How To Warm Photos And Pop Colors In Photoshop


As written on the title above, this tutorial will shows you how to warm photos and pop colors in Photoshop. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use filters and adjustment layer in photoshop. How long will it takes to finish this tutorial? I think it's just need 5 minutes of your time. But, if you are totally a beginner, maybe it will take you 'till 10.

Actually, as an amateur of photography enthusiast, I am not sure with the title before that I gave for this tutorial. Don’t even know the effect name applied to this photograph. But, hope you all will understand my lack of knowledges and other limitations. Luckily, big thanks to my friend, Shaun Wilson, who suggested the title for this tutorial. Thank you.

For this tutorial, I used image from You can download the image resource from there. Amazing site!

So, let’s just get started!

Step 1: Make a Soft Glowing Image

This first step purposely to give a soft glowing effect to the image. To do this, when you have opened the image in Photoshop, duplicate the background layer by right click on the layer and choose Duplicate layer or simply press Ctrl + J on your keyboard and rename it as “Soft Glowing”. After that, right click the Soft Glowing layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Smart object layers is one of the technique to edit your images in non-destructive way. You may apply many adjustments to one or more layers in photoshop workspace or layers, and smart object layers will maintain the original image quality no matter how many adjustments you have applied. You can always remove or re-edit the effects or filters applied in this smart object layer.

Great. Now, to make a soft glowing image, go to Filter in menu and choose Blur – Gaussian Blur. Set the radius to 20 Pixels and press Ok. Then, change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, and change its Fill to 65 %. See the settings I applied below.

Gaussian blur, blend mode and fill layer settings for soft glowing effect in Photoshop.
If you take a good look to the image after applied the gaussian blur filter, you may find that it is also reduce noises without losing a mayor details of the image.

Step 2: Sharpening the Image

As I said before that in the first step we were not losing a mayor detail of the image, but I think I will add a small details without losing its soft glowing effect by sharpening the image. You can also skip this step if you are already satisfied with the step 1, but if you don’t, I’ll show you how to do it.

To sharpening the image, again you should duplicate the background layer and put it on top of Soft Glowing layer, then rename it as “Sharpen”. Convert this layer into Smart Object then go to Filter - Other – High Pass. Set the Radius to 1 Pixel and change the blend mode to Overlay then click Ok.

Applying High Pass filter setting and change the blend mode of layer to Overlay in Photoshop.

Step 3: Boost Up the Color of Image

In this step, we will increase the yellow color of the image, or maybe you can also adjust the other colors as you need. To do this, go to the Create new fill or adjustment layer on the bottom right of the layer panel and choose Hue/Saturation. Choose Yellows and set the Saturation to +47.

Hue/saturation settings.

Step 4: Apply Gradient Fill

Now, we will go forwards for the image color tone. We’ll add tone to the image by applying the gradient fill. Go to the Create new fill or adjustment layer as step 3 before, but this time, choose Gradient. I choosed one of the default gradient fill which is Violet and Orange, and then press Ok. Change the blend mode to Hard Light and adjust the Fill to 50 %.

Gradient fill, blend mode and layer fill settings to get the warming tone.
Now, you are completely done!
That’s the end of this tutorial on How To Warm Photos And Pop Colors In Photoshop. Here’s the final result of this tutorial.


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