How to tint a photo in Photoshop

Tinting a photo is a really useful ability to be able to do.   To start with, tinting is important.  Maybe you want to guide the users attention towards certain aspects of your photo and away from others.  Maybe you want to give your photo an “upbeat” feel, or maybe more of a “dismal” feel.  Or maybe you just want to fine tune certain things.

Also, for the casual picture taker, we don’t have the luxury of a professional photographers lighting set ups.  We have to deal with the lighting that we’re given, and the lighting that we’re given is often times imperfect.  Tinting is often a good solution to this.


In order to tint your photo, the first thing you’ll want to do is add a black and white adjustment layer.  This is what will allow you to tint your photo.  As you can see in the picture below, there will be a column that appears on the right side of the screen.  Above the color sliders, close to the top, there will be a check box that says “Tint”.  Click this in order to tint the photo.


The photo will now be tinted according to the color in the box next to the tint check box.  A default color will appear, but you could change it according to your liking.

The question then becomes… “what color is to my liking?”.  If you’ve got a really good design sense, you might be able to just have an eye for what the proper color should be.  However, an easier way to do it would be to sample from your current picture.  For example, consider the picture above.  If you want the light brown area to be tinted more like the darker brown areas, you could choose one of the darker brown areas as your tint color that you want to apply.

To do this, first you’ll want to toggle your black and white adjustment layer off.  Then you can click on your tint color square.  Then, hover your mouse over the picture, and click the part of the picture that has the color you want to use as your tint color.  This will make your tint color the color of the area you just clicked.

This is just one of the many things you could do with tinting.  Keep playing around and explore some other tint functionalities!

– Adam Zerner


Using the ‘Oil Painting’ Effect

In previous versions of Photoshop you had to use a plugin to create an ‘Oil Painting’ effect, but in Photoshop CS6 it is built in. This effect softens an image and makes it resemble a painting more so than a traditional photograph. It is both quick and easy to learn how to do!

High resolution images will work better, however any image can be used.

To Start:

1. Right click and duplicate your layer so you have your original image to refer back to.

2. Make sure your top layer is selected, then click ‘Filter’ –> ‘Oil Paint’

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3. From the settings options that appear on the right do the following (exact numbers may differ from image to image; this is a guide):

  • Stylization – 8.96
  • Cleanliness – 3.5
  • Scale – 8.96
  • Bristle Detail – 2.2
  • Angular Direction – 244-245
  • Shine – 0

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At this point your image should be starting to resemble an ‘Oil Painting’.

4. Duplicate the layer you just worked with, and set the fill to roughly 80%

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5. Now select ‘Filter’ –> ‘Other’ –> ‘High Pass’

  • Set to about 190 (adjust to your liking)

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Click ‘OK’ and you can toggle between your layers to see the before and after effects of using this tool. It really does help reduce shine and give a nice finished product that could be useful for our projects!

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How to Create Matte Effect

So I was thinking about a tutorial that might actually be useful for these particular projects.  Most of us are doing family and will probably be using old family photos, so I thought it might be kinda cool if we all learned how to create a matte effect on images.  This effect works best on photos that do not have a face in them, but still show people, such as the image below.  I’ve seen this effect added to war photos, wedding shots, and baby portraits.  Hopefully you’ll find this trick helpful!

1) To begin, choose your image that you think will work best for a matte effect and open it into Photoshop.

2) Go to this side bar and click on the middle button on the top row.

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3) It will look like this, it is called CURVES:

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4) This box will pop-up:

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5) This is where things start to get tricky.  Your image hasn’t been changed yet,  so the line will be straight going from the bottom left corner to the top right corner in a straight line.  From here, you’ll click into the properties box and drag the small white box from the white line up until you are satisfied with the effect.  (You’ll be able to change it again if you decide later you want it to be more dramatic, etc.).

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As you raise the bottom left corner up, the image will become lighter and more matte:

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6) Once you are happy with the level you raised the bottom corner to, next you will go to the middle of the white line and pull downward on it to create a dip.

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This will add to the effect, and the deeper you pull on the line, the more contrast will appear and dramatize your image. If you choose to leave it more airy, only pull down on the line slightly.

7) If you so wish to, you can also lighten the photo to a bright matte by pullin up on the line to create a whitening effect that still appears matte:

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8) Once you are happy with the level you’ve created so far, the next step is to create an additional layer by clicking on the Levels button which looks like this: Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 9.18.16 PM

And this box will pop-up:

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9) Now you will go to the little white glob/knob (on the right) underneath the weird bar graph looking thing (sorry I don’t know the correct language!) and slowly drag the knob towards the center until you are happy. Do this on the black knob as well (left side).

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10) if the contrast becomes too intense or too weak,  (this sometimes happens when you do the above step) move the knob on the bar underneath that to adjust the levels of contrast:

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And then you are done! Yay!

Here’s a look at the original versus the new matte finish:

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Good luck,


Get a flawless face in Photoshop.

If you’re anything like me, one of the most annoying things about closeup photos is seeing all of your pores, blemishes, and shiny parts around your face. Luckily, it is super easy to get hide those flaws using the eyedropper and brush tools in Photoshop.

This is the photo before editing. Ew shiny.

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The first step is to use the eyedropper tool to select an area that you like (aka an area without shiny sweat).

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Then select the brush tool and paint over the shiny skin with that color – but here’s the real trick, set the opacity of that color to 15%. This creates the perfect coverup.

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This picture I have used the brush tool on the left side of my face, clear difference, way less shine.

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Make sure that you are doing all of this work on a blank layer. If not, you won’t be able to control the opacity and how much of the effect that you want to add.

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The final product should look something like this:

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Happy Photoshopping!


Aging an Image

This is how you make an image look older by creating your own sepia tone and adding some graininess.

  1. First, adjust the contrast of your image and the levels to your liking.
  2. Next, add a black and white adjustment and change it from default to something more interesting.  I added a high contrast red filter.

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3.  Now, you’re going to add a  color to make it like a sepia/brown tone. To do this, you go down to the adjustment layer menu, and click gradient map.

4. The standard box you get is a fade from black to white.  Instead of this, click the drop down  menu and choose the brown option. You have to adjust the sliders so the darkest brown is on the left and the lightest is on the right

step 25.  After you have it the color you want, select the gradient layer and multiply it, or overlay it as I did.

6. Next, you’re going to do the same thing and add another gradient, but this time make it a solid gradient. So choose “gradient” and select the black and white option. step 4

7. Change the shape to radial from linear, and reverse it so you have a white circle in the middle that fades out to black.

8. Change that to multiply mode to get a vignette effect. Change the opacity so it’s not too dark.  If you want to move the center of the vignette, you reopen the gradient menu and move it accordingly and press “ok”. I ended up with this:

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9.  Now , we’re going to make it grainy.  To do this, add a new “fill layer” and make it a solid grey. You will add the texture to this.

10.  Go up to filter, noise, and add noise.  Change the amount of noise to your liking, make it Gaussian, and hit monochromatic.  You end up with this: step 6

11. Now you have to soften it by going up to Filter, Blur, Gaussian blur, and adjusting it accordingly.

12. Free transform that layer and scale it up to  make it even blurrier.

13. Now, change it to overlay and lessen the opacity, so you have a nice texture showing through.  And that’s it. Now you have an old grainy photo.

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Hope this helps!