hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to give your
photos a dreamy romantic effect and then
add text to it to personalize them this
effect also works especially well on
portraits I provided this image of Boca
lights that will use later in this video
it's link is located in a video
description or project files open a
photo you'd like to use I downloaded
this photo from shutterstock.com the
size of this document is 1550 pixels
wide by 870 pixels high and has a
resolution of 150 pixels per inch in the
layers panel click the adjustment layer
icon and choose gradient map change the
blend mode to screen click the gradient
bar which opens the gradient editor
click the violet orange preset these
colors work well on most photos but for
this example I'll tweak them a bit click
the lower left stop the color box and
type in 32 2 24 c then click OK or press
Enter or return click the lower right
stop the color box and type in f8 a 658
then press Enter or return on both the
color picker and a gradient editor click
the adjustment layer icon again and this
time choose levels drag the input blacks
a little left of where the histogram
starts to rise this will slightly darken
the darkest colors drag the input
mid-tones to the left to lighten them
adding a soft warm color next to the
subjects face or shoulder is an
effective way to add an illuminating
naturalistic light effect to do this
click the new layer icon to make a new
layer and open your brush tool
choose a large brush for this document
I'll choose a brush size of 800 pixels
depending on the size and resolution of
your photo you may want to adjust the
amount of your brush size make the
hardness 0% and press Enter or return
make sure the opacity is a hundred
percent press the f5 key at the top of
your keyboard to open your brush panel
and make sure the only setting checked
is smoothing press f5 again to close the
panel click the foreground color and
type in FF d for 3d then click OK or
press Enter or return press B to open
your brush tool make sure your caps lock
key is turned off otherwise you won't be
able to see your brush on your screen
now left-click once next to your
subjects head and change the blend mode
to screen next we'll add the bokeh
lights to further enhance the overall
effect open the bokeh file I provided
press ctrl or command a to select it and
ctrl or command C to copy it open back
up your photo and press ctrl or command
V to paste the bokeh lights into your
document let's say your original photo
is vertical and much larger to transform
the bokeh lights to a vertical angle and
to increase its size press ctrl or
command T to open your transform tool go
to a corner and when you see a curved
double-arrow hold down shift as you
rotate it 90 degrees then go back to a
corner and when you see a straight 45
degree double arrow hold down shift and
drag it out until it completely covers
your document then press Enter or return
if you need to zoom out press Z to open
your zoom tool and hold down alt or
option as you click on your document
press ctrl or command 0 to fit your
document back on your screen
change the blend mode to screen as I
toggle back and forth you can see the
difference we're ready to set our text
open your horizontal type tool and pick
a handwritten font for this example I'm
using a font called Jenna sue if you'd
like to use it I provided its link as
well I'll type in 72 points for the size
smooth and left alignment click on the
color box and pick a dark color that
complements the colors in your photo for
this image I'll type in 5706 to be then
press Enter or return type out your main
text with this font you can type out a
heart shape by pressing Shift + the
number 6 to reposition it open your move
tool and move it click the FX icon and
click outer glow the blend mode is
screen and the opacity is seventy-five
percent click the color box and pick
white I'll make the size 27 pixels keep
in mind you may want to adjust this
amount depending on the size and
resolution of your photo as I toggle
back and forth you can see that the glow
makes the text stand out a bit more
click on your document to make your
secondary line of text if it's a long
line reduce the size and type out your
text open your move tool to reposition
it will copy the outer glow effect to
your secondary line of text to do this
hold down alt or option as you drag the
effects copy to the top layer double
click on outer glow to open it in the
layer style window change the opacity to
fifty percent for the size and
resolution of this photo I'll make the
sent and the size 57 pixels this is
Marty from Blue Lightning TV thanks for
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to give your photos
a dreamy, romantic effect and then
add text to it to personalize them.
This effect also works especially well on portraits.
I provided this image of
Boca lights that we'll use later in this video.
Its link is located in a video description or project files.
Open a photo you'd like to use.
