Do you like chocolate? I do. I love chocolate. A lot. No, really – like an inordinate amount. Today I am going to teach you how to make your own chocolate… in Photoshop!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not really big on the black and whites. It isn’t really my style. That being said, I find black and whites much easier to edit than color photos (especially when you’re using an action). I often convert my personal snapshots into black and white because, well, it’s easier and I don’t want to spend hours editing snapshots. A common plight with photographers is finding a good conversion (that’s the term for turning a color photo into a black and white) that doesn’t look too gray. This one isn’t the Gucci of conversions, but it’s at least a GAP conversion. So let’s get to my quick and dirty chocolate conversion! (Hint: if you can’t see enough detail, click on the screen capture and it will open up a little bit bigger.)
The first thing you do is create a new hue/saturation layer.
Go ahead and desaturate the image 100%.
Now we are going to duplicate our background layer: select “background” and right-click.
Change the layer mode to “soft light.” Make sure this layer is under the hue/saturation layer.
Now we are going to create a solid color layer…
…and fill with a nice, rich brown.
Now set your color layer to “color” mode…
…and reduce the opacity to 50%.
I added a slight vignette to this one. Here’s the finished product!
As a bonus, I’ve created an action for you. You can download it here.