Quick Stylised Photo Gallery From Just 3 Photoshop Layers

June 12, 2005
[NOTE: This tutorial was written in 2005, but is still useful now. I have updated the Photoshop dialogue image and keyboard commands to reflect Photoshop CC]

Here’s a tutorial to show how to produce a batch of stylised images from the one photograph in Adobe Photoshop.

Firstly, copy and paste or duplicate the image and flood fill the lower layer with white so your image is the top layer over a lower layer of solid white.

Next, once you have altered the levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels or Command L) and are happy with the image, duplicate this layer twice.

The top layer should be desaturated to Black and White. (Image> Adjustments> Black & White or Alt+shift+Cmd+B). Adjust the levels here until you have a crisp black and white image.

The second duplicate layer is to become our sepia layer. Open up the Hue/Saturation dialogue (Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation or Cmd+U), click to colourise the image. Set up the values somewhere along the lines below:

You should aim to acheive a sepia look like the image below:

Move this layer down underneath your original image. You should now have 4 layers. A white layer, a sepia layer, your original colour layer and a black and white layer. It should be arranged this:

Black & White image

Colour image

Sepia image

White layer

Now, by altering the layer modes and hiding/showing the 3 layers, you can produce a huge range of stylised images. Experiment yourself and you will find endless possibilities. Some examples to start you off are shown below:

01. STANDARD

Layer Hidden

Mode: Normal

Layer hidden

White layer

02. INTENSE FLASH

Layer Hidden

Mode: Hard Light

Layer hidden

White layer

03. DEEP SHADOWS

Mode: Overlay

Mode: Normal

Layer hidden

White layer

04. INTENSE POSTERISED

Mode: Overlay

Mode: Hard Light

Layer hidden

White layer

05. PASTEL COLOURS

Mode: Screen

Mode: Normal

Layer hidden

White layer

06. VIVID PASTEL

Mode: Screen

Mode: Hard Light

Layer hidden

White layer

07. EVENING SUN

Layer hidden

Mode: Overlay

Mode: Normal

White layer

08. SILVER SHEEN

Mode: Darken

Mode: Exclusion | Opacity: 70%

Mode: Normal

White layer

09. SOFT SILVER SOLARISED

Mode: Overlay

Mode: Exclusion | Opacity: 70%

Mode: Normal

White layer

10. INTENSE SILVER

Mode: Screen

Mode: Exclusion | Opacity: 70%

Mode: Normal

White layer

11. BLACK & WHITE

Mode: Normal

Layer hidden

Layer hidden

White layer

12. HARD BLACK & WHITE

Mode: Hard light

Layer hidden

Layer hidden

White layer

13. SOFT BLACK & WHITE

Mode: Darken

Layer hidden

Mode: normal

White layer

14. SEPIA

Mode: Hard light

Layer hidden

Mode: normal

White layer

15. BRONZED SEPIA

Mode: Overlay

Layer hidden

Mode: normal

White layer

16. FADED SEPIA

Mode: Screen

Layer hidden

Mode: normal

White layer

17. WHITE PETROL

Layer hidden

Mode: Exclusion

Mode: Exclusion

White layer

18. BLUE PETROL

Mode: Overlay

Mode: Exclusion

Mode: Exclusion

White layer

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