Hi all, got a cool one for you today, today we’re going to be taking a look at the work of Luiz Claudio also known as luizclas on Instagram.
I stumbled upon this work recently and I loved it, the colors that are used are orange and blue, so two colors that compliment each other as the color wheel indicates.
And just a small note on the color wheel, if you look at the color wheel so just right now get one up on your browser you will see that certain colors are directly opposite from each other, so not to go into it too deeply, but if you wanted to create your own style you could choose two complementary colors of your own to edit your images towards, it just so happens our Photographer today uses Blue and Orange tones which seem to be quite in vogue from what I’m seeing these days.
So this will be a joined Tutorial, I want to first do basic edits in Lightroom and then move across to Photoshop.
So open up your Image and your Develop module let’s get started.
Let’s get our Lightroom open.
The image that I’m going to be using today below as the first set of edits that I’m going to be doing that you will see in the example image below is as follows…
[Just a side note before I begin, you will see that I have used this redhead girl as it fits in with the types of images the Photographer would take, so to make life easy on yourself just for this look for something similar and after that if you like the style you can start to experiment a little]
First I like to drop the Highlights right down to -100
Then I’ll do the opposite with the shadows moving them to +100
After I’m done with that I’m going to move on to the Whites and Blacks just below.
Hold Alt on your keyboard and click on the little slider tab, and you will see for the Whites the screen will turn completely Black, move your slider about until you see the image appearing in pixel form, now what you want to do is slide the slider just to the exact point those pixels disappear.
Then you do the exact same for the Blacks and then I go up to Exposure and once again do the exact same. [not that screen color will change form Black to White for the Black slider as opposed to what it was when you moved the White slider, so don’t worry it’s just normal]
after you are done with that you can just add a tiny little bit of Clarity to your image, I just added +25, you will see it highlighted below in our example image to the right below everything else.
Now we’re going to take a look at adding some detail to the image, so scan down from Basic and you will see the Detail panel, click on it to expand it out and at the top, you will see the option for Sharpening.
Look to the slider that says Amount and either use the slider to push it over to the right to reach roughly 25 or just click on the number already there and replace it with 25.
Next look just below that and you will see the Noise Reduction sliders, so the one that you want to be using for this is Luminance, so click on that slider and do the exact same with that as you just did with Amount.
Take note that it is generally good to add a little bit of noise reduction when you sharpen just to bring it down just a notch from where you might have it, I know with me when I use Sharpening I tend to overdo it at first and then using Noise Reduction bring it back to a place that I actually like better, so just keep that in mind, it’s not a total rule so you don’t always have to do it, but just know that the option is there if your image looks too pixelated.
Ok cool so I will leave this first part here save your image by going to Library in your top menu beside Develop, then down at the bottom left you will see export, hit export again, choose your folder or just desktop, click on ‘use unique names’ and your image will be saved.
Now our image has been prepped with my basic Lightroom workflow we’re now going to start applying the coloring to it in Photoshop, so go ahead and open everything up and then create a duplicate layer.
So what we could have done in Lightroom was go into the HSL sliders and started to play around in there but I want more scope to apply certain colors to certain areas, if you look at Luiz’s work he has a great contrast between the Orange/Browns to the Blue/Teals, which is why I want to switch over to Photoshop.
Anyway so go to Layer and choose New Fill Layer then Solid Colour.
Change the color up to as close a brown as you can to a sort of chocolate brown.
Next you want to change the layer to Hue, you do that in the Blend Mode, you will find this in the layer panel just to the left of where it says Opacity, below you will see that the drop down box says Hue so click into that, yours will/should atm say ‘Normal’, then once you have that chosen to reduce the opacity down to about 85%.
Once you do that then click on the brush tool or press B on your keyboard, and in your layers panel you will see that there is a little white box beside the color fill, when you click on this box you are able to paint with black directly onto your image to hide areas of that layer, when you paint with white it will re-appear, so using this technique I will paint out the sky.
A tip here, you have brush options under where it says edit, so just below that, it will have a circle and a number, click on that make sure to choose the first brush as this is the soft brush which means it has a feather, then looking across to the right you will see opacity, drop this to about 50% so we can get a good blend and start to paint out that sky from around our figure.
Now do the exact same again, only this time instead of choosing Brown, choose a kind of Teal Colour and choose Soft Light in the blend mode instead of Hue, then when it comes to painting out don’t paint out the sky this time but instead, you paint out the figure.
Next, if you wish you can add a Vibrance layer for the Teal Colour in to give it a little more punch as shown below, I whack mine right up to 100%, if in your image it’s a bit too much you can just reduce it.
Remember to create a clipping mask by right-clicking on the layer and clicking on the Clipping Mask option, this means it will now be attached just to that layer.
Next, we are going to play with the Curves.
Go to Layer-New Adjustment Layer-Curves
As shown below, click on the top of the first grid square, you will see in mind there is a dot, click on your and just pull it down a tiny bit.
Next in the box where it says RGB you will have to do the following steps to first Blue, then Red.
Blue first, do the same as you just did with the normal RGB setting clicking on the first square and pulling it down a little, then you want to click and drag the first corner on the bottom left up a little bit.
Then the right corner you pull it down slightly.
Then open your Red option.
Do the exact same only this time instead of pulling the first one we did with the slight pull down of the grid square we now click on the middle as seen below.
Once that’s done let’s add a little contrast by going to Layer-New Adjustment Layer – Brightness/Contrast.
Add about 10 to the contrast.
Now go to Layer and choose a New Layer that we are going to use the Paint Bucket with Black to Fill in.
Once that’s done we’re going to add a Lens Flare Effect.
You’ll find this in the Filter Option in Render.
I didn’t increase mine too much, I just went to 117% from 100%, so just a touch.
Change it’s Blend Mode to ‘Screen’
Use Ctrl T to open up the Free Transform option and position the layer as you please.
Add a little Blur to it by going to Filter – Blur Gaussian Blur
For me I changed the Radius to 20, you want to get it to the point where it’s blurry but the shape is still a little bit visible.
If you want to add a little bit more contrast at this point you can open up a Levels Adjustment Layer.
Then grab the first Slider on the left and pull it toward the right a little to darken the image just a notch.
And we are done!
Hope you got a great result.