Tutorial – Adjustment Layers

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People are always asking me how I add the highlights and shadows on my pictures. Of course, a lot of that are my windlight settings. But I also play around a little bit in photoshop. I do some dodge and burn, which I used on my hair in this picture. Using curves on adjustment layers is another thing I do sometimes, but it’s really not that obvious. It’s a very minor adjustment that I think adds a little more depth to an image. I’m not sure how useful you’ll find this technique, but here it is anyways.

This is the link to it on youtube: http://youtu.be/nFzj6d9ikzI

I just did this image for fun because I’ve been dying to use the Shakti Face Jewelry by Eshi Otawara so I’ve decided to submit this into the Glam Affair Amberly contest. If you haven’t heard about the contest, click on over and check out the awesome linden prizes. It’s always fun to enter a contest, it really motivates me to work a bit harder. I hope you guys enter it too!

» You can view all of my current tutorials on my tutorials page.

*Skin: Glam Affair – Amberly – Africa 11 D by Aida Ewing
*Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Giselle Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon (@ FaMESHed March)
*Eyelashes: Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Glitter 01 by Monica Outlander
Eyes: Mayfly – Liquid Light Mesh Eye (Midnight Hazel) by Arkesh Baral
Eye + Face Jewels: Shakti Face Jewelry by Eshi Otawara

12 thoughts on “Tutorial – Adjustment Layers

  1. Amazing image and thank you for creating this tutorial, it is always so beneficial to learn new things and you make it very easy for us to follow in the tuts! ♥

  2. Thank you so much for the continuous love and support Chance, you’re the best! <3

  3. Calista Emerald says:

    Thank you very much for the tutorial! <3

  4. Awesome video and thank you for sharing and just love your accent/voice <3

  5. […] Strawberry Singh recently did a video tutorial on method for adding lightning and shadows in Photoshop that I decided to try out. I think I did alright? […]

  6. THANK YOU! I been wanting to know how to make light on the skin like that. Such a big help!!!

  7. Calista and Livvy, you’re very welcome, so glad you guys like it!

    Carthalis, you made me blush. <3

  8. […] for a bit…. I’ve been doing them like crazy since Berry’s tutorial came out (Berry’s Adjustment Layer Tutorial) I honestly always did shadows a different way that basically SUCKED… But now, oh my gosh! I […]

  9. […] I wanted to give some credit to Miss Strawberry Singh whose recent tutorial on adding highlights and shadows with adjustment layers was a huge help for these pictures. If you […]

  10. Eliseo Diavolo says:

    Have you played with using a gaussian blur after drawing the highlights, it may diffuse highlight and make it more natural looking. I haven’t tested it myself but would be what I’d probably try :) Anyway, it is an awesome tutorial :))

  11. […] going over how I highlight and shadow my pictures for blogging. The first part is a lot thanks to Berrys tutorial here. I didn’t use adjustment layers for shadowing/highlights that much before, but after looking […]

  12. How do you open the ‘mask layer’ to get to the ‘Feather’? I’m using photoshop CS3 extended. Please let me know 

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