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Reverse Color

with John Beardsworth

This recipe replaces the colors where colored areas are very dark, they will become grayscale. A polarizing filter was used for this photo, and the dark sky has separated into pastel and grayscale areas.

reverse colors

* Pin Light -- Opacity: 100, Fill: 80
* Color Dodge -- Opacity: 100, Fill: 100
* Hue -- Opacity: 50, Fill: 100
* Here's the Layers Chart


Color Midtones

Reduce the Pin Light layer's fill opacity to restore some pastel colors in the midtones.

Now build color Midtones

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* Pin Light -- Opacity: 100, Fill: 70
* Color Dodge -- Opacity: 100, Fill: 100
* Hue -- Opacity: 50, Fill: 100
* Here's the Layers Chart


Modulating The Effect

Again, it was helpful to reduce the Pin Light layer's opacity -- until this was done, the only colors were a yellow in the blue sky and some dashes of pale blue in the foreground.


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* Pin Light -- Opacity: 50, Fill: 100
* Color Dodge -- Opacity: 100, Fill: 100
* Hue -- Opacity: 50, Fill: 100
* * Here's the Layers Chart


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