Create silver screen effects
Dan Mold reveals how to make your photos look like they’ve been pulled from a Hollywood movie with just a few clicks.
Make your photos look like they’ve been pulled from a Hollywood movie.
THIS MONTH WE’VE GONE manic for the movies, and recreated three classic treatments that’ll give your shots instant Hollywood glamour. By the end of this tutorial you’ll be able to rev your images up with a high-contrast, full-throttle warming effect, add a hazy lens flare that’ll give your pictures a dreamy quality, and apply the popular orange and teal toning that really helps people pop out from their surroundings.
Each technique is highly stylised and tailored to make your shots stand out. They can all be applied in a matter of minutes with just a few clicks, and are easy enough to use if you’re still grasping the basics of Photoshop or Elements.
The first technique is all about increasing contrast and adding some warmth to your pic to give it a striking, summery vibe. You just need to find a suitable image to get going. As with all of these techniques, remember to save the finished image as a new file, rather than over the original, using File>Save As, and save your picture as a JPEG.
Left The original photo has bags of suspense and atmosphere – it looks like it’s been pulled straight from a film.
Right A simple warm-up and heavy contrast treatment has given this image some much-needed punch, and the colours are far more vibrant. AFTER