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Dragan effect in Photoshop CC

 
Originalt billede Billede med Dragan effekt

Andrzej Dragan is a known Polish portrait photographer who has developed a special style which not beautifies the models, but instead add pictures an evocative dramatic expression. He's website can be found here. http://andrzejdragan.com/

There are more descriptions on the web, that describes how the effect can be achieved in Photoshop. In the following. I will describe a simple way to achieve the effect in Photoshop CC.

Dragon-effekt med Photoshop CS6
First open the portrait and select Image – Adjustments - Levels

The arrow that controls the shadow moves to 40

Then select Image – Adjustments - Hue/Saturation.

Saturation are moved to – 45 and Hue på 7.

Then select Image – Adjustments – Curves.
There is added 3 spots on the line. The 2 lower are pulled down a little, the top a bit up.

Select Layer – Duplicate Layer.

Select As Backgrund Copy

Select Filter - Other – High Pass

Klick OK.

Right mouseklick on Backgrund copy and select Blending Option.

Of Blend Mode select Overlay and move Opacity to 50%.

Right click again on Background copy and choose Merge Down.

Dragan-effekt med Photoshop CS6
Select Dodge Tool and set Exposure to 50% to 65% and paint the eyes lighter.

Then select Burn Tool and paint shadows darker.

Then select Image - Adjustment - Color Balance

Dragan effekt med Photoshop CS6
Often Andrzej Dragan's color images has a green / yellow tint. This is handled by moving sliders, to green and yellow.

Then select Filter – Sharpen – Unsharp Mask.

The desired sharpness are adjusted and the image is finish.

 

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