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How to Give Your Photos the Cyberpunk Look in Photoshop

Learn about How to Give Your Photos the Cyberpunk Look in Photoshop
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You can use different tools to add a cyberpunk effect to your photos but they may not be suitable and some of them are paid, so why not learn to add a cyberpunk effect using Photoshop? Here’s our guide:

#1 Let’s Prepare

Here’s are the first few steps:

  • Open Photoshop and import the image you want to edit.
  • Select an image that meets the following requirements:
    • 8 Bits/Channel
    • RGB Color 
    • 25oo to 4500 pixels
    • Be the background layer – Layer>New>Background from Layer
  • Go to Windows>Actions and find the main icon in the top right-hand corner of the Actions panel.
  • Click New Set and give it a name – Cyberpunk.
  • Repeat the same process but this time click New Action instead of New Set. Again, name it Cyberpunk.

#2 Creating Your Color Look

You’ll have to create a look. Here’s how:

  • Open Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Name your new layer Look_1.
  • Double-click the new thumbnail and go to Properties. Here, open Gradient Editor by clicking on the gradient and change the settings:
    • Name: Custom 
    • Gradient Type: Solid 
    • Smoothness: 100%
    • Left color stop: 0000ff 
    • Right color stop: ff00ff
  • Change the layer’s Opacity to 70 percent and the Blending Mode to Soft Light.
  • Click the Background layer to select it.
  • Go to Layer, select New Adjustment Layer, choose Hue/Saturation. This will create a new adjustment layer. Name it Look_2.
  • Double click your new layer and choose your desired setting for these colors:
    • Magentas 
    • Blues 
    • Yellows 
    • Cyans 
    • Greens 
    • Reds
  • Choose your Background layer, select Layer, go to New Adjustment Layer, and click Photo Filter. This will create a new photo filter adjustment layer. Name it Look_3.
  • Double click the new thumbnail and go to Properties. Now, make these changes:
    • Density: 25%
    • Filter: Cooling Filter (80)
    • Check the Preserve Luminosity box

#3 A Few More Adjustments

Now that you’ve selected colors, it’s time to make final adjustments. Here’s how:

  • Choose the Look_1 layer and reset the swatches by selecting Reset Swatches from the pull-down menu found in the “Swatches” tab. You can also press D to get the job done. 
  • Go to Layer, choose New Adjustment Layer, and select Gradient Map. This will create a new gradient map adjustment layer. Name it Complete Contrast.
  • Change the layer’s Opacity to 80 percent and the Blending Mode to Luminosity.
  • Go to Layer, choose New Adjustment Layer, and select Vibrance. This will create a new vibrance adjustment layer. Name it Complete Saturation.
  • Double-click this new layer thumbnail and make these changes by going to the Properties panel:
    • Vibrance: +25
    • Saturation: +10
  • Go to Layer, choose New Adjustment Layer, and select Levels. This will create a new levels adjustment layer. Name it Complete Brightness.
  • Double-click this new layer thumbnail and make these changes by going to the Properties panel:

  • Create a screenshot by pressing Control-Alt-Shift-E.
  • Desaturate this new layer by pressing Control-Shift-U.
  • Change Radium to 2 pixels by going to Filter, Option, and High Pass.
  • Change the layer’s Opacity to 80 percent and the Blending Mode to Hard Light.
  • You’re done.

The process may appear complicated but once you start giving your photos the Cyberpunk look in Photoshop, you’ll realize it is easy. Enjoy!

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