Another tutorial~we will be going from this very red image to a more bluish, desaturated coloring.
It's not a surprise when I choose the adorable YeSung to serve as our model ♥ bias~
Our first step is to lighten it up a bit, the lighting looks so dull.
Make a new CURVES layer and give it these settings:
first: 58, 115 second: 178, 226
Here, I just wanted to bring back the intensity of the hair color and the reds in general because it looked too washed out.
Make a new CURVES layer and give it the following settings:
first: 96, 102 second: 123, 131
Set this layer to SOFT LIGHT.
This looks icky, but here I added a little bit of pink by making a new layer and a pink color, like #f59eb2 and filling this layer with it.
Set this layer to SOFT LIGHT 50%.
This next step darkens our image just a tad, while adding a bluish tint.
Make a new layer and fill it with a light gray-blue, like #d6daeb. Set this layer to COLOR BURN.
This will get rid of the ugly yellows and overpowering reds.
Duplicate the previous layer and set it to LINEAR BURN 50%.
Adding a brown exclusion layer will decrease some of the contrast.
Make a new layer and fill it with #483221. Set this layer to EXCLUSION 50%.
Our image looked washed out, so duplicate your base and set it to SOFT LIGHT to bring some of the colors back.
This will lighten our image, it looked to dark in our previous step.
Make a new CURVES layer and give it the following setting:
first: 103, 124
This will make the colors pop a bit more as well as desaturate some reds. Make a new SELECTIVE COLOR layer and give it the folling settings:
reds: 26, 36, 0, 0
yellows: -32, -20, -30, 41
whites: 0, 0, 0, -44
This will add violet tones to our image, making our image more pink.
Make a new PHOTO FILTER layer and choose the violet filter. Set the density to 14%.
Our image looked -okay-, but I wanted it to have a more natural look.
Make a new CURVES layer to make our colors warmer/darker.
first: 73, 52 second: 190, 146 third (bottomleft): 0, 50
This will lighten our image :"D cuz it looked -icky- dark.
Make a new BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST layer and give it the following:
It looked washed out, so duplicate your base and set it to SOFT LIGHT 50%. Then, go to IMAGE> DESATURATE so the color won't look too overpowering, thus giving us our desaturated color effect.
This will darken the reds a bit (like his hair, for example) because the colors still looked washed out. Make a new LEVELS layer and give it the following settings so that your INPUT levels are as follows:
15, 1.00, 255
The last step is entirely optional, I just think that in very pink-toned images, a red exclusion layer provides a nice finishing aqua-ish tint. This is a very minor use, I just made a new layer and filled it with #482121 and set it to EXCLUSION 10%.
If you want, you can flatten your image and sharpen it, too. (Here I sharpened once, then went to EDIT>FADE SHARPEN and decreased the amount to 30%.)
:D So this ends my little tutorial~hope it helps, guys :3