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tutorial: blue-orange contrast by rocketlaunch tutorial: blue-orange contrast by rocketlaunch
I will be using Photoshop CS2 for this tutorial.

If it isn't there already, go to window > layers to bring up the layers window.

1. Go to layer > new adjustment layer > levels and fill this in:
Input levels: 39, 1.38, 239
Output levels: 15, 255

2. Go to layers > new fill layer > solid colour and put the hex code #252D3D in the text box. Set this layer to lighten at 60% opacity.

3. Go to layers > new adjustment layer > selective colour, select "absolute" and fill these in (the colours are on the drop-down list):

RED
-35, -13, -31, +4

YELLOW
-17, -19, -17, -7

GREEN
-57, +13, -18, -3

MAGENTA
-22, -25, +15, +3

WHITE
-21, -3, 0, 0

NEUTRAL
-6, -18, -24, +12

BLACK
+27, 0, -6, -1

4. Go to layer > new adjustment layer > colour balance, select "preserve luminosity" and fill this in:
Shadows: -18, -17, -14
Midtones: -26, +11, +2
Highlights: +14, -4, -4

5. Go to layer > merge visible to merge the layers.

6. Duplicate your background layer by right clicking on it and selecting "duplicate layer", or simply dragging it to the small icon that looks like a folded piece of paper on the layers window.
Set it to soft light at 50% opacity.

7. Go to layers > new adjustment layer > curves and select blue on the drop down list. Click anywhere on the grid and fill this in:
Input: 34
Output: 49
Now click on the grid again, to make a new point.
Input: 227
Output: 223

8. Duplicate your background layer again and drag it to the top of the list. Set it to multiply at 25% opacity.

Now merge your layers and you're done!

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:iconkisstwilightfan:
KISStwilightFAN Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student Photographer
Will this work in CS4? Because I can't find anything, and my version is in Dutch :confused:
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rocketlaunch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
i'm not sure.. i've never used cs4 for actions and i don't know dutch. >< sorry.
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KISStwilightFAN Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student Photographer
I found it already :D
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KISStwilightFAN Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Student Photographer
Never mind, I found everything now :P
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Nissart-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What about for Photoshop Elements? This is really helpful. I wish it could work for elements :(
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rocketlaunch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
i have no idea how to use photoshop elements, sorry. ><
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Nissart-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
that's ok ^^ thanks anyways :)
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