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Melancholy Photo Effect Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial I will present to you and example of how to create a melancholic photo effect. I will show you the basic of photo effects, curves, fill layers and adjustments layer.

The tutorial is simple  and is for the beginners of Photoshop and for the veterans too.


Step 1: Create New Document

Is time to start, so we need to create a new document File > New (Ctrl+N) with 1280 width and 960 height, color mode RGB, 8 bit.


Step 2: Place stock image

Now we need to open the stock image in our case “Home_of_the_forest__s_spirit.jpg” and place it in our document created at first step.


Step 3: Edit Curves

Go to Image > Adjustments > Curves (Ctrl+M) and edit the curves how you see in the screenshot from below.



Step 4: Create first fill layer

Is time to create our first fill layer for our photo effect. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Set the Mode to Exclusion and Opacity to 77% than hit OK.

In the next pop-up set the color to #322e56.


Step 5: Create second fill layer

After our first fill layer was created is time for the second, so go again to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color but this time set the Mode to Overlay, the Opacity to 77% and the color to #173a36. In the layer menu set the fill color to 25%.


Step 6: Create third fill layer

As in the previews steps go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color set the Mode to Multiply, Opacity to 25%, Color to #ffcc00 and in the layer menu fill color to 75%.




Step 7: Edit the curves

In the Adjustments Panel click on “Create a new Curves adjustment layer” and edit the curves as you see below.




Step 8: Edit Hue and Saturation

As in the anterior step go to the Adjustments Panel and click on the “Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer” and set the Saturation to -25. The Melancholy Photo Effect is now complete.






  1. You’re blogging has really come on when I look back over previous posts. Actually I arrived here from a forum on an unrelated topic. Worth surfing sometimes. Thanks.

  2. Hi friend – really appreciate you making the time to share this – it is forever greater to see an individual in reality do it instead than just reading it!

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