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How To: Muted Color/Gritty Look in Photoshop  

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Raaj
 Raaj
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December 3, 2019 6:33 pm  

A muted color, "gritty" look is often applied to landscapes, street scenes or portraits for effect.   Doing this can essentially take you from an image like this:

 RNS4036 DxO 2500 CG

to something like this:

 RNS4036 Gritty

This effect is quite easy to accomplish using the power of Blend Modes.  If you'd like to lean how, here's how easy it is:

Gritty 1

Gritty 2

Gritty 3

Gritty 4

Gritty 5

Gritty 6

Gritty 7

Gritty 8

Gritty 9

 

Of course, if you want to do this faster, you can rearrange the layers filled with black and white and save the step of inverting the selection one time.  The resulting image can then be made more gritty by adding noise/grain etc.  You can also tweak the look by playing with the Opacity of the layers.

EDIT:  I suspect additional creative effects could be accomplished by Color Grading the resulting "muted" image.  Here are two versions with different color grading applied.

 RNS4036 Gritty 3
 RNS4036 Gritty 2

Cheers!

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Ulana
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December 5, 2019 5:01 am  

I can see multiple applications of this technique.  Thanks for sharing. 

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Raaj
 Raaj
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December 6, 2019 4:00 pm  
Posted by: @uswitucha

I can see multiple applications of this technique.  Thanks for sharing. 

Thanks, Ulana!


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