Cinematic black & white portraits in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create a dramatic portrait effect In Photoshop adjustment layers and blending modes.

We will treat the shadows and highlights separately in different layers using the Levels adjustment to obtain the desired contrast. It’s an easy photoshop tutorial and the effect is not hard to achieve.

At the end I will show you an easy way to get an old photo effect in Photoshop.

Hard Light Effects in Photoshop –

This is the first live tutorial I recorded so I had no idea what I will end up with. Basically I wanted to show how to get a high contrast hard light effect in Photoshop, almost HDR looking. I wanted to keep things realistic so I used the contrast masking technique to keep the original shadows of the model.

This tutorial can be followed in Adobe Elements as well.
0:00 Intro
0:51 Making the background
3:17 Background adjustments
7:49 Adding the model
8:54 Shadow masking in Photoshop
13:07 The hard light effect using dodge & burn
20:50 Hard light effect effacement with filters
23:49 The Shadows/Highlights filter for HDR effect
25:56 Sharpening

Model stock image by Marcus Ranum:
Background image by Julia Starr:
Sky stock image by Pelleron Stock: