Thursday, April 4

CoffeeShop "Golden Light Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!

I have been working on this Photoshop/PSE action for some time, and I am finally happy with it.  I called it "Golden Light Luxe" and it adds gorgeous warmth and light to your images. 

It is fully customizable (you paint on layer masks) and I have a complete step-by-step tutorial posted below. Please read it before using the action! You have to add light by painting on the layers after the action finishes running. Download the action at the bottom of this post or grab it in my CoffeeShop Action Pack which has hundreds of beautiful actions and is on sale right now!

CoffeeShop "Golden Light Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:

You can download the original image to work along with this tutorial.

Run "Golden Light Luxe". A Levels adjustment layer will pop up, you can make adjustments now or press OK and do it later. I usually adjust it after I finish the rest of my edit.

This is the image after the action finishes running. If you just want some golden color, you can keep it "as is", but I always add some light and adjust the layers.

In this image I want to add golden light to the area highlighted in yellow above.

To do this, click to select the Add Light 1 layer (not the mask). Grab a soft black brush and adjust the size and click to paint the area you want to add light. I usually start at 50% opacity and then click a few times.

Do the same on the Add Light 2 layer. This adds a really pretty color to the light.

Then adjust the Haze layer opacity to taste.

I always go play with the opacity of the Reduce Yellows/Greens/Cyan layer. It can make quite a dramatic difference. In this case I reduced the opacity to add more color back.

If you are editing a portrait like this one, you might want so much color and haze on her face. Click to select the Add Light 1 and Add Light 2 layer masks and use a soft low opacity black brush to gently paint some of the light off her face.

I also removed some of the Haze layer off her face.

This edit makes me so happy! I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Golden Light Luxe" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action.

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