Multi-colored Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial is one of the easiest to do with amazing effects. It gives life and colour to your dull photos in just a few steps.

1. Open up your Photoshop, then select a photo from your gallery or from the internet. After that, go to File Menu>Open to open your selected photo.

2. At the bottom of your layer dialog box, click the Fill/Adjustment icon (that small, half-shaded circle), then select Hue/Saturation. Set the saturation value to about -50 to -70.

We’re desaturating the image to have a better contrast to what we’re planning to do next – make a rainbow color over the whole image! And, of course, without noticing the brush strokes and giving the illusion that all is natural.

3. Make a new layer by clicking the New Layer button at the bottom of the dialog box. In every unique step you’ll do, it’s a good habit to always make a new layer to have easier access and getting rid of deleting important task or layer you want to edit in the process whenever you want it to do so.

4. Select the brush from your Toolbox, a big size is preferable (about 40-50 pixels). Set it to hard. I bet you don’t want to spend hours just painting a small image using a small brush eh? 🙂

5. Paint over the photo with bright, solid colors in layers, either in diagonal, horizontal, vertical direction, or whatever you like. Set the blend mode to Soft Light or Overlay. There’s not much difference between the two in this subject.

6. Go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur… Set blur radius to about 50-70.

Note that the lesser the radius, the more the color is transparent. Set then the radius value where the effect is best (i.e., in this case, the colors should be visible but not to the point that the brush strokes are noticed). Freely slide the adjuster to get the desired effect. Click Ok when done.

7. Finally, go to Layers>Flatten Image.

Flatten Image or Merging Visible Layers means merging all layers into a single, final copy which you could then save. This is always what you do if you are already finished with your work.


Here’s the sample: (that’s Janis Joplin)

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