This tutorial will show you how to add brightness and color to your image to get that “dreamy” effect.
Today We’ll be making this:
STEP 1: Open a new file in Photoshop (ctrl+n)
Make sure the setting for Backgound Contents is Transparent, and the size can be whatever you want. I chose 600 x 400 px.
STEP 2: Go to Edit > Fill (ctrl+F5)
Fill the layer with a dark blue color. I used #273a65.
STEP 3: Select your brush tool
Use a large sized brush – larger than the canvans – with a 0% Hardness. You want a blurry shade of color added so a soft defualt brush will do the trick.
Create a new layer (shift+ctrl+N) and select another color that is slightly brighter than your background. I used #68131e.
Now brush on the sides of the canvas.
STEP 4: Open the image you would like to change in Photoshop
Drag or paste it onto your canvas on top of the two color layers. I used this stock image.
Then change the layer mode to Lighten.
STEP 5: Add Selective Color Adjustment Layer
Select the half black half white circle in your Layers window and choose Selective Color.
In the Selective Color Options window, select Colors: Neutrals, and lower the black precentage vlaue by -30%. NOTE: If the image is too bright you can decrease or increase the percentage value until it looks good.
STEP 6: Create a new layer
Place this layer right under the Selective Color layer.
Select a soft large brush but this time use White. Carefully brush with the edges of the brush on the sides of of the canvas. You don’t want to fill the layer with white, only add the glow from the tip of the brush.
You are done!
Here is another result I got using this method: