Photoshop Tutorial: Cross Processing Layer Setup

Photoshop Tutorial: Cross Processing Layer Setup

Hello and welcome to the first episode of Denny's Tips.

zmy name is Denny and today i'll beshowing you how to create your own cross processing effects using Photoshop.

Backin the days from photographers would deliberately develop the photos withIran chemicals to get really cool abstract and retro effects.

We can now doeasily in Photoshop and I had this awesome layer set up that makes itincredibly easy.

iin this tutorial you'll learn how to set up just three layersthat will let you create an infinite amount of retro effects in a short time.

It's fun, easy and fast.

So if you're ready let's get started! Before we begin let me show you how thisworks.

Instead of learning how to create just one cross processing effect, youwill learn how to create a layer set up that will let you create an unlimitedamount of effects.

Looking in the layers panel here, you can see that we havethree brightness/contrast layers.

These layers can be adjusted to create variouscross processing effects like this.

and just like that we have a completelydifferent effect.

So what exactly is happening here? To show you, I'll be dragging thechannels panel out like this.

Each one of these layers effect only onechannel.

So for example this layer here will affect the red channel.

This greenlayer will affect the green channel.

And the same thing with this blue layer.

WhenI make the adjustments to this red layer you can see in the channels panel that it'sonly affecting the red channel.

It's not affecting the green or blue channel.

There's actually a name for this technique and it's called channelcontrast, but instead of using it curves adjustment which most people don'treally know how to use, you are you using a layer set up that's easier to adjust,it's faster to do and it's more suitable for beginners.

Ok so now that you know how do layers workit's time to learn how to set up the layers.

Go to your adjustments panel and adda brightness contrast adjustment layer If you don't see this panel you can openit by going to Window > Adjustments.

When you make changes to this layer, it affectsall three channels.

So how do we make it so I only affects one channel? The answeris blending options.

Right click on the layer then choose blending options.

In thisarea here you'll see three check boxes.

These checkboxes basically tellPhotoshop which channel this layer should affect.

So if we simply uncheckthe green and blue channel, this layer will only affect the red channel.

Weneed three of these layers – one for each channel.

So let's duplicate the layer bypressing ctrl or command J twice.

For better organization i'm also going torename the layers and add color labels to it.

I'm renaming this layer to reds.


And blues.

For the color labels you can add them simply by right clicking on thelayer then picking the color that you want to label it with.

These labels don'tactually do anything other than labeling your layers with a color so it doesn'treally matter if you do it or not.

We're done with the layer organization.

Nowlet's finish setting up the layers.

Right click on the green channel then go toblending options.

Check the red channel then checkmark the green channel.

Click OK.

Do the same of the blue channel.

Rightclick on the layer, go to Blending Options, uncheck the red channel andcheck mark the blue channel, then click ok.

The last thing to do is to go intoall of the adjustment layers and enable the "Use Legacy" option.

This optionprevents photoshop from trying to preserve the tones in your image so youcan apply much more drastic effects.

Play around with the settings on all threelayers and see what kind of effects you can create.

Here are some examples ofeffects that I made using this technique.

Hey guys thanks for checking out thisvideo.

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Otherwise keep watching and check out these other videos that I think youmight enjoy.

If you want to learn more about photoeffects then watch this video about Channel Contrast.

Channel contrast is notonly an essential technique for creating your own effects, it's also a great wayto copy other people's effects.

So if you're interested in learning more thenclick on this video here to watch it.

Want to learn how to create your ownfilm like effects? This video here will teach you how to do it using the curvesadjustment which can also be used in other software such as Adobe Lightroom, Phase One Capture One, Adobe After Effects and more.

Do you want to learnhow to retouch your skin in Photoshop? Then watch this video to learn professionaltechniques such as frequency separation.

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