Photoshop
In this tutorial, we’ll help you master every layer effect with practical examples like adding photorealistic text to an environment, creating a neon glow effect from scratch, using layer styles to add a natural glow to a light source and more.
How to Master Blending Modes in Photoshop
We take you through every adjustment layer, showing you how to fix exposure, color correct, color grade, place objects on solid colored-backgrounds, make advertisements for print or web, and much more!
How to Master Blending Modes in Photoshop
In this tutorial, we break down all 27 blending modes that Photoshop offers, providing in-depth explanations and practical examples that are bound to help you get your creative work done faster and with impressive results.
Join us as we equip you with everything you need to know about shooting and editing in monochrome.
With over 4 hours of step-by-step instruction, we cover the tools and methodology required to make any color change appear realistic and natural.
While it may seem like magic, the ability to make anything disappear in Photoshop isn’t a trick – it’s a skill that anyone can learn.
Photoshop Compositing
In this tutorial, we cover several tools and techniques that, when combined, will allow you to create perfect masks of anything from the precision curves of designer products to the messy detail of a head of hair.


There are no reviews yet.