Photoshop Tutorial: Cross Processing Color

In this tutorial we will show you how we did our photoblog post ‘beautiful eyes‘ using cross processing color and gaussian blur filter in photoshop.

Here are the before and after photos;

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Find your image and let’s get started.

Step 1.) Go to Layer > New adjustment layer > Curves, and apply these curves to your:

red channel:

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blue channel:

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green channel:

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Step 2.) Change the layer mode to ‘color’

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Step 3.) Now add another Curve adjustment layer (Layer > New adjustment layer > Curves) and apply this curve to the RGB channels and change the layer mode to ‘Luminosity’

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Step 4.) Add a solid color layer (layer > New fill layer > Solid color), and insert R=228 G=255 B=0. Change the layer mode to Linear Burn or Multiply.

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Step 5.) Desaturate the image by applying Layer > New adjustment layer > Hue/saturation and insert -40 into saturation box.

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Step 6.) Add more contrast to your image with Curve adjustment layer (Layer > New adjustment layer > Curves) and apply this curve to the RGB channels

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Step 7.) Now I’m going to apply burning technique to the image by adding a new layer, and applying radial gradient then change the layer mode to ‘Linear Burn’ and play around with the opacity Please visit our Easy Burn Technique with Photoshop tutorial for more information.

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Step 8.) This is how I did the soft-effect to the image. Duplicate the background layer, apply gaussian blur (mine is 8.0), add a layer mask and apply radial gradient with black is your foreground color and white is your background color

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That’s it..

Cross Processing Tutorial

See also: Photoshop Tutorials

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Comment by ANA
2006-06-05 12:36:09

want to get the pic effect to pimp my profile.

Comment by J-Nin
2006-06-20 06:54:12

I’ve got a problem.
I only see the layer with the big radial gradient (the one on top) and the color fill layer.. Is there something wrong with my layer style or opacity from the other layers?

Comment by digifruitella
2007-03-24 09:11:27

umm..dude, what are you doing with this tutorial? you skipped an important step – i appreciate the time for the tut, but it’s complicated… there must be a layer mode you forgot to mention because all i have is just the gradient layer in the end.

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2007-03-24 10:26:54

Guys.. you have to change the layer mode of your radial gradient to ‘Linear Burn’ or go to Easy Burn Technique with Photoshop tutorial as I’ve mentioned it on step 7

Comment by Grant
2007-04-02 05:37:33

This tutorial is hard to follow, it was impossible to achieve the results shown. in Step 4, what blending mode should the fill layer be? I tried everyone and my image looks way too dark.

Thanks anyway

Comment by da
2007-05-16 05:10:04

Haven’t you forgot to mention something on Step 4?.
what blending mode should we use…..?

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2007-05-16 17:33:46

You should change the layer mode to multiply or linear burn..

Comment by Ramre
2008-06-22 21:18:52

Made sense to me, thanks a lot!

I never tried doing curves to individual channels and it works great!


Comment by Natalie
2008-07-08 18:21:08

this tutorial worked perfectly. maybe those who were having trouble need to learn photoshop more before they try?

Comment by tiko
2008-07-23 01:51:34

tnanxxxxxx :* :*

Comment by llouise
2009-12-21 03:21:52

Hi there Ive done this a couple of trys, and I must be confused? I seem to have a dark mainly yellow/green picture? where do you think I went wrong?

Comment by MG
2010-04-06 21:00:44

That’s not a tutorial, it’s a paint-by-numbers document. Why are you changing the curves? Why are you changing the blend mode? That’s what goes in a tutorial.

Comment by epatant
2011-03-03 04:54:53

nice effect. Thanks!


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