N.S.L: WEEK 61 – Adobe Photoshop CS6: Route CS6 Secrets- Cinematic Effect

I got a chance to check out Photoshop Cafe’s “Route CS6 Tour” in Los Angeles.  At the end of the seminar, Colin Smith had a section full of Photoshop secret recipes. A couple caught my attention and I couldn’t wait to try them out. Here’s what I came up with:

Cinematic Effect photo of west los angeles by Sebastian Bleak

Here’s my result after trying out the technique I learned at the Route CS6 Tour

After straightening my image, adding noise and lil contrast, I created an Adjustment “Color Lookup” Layer. WOW! I didn’t even know about this until I saw Colin demo it at this event. I went with “FuturisticBleak.3DL”. It’s a cool look that I’ve tried to get manually, thousands of times =D MORE POWER


Original image by Sebastian Bleak


“Color Lookup” Layer Adjustment using the “Futuristic Bleak” preset

This is something that they added in CS6. Color Lookup is an adjustment layer that allows you to change the color/overall feel of your image. I also heard you could make more preset or use presets from Adobe Speed Grade. I can’t wait to try that out too!!!


Adding a vignette using the Lens Correction filter

I’m finding out that there are dozens of ways to create a vignette for your images. This was the first time I tried it using the Lens Correction Filter. My first impression is that it’s great for something subtle and quick. In the example I put up, I over exaggerated it to make sure you knew it was there.


Because this was the first time I was trying out this effect, I made sure to leave everything fully editable. I used smart objects and smart filters for EVERYTHING. If I look at this image 2 days later and decided I want it to have less noise, I’ll just double click on the noise layer smart filter and give the slider a lil push until I like the look of it. It’s a great safety net for me. I’m super OCD at times so I like to make thousands of slight adjustments  =D it just depends what day it is.


Keyboard shortcut of the week:
New Composite Layer Ctrl+alt+shift+E


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