I downloaded this photo from Shutterstock.com.
The size of this document is 1550 pixels wide
by 870 pixels high and has a Resolution
of 150 pixels per inch. In the Layers panel,
click the Adjustment Layer icon and choose
"Gradient Map". Change the Blend Mode to Screen
Click the Gradient bar
which opens the Gradient Editor. Click the Violet/Orange preset
These colors work well on most photos, but for this example,
I'll tweak them a bit. Click the lower, left Stop
the color box and type in
3 2 2 2 4 C.
Then, click OK or press Enter or Return
Click the lower, right Stop
the color box and type in
F 8 A 6 5 8
Then, press Enter or Return on both the Color Picker
and the Gradient Editor. Click the Adjustment Layer icon again
and this time, choose "Levels".
Drag the input blacks a little left of where the histogram starts to rise.
This will slightly darken the darkest colors.
Drag the input midtones to the
left to lighten them
Adding a soft, warm color next to the subject's face or shoulder
is an effective way to add an illuminating, naturalistic light effect.
To do this, click the New Layer icon
to make a new layer
and open your Brush Tool. Choose a large brush
For this document, I'll choose a brush size of 800 pixels.
Depending on the size and resolution of your photo,
you may want to adjust the amount of your brush size
Make the Hardness: 0% and press Enter or Return.
Make sure the Opacity is 100%.
Press the F5 key at the top to your keyboard.
to open your brush panel and make sure
the only setting checked
is Smoothing. Press F5 again to close the panel.
Click the foreground color
and type in
F F D 4 3 D
Then, click OK or press Enter or Return.
Press "B" to open your Brush Tool.
Make sure your Caps Lock key is turned
off, otherwise, you won't be able to see your brush on your screen.
Now, left-click once next to your subject's head
and change the Blend Mode to Screen.
Next, we'll add the Bokeh lights to further
enhance the overall effect.
Open the bokeh file I provided.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select it
and Ctrl or Cmd + C to copy it.
Open back up your photo and press
Ctrl or Cmd + V to paste the bokeh lights into your document.
Let's say your original photo is vertical
and much larger. To transform the bokeh lights to a vertical angle
and to increase its size,
press Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool.
Go to a corner and when you see a curved, double-arrow,
hold down Shift as you rotate it 90 degrees.
Then, go back to a corner and when you see a straight,
45-degree, double-arrow, hold down Shift
and drag it out until it completely covers your document.
Then, press Enter or Return. If you need to zoom
out, press "z" to open your Zoom Tool
and hold down Alt or Option as you click on your document.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + 0 to fit your document back on your screen.
Change the Blend Mode to Screen
As I toggle back and forth, you can see the difference.
We're ready to set our text. Open your Horizontal Type Tool
and pick a hand-written font. For this example,
I'm using a font called "Jenna Sue". If you'd like to use it,
I provided its link as well. I'll type in
72 points for the size, Smooth,
and left alignment. Click on a color box
and pick a dark color that complements the colors in your photo.
For this image, I'll type in 5 7 0 6 2 B
Then, press Enter or Return.
Type out your main text.
With this font, you can type out a heart shape by pressing
Shift + 6. To reposition it,
open your Move Tool and move it.
Click the FX icon and click
Outer Glow. The Blend Mode is Screen
and the Opacity is 75%. Click the color box
and pick white.
I'll makethe Size 27 pixels. Keep in mind,
you may want to adjust this amount
depending on the size and resolution
of your photo.
As I toggle back-and-forth, you can see
that the glow makes the text stand out a bit more.
Click on your document to make your secondary line of text.
If it's a long line, reduce the size
and type out your text.
Open your Move Tool to reposition it.
We'll copy the Outer Glow effect to your secondary line of text.
To do this, hold down Alt or Option
as you drag the effects copy to the top layer.
Double-click on Outer Glow to open it in the Layer Style window.
Change the Opacity to 50%. For the size and resolution
of this photo, I'll make the Spread: 7%
and the Size: 57 pixels.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!