Silver Leaf Tutorial

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Here is the promised tutorial that was mentioned in the Silver Leaf post. For the tutorial I’ll be supplying the image, but feel free to use a photo of your own. If you do use a photo of your make sure it satisfies these criteria:

  • should in focus and sharp
  • detailed i.e. small aperture (large f-number)

Of course you can use any photo but in my limited experience I found photos with the above qualities to work best for this. Read the paragraph below the final step before starting!

Here are full sized above images: starting image + final image.

You’ll also need Adobe Photoshop for this, you can get a free trial from www.adobe.com. Before starting I’d just like to mention that the values are there for guidance and feel free to play around and change them to your liking. OK, let’s start:

  1. Open the image in Photoshop
  2. In the menu at top left of screen: Image -> Adjustments -> Auto Colour (Shift+Ctrl B)
  3. Then: Image -> Adjustments -> Auto Contrast (Alt+Shift+Ctrl L)
  4. Now go to Image -> Adjustments -> Chanel Mixer. Check the box ‘Monochrome’ box at the bottom of dialog box. The make the following changes:

    Red: +78%
    Green: -46%
    Blue: +142%
    Constant: -32%

  5. Nearly done: Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast… and make the following adjustments.

    Brightness: -20
    Contrast: +19

  6. Final step: Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen

Of course the more simple way to do this is to just desaturate the photo and play around with the brightness and contrast. This can be done in any software but the advantage of the above method is just you have much more control and you can really fine tune the image. Also try to play with Chanel Mixer without the Monochrome box ticked.

Hope you found this useful!

[song: do the evolution – pearl jam]

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~ by Abhinav on October 28, 2006.

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