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8 Steps to a Soft & Pretty Photoshop Effect

Happy Thursday my sweet blogging friends.

I'm going to share a little secret with you....

These sweet pink daisies were not found in a wildflower garden ....Honest they weren't.. 
I took this shot at the local greenhouse.
These happy daisies were sitting on the table amongst all the other flowers... waiting quite patiently for a garden to grow in....
The trick to getting this shot...... get level, get up close and personal, and of course some fabulous natural light helps immensely....

I used my sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro to capture this.  I adore my macro lens.  And I use it over and over...not just for macro shots, either.

Are you ready for today's photoshop recipe?  Be sure to mouse over to see the before image above...

Let's get started.

Day 4: Soft & Pretty with just a Hint of Pink

All steps applicable to Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements.

Layer 1
I duplicated the base layer.  (remember yesterday's tip... control j or command j to duplicate the layer). 

Layer 2
Added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and dropped the saturation down to about -65.  Don't panic, it's going to make the daisies look UGLY!  Really UGLY!

Layer 3
Added a levels adjustment layer.  My settings : 0, 1, 195

Layers 4 & 5
Another adjustment layer.  This time I used the photo filter adjustment layer set to the default warming filter 85 at 25% opacity and preserve luminosity checked off.  Here's the trick, change the blend mode to soft light 100% and you will see a wonderful improvement.  To create just a little more oomph, I duplicated the filter layer.

Layer 6
Added a solid color adjustment layer in a soft lilac shade (hex cod#e0d9e0) blending mode soft light opacity 85%.

Layer 7
Optional:  I used some grungy bar brushes from an old stash by nrj.  I looked for a link to them, but I could find it anywhere.  I purchased them over a year ago.  If you happen to know where to find them,...please leave me a comment so I can add the link.
In the meantime, do a search for grungy bar brushes, there are tons of freebies available. 

I stamped/painted the border with the white grungy bar brush at 65% opacity and changed the blending mode to soft light., using the brush menu to rotate the brush as I worked my way around the border.

Layer 8
Finishing Touch  - added a texture.  It was quite pretty without the texture, but I wanted to add a fabulous finishing touch.  I used the History texture from Texture Collection #1.  Set the blending mode to soft light 100%.  And that was that.  It simply finished the pretty pic. 


I have a surprise for you today. 
Wanna try creating this image on your own?
You can download a low res version of this photo along with the texture and give it a try.
Click here to access the photo and texture download.


I'm also sharing a give away today.  Post a comment below to enter the inspiration stay-cation eBook give away. I will select 3 winners using a random # generator on Monday, August 30th.

See you tomorrow with the day 5 recipe and of course Friday's freebie texture

Did you enjoy this tutorial?  Consider signing up for my texture lovin' list to keep up with the latest offerings, freebies and fabulousness.

Or wanna dig into photoshop a little deeper?  Check out my eClasses HERE.
talk soon my friends... xxo,

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Reader Comments (41)

and, you make my heart sing ...

your continuous goodness and brilliance

has us all joyous with creativity!



August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Girl Studio

more kindness from the lovely Kim... thanks!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare B

You are helping me so much--I love your sites!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Thanks Kim. I am learning so much from you

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth from Texas

another recipe for greatness!!!
thanks kim.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchasity

i used part of your recipe yesterday and got beautiful results! :)

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChar

Thank you for sharing your wonderful techniques, can't wait to try this one!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmakesart

I'm a Janie-come-lately to your blog, but oh how your photos and textures leave me smiling. Alas, I don't have photoshop in any form, but I still use your textures and find much inspiration.

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT Opdycke

i love this!! i am learning so many things that i just couldn't figger out before. did i just say figger? you have any posts or tutorials about brushes?

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentererin

I love your effects, I don't have photoshop but can adapt to my paintshop pro. Thanks!

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

Another amazing tutorial

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

as always, love this. how awesome for you to share this with us.
And a giveaway???
beyond words for the goodness that you always share.
♥ maureen

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen @ Cottage 960

Once again....just beautiful! I love the effect you create. Thank you so much for sharing!
xo Tracy

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I am loving this recipe...trying it out at this very moment. Thanks again for your generosity. (hugs)

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I just found your blog and I have to tell you that I am in love. Your photos are so beautiful and I am thrilled that you provide tutorials...they are just what I need :)

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTricia - A Rosy Note

so very pretty. you made me smile, I almost always have my macro lens on my camera, rarely do i switch back.
You have such an amazing eye...

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly@thebluemuse

what a great shot I love the softness of this so lovely

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Box of Chocolates

Oh Kim, how stunning. I love the before shot as much as I love the texturised version. I am thinking that I need to save up for a macro lense.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLake Lifestyle....

Kim, I so
enjoy receiving
your e-mails
and would be
over the moon
if I won this
giveaway! Your
passion for what
you do always
shines through
and I would love
to capture that in
my own images.
Thank you!
xx Suzanne

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrivet and Holly

Oh my friend what a delicious recipe! Wow thank you so much for sharing. This image is stunning *sigh* ♥

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIVYALLOVER

oh, I just tried the recipe :) will post to flickr, thank you Kim, I'm learning so much!!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergnubee

Kim--I would love this ebook! You have given me language. The Skinny class put me up to the table and I no longer fear Photoshop. Thank you--thank you.


August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfollowingsplendor

I would love this ebook, because I love your work. You have taught me so much.


August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkathstewart

wow that flower is just simply beautiful! i'm going to try that too =) and who doesn't love giveaways. that book will be a load of inspiration ♥

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblue elephant photography

I never thought of changing the image so that it looks awful before turning it into a work of art! Thanks once again for making me think OUTSIDE the box.
I'm going to try to recreate the photo but not until Monday. We're heading out of town for the weekend. Hoping to find LOTS of photo ops. Hope your weekend is FANtabulous!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica de Moss

Thanks for the great tutorial. I'll try it this evening. The effect is really great.

Thanks for all!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSchnubbeldupp

your generosity is just beautiful! i told someone yesterday, that you were the real deal. taught me, when i thought it wasn't possible.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I'm absolutely adoring these recipe tutorials. I've starred them in google reader so I can come back and try them out when I have time to play. Thanks so much for sharing! (and hey, would love to win that eBook too - I was on vacation during StayCation and really didn't have the time to check everything out - too busy spending quality time with the family and sitting on the beach doing NOTHING!).

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheri

I'm a newbie to both photography and photoshop so you, Kim, have been my mentor with your recipies! I can only hope to make one photo look as beautiful as your's someday! Thank you for all you do for us wanna-bes!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershe dreams big!

Wow, every time I visit your site I am so inspired! Gorgeous...

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoyelle Brandt

Absolutely beautiful! And I have so enjoyed learning from your tutorials:) Thanks a bunch!!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah C

I would so love the e-book!!! Your inspiration has my moe-joe going again for scrapping, photography and life in general!!! I think you have wings Kim :-)

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

The e-book looks awesome! And I can't wait to try out your "recipes"! Thanks so much! :-)

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersewfine

Love your textures and tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! I would love to win a copy of your staycation book.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I love your textures so much and really like your style! So I know I would love to have your book. Thank you so much for your freebie's,inspiration and creative ideas.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrace

Thanks for the lesson and download. I'd love to win your e-book!

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim

just found your site the other day and WOW!!! Thanks for sharing all the info and talent!!!

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwendy w

You are truly amazing Kim! I love your blog and all the inspiration you give us. And I appreciate the tips and trix for photoshop. Thanx!!


August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilla huset på prärien

Hey Kim...just found your blog today and am loving it. Your photos and technique you use are perfect for what I love and am looking to be able to someday create on my own. Thank you for giving of yourself through free tutorials and offering up help to others not yet equipped.
Here's to hoping that I win your generous giveaway.
Have a glorious Sunday.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

this is always....thank you so much for these recipes this week...i can't wait to try them...i have a feeling i'm about to have a crash course. i have wondered for so long how these different effects were done...but the books that i picked up at the library was only basic stuff.

August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelle
Oh my goodness wow, this is so helpful!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us, that's so kind of you. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Wendy
November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendy @ AppleApricot

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