When the captured color in a photo isn’t quite right for the way you want to use it, or you simply want to put an artistic spin on it, try creating this easy photo-illustration effect in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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First, we isolated the umbrellas by removing the blue sky. With the Magic Wand tool, click an area of the sky. Shift-click other areas until the sky is all selected. Adjusting Sample Size, Tolerance, and other settings can make this process quicker. Then Alt/Option-click Add Layer Mask to hide the sky.

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Now that your subject is isolated, click the layer thumbnail to create the colorized effect. Experiment with the Camera Raw Filter (Filter > Camera Raw Filter) and click the Presets icon. Try clicking an option in each section to build up the effect; here’s a sampling of the different looks you can create.

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We combined Matte, Aged Photo, and Medium Vignetting.

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Try changing the background to complement the hand-colored effect. We applied a gradation with the Gradient tool. After changing colors for each end of the gradient, we dragged from left to right to apply the gradient.

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See the difference filters and effects can make.

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Keep practicing. Isolate any subject to its own layer, and then apply different filters and effects to each layer. You never know what signature art style you’ll invent.

08/29/2018

Contributor: Rodion Kutsaev

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