How to get the look

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Add a Curves ad­just­ment layer

Curves is a fan­tas­tic tool to boost or re­duce the con­trast in your im­age. You’re aim­ing for a washed-out look; starting at the bot­tom left-hand side of the graph, push the curve up slightly.

Con­vert your im­age to black and white

Add a Black & White ad­just­ment layer. You can then in­di­vid­u­ally slide the colour chan­nels up and down un­til you’re happy with the re­sult. As we wanted to iso­late our flow­ers against a lighter back­ground, we se­lected the Green and Yel­low chan­nels to cre­ate the ef­fect.

Add a blue fill layer

To get the iconic blue cyan­otype ef­fect, add a new layer and go to Edit > Fill, se­lect Color from the Use menu and pick a rich blue tone. Change the Blend­ing mode of the layer to Lin­ear Dodge and re­duce the opac­ity of the layer around 40%. You can then go back to your two ad­just­ment lay­ers to tweak all the set­tings un­til you’re happy.

What used to take min­utes in the dark­room can be achieved in sec­onds with Pho­to­shop.

